Album Reviews: Macrodosing 1971 side steps by George Harrison, Leon Russell and Bob Dylan

Ooh, it’s the second entry of macrodosing: It’s about interlinked and side-stepping projects involving at least two out of three names: Harrison, Russell and Dylan. The starting point is a project involving all of them: George Harrison’s Concert for Bangla Desh (1971) which lured Dylan out of his non-performing period (with very good results), yet it’s Russell who steals the show with his gospel-soul-roots-ranting. Next up is, inevitably, Harrison’s All Things Must Pass (1970) from the year before, featuring a Dylan-song and setting him up commercially and artistically for the Bangla Desh event. What a classic. We continue with Russell’s proper solo debut Leon Russell from 1971 (before the Bangla Desh concert) – there’s a Dylan-song variant and Harrison plays on it (yet it’s hard to find anyone from 1971’s roots rock circuit not involved with this record). However, the album gets caught up in its own matted beard. We conclude with the Dylan-compilation Side Tracks from 2013, featuring the Russell-produced 1971-single „Watching the River Flow“ – apart from his appearance at the Bangla Desh Concert, this track might present Dylan’s biggest step back into business in his quiet phase between 1970 and 1973. Macrodose achieved!

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