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Leon Russell

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 24, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Navarre Corporation/
  • ASIN: B00000E82T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,860 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! May 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Leon Russell is easily one of the most underrated and underappreciated artists of all time. This, his first solo album (although when listing his albums in chronological order, I list the earlier recorded but later released "Asylum Choir 2" as his first) is the one that people should get into to become familiar with Leon's interesting musical mix. Blues, country, rock and gospel all fuse together into something some people have called Okie-Swamp music. Whatever you call it, it is incredibly infectious. And the Gold Disc is the way to go on this release because not only do you get the original order of the album (which places Russell's odd cover of Dylan's "Master of War" into proper context), you get the original cover art (with the famous Shelter egg in the top left hand corner of the sleeve), and a great number of bonus tracks including a sped up version of his Asylum-era "Sweet Home Chicago," (now called "The New Sweet Home Chicago") an awesome jam between Leon and Eric Clapton, an alternate version of "Shootout on the Plantation," a great unreleased track ("Indian Girl") and "Shine a Light" which features Leon on piano, Ringo Starr on drums and Mick Jagger singing (oddly enough, this song is credited to Leon Russell here but when it turned up later on "Exile on Main Street," it was credited to Jagger and Richards...truth be told, it sounds more Jagger and Richards to me). Aside from the bonus tracks, the album has been remastered back to its original mix (the album version of "Shootout on the Plantation" sounds more piano laden) and all of the studio banter and stops and starts have survived. Read more ›
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning... Leon Russell September 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After years of being a session player for tons of "Big Name" acts, Leon fianally went out on his own to record this album (now released and remastered on CD). It was time to ask many of the folks who he'd worked for to contribute here on this these tracks. Well, it wasn't hard, they all wanted to be a part of his first release. George Harrison guitar playing on Leon's first album led to his participation in the first rock and roll benefit concerts, the "Concert for Bangladesh.

This album was released on Shelter Records, owned by Leon and producer Denny Cordell, along with early albums by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Phoebe Snow and The Gap Band, also three albums that Leon produced and played on for the great blues guitarist, Freddie King. In the 1970's Leon was established as a major live performer and was reported by Billboard Magazine to be the top concert attraction in the world by 1973. Many different performers OPENED for Leon in this period including Elton John, ZZ Top, Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels.

This was his first effort on the way to the top. Your collection of the era will not be complete without this CD... ENJOY!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab this one if your house is burning down July 28, 2000
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Leon's first album is absolutely mystical. This is music straight from Leon's soul to yours. The music somehow captures the values of the sixties while simultaneously capturing the tangible essence--like skinny dipping, or your first hippy kiss, or moving into a slightly renovated barn.
If your house were burning down and you had to grab three Leon albums, this one, Will O' the Wisp, and The Wedding Album would be the three. In a small fire of course, you'd have to grab Leon and the Shelter People, too.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful album April 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I won't hesitate to give this album 5 stars. It's my favorite by Leon Russell, whose voice I love. What comes through, though, is his passion and his tenderness. A Song for You, Hummingbird, and Delta Lady are three of the most beautiful songs you'll find on any album in the last 30 years (well, no, I haven't heard them all). It's a shame that this master songwriter has never received the recognition he deserves. To give you a sense of where I rank this album, let me say this: If I had to quickly name my 5 favorite albums of all time, I'd probably pick Rolling Stones' Beggars Banquet, Van Morrison's Moondance, this album by Leon Russell, Taj Mahal's Giant Step and and and, I don't know, maybe Abbey Road or the White Album just because you'd have to include something by the Beatles. Point is: Leon Russell ranks right up there.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of handfull... December 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is one of a handfull that I've always updated...first the vinyl, wore that out; then the cassette; that ended up eaten in my car player; and now the CD. I love this album and as I grow older, I like it even more. I first got into Leon Russell when he was doing the Bonnie and Delaney and Joe Cocker thing...then he came out with this, his first album and I snatched it up. The list of musicians who appear on this album reads like a who's who of 1969 rock...it quickly became a favorite: I bet I've listen to this album over 1000 times...it is ageless. Honestly, there is just no getting tired of this album; it's that good. Great songs: "A Song for you" brings a tear; a beautiful love song that has just enough Russell grit and soul to appeal to an old male rocker like myself! "Hummingbird" same thing...then mix in rockers like "Delta Lady", "Put a Spell on You", "Hurtsome Body" (my favorite), and geez...all the others! It is just a great, great album...I know I always do these rave reviews and give 5 star ratings, but it is because these are albums that I have loved for 35 years and will always have them around in one "medium" or another....This, however, is my favorite of favorites! A can't miss buy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love!
What can I say. IT's Leon Russel. An amazing recording.
Published 9 days ago by Jessica West
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Leon
A must have album for every Leon fan.
Published 1 month ago by L SUZANNE ELROD
5.0 out of 5 stars A Song For You & More!
From the very moment I saw him perform with Joe Cocker during the Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour I knew I had found an absolute gem. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris B
5.0 out of 5 stars Took me back to my School days
Great album. Takes me back to my youth, in California. Russell always did have a unique style that made him standout!.
Published 5 months ago by Melissa Sargent
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Leon Russell Album
This is a superb album. Every song is top-notch. Many albums, it seems to me, have a few good songs you love and the rest are filler. With this album, no filler!
Published 6 months ago by Fredrick C. G. Scheer
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific music, remastered terrifically!
Great job Steve Hoffman on the remaster! Love it! Stupid requirement forces me to write more words when I do not feel like it so I must include some drivel here to satisfy this... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rockadanny
5.0 out of 5 stars Leon Russell
Not a Music Critic, but Leon is one the masters of the Blues Rock Genre. Love songs to Rockers, He does it all, well.
Published 10 months ago by Bill Willett
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This has some of the best songs ever recorded in its genre. Figuring out just what to call this genre is difficult. It has rock, blues and bayou roots. Read more
Published 15 months ago by S. PRITIKIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Forever beautiful. If you're discovering Leon Russel for the first time, this is the album to begin with!! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Twila Waugh
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
Star power galore on this cd.Leon Russell at his best.Great songwriting as well as great musicianship.They dont make them like this anymore...........support your favorite artists.
Published 17 months ago by JUDAS TREES
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