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The Union


The release of the highly anticipated collaboration between two musical legends, Sir Elton John and Leon Russell with The Union. This album marks the first time these iconic artists have worked together since 1970.

Produced by Oscar and Grammy winning producer T Bone Burnett, who won the 2010 Grammy for producing Raising Sand with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, The Union features songs written by John and his lifelong lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as in combination with the extraordinary talents of Russell and Burnett.

Recorded live in the studio with John and Russell on dueling pianos, the album features a variety of musical genres from R&B, soul, gospel, country, pop and rock. Icons Neil Young and Brian Wilson provide guest vocals on the 16-track record along with legendary R&B organist Booker T. Jones, steel guitarist Robert Randolph and a 10-piece gospel choir.

1 If It Wasn't for Bad
2 Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes
3 Hey Ahab
4 Gone To Shiloh
5 Hearts Have Turned To Stone
6 Jimmie Rodgers' Dream
7 There's No Tomorrow
8 Monkey Suit
9 The Best Part Of The Day
10 A Dream Come True
11 I Should Have Sent Roses
12 When Love Is Dying
14 Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)
15 In The Hands of Angels
Album: The Union
# Song Title   Time
1)    If It Wasn't for Bad
2)    Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes
3)    Hey Ahab
4)    Gone to Shiloh
5)    Jimmie Rodgers' Dream
6)    There's No Tomorrow
7)    Monkey Suit
8)    Best Part of the Day, The
9)    Dream Come True, A
10)    When Love Is Dying
11)    I Should Have Sent Roses
12)    Hearts Have Turned to Stone
13)    Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)
14)    In the Hands of Angels
15)    Mandalay Again
16)    My Kind of Hell
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Performer Notes
  • Elton John pays tribute to his longtime "idol" Leon Russell by recording a full album with the maverick singer/songwriter. Assisted by producer T-Bone Burnett, the duo recorded a set of new original songs-co-authored by John's longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin -- live in the studio, creating an authentically soulful blend of blues, R&B, country, gospel and rock & roll.
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n often-brilliant album of Southern-fried grooves and gospel-soul ballads..."

Clash (magazine) - "Piano licks are traded with joyous abandon, and the spirit of intimacy shines through."

Uncut (magazine) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This gathering of old-timers with something still to say, if not prove, seems special indeed."
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