Leon Russell and the Shelter People

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Leon Russell and The Shelter People
Studio album by Leon Russell
Released 1971
Recorded September – December 1970
Genre Pop, rock
Label Shelter
Producer Leon Russell, Denny Cordell
Leon Russell chronology
Leon Russell
(1970)
Leon Russell and The Shelter People
(1971)
Asylum Choir II
(1971)

Leon Russell and the Shelter People is the second solo album by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Leon Russell, released in 1971. It peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 200.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

In his Allmusic review, critic Mike DeGagne called "The Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen" the highlight of the album and wrote "On the whole, Leon Russell and the Shelter People is an entertaining and more importantly, revealing exposition of Russell's music when he was in his prime. ... Carney is an introspective piece which holds up a little better from a songwriting standpoint, but this album does a better job at bearing his proficiency as a well-rounded musician."[1] Critic [

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Leon Russell; except where indicated

  1. "Stranger in a Strange Land" (Russell, Don Preston) – 4:01
  2. "Of Thee I Sing" (Russell, Don Preston) – 4:22
  3. "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" (Bob Dylan) – 5:08
  4. "Crystal Closet Queen" – 2:59
  5. "Home Sweet Oklahoma" – 3:26
  6. "Alcatraz" – 3:51
  7. "The Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen" – 3:51
  8. "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" (Dylan) – 4:00
  9. "She Smiles Like a River" – 2:58
  10. "Sweet Emily" – 3:20
  11. "Beware of Darkness" (George Harrison) – 4:40
    The CD re-issue contains the following bonus tracks:
  12. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (Dylan) - 3:38
  13. "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" (Dylan) - 3:19
  14. "She Belongs to Me" (Dylan) - 3:26

Personnel[edit]

Production notes:

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1971 Billboard 200 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b DeGagne, Mike. "Leon Russell and the Shelter People > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Leon Russell and the Shelter People > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved November 23, 2010.