Dark Horse Records has rereleased Signature Songs, a greatest hits collection of solo piano and vocal recordings by seminal musician, composer, and performer Leon Russell. Originally released in 2001 and long out-of-print, Signature Songs is available on CD, digital download, and has been pressed for the very first time on vinyl.
Signature Songs includes stripped-down and alternate takes on songs from across Russell’s canon, from “A Song For You,” to his own classic songs, “Tight Rope,” “Stranger In A Strange Land,” “The Masquerade” and “Lady Blue.”
Russell was a genre-defying, multi-talented artist who had a long friendship with Dark Horse Records founder George Harrison, including his contribution to 1971’s Concert for Bangladesh.
Known as “The Master of Space and Time,” Russell appeared on over four hundred albums during his 50-year career, spanning his own solo work and collaborations Elton John, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Eric Clapton, Delaney and Bonnie, Willie Nelson, Rita Coolidge, Dave Mason, Freddie King, J.J. Cale, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bonnie Raitt, and countless others.
Inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2011, Russell also filled stadiums on solo tours as well as serving as organizer/performer of Joe Cocker’s “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour.