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Leon Russell And The Shelter People [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Leon RussellAudio CD
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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 (July 3, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: The Right Stuff
  • ASIN: B000002TYO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 1971 gem shot to #17; fantastic musicianship abounds across these rock 'n' roll songs full of gospel and soul. Leon's Home Sweet Oklahoma and The Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen join his takes on Dylan and Harrison!

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leon's Sophmore Jinx September 22, 2000
By MG Nagy
Format:Audio CD
Russell's great self-titled debut set the bar pretty darn high (The DCC Gold Disc is another Steve Hoffman five star masterpiece). The sophomore jinx was not in effect, with "Shelter People" being one of his best records. Leon has gone on to write a lot more wonderful, beautiful music, but it's "Shelter People" that stands as both a defining collection and sign of the times.

You could attribute the following to hindsight, but this record has always been my signpost for the end of the sixties 'peace and love' marketing campaign. There is a certain... ache, that there are some dark times comin'. The weariness is almost palpable.

The opener "Stranger In A Strange Land" sets the mood perfectly. It's not just one of Leon's best songs, but should be on any *real* Best Songs Ever list.

Maybe some of the weariness it's simply having just pulled off the impossible: putting together and leading Joe Cocker's "Mad Dogs And Englishman" band. That alone is worth sainthood (read the liner notes that accompany the Cocker record). Leon delivers a nice four minute travelog of the tour with "The Ballad Of Mad Dogs And Englishmen."

We get two Dylan covers (five, counting the bonus tracks), "It's A Hard Rain Gonna Fall" and "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry" are both great reads.

"Alcatraz" tells the tale of the (then) latest hose job the American Indians were getting.

The original closer, George Harrison's "Beware Of Darkness" is as good a read as the original. The three excellent bonus tracks tacked to the end makes for a softer landing.

The sound quality is great as usual, thanks to the DCC "trademark of quality" Steve Hoffman.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Master of Space and Time October 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album reflects Leon at his peak, in my opinion. The album contains his classic song "Stranger In A Strange Land" as well as good amount of Bob Dylan covers ("Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," "Love Minus Zero," "She Belongs To Me," "It Takes A Lot To Laugh (It Takes A Train To Cry" and "It's All Over Now Baby Blue)." It also contains "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" which he wrote about his tour with Joe Cocker. I don't mind telling you when this thing came out in 1971 it blew us all away and frankly it rated high indeed on any stoner's list of LP's. Listening to it today, it holds up just fine and sounds as well as if it were just released. Some people might consider a little too country (although more accurately it's country blues) but this baby rocks. It only reached #17 on the charts but it stayed there for over 20 weeks as I recall. A classic album and it is the reason Leon acquired his reputation of "The Master of Space and Time." Check it out and see why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars old fan February 10, 2002
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The Lawton, OK-born Master of Space and Time was a great favorite of mine from more than thirty years ago, and Leon Russell and the Shelter People was my favorite album. I loved the guy; I even wanted to talk like him - didn't have to work much at that one. Loved that piano work. I had everything of his up through Hank Wilson's Back or whatever that was. I was driving to Virginia from Texas last spring, reached into the stash of casettes when the CD's had run out, pulled something out, and popped it in. Stranger in a Strange Land came up; what a sweet, pleasant surprise - I hadn't heard it in perhaps twenty years, thought I had lost the tape, but it was wonderful to hear again. What a great opening song, like Lauper's I Drove All Night, it whacks you in the head straightaway. You just jump straight into this soulful song in the first notes and that bluesy moan of Leon's. I still enjoyed the songs straight through to the end of the tape, some more than ever. Beware of Darkness, Hard Rain Gonna Fall, It Takes a Train to Cry. It was great music then and now. It's fabulous music on its own merits, and it's a little moment of time in music that means a great deal to me. Made me dig out Mad Dogs and Englishmen at my next stop. Leon's blues- and gospel-influenced early work may not be for everyone, but I call him a master and I call this his best work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably Leon Russell's Best studio album. May 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
During the time period of this album (1970 - 1972) Leon Russell was the top rock concert act in the world. Back in the day when most rock groups had four or five members, Leon Russell hit the road with no less than ten top of the line performers, including Derek and the Dominos bassist Carl Radle, and Rev. Patrick Henderson and Black Grass.

On Leon Russell and The Shelter, you get a studio recording that captures much of Leon's concert feel - but where you can understand the words, and the instruments are balanced well. I don't remember if the the personnel are the same, but the feel is right there! Starting with "Of Thee I Sing," and through to the end of the album you'll be looking for a flat peice of ground so you can dance. The piano work is awesome, combining Leon's Black Gospel style (he also played on some of Andrae Crouch's albums) with a bit of blues, honky and country.

If you're a musician, you'll want this album for the "utility licks" and turn arounds and the gold nuggets of playing that Leon throws out there. This album is the one I learned to play pianq from, by listening to it over and over and picking it out bit by bit.

All in all, it's a great selection of a genre of music that is timeless and will make you feel good - and you definitely won't get an inferiority complex as you sing along with Leon! It's about the feeling rather than having a velvety smooth David Gates (Leon also played with him, in the sixties, prior to Bread) voice. Get it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Leon
This is an album (back in the day) that I listened to constantly in the 70's & 80's ... love Leon!
Published 24 days ago by Janice A. Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of Leon's best
This sound is very indicative of the era but still holds up today. I love the sound of this record and it really belongs in everyone's collection. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charlene L. Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, A must have by Leon Russell
I bought a book of The Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums in a used book store in the early 1980's and used it to buy many albums, I did not always agree with the book, but this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by billy k thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE Leon!
My Aunt bought this in 8 track form, many years ago. It was then and still my absolute favorite. And I have had it from 8 track to cd form. My hero!
Published 4 months ago by taz
5.0 out of 5 stars Leon raw and center stage
Leon bangs the ivories as well as Anyone- this is an example of unharnessed genius with talented energetic friends - this album was a comfort 40+ years ago and remains so, with the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by ahigherauthority
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a big favorite
I had this on vinyl and over the years it disappeared so I bought this which is available in Auto-Rip and a very reasonable price. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Slidarian
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my All-Time Favorites
This is Leon Russell as good as he gets. It's one of my all-time favorite albums. Some of his best original songs,
and the best cover ever of Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Arthur Wortman
5.0 out of 5 stars Leon Russell
Leon at his best! If you like great rock from the '70s, this is a treat. The most underrated musician EVER!
Published 10 months ago by Alison Maultsby
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I found it
I remember this album when I was in high school. I bought the CD he did with Elton John and I just had to reconnect with the old Leon I remembered. Read more
Published 12 months ago by bgolden
5.0 out of 5 stars Blessed be Leon
I loved everything about it.
Recently saw the documentary, The Union, and fell in love with Leon! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Marjorie A. Dent
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