Leon Russell and the Shelter People

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Leon Russell and The Shelter People
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Studio album by Leon Russell
Released May 3, 1971
Recorded August 23–26, September, December 23, 1970, and January 1971 at Island Studios, London; A&M Studios, Hollywood; Skyhill/Shelter Studios, Hollywood; and Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama[1]
Genre Pop, rock
Label Shelter
Producer Leon Russell, Denny Cordell
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Leon Russell and the Shelter People is the second solo album by the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leon Russell, released in 1971. It peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 200 in the United States.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B[3]

In a review for Allmusic, the 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."[2]

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:

  1. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (Dylan) – 3:38
  2. "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" (Dylan) – 3:19
  3. "She Belongs to Me" (Dylan) – 3:26




Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1971 Billboard 200 17


  1. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Leon-Russell-Leon-Russell-And-The-Shelter-People/release/1380572
  2. ^ a b DeGagne, Mike. "Leon Russell and the Shelter People > Review". Allmusic. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Leon Russell and the Shelter People > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved November 23, 2010.