This Leon Russell and friends performance from 1970 is a contender for greatest thing ever. Fantastic music. Impeccable historical document. Includes Jim Horn, Furry Lewis, Don Preston, Carl Radle… and a bunch of their children…
The following information all comes from this very interesting website dedicated to 1970s bootleg recordings. This broadcast was very widely bootlegged.
This show – Homewood Session, Vine Street Theatre, Hollywood, CA – was originally broadcast on December 5, 1970 (US TV, KCET Los Angeles). A note adds:
The Vine Street Theatre had a little studio in the back part of the building. The show is billed on the theatre marquee at the beginning as “The Vine Street Theatre presents Homewood”, but the on air host calls it “Session”. They actually shot six hours but only broadcast one hour. As Leon says in the opening intro from when it was rebroadcast, it was unscripted and unrehearsed. Leon also says that it was the first national broadcast of a “stereo” rock and roll performance but that would have required an FM simulcast, since American television was not stereo in 1970 or even in the 1980s when this was probably rebroadcast.
“Session – Leon Russell and Friends”:
One of the most copied bootlegs of 1971.