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Leon Russell and the Shelter People

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Released  May 3, 1971
Artist  Leon Russell
Label  Shelter Records
Leon Russell and the Shelter People (1971)  Asylum Choir II (1971)
Release date  3 May 1971
Genres  Rock music, Pop music
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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
Producers  Leon Russell, Denny Cordell
Similar  Leon Russell albums, Rock music albums

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.

Contents

Reception

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."

Track listing

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

Personnel

  • Leon Russell – vocals, guitar, piano, organ
  • Jesse Ed Davis – guitar
  • Claudia Lennear – vocals
  • Jim Price – organ
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Jim Gordon – drums
  • Barry Beckett – organ
  • Chuck Blackwell – drums
  • Joey Cooper – guitar, vocals
  • John Gallie – organ
  • Roger Hawkins – drums
  • David Hood – bass guitar
  • Jimmy Johnson – guitar
  • Kathi McDonald – vocals
  • Don Preston – guitar, vocals
  • Carl Radle – bass guitar
  • Chris Stainton – guitar
  • Production

  • Leon Russell – producer
  • Denny Cordell – producer
  • Terry Manning – Moog programmer, engineer
  • Glyn Johns – engineer
  • Andy Johns – engineer
  • Nick DeCaro – string arrangements
  • Covers

  • "Alcatraz" - was covered by Nazareth on their 1973 album Razamanaz
  • Songs

    1Stranger In A Strange Land4:03
    2Of Thee I Sing4:24
    3It’s a Hard Rain Gonna Fall5:11

    References

    Leon Russell and the Shelter People Wikipedia


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