Best Leon Russell Songs


The Top TenXW

1Back to the Island
2A Song for You
3Stranger in a Strange Land
4Lady Blue
5Roll Away the Stone
6Delta Lady
8Out in the Woods
10Tight Rope

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A simply Fantastic, transcendent song, written by Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell and first recorded by Delaney & Bonnie & Friends (including Eric Clapton & Russell).
Many have covered it with the first real popularity (& in my humble opinion the definitive version) being Rita Coolidge's lead vocals backed by Leon & his band, and the most popular success probably by The Carpenters. Doesn't get much better than this one, folks! - Billyv

12Shootout On the Plantation
13This Masquerade
14Little Hideaway
15The Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen
16Laying Right Here In Heaven
17Stay Away from Sad Songs
18If It Wasn't for Bad
19Beware of Darkness

Though I didn't state it, I intended this to be songs he wrote or co-wrote and not some of the great covers he's done or his great accompaniment. I haven't heard this one done primarily by him but it was great when he did it with George Harrison in The Concert for Bangladesh.
Among other great covers, I love several of his interpretations of Dylan songs as well as the great performance of Jumpin Jack Flash/Youngblood medley also on "Bangladesh" - Billyv

Leon does do a version of this very well by himself, but as noted the version on Bangladesh becomes something else on a higher plane.
There is actually a demo version by "The Beatles" on one of the "Anthology" discs, but Leon and George really are the best, and its saying something when someone can improve a Beatle version of one of their own.

Great. Thanks I'll look for it. I really appreciate his talent & stylings - Billyv

20Rainbow in Your Eyes
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1. Back to the Island
2. A Song for You
3. Stranger in a Strange Land



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