Shelter Records publish ‘Leon Russell and the Shelter People’ (1971)

‘Leon Russell and the Shelter People’ is his second solo album released on May 3, 1971 by Shelter.

Track Listing : 1.Stranger In A Strange Land (Leon Russell, Don Preston) – 04:01 . 2.Of Thee I Sing (Leon Russell, Don Preston) – 04:22 . 3.A Hard Rain’S A-Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan) – 05:08 . 4.Crystal Closet Queen (Leon Russell) – 02:59 . 5.Home Sweet Oklahoma (Leon Russell) – 03:26 . 6.Alcatraz (Leon Russell) – 03:51 . 7.The Ballad Of Mad Dogs And Englishmen (Leon Russell) – 03:51 . 8.It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry (Bob Dylan) – 04:00 . 9.She Smiles Like A River (Leon Russell) – 02:58 . 10.Sweet Emily (Leon Russell) – 03:20 . 11.Beware Of Darkness (George Harrison) – 04:40

Musicians : Jesse Ed Davis – Guitar . Claudia Lennear – Vocals . Jim Price – Organ . Jim Keltner – Drums . Jim Gordon – Drums . Barry Beckett – Organ . Chuck Blackwell – Drums . Joey Cooper – Guitar, Vocals . John Gallie – Organ . Roger Hawkins – Drums . David Hood – Bass Guitar . Jimmy Johnson – Guitar . Kathi Mcdonald – Vocals . Don Preston – Guitar, Vocals . Carl Radle – Bass Guitar . Chris Stainton – Guitar

Production : Produced By Leon Russell, Denny Cordell . Terry Manning – Engineer . Glyn Johns – Engineer . Andy Johns – Engineer

Arrangements : Nick Decaro

Recorded August 23–26, September, December 23, 1970, And January 1971 At Island Studios, London; A&M Studios, Hollywood; Skyhill/Shelter Studios, Hollywood; Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama.

Released On May 3, 1971 By Shelter.

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allmusic
On the whole, Leon Russell and the Shelter People is an entertaining and more importantly, revealing exposition of Russell’s music when he was in his prime. […]

Spectrum Culture
Despite the safety of the past, the songs announce a love that keeps Russell pushing through the uncertainty of growing old. A notion confirmed on “She Smiles Like a River” and the penultimate track “Sweet Emily.” […]

Robert Christgau
His Okie-cum-Brooklyn (ersatz Nworleans?) drawl is the outcry of a confused homeboy driven to fuse rootsy eccentricities with masscult shtick and flash, and his meaningfulness clarifies nothing. […]

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