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Legend in My Time: Hank Wilson Vol. III [Original recording reissued]

Leon RussellAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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(NEW YORK, NY) July 6, 2010 – Decca Records is pleased to announce the release of the highly anticipated collaboration between two musical legends, Elton John and Leon Russell with The Union available October 19 in the U.S. (To be released October 25 in the U.K. on Mercury Records.) This album marks the first time these iconic artists have worked together since 1970.

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  • Audio CD (March 21, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Ark 21
  • ASIN: B0000061TN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,976 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sixteen Tons
2. Night Life
3. Act Naturally
4. Sweet Dreams
5. Daddy Sang Bass
6. He Stopped Loving Her Today
7. Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grown Up To Be Cowboys
8. Funny How Time Slips Away
9. Okie From Muskogee
10. Crazy
11. Love's Gonna Live Here
12. He'll Have To Go
13. Legend In My Time

Editorial Reviews

Claude Russell Bridges, is Leon Russell's real name, and in typically eccentric fashion, the white-bearded wonder uses Wilson as his alias when he sits down to record some beloved country standards in his own inimitable hoodoo way. Legend, subtitled Hank Wilson Vol. III, is a curious, quite satisfying walk through Nashville classics ranging from "Crazy" and "Sweet Dreams" to "Night Life" and "Love's Gonna Live Here." It replaces the bluegrass lilt of the earlier Hank Wilson's Back with a raucous piano-driven edge that makes "Sixteen Tons" and "Daddy Sang Bass" really swing. Guests include Willie Nelson, Marty Stuart, and The Oak Ridge Boys. --Michael Ruby


Legend, like its predecessors, is a brace of familiar classics, and even casual fans of classic country will know many of these titles--"Crazy," "Night Life," and so on. They all sound a little different in Russell's hands, though, marked by both his distinctive piano playing and his shaggy voice (admittedly still an acquired taste).... Audio liner notes, really just a chat with Russell and Bradley, provide a curious bonus. -- No Depression

Returning to the honky-tonk cowboy persona he adopted for his delightful 1973 country album Hank Wilson’s Back, Russell and his distinctive yowl are joined by mandolinist Marty Stuart, steel-guitar wizard Sonny Garrish, and other stellar players. -- People

[This album includes] a roundup of time-tested standards, including a duet of "Okie from Muskogee" with Willie Nelson. Ol' Greybeard and his ace band sound like they're having a blast at their favorite honky-tonk. -- Entertainment Weekly

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars U Gotta Get This CD! January 24, 1999
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If you were alive any time during the past 30 years, then you gotta get this CD. This is the best thing Leon has done since The Shelter People, with the possible exception of Hank Wilson's Back Vol. 1. Leon isn't simply using these tunes to knock on your heart and ask to get in; Leon IS these songs, and they are already in your heart asking to get out. If you can play this CD and not sing along and not find yourself mumbling the songs under your breath the next day, then all I can say is, "Wake UP!" I'm a long time fan of the Stones, Led Zep, Beatles, Neil Young, Joe Cocker, and Leon, as well as George Jones, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, et. al. Imagine Mick Jagger singing a Jones tune, Imaging Robert Plant crooning out Patsy Cline, hear The Beatles play bluegrass. You never have. 'Probably never will. But hearing Leon Russell sing country more than makes up for it. But this CD. Drink beer. Sing along. Cry along. Tell your buddies. Buy this CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finest kind August 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What can I say, it's Leon Russell. If you love the previous two Hank Wilson albums you're gonna love this one, too. Personally I can't get enough Leon Russell music. I am biased because to me this is soul music. Some of these selections are a bit more contemporary than the previous albums and that's OK although I prefer the standards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a master of all times October 22, 2010
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I've seen Leon Russell in concert so when I hear his music, I can picture his face and energy going into his music. Well done.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I grew up with Leon Russell, and have worn out every copy of Hank Wilson's Back I ever owned.

Did someone drag this guy kicking, and screaming out of retirement, and into the studio?

Do your wallet a favor, and listen to Hank Wilson's Back one more time, and forget this waste of money.

Its sounds like he is sleep walking through the entire session, doing duets on songs that were never meant to be anything but solo.

I don't take into consideration songs like "He stopped loving her today" because nobody could ever measure up to No show Jones on that one.

Please leave this guy alone, and for heaven sakes don't let him sing anymore. At least not within range of a microphone.

Hank Wilson doing "Crazy" was certainly nuts.

It goes immediately back in the case, and should make a handsome coaster for my coffee cup.

Nuf Sed.
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7 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WILSON NOT FOR THE ROCK AND ROLL RUSSELL FAN March 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
As a huge fan of the Rock n' Roll Master of Space and Time, it is mystifying why he feels the need to periodically indulge his Country Bluegrass "roots." Russell's own self-styled version is so startling more original! And as a premiere songwriter of the rarest caliber that hasn't been exactly prolific with his talents of late, albums full of cover tunes just seem like a lazy way to go. Forget the rave reviews from the Hillbillies above; 'Cajun Love Song' from "Carney" runs circles around everything here.
That being said, "Legend In His Own Time" is certainly listenable as far as this sort of stuff goes, with expert musicianship,and an overall improvement over the original effort in '73. Also interesting in the presentation of a different personae - just be aware before buying that he means it! Leon Russell and 'Hank Wilson' are miles apart!
If you want a far more substantial taste of what Leon has been up to in the nineties, check out the superbly soulful "Anything Can Happen" from '92 - one of his best albums ever, no matter what you read elsewhere - or the rocking "Face in the Crowd" from '99.
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