"Tight Rope" leads off Carney, and it's not just his biggest hit, it offers an excellent introduction to an off-kilter, confused, fascinating album. In a sense, it consolidates his two extremes, offering a side of fairly straightforward roots rock before delving headfirst into twisted psychedelia on the second side. On the whole, the second side deflates the first side, since it's just too fuzzy -- it's intriguing, at least in parts, but it never adds up to anything. Besides, the first side is already odd enough, but in a meaningful way; here, his fascination with Americana sideshows is married to songs that work, instead of just being vehicles for tripping in the studio. Of course, part of what makes Carney interesting is that it contains a bit of both, but interesting doesn't equal compelling, as the whole of Carney bears out.
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Performance CreditsLeon Russell Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Jim Keltner Bass
Chuck Blackwell Drums
Joey Cooper Guitar,Vocals
John Gallie Keyboards
Don Preston Guitar,Vocals
Carl Radle Bass
Technical CreditsLeon Russell Producer,Contributor
Denny Cordell Producer
Eddie Miller Composer
Tom Cartwright Reissue Producer
Gene Brownell Art Direction
C. R. Bridges Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Carney is a stone cold classic. Leon Russell was a Huge star in the seventies that somehow got forgotten in the eighties, but his music deserves to heard again today.
This is one of the cds you need to listen to,to become a true Leon Russell fan! These unique tunes will play again and again delightfully in your mind.From the piano "rain" in Manhattan Island Serenade to the calliope effect in Carney, you've gotta love it!
My mother played this brilliant man's music when I was growing up in the 70's. Chunky, plastic, 8-track tapes with songs that would stick in my head forever and a day. Listening to Carney now at 40, I can't begin to describe the happiness through the tears a few of these songs make me feel. The waters run deep. Mama raised her daughter on some good stuff I'll wager!!