The Best of Leon Russell

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2011
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099907104428
  • Catalog Number: 71044
  • Sales rank: 3,656

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
T Bone Burnett Producer
Doc Pomus Composer
Don Preston Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Mae Boren Axton Composer
Johnny Barbis Executive Producer
Steve Todoroff Cover Image
Tommy Durden Composer
Susan Lavoie Art Direction
Jerry Lieber Composer
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