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The Union NTSC, CD+DVD


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Oct. 19 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: NTSC, CD+DVD
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • ASIN: B003ZSIJAC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
13. My Kind Of Hell
14. Mandalay Again
15. Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)
16. In The Hands Of Angels

Product Description

Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes bonus DVD that contains a 'making of' directed by Cameron Crowe. 2010 collaboration between Rock legends Elton John and Leon Russell. Produced by Oscar and multiple-Grammy award winning producer T-Bone Burnett, The Union was recorded live in the studio with Elton and Leon on dueling pianos. The album features a variety of musical genres from R & B, Soul, Gospel, Country, Pop and Rock. The album includes selections written by Elton and his lifelong lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as the combined incomparable songwriting team encompassing Leon, Elton, Bernie and T Bone.

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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kenji on Oct. 31 2010
Format: Audio CD
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 9 2010
Format: Audio CD
Although it's too often downbeat in tone, "The Union" is the best rock album of the year, and a most compelling example of superb songwriting from Elton John, Leon Russell, Bernie Taupin, T Bone Burnett and their collaborators. Without question, it is a most memorable, and a quite compelling, collection of songs covering such diverse styles as blues and gospel to country and folk. It's a long overdue collaboration between a fan and his mentor, between Elton John and Leon Russell, whose last collaboration was their United States tour back in the early 1970s. It's also a long overdue artistic resurrection of Leon Russell, whose singing and piano playing greatly influenced the young Elton John, and who is probably best remembered for crafting memorable songs like "Masquerade". While the subsequent years may not have been kind to Russell, his artistic stature is reaffirmed on this album, especially when he sings, with ample conviction, lead vocals on many of the tracks, most notably "Hearts Have Turned To Stone" (a solo composition on the deluxe CD version only), the album's first song "If It Wasn't For Bad" (another solo composition) and "I Should Have Sent Roses" (The very first song written for the album, co-written with Elton John's friend and long-time collaborator, lyricist Bernie Taupin.).

The Elton John/Bernie Taupin compositions which comprise most of "The Union" rank among their best, and will remind listeners of Elton's classic early 1970s work. "Gone To Shiloh", with mesmerizing vocals from Neil Young, could have been a song on "Tumbleweed Connection", but both the lyrics and melody show far more sophistication than many of the songs on that early Elton John classic.
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Format: Audio CD
As a life-long fan of Leon Russell's, it is lovely to see and hear him still playing amazing songs... especially as he was ill during the making of this CD. I'm hot and cold on Elton John, but am delighted he chose to honour a mentor and bring him back into the spotlight. The songs, co-written with Bernie Taupin are often melancholy, but they hook into one's life experiences. When Leon's southern blues/rock/gospel piano kicks in up-tempo, you have to sing and dance along.The musicians who dropped in, like Neil Young, make this collaboration extra special. Sad that the main CD is missing the 2 extra songs, but it is still a delightful gift to fans of both musicians and T-Bone Burnett.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Kennedy on May 26 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
We bought this CD last year and I have listened to it so many times
I can now sing along to every song.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Great Blue Heron on Dec 27 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a great album, a great "union" of two stellar musicians;so glad I bought it! And thrilled to hear Neil Young's voice on one cut.
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Format: Audio CD
I got The Union in November and simply cannot spend a day without listening to the whole album. The best by far since Tumbleweed Connection. Leon sounds as if he had never left his 'Going back to Alcatraz' years. Absolutely fabulous. Take your time, it grows on you slowly but very surely and every song becomes a piece of different cakes to enjoy.
I rarely get this excited about an album:-)

André
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margarete C. Koester on Jan. 7 2011
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Was a gift for my husband and he was thrilled ablut this idea and I was thrilled by the music and the joy of my husband!
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