Leon Russell

LeonRussell

At some point during the New Morning sessions, Dylan apparently decided that he did not want to work with Johnston anymore. For his next recording session, Dylan asked Leon Russell, who had made a name for himself through his work with Joe Cocker, to help him find a new sound.[9] Russell suggested that Dylan come record with him at Blue Rock Studios in New York City. It was the first time for Dylan to work with an independent producer, as opposed to an in-house Columbia one.

The session took place on March 16–19, 1971. Russell assembled a musical backing group that included Carl Radle, Jesse Ed Davis, and Jim Keltner. Dylan recorded a number of covers, among them "That Lucky Old Sun" and "Spanish Harlem", as well as two originals: "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and "Watching the River Flow" – the final song put on tape at the session. Russell recalls that when developing the song, the basic track was recorded first, before any words or melody were written. The track was based on in-studio jams done during the session. The music of "Watching the River Flow" has been described by different critics as a "Blues-powered sound", "featur[ing] some blistering guitar work... and rollicking piano work from Russell", and as "an energetic, funky-gospel rocker". Later during the session, Dylan wrote the lyrics and melody, which took him ten minutes. Biographer Clinton Heylin notes that Dylan borrowed lines from "The Water is Wide" and "Old Man River" for the composition.

Four and a half months after the recording session, on August 1, Russell backed Dylan on bass during his set at the Concert for Bangladesh, organized by George Harrison. In November 1971, Russell accompanied Dylan into the studio again to record Dylan's next single, "George Jackson". At this session also, Russell played bass. Russell has not recorded with Dylan since,[20] although they did tour together in 2011.





Leon Russell

Leon Russell

1970 early pressings of LP + CD reissues

Masters Of War

Mad Dogs & Englishmen

Mad Dogs & Englishmen

1970 - Live

Girl From The North Country (duet with Joe Cocker)

Leon Russell & The Shelter People

Leon Russell & The Shelter People

1971

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry

from the same sessions - CD reissue bonus tracks:

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Love Minus Zero/No Limit
She Belongs To Me

Leon Live

Leon Live

1972 - Live

The Mighty Quinn
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

Stop All That Jazz

Stop All That Jazz

1974

The Ballad Of Hollis Brown

Tangled Up In Blues: The Songs of Bob Dylan

Tangled Up In Blues: The Songs of Bob Dylan

1999

Watching The River Flow



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