I first remember getting into music around 1972. At that time AM radio was king, I hadn’t learned about the Beatles, the Stones, or the Who, and my favorite group was the Carpenters. I remember singing along to their mega hit “Top of the World” in the back seat of my parents 1962 Chevy Impala. What can I say, my dad listened to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and my mom only listened to Classical music. I had no one to guide me in the world of popular music. “Top of the World” was featured on the Carpenters’ album “A Song For You”. It wasn’t until years later that I learned that “A Song for You” was written and released by Leon Russell on his self titled debut album in 1970.
I normally play “A Song for You” from Leon’s album “Signature Songs”. Make sure to use this recording when auditioning speakers. A good pair of speakers should be able to reproduce both the dynamics and reverberation from his piano.
Check out Leon singing “A Song for You” live below.