LEON REDBONE On The Track (1975) + Double Time (1977)


On The Track (1975)
Double Time (1977)
Another Of Life’s Little Mysteries

Most of Leon Redbone’s original fans first heard him at exactly the same time, on the February 28th, 1976 episode of NBC’s Saturday Night (a.k.a. Saturday Night Live). It was a different era, musically speaking, when an unknown artist’s appearance on a television show could have a major impact on sales and launch an entire career. Redbone didn’t “go viral.” In fact, the performance wouldn’t even be seen again until summer reruns, so if you broke through on TV in those days, you were really making an impression on people. Why and how was as big a mystery as Redbone was himself, whose quiet, mysterious and ageless manner was in stark contrast to almost any other popular artist of the time. It all seemed like a put on, but the music was undeniably appealing. He sang ancient blues, jazz and ragtime standards with a rich, smoldering baritone, while his Mount Rushmore stage presence suggested a wry, tongue-in-cheek manner that – as people would eventually come to learn – wasn’t really tongue-in-cheek at all. Not surprisingly… these first two albums have lost none of their appeal, coming up on 40 years later. The music, as well as Redbone’s delivery, is still timeless, and On The Track, his debut, boasts one of the all-time great Warner Bros. album covers. Find On The Track (HERE) and Double Time (HERE) cheap at Amazon.


On The Track
Sweet Mama Hurry Home Or I’ll Be Gone (
2:49)
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (4:03
)
My Walking Stick (3:41)
Lazy Bones (3:06)
Marie (4:24)
Desert Blues (Big Chief Buffalo Nickel) (3:42)
Lulu’s Back In Town (2:34)
Some of These Days (3:16)
Big Time Woman (2:44)
Haunted House (4:58)
Polly Wolly Doodle (2:56)

DOUBLE TIME
Diddy Wa Diddie (3:05)
Nobody’s Sweetheart (2:13)
Shine On Harvest Moon (3:21)
Crazy Blues (4:16)
Mississippi Delta Blues (1:44)
Mr. Jelly Roll Baker (3:43)
My Melancholy Baby (3:10)
The Sheik Of Araby (2:31)
Mississippi River Blues (3:05)
Winin’ Boy Blues (4:17)
If We Never Meet Again This Side Of Heaven (3:18)

19 Comments

  • 1
    Capt. Willard
    October 30, 2010 - 19:07 | Permalink

    Find it HERE, among other places.

  • 2
    diegoncio
    November 22, 2011 - 08:24 | Permalink

    Hi Willard:
    Thanks for sharing all these gems, and specially for let me know leon redbone, a real entertainer!!!again thanks from Uruguay!!

  • 4
    Dave
    September 29, 2013 - 17:01 | Permalink

    Nice. thanks for the up!

  • 5
    Muddy
    September 29, 2013 - 20:52 | Permalink

    That is indeed an awesome cover for On The Track. You can see a bit of Michigan J. Frog here…

  • 6
    Muddy
    September 29, 2013 - 20:55 | Permalink

    that is, you can see more of the frog here: http://youtu.be/MsROL4Kf8QY

    • 7
      Willard
      September 29, 2013 - 21:36 | Permalink

      One of the greatest cartoons ever made.

  • 8
    courtney
    September 30, 2013 - 17:04 | Permalink

    Was thinking about Leon while listening to Pokey LaFarge the other day. As I recall, when he made his mysterious debut on the world’s stage, LR impressed Dylan himself with his mastery of the anachronistic. Saw him once in ’74 and get a chance to see him next month and I’ll bet he hasn’t changed one iota in the interval…and thanks for the post!

    • 9
      Willard
      September 30, 2013 - 17:16 | Permalink

      Caught him in the mid-80s and he was no different (thankfully).

  • 10
    n0nesuch
    September 30, 2013 - 17:14 | Permalink

    I’ll be watching Leon Redbone at the Altamont in Asheville, NC this Friday. :)

    Thanks for the upload Willard!

  • 11
    October 1, 2013 - 07:21 | Permalink

    Musical Brussels sprouts. Hated them as a kid, love them as an adult. I saw Redbone on Saturday Night years ago and was unmoved – creeped out, even. Now, a zillion years later, I barely listen to the Atomic Rooster and Blue Cheer. But Leon Redbone? Essential stuff. Thanks.

  • 12
    October 2, 2013 - 20:56 | Permalink

    Here’s another who first heard him via SNL. Loved “Shine On Harvest Moon”, went out and bought that album the next day. Nice version of “Diddy Wah Diddy”, too, and I still get a laugh out of the lyric and his delivery of same.

  • 13
    October 3, 2013 - 01:40 | Permalink

    Already have this, but it is great stuff. I was 13 when I saw this SNL episode, and I remember talking about Leon in school a few days later. We didn’t know what to make of him, but I’ve been a fan ever since.
    Great job, Cap’n.

  • 14
    The Hat
    October 3, 2013 - 08:08 | Permalink

    There was a fairly big ragtime guitar craze going at the time of his debut. I thank that played some part in his catching on so well. Just a unique and very talented guy. That’s what people like.

  • 15
    Hank
    October 5, 2013 - 11:03 | Permalink

    Thank you very much Captain!

  • 16
    Gatz
    October 6, 2013 - 08:14 | Permalink

    I’ve been enjoying these for a few days now; they go perfectly with some unexpected late summer sunshine. Lovely stuff!

  • 17
    Ace K.
    October 6, 2013 - 17:04 | Permalink

    I also remember that appearance on “Saturday Night” aka “Saturday Night Live”. His atypical approach and appearance (to say the least) and the appearance of the Looney Tunes frog on his LP cover had us all baffled in the backwater where I lived. It didn’t spark any sales, but it was something we would talk about for years.

    Ace K.

  • 18
    Mark
    October 6, 2013 - 20:45 | Permalink

    Thanks, I remember seeing SNL back then and his performance, memorable!

  • 19
    Iggy
    October 16, 2013 - 11:09 | Permalink

    Thanks for the nice Leon, Sir. I’ve never concentrated on his work, so I’m looking forward to this kind offering. All the best,

    Iggy

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