Leon Russell (album)

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Leon Russell
Studio album by Leon Russell
Released 23 March 1970 (1970-03-23) (US)
24 April 1970 (UK)
Recorded September 1969 - January 1970
Genre Pop, rock
Label Shelter Records (US)
A&M (UK)
Producer Leon Russell
Leon Russell chronology
Look Inside the Asylum Choir
(1968)
Leon Russell
(1970)
Leon Russell and the Shelter People
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Leon Russell is the debut solo album, and third album overall, by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leon Russell. It followed his debut with the Midnight String Quartet, and a production by Russell and Marc Benno billed as the Asylum Choir.

Legacy[edit]

Pixies vocalist Black Francis says this album was a big one for him: "I realize there's a certain kind of vocalizing I do that takes its cue from Leon Russell. He sang in a southern accent but it was very blown-out and exaggerated, very free and loose." [2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Leon Russell, except where indicated.

  1. "A Song for You" – 4:08
  2. "Dixie Lullaby" (Russell, Chris Stainton) – 2:35
  3. "I Put a Spell on You" – 4:12
  4. "Shoot Out on the Plantation" – 3:13
  5. "Hummingbird" – 4:02
  6. "Delta Lady" – 4:05
  7. "Prince of Peace" (Russell, Greg Dempsey) – 3:05
  8. "Give Peace a Chance" (Russell, Bonnie Bramlett) – 2:23
  9. "Hurtsome Body" – 3:39
  10. "Pisces Apple Lady" – 2:53
  11. "Roll Away the Stone" (Russell, Dempsey) – 3:10

The CD re-issue contains the following bonus tracks:

  1. "Masters of War" (Bob Dylan) - 1:24
  2. "New Sweet Home Chicago" (Russell, Marc Benno) - 3:11
  3. "Jammin' with Eric" (Russell, Eric Clapton) - 4:14
  4. "Indian Girl" - 4:08
  5. "Shootout on the Plantation" (Piano version) - 3:31
  6. "(Can't Seem To) Get a Line on You" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) - 4:16

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leon Russell (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Fox, Killian (June 28, 2014). "Black Francis: soundtrack of my life". The Guardian. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1977). "1970 – And God Had Indigestion". All Together Now – The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975 (Second ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 87. ISBN 0-345-25680-8.