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The Union (with Leon Russell)

25 Oct 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 25 Oct 2010
  • Release Date: 25 Oct 2010
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:03:13
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  • ASIN: B0045PI4UY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,696 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Oct 2010
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Well thats what the advertising blurb says. And for once I think its justified. Whether you buy the standard album or the deluxe edition you won't be disappointed. This is clearly an album Elton John made purely from the heart, to give Leon Russell the limelight back he deserves. As Elton says on the DVD there are no egos involved in this. So this isn't a superstar pairing designed to make money (well not for Elton anyway). In many ways Leon is the star on this. Its his Piano fills and licks that feature, where Eltons Piano playing is mostly relegated to rhythm parts - and thats how Elton wanted it.

The songs are written mainly by Elton, Leon and Bernie Taupin and there are some absolute corkers on here. The album starts with the wistful/romantic Piano introduction to Leon's "If it wasn't for bad", which turns into a great little rock tune. Leon (with Bernie Taupin) also contributes another standout track "I should have sent Roses". This is a marvellous song with an aching melody.

However if you think that Elton is outclassed by his hero you'd be completely wrong. "Hey Ahab" is a wonderfully rocking Gospel feel track and the Civil War ballad "Gone to Shiloh" is another standout from Elton and Bernie. A special mention for Neil Youngs contribution on this track, which gives it very much a Band like feel with three different vocalists taking the lead.

If I was being very critical I'd say there are a few tracks which seem like fillers - the sort of thing that would have appeared on a normal Elton John album (so still fine songs). However even these are lifted by the arrangements and T-Bone Burnetts production.

So where to place this in the cannon of these two great artists.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T. Phillips on 5 Nov 2010
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As others have said, the CD is fantastic. Wonderful to see Leon Russell still knocking it out so well. But don't waste your money on the so-called "deluxe edition". The DVD content is all interviews, and lasts barely 15 minutes. I feel it is a total rip off, and adds absolutely nothing to the overall package. I feel completely cheated out of several quid. Stick with the standard issue. You're missing nothing - not even if you atre a dyed in the wool Elton or Leon fan. This would have been a 5 star review, but I can't bring myself to do it, as a result.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Kenji on 25 Oct 2010
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This album is giving me more pleasure than any Elton album since the mid 70s. Recorded live, it's a soulful blend of gospel, blues, country and pop. It fits together beautifully, helped by T Bone Burnett's production with horns and female backing vocals adding colour.

The opener If It Wasn't for Bad is a feelgood upbeat catchy number, one of 4 written by Leon Russell without Elton, with romping pianos to the fore. The ballad Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes i find graceful and gently endearing. Hey Ahab is a highlight, Elton's strongest rocking track for ages, that reminded me of Billy Bones on the Rock of the Westies album. I could almost smell the sea and hear the crash of great waves and the whale. Gone to Shiloh is a masterpiece, one of my favourites in Elton's whole catalogue, a civil war song that would have suited early albums like Tumbleweed Connection. It's taken to to a higher level by Neil Young's beautiful middle verse, his voice sounding young and fresh as its April rain. Jimmy Rodgers' Dream has a pleasant country lilt, again reminiscent of Elton's classic early years. There's no Tomorrow may have a dirge-like tempo but also a rich dark mood with deep roots to be savoured and, co-written by The Mighty Hannibal, brought to mind a swaying New Orleans funeral march.

Monkey Suit is a rocker lifted well above recent Elton upbeat numbers when the brass section kicks in. Best Part of the Day is a ballad with moments that send tingles down my spine, while underlining the sense of togetherness. A Dream Come True has a cheerful infectious foot-tapping jingle, followed by When Love is Dying which at first seemed a bit inflated for the strength of its repeated chorus, but has grown on me.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Macpherson on 31 Oct 2010
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By going back to his roots Elton moves majestically forward.The songs here are as good as any he has penned with Bernie Taupin since the 70's. His championing of Leon Russell has clearly inspired everyone to up their game.This is an album that is poignant,upbeat,diverse and subtle....it demands multiple listening to reap the rewards.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By zaphod-B on 29 Oct 2010
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2 of the finest songwriters, musicians and vocalists ever. Nothing can really sum up how good this record is. It invokes that time when between 1969 and 1976 elton made 11 classic studio albums.
Leons profile and success may have gone in the opposite direction to his protegee but this is a man who wrote Song for You, Superstar, This Masquerade,Back to the Island. Classic songs from a man who played on all spectors tracks, Beach Boys,Dylan and was band leader for Delaney and Bonnie, Joe Cocker and had Beatles play on his albums.
A legend helping another legend back to the international stage. This album is beautiful and the reason it was made is one of the most uplifting stories in music.
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