Leon Russell’s take on “If I Were A Carpenter” was laid down in a Nashville jam session in 1974 with a group of friends including fellow Oklahoman J.J. Cale. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say: can someone please release those sessions? Here, the self-described ‘master of space and time’ works up what might be my favorite version of the oft-covered standard—fooling with the lyrics a bit—turning the song into some sort of cosmic plea from a burnt out, acid casualty, rockstar from the 70s. As with everything the man touches, the results are just dripping with that Oklahoma soul only Leon can deliver.
MP3: Leon Russell :: If I Were A Carpenter