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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 10, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: The Right Stuff
  • ASIN: B000002U04
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,234 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Soulful roots-rock yields to dizzying psychedelia on Leon's most famous album, which reached #2 in '72. His all-time biggest hit, Tight Rope , leads to Out in the Woods; Cajun Love Song; This Masquerade , and more!

Customer Reviews

One of my favorite albums from the 70's.
Badbri
A great work with an all-star lineup, this is quintessential Leon Russell.
JERRY SULLIVAN
This is Leon's masterpiece and by far his best album ever (by far!)
MJH

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Leon Russell was at one time a session musician and producer for LIBERTY records-- he played keyboards on several Gary Lewis and the Playboys sides! Laboring in obscurity through the 1960s, Russell's career really took off in 1971, with an appearance in the film JOE COCKER: MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN. Hot on the heels of that concert movie, Russell performed at George Harrison's CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH Madison Square Garden benefit. CARNEY was released soon after.

CARNEY is a brilliant album, and a genuine highlight of 1972. It opens with the Top 40 hit "Tight Rope," and offers up one great song after another. Only the brief title track and the silly "Acid Annapolis" could be considered superfluous here. Personal favorites include "If The Shoe Fits," a cutting commentary on the annoying folks who importune rock performers wherever they go, "Manhattan Island Serenade," a poignant song that opens and closes with a rainswept highway, a broken van, and a broken heart, and "This Masquerade," which has some of the most touchingly true lyrics ever written.

If you're a fan of late '60s or early '70s rock music, and you've never heard CARNEY, you owe it to yourself to get this one. And if you once had the record 35 years ago, you really do need this CD! Highest recommendation.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brad C. Bleich on February 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've owned Carney for nearly 30 years. The music of Leon is clasic. Although he is as southern as you can get, the Jazz of his soul comes through to your ear. There is something about "Tight Rope" and "Manhatten Serenade" that just takes me away. If you have an eclectic soul you probably will put this one somewhere, where you can play it all by yourself.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JG on November 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Like Dylan's New Morning Masterpiece, comes this classic a year after the high energy of The Shelter People..This moody reflective pure album recorded in his home studio was a high point for Leon and rock in 1972..after the excitement the homecoming,like the clown showing you the superficial outside,this work is greatness of the inside in it's humbleness of spirit and wonderful songs.

Ask George Benson who did well with the lovely This Maquerade..Out In The Woods,Tightrope,Magic Mirror, all are here in it's openess of spirit capturing Leon as a Billie Holiday alone staring at her mirror.

Not To Be Missed.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Riddlespurger on November 27, 2001
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I was pleasantly surprised when my mother sent me this cd in the mail while I was at college. My tastes run as hard as bands like limp bizkit and korn, but anyone who enjoys beautiful melodies and great songwritting will enjoy this album. The southern flair is a great change of pace. I would recommend this to anyone of my generation, and kick anyone in the pants who has not heard this from my parents' generation.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By murph on October 24, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I didnt own Carney on vinyl. but i borrowed it from someone and kept it long enough to make it a common law marriage. to hear it again, in digital glory, is heaven. I love and respect Leon's rock side, he cant be touched. But he is a master of the ballad, the unforgettable melody. This is one of those albums, like Pet Sounds or Sgt. Pepper, that takes you Somewhere Else for awhile. an alternate universe. it's melancholy and beautiful, full of honest emotions and longings. the only track i dont enjoy is Acid Annapolis. i know its his little joke, but for me it's jarring, and breaks the dreamlike mood of the record. Never was a druggie myself, so i'm sort of not in on the joke, sorry. I recommend this great cd to anyone, of any age, who appreciates great songs and great musicianship.
a side note: hats off to Leon for his very understated production on this album. known for being flamboyant, he goes dead in the other direction here. The drums are never loud...you feel them more than hear them. guitars are drenched in reverb, like its being piped in from another planet. and it all works, its what's right for each song. please buy this album, its wonderful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Praiswater on September 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This introspective album was released in 1972. It reached # 2 on the charts and was Leon Russell's 3rd album. In addition, Leon Russell had a pop single hit from Carney which was "Tightrope".

In spite of the album's success, there will always be those who want an artist to stay the same and just crank out duplicates of the past. Only a true artist will continue to grow and experiment. This was one of those albums that not only showcased Leon Russell's growth but he succeeded to a new height.

"Tightrope" is a fascinating song with it's unusual lyrics and the creative musical arrangement. Hearing Leon on those ivories is awesome beauty! No wonder it peaked to #11 on the Billboard Charts.

Just one listen of "Out In The Woods" will capture your attention. With an unusual arrangement and Leon's dual vocals, it is very unique, especially for the early 70's. Leon's vocal is raw.

"Me & Baby Jane" is a heavy and sad song but so well done. You can hear the pain in Leon's voice as he sings about the first love in his life.

"Manhattan Island Serenade" is a haunting song. "If The Shoe Fits" is a hoot.

Both The Carpenters and George Benson had a giant hit with "This Masquerade". It has also been recorded by Shirley Bassey, Kenny Rogers, and countless others. Leon Russell's interpretation breathes a unique life into the lyrics.

"Magic Mirror" has insightful lyrics and an alluring arrangement. Nobody can touch this interpretation of the song but Leon. I simply love it--it is so introspective.

This is a collection of unforgettably creative songs. It was a successful album in the 70's and continues to succeed even now. A must for any Leon Russell fan!!

Thank you, Leon Russell, for this ingenious work. I sincerely hope that you will be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame for your talents!!
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