The Union NTSC, CD+DVD
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I rarely get this excited about an album:-)
Elton has encouraged a collaboration with Leon that obviously gives life to the music that has been in process in separate landscapes for 40 years. Together, the journey of this album voices unconditional giving to others through lifetimes of living music honestly with integrity.
Most recent customer reviews
this album is terrific but try and see the documentary on YoutubePublished 13 months ago by Lorne King
I'm liking this a lot... & growing to love it. Elton's liner notes about the genesis of this project hold a fascinating glimpse of some aspects of "where are they now?". Read morePublished 18 months ago by Blue Dog
We bought this CD last year and I have listened to it so many times
I can now sing along to every song.
I'm a hugh Elton John fan and thought that this would be a sure buy, have never been disappointed in picking up any of his collection before, well this is a first! Read morePublished on Dec 28 2010 by Mike B