Leon Russel draws the balance of his life with his current album. The man who already appeared so finished at the "Concert For Bangla Desh" that nobody would have believed him capable of more than two to three more years, now brings it to 74 Lenze. Russell has done an impressive job - besides records with Phil Spector and several hundred singles, he can look back on a remarkable solo career. "Life Journey reflects the diversity of his life. Outstanding big band sounds in the style of Frank Sinatra ("I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good") as well as a thoughtful singer-songwriter, where you can imagine Russell in a smoky bar ("Fool's Paradise"), are one side of the album. Fun-loving Dixie ("Down In Dixieland"), a blues cover version in the style of New Orleans Jazz ("Come On In My Kitchen") and offensive but sophisticated Rock'n'Roll ("Fever") present the earthy side of the artist. Without the dedicated help of his buddy Elton John the album would never have been realized: A music industry in the youth madness forgets all too quickly the real heroes.
Top track: Come On In My Kitchen