Thursday, April 10, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: LEON RUSSELL - LIFE JOURNEY
The album was produced by Tommy LiPuma, who brings in his big orchestra for the classics, which sounds completely at odds with Russell's country boogie voice. Sadly, that instrument is out of tune too, as Russell has now lost much of the (limited) range he once had, and most of the power. He sounded much better on The Union. The most enjoyable tracks here are without the orchestra, such as the uptempo combo take on Robert Johnson's Come On In My Kitchen, and some of the old spark on his own tune, Down In Dixieland. Russell calls this a record of his musical journey through this life, but oddly, he's never taken the horns and strings path before. There may be a point here, but I'm missing it.