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Poised between his past as a top Wrecking Crew session man (Phil Spector, The Byrd’s, Sonny And Cher) and assistant to Liberty A&R head Snuff Garret, and his future as a 1970s rock superstar, Leon Russell teamed up with his Texas psych buddy Marc Benno to work with Gene Clark, Harpers Bizarre and Gary Lewis in their new studio, eventually making this unusual and breathtaking album. Intended as a state-of-the- art, quasi-psychedelic statement: from the lead-off ‘Welcome To Hollywood’ to the bizarre ‘suite’ ‘Episode Containing 3 Songs’, ‘N/Y. Op.’, ‘Land of Dog’, ‘Mr. Henri The Clown’, the album attracted rave reviews from all the hip critics, but sadly proved a commercial non-entity.
Possibly having a ‘offensive’ cover didn’t help…so we include for your delectation a choice of that, the replacement, and the rather groovy UK cover: can’t be bad! Russell, post-Mad Dogs And Englishmen a bona fide superstar, purchased the band’s unreleased second album and released it on his own Shelter Records, to rather better sales. Here once more is this amazing lost gem, intensified in Rev Ola style, and ready to work it’s magic! A great-lost psychedelic nugget by one of the major rock superstars! Wonderfully re-mastered in the most painstaking RevOla way and with the usual amazing RevOla packaging with very special notes!
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