Carney

Leon Russell


It was the top-rated Carney, Russell's most famous album, that put him into the league of extraordinary musicians.

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exclusive VMP Curated Pick
label Analogue Productions
mastering engineer Kevin Gray
mastering studio Cohearent Audio
pressing location Quality Record Pressings (QRP)
release type Reissue
remastering details Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original master tapes

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1lp

format

1972

original release year

331/3
rpm

speed

12
inch

vinyl size

200
gram

weight

Description


With his trademark top hat, hair well past his shoulders, a long, lush beard, an Oklahoma drawl and his fingers splashing two-fisted barrelhouse piano chords, future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Leon Russell cut a flamboyant figure in the early 1970s. He recorded his first hit single "Tight Rope" with the release of his third, and most successful album Carney, in 1972, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200.

Two years earlier Russell had already played on hundreds of songs as one of the top studio musicians in Los Angeles. As a member of the famed Wrecking Crew, the loose-knit circle of Los Angeles' finest studio musicians who contributed to hundreds of chart-topping singles, he played on the Ronettes' "Be My Baby," and Jan & Dean's "The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)." Russell, the Oklahoma-born pianist, guitarist, songwriter and bandleader led Joe Cocker's band Mad Dogs & Englishmen, appeared at George Harrison's 1971 Concert for Bangladesh in New York City, and composed numerous hits of his own. He was in Phil Spector's Wall of Sound Orchestra, and played sessions for Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, the Ventures and the Monkees, among many others.

But it was the top-rated Carney, reissued here on an audibly exquisite 200-gram LP from Analogue Productions, that put Russell into the league of extraordinary musicians. Soulful roots-rock yields to dizzying psychedelia on Russell's most famous album.

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