Leon Live

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Leon Live would probably loom larger in the memories of more fans today if only it hadn't come out after Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen which was almost more a showcase for Russell and his band than it was for Cocker and The Concert for Bangladesh, which, between them, gave everyone a lengthy preview of Russell's live act. On the other hand, it is 100 minutes of Russell's concert work in one place, which is either very compelling or a little too intense for most peoples' tastes. Russell was the leading white practitioner of big band rock in the early 1970s, and his sound was something new for most of the listeners he attracted -- the Rolling Stones may have brought ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Leon Live would probably loom larger in the memories of more fans today if only it hadn't come out after Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen which was almost more a showcase for Russell and his band than it was for Cocker and The Concert for Bangladesh, which, between them, gave everyone a lengthy preview of Russell's live act. On the other hand, it is 100 minutes of Russell's concert work in one place, which is either very compelling or a little too intense for most peoples' tastes. Russell was the leading white practitioner of big band rock in the early 1970s, and his sound was something new for most of the listeners he attracted -- the Rolling Stones may have brought aboard a horn section and pianist to their stage act, but Russell was the real article, leading an octet complete with two pianists and five backup singers, doing a descendant of 1950s-style R&B of a kind that had been banished from the airwaves since the early 1960s, apart from some one-off successes like John Fred & His Playboy Band. Russell plays an authentic, classic New Orleans-style R&B, melded successfully to Bob Dylan's "The Mighty Quinn" in the "Mighty Quinn Medley" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash," among other then-recent rock songs -- mostly he animates his music and his singers and, from the sound of it, his audience for 11 minutes at a clip, with a sound that manages to be massive yet highly articulate, his band's pounding, driving impact leaving lots of room for Don Preston's and Joey Cooper's guitars to cut through. Appearing at the height of Russell's fame, this was originally a triple LP and one of the most successful of its era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/1996
  • Label: The Right Stuff
  • UPC: 724383826728
  • Catalog Number: 38267
  • Sales rank: 26,621

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leon Russell Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Chuck Blackwell Drums
Ambrose Campbell Percussion, Conga, Drums
Joey Cooper Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
John Gallie Organ, Keyboards
Rev. Patrick Henderson Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Phyllis Lindsey Vocals
Don Preston Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Carl Radle Bass
Nawasa Crowder Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Mick Jagger Composer
Leon Russell Composer, Producer, Contributor
Jerry Leiber Composer
Denny Cordell Producer
Rev. Patrick Henderson Arranger
Doc Pomus Composer
Don Preston Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Tom Cartwright Reissue Producer
Ellis Widner Liner Notes
Jason Arnold Mastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Raw, One-of-a-Kind Stage Performance

    Leon Live is like a rock-and-roll gospel revival on speed. Blues, soul, and gospel music join some good old-fashioned piano-banging rock that would have made Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard blush.

    The Mighty Quinn Medley begins the album with a bang, taking listeners on a caustic ride through I'll Take You There, Idol with the Golden Head, and I Serve a Living Savior. In this case, trust me, you ain't seen nothing like the Mighty, Mighty Quinn.

    From there, Leon attacks some of his best songs with a blazing tempo and gritty vocals. Leon takes a step away from the microphone for the touching gospel songs Some Day and Sweeping through the City before closing the set with almost 30 minutes of blazing medleys. A great listen for anyone who loves the raw, blistering live music of the seventies.

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