The Best of Leon Russell

The Best of Leon Russell

by Leon RussellLeon Russell

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Its release precipitated by the success of 2010's highly touted Elton John collaboration The Union, Capitol's 2011 The Best of Leon Russell is a necessary addition to Russell's catalog in a number of way. Not only is it designed to hook in those listeners who discovered or rediscovered the eccentric pianist via The Union -- "If It Wasn't for Bad," a selection from that 2010 LP, is placed right up front among the 16 songs -- but Russell hasn't had a compilation since 1997, when the Right Stuff released the single-disc Retrospective, a distillation of the previous year's double-disc Gimme Shelter, so it's time for a new disc. The Best of Leon Russell does its job very well, hitting all the obvious high points -- "A Song for You," "Hummingbird," "Tight Rope," and "Delta Lady" all follow in succession -- downplaying his Hank Wilson records a little but stopping for a duet with Willie Nelson on "Heartbreak Hotel" and finding space for his "Jumpin' Jack Flash/Youngblood" medley from The Concert for Bangladesh. Perhaps there are certain eccentricities that could have been included but this best-of provides the basics in a thoroughly entertaining fashion.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/05/2011
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099907104428
catalogNumber: 71044
Rank: 7003

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leon Russell   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Tim Hardin   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Marc Benno   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Don Preston   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Johnny Barbis   Executive Producer
Steve Todoroff   Cover Image
Tommy Durden   Composer
Susan Lavoie   Art Direction

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