October 7, 2015 – 2:22 pm

LEON RUSSELL R.I.P. 1942 - 2016

Leon Russell, the longhaired, scratchy-voiced pianist, guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who moved from playing countless recording sessions to making hits on his own, died on November 13, 2016 in Nashville. He was 74. His website said he had died in his sleep but gave no specific cause. Russell’s health had incurred significant setbacks in recent years. In 2010, he underwent surgery for a brain fluid leak and was treated for heart failure. In July he had a heart attack and was scheduled for further surgery, according to a news release from the historical society of Oklahoma, his home state. 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, Russell cut a flamboyant figure in the early ’70s. He led Joe Cocker’s band Mad Dogs & Englishmen, appeared at George Harrison’s 1971 Concert for Bangladesh in New York City and had numerous hits of his own, including “Tight Rope.” Many of his songs became hits for others, among them “Superstar” (written with Bonnie Bramlett) for the Carpenters, “Delta Lady” for Joe Cocker and “This Masquerade” for George Benson. More than 100 acts have recorded “A Song for You,” which Russell said he wrote in 10 minutes. - The New York Times

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Burlington 1987 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Hunts, Burlington, VT; July 28, 1987. Very good to excellent soundboard.

Thanks to kingrue for sharing the show at The Traders’ Den.

kingrue noted:

Here’s a rare sbd recording of Russell and Winter when they toured together back in the late ’80s. Leon does most of the singing for the first half, then Winter steps up to the mic and takes over. The quality on this tape is really good. If you like Leon and/or Edgar, this will be a nice addition to your collection. Thanks again to BR for supplying the tape.

taterrific1 commented at The Den: “This is a bizarre pairing, at least socially: one of the kings of the ’60s-’70s party culture and a guy who has been in Scientology since seemingly forever.” But they do make sweet music together. And Russell’s Somewhere Over The Rainbow is certainly a show-stopper, likewise Winter’s Frankenstein.

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Soundboard > unknown gen cassette (Sony UX)
Transfer: Sony TC-WE 475 > gold tipped cables > JVC XL-R2010 CD-RW (44.1 Hz)
Editing: Adobe Audition (phase correction) > Soundforge (editing & tracking) > Wav > TLH (SB’s aligned) Flac Level 8

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Track 01. Key To The Highway (cuts in) 2:45 (4.6MB)
Track 02. Undercover Man 4:11 (7.0MB)
Track 03. Dixie Lullaby 4:59 (8.4MB)
Track 04. Fly Away 7:37 (12.8MB)
Track 05. Stranger In A Strange Land 5:16 (8.8MB)
Track 06. Free Ride (Winter) 3:42 (6.2MB)
Track 07. Somewhere Over The Rainbow 6:38 (11.1MB)
Track 08. This Masquerade 6:39 (11.2MB)
Track 09. Lady Blue 3:28 (5.8MB)
Track 10. Dying To Live (fades in) (Winter) 4:26 (7.5MB)
Track 11. A Song for You 7:32 (12.7MB)
Track 12. Keep Playing That Rock n Roll (Winter) 4:42 (7.9MB)
Track 13. Hold On I’m Coming (Winter) 2:44 (4.6MB)
Track 14. Frankenstein (Winter) 12:11 (20.5MB)
Track 15. Roll Over Beethoven (Winter) 2:05 (3.5MB)
Track 16. Have Some Fun Tonight (Winter) 1:31 (2.5MB)
81 mins

Note: Overburn to keep all the tracks onto one audio CD.

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  2. I like each of these artists. On playback, you might like a little more bass. Edgar Winter Group in 1974 at Los Angeles Forum rocked Frankenstein with a bass that filled the place. They played a very long version, and it was great. This is a very clear recording. Thank you.

    By ScarRad on Oct 7, 2015

  3. I was at this show - all that white hair! Hunt’s was a small club which occasionally had national acts - even the worst seats were no more than 50 feet away, and from the front row you could rest your feet on the stage. It was great to see these two icons together - I look forward to hearing the show so many years later. Thanks, BigO!

    By Rick on Oct 7, 2015

  4. Not sure who is which- one of the kings of the ’60s-’70s party culture and a guy who has been in Scientology since seemingly forever. Please explain

    By Tunafan on Oct 8, 2015

  5. leon /king
    edgar is the scientology doofus.

    By sluggo on Oct 8, 2015

  6. edgar seems to be channeling michael bolton to excess on track 04. otherwise he plays a damn good alto sax. thx bigO.

    By barth on Oct 9, 2015

  7. Track 16 is LONG TALL SALLY, co-written and popularized by Little Richard, and made most famous by the Beatles to the following generation.

    By Woodstock69Vet on Oct 9, 2015

  8. Thanks for the info Sluggo

    By Tunafan on Oct 9, 2015

  9. Thanks, 7/28 is my b’day, & these guys are both great. jimg

    By jimg on Oct 13, 2015

  10. Free Ride was written by Dan Hartman, Roll Over Beethoven was written by Chuck Berry, Hold On I’m Coming was written by Issac Hayes and David Porter and the final track is Long Tall Sally written by Little Richard.

    Thanks for the download of a fun show.

    By Andrew on Nov 18, 2016

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