On a Distant Shore

On a Distant Shore

by Leon Russell


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Recorded prior to his November 2016 death, On a Distant Shore isn't a strict return to the chintzy, homemade digital productions Leon Russell specialized in prior to his 2010 Elton John-assisted comeback The Union, but it's a far cry from the warmth of the 2014 solo affair Life Journey. With producer Mark Lambert, Russell favors a clean, crisp sound for On a Distant Shore, one that is in the same ballpark as the endless albums he released in the 2000s. Coming after the burnished The Union and Life Journey, the brightness of On a Distant Shore is a bit jarring, but it enhances the low-key California swing of "This Masquerade" -- a song happily in the vein of latter-day Steely Dan -- and can work well on a barrelhouse blues, too. When more elements are added into the production, like the backing band and synthesized orchestra on "Just Leaves and Grass," On a Distant Shore starts to wobble because it's clear it was done on the cheap. Consequently, the album doesn't feel as suitable a career capper as Life Journey, but as a coda it's not bad: it has a few worthy cuts and in its ungainly construction, it holds true to the weirdness of most of Russell's discography.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/2017
Label: Palmetto Records
UPC: 0753957218720
catalogNumber: 21872
Rank: 44231

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Performance Credits

Leon Russell   Primary Artist,Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Tony Harrell   Keyboards
Mark Lambert   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Leuzinger   Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar
Larry Hall   Guitar,Strings,Horn,Keyboards
Coco Bridges   Vocals
Drew Lambert   Bass
Andre Reiss   Guitar
Sugaree Noel Bridges   Vocals

Technical Credits

Leon Russell   Composer,Producer
Matt Harris   Composer
Eddie Kramer   Engineer
Mark Lambert   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Larry Hall   Orchestral Arrangements
Coco Bridges   Cover Painting
Shawn Davies   Graphic Design

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