The brand new ‘The Best Of Leon Russell’ album from EMI spans the entire career of the music legend through to his most recent album with Elton John.
Russell is touring Australia for the first time since the 70s this month and is one of the stars of Bluesfest across Easter in Byron Bay.
The Best of Leon Russell features ‘If It Wasn’t For The Bad’ from his 2010 album ‘The Union’ with Elton John and includes his performance of ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash / Youngblood’ from the legendary 1971 The Concert for Bangladesh’ with George Harrison.
Russell hits included are ‘A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall’ and ‘Tight Tope’. His original versions of songs he wrote as hits for others featured included ‘This Masquerade’ (George Benson), ‘A Song For You’ (The Carpenters) and ‘Delta Lady’ (Joe Cocker).
Leon Russell will perform on Bluesfest on April 26 and:
April 22, Sydney, State Theatre
April 25, Melbourne, The Palais
The Best of Leon Russell tracklisting is:
1. Tryin' To Stay 'Live
2. Shoot Out On The Plantation
3. If It Wasn’t For Bad (Elton John & Leon Russell) [from The Union]
4. A Song For You
6. Tight Rope
7. Delta Lady
8. Stranger In A Strange Land
9. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
10. This Masquerade
11. Out In The Woods
12. If I Were A Carpenter
13. Heartbreak Hotel (with Willie Nelson) [from Willie & Leon: One For The Road]
14. Lady Blue
15. Back To The Island
16. Jumpin’ Jack Flash / Youngblood (Medley) (Live) [from The Concert For Bangladesh]
VIDEO: Gregory Page, watch his performance at Undercover for uSessions: