Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
LEON RUSSELL & THE SHELTER PEOPLE, has the feel of a rollicking road show. In fact, many of the players who appear here had been out on the road under Russell's direction as Joe Cocker's backing band, Mad Dogs & Englishmen... more »
LEON RUSSELL & THE SHELTER PEOPLE, has the feel of a rollicking road show. In fact, many of the players who appear here had been out on the road under Russell's direction as Joe Cocker's backing band, Mad Dogs & Englishmen (a fact chronicled on this album in "The Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen"). The original album was made up of eight Russell originals, two Bob Dylan covers, and a song by George Harrison (an incredible version of "Beware of Darkness"). This CD reissue has been extended to include three additional Dylan covers. The variety--country, gospel, blues, soul, and rock & roll--is seamlessly woven together by Russell's good-natured Oklahoma twang.
Beverly Praiswater | 09/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There is no musician who can compare to Leon Russell. He is a singer, a songwriter, an arranger, a musician, a producer, and more. His experiences with other artists in the music industry read like a Who's Who.
This collection from 1971 is full of energy. Some of my personal recommendations are Stranger in a Strange Land, Of Thee I Sing, Alcatraz, Beware of Darkness, Sweet Emily, It's All Over Now Baby Blue, Home Sweet Oklahoma, and The Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen.
If you love Leon's work this collection is a must-have. Also if you love Leon, visit his website and get the address for the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame to nominate him as an inductee while he is still around to enjoy the glory he so deserves."
Really fine music
Jersey Kid | Katy, Texas, America! | 01/06/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I read the song listing on this extended version reissue - three more cuts are included - I was a bit surprised to find that 5 of the 14 cuts are Dylan covers. I shouldn't have been because Russell cut his teeth as a 60s session player; a career that included his being in the house band on Shindig! His talent and virtuosity was likely enhanced by this work and nowhere is it more apparent than on this album. And, it is important to note that all the covers work well in terms of their being transmuted into effective, bluesy or honky tonk renditions.
This laid-back styling coupled with the enormous confidence and competence of the musicians and technical staff permeates all the tracks. It causes the performances to have a recorded live in the studio feel that exceeds the carefree attitude of Mad Dogs by eliminating the - at least to this reviewer - near-tragic chaos of Joe Cocker.
So, who is on this disc with Mr. Russell? Well, it includes a goodly portion of the members of Mad Dogs and Englishmen, as well as some other highly competent folks including Kathi MacDonald session singer par excellance and Janis Joplin's replacement in Big Brother & the Holding Company. It's also reported that Eric Clapton did some playing a la his work on The White Album. We also have early Stones' engineer Glyn Johns twirling the dials.
If forced to name a weak cut, it is the eponymus The Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen. That comment, however, should be taken with several grains of salt as no cut on the disc can or should be considered weak.
Best listened to with friends while all are in a moderately altered state of consciousness."
Tough critic | NC Piedmont | 08/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Truly one of the giant songwriters and musicians of the day. Stranger in a Strange Land was his second and best album. Has some of the best studio musicians of the day: Carl Radle on bass; Jim Gordon & Jim Keltner on drums; Chris Stainton (still tours with Clapton), Jesse Davis, and Leon himself on guitars; and singing background is Claudia Lennear (Jagger's real-life Brown Sugar and soon-to-be Ikette [Phew!]."