There’s been a resurgence of interest in Leon Russell lately, with a tribute album (A Song For Leon) and a biography (Leon Russell: The Master of Space and Time’s Journey Through Rock & Roll History) both out this spring.

I’ve been a fan for a long time – “A Song for You” (especially the Donny Hathaway version, but really in many of its versions) is one of my all time favorites.

This was essentially his second “solo” album, following after Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen in 1970 for which Russell basically played bandleader and arranger. The track “The Ballad Of Mad Dogs And Englishmen” is taken from the film.

Shelter records went through a trademark dispute with DC Comics over the upside down Superman logo and for a time distributed records with a black bar over that – but this copy has the S visible.

My copy has one of the lyric sheets that looks like it’s been annotated and signed – but it’s all printed, not actually signed. Via a record fair at Mill No. 5 in Lowell MA.