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Leon Russell (Awaiting Repress)Pressed On 180-Gram Translucent Blue Vinyl
Leon Russell was born in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1941. He studied classical piano as a boy and took up trumpet in his teens. Not too many years later, he was on the road as a sideman to Jerry Lee Lewis and Ronnie Hawkins and ended-up on the west coast.
Leon remained in Los Angeles and quickly became one of the city’s more prominent studio musicians also often working as an arranger, conductor and producer. Russell was one of Phil Spector’s, “Wall of Sound” session people, he also played on The Byrds’, “Mr. Tambourine Man,” and arranged and co-wrote most of the big hits of pop star, Gary Lewis including She’s Just My Style” and “Everybody Loves a Clown.”
Leon Russell gained a higher public profile when the 1969 Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett album, “Accept No Substitute” became a major hit. Leon had arranged the album and played piano and guitar in his now distinctive style that became such a part of the sound of the group called Delaney & Bonnie and Friends.
Russell really skyrocketed when he got involved with Joe Cocker who was already a star. Cocker’s producer, Denny Cordell hired Leon to arrange and co-produce the new Cocker album which included more hits for Joe including Leon’s song, “Delta Lady.” When Cocker set out to tour the US he logically recruited Leon to serve as bandleader and arranger for the now legendary 1970 “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour. That renowned cross-country tour has been preserved as a feature film and live album.
Following the critical success of the tour, Russell’s reputation was strong enough that he and Cordell formed their own record company – Shelter – and launched the label with this very Leon Russell, “Leon Russell” album. The album features the first ever recording of “A Song For You” which has become one of Russell’s best-known songs with versions released over the years by more than 40 different artists including the Carpenters, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Willie Nelson, Helen Reddy, Whitney Houston, Elkie Brooks, Amy Winehouse, Donny Hathaway and Christina Aguilera.
The rest, as they say, is history for Russell was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, 2011 followed a few months later with induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.1. A Song For You
2. Dixie Lullaby
3. I Put A Spell On You
4. Shoot Out On The Plantation
6. Delta Lady
7. Prince Of Peace
8. Give Peace A Chance
9. Hurtsome Body
10. Pisces Apple Lady
11. Roll Away The Stone
$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedAWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Bill Evans At Town Hall Vol 1 (Pre-Order)Now on 180g Vinyl: One Of His Most Celebrated Live Recordings! "Beautifully-crafted live trio classic that showcases Evans at the peak of his powers."
Bill Evans virtually defined jazz piano in the sixties and beyond, and this is one of the best examples from the middle period in his career. As opposed to a number of his other releases, the piano sound is superb for that time period, and you can hear all the interplay, the fun, and the fierce concentration of these guys beautifully recorded and nicely balanced. "Town Hall" remains one of the stronger entries in the Bill Evans catalog.
This trio swings and the whole performance is a real delight. This was the last recording by longtime bassist Chuck Israels (who had joined the Trio in 1962) with Evans (the tastefully supportive drummer Arnold Wise completes the group), this live set features the group mostly performing lyrical and thoughtful standards. Highlights include "I Should Care," "Who Can I Turn To," and "My Foolish Heart." The most memorable piece, however, is the 13-and-a-half-minute "Solo: In Memory of His Father," an extensive unaccompanied exploration by Evans that partly uses a theme that became "Turn Out the Stars."
Many of Evans's compositions have become standards and have been played and recorded by many artists. Evans was honored with 31 Grammy nominations and seven awards and was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame.1. I Should Care
2. Spring Is Here
3. Who Can I Turn To
4. Make Someone Happy
5. Solo – In Memory of His Father Harry L. (Prologue/Improvisation on Two Themes/Story Line/Turn Out the Stars/Epilogue)
$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedPRE-ORDER Buy Now