The Union’ by Elton John & Leon Russell is a collaboration album released on October 19, 2010.
Track Listing : 1.If It Wasn’T For Bad (Leon Russell) – 03:43 . 2.Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 03:23 . 3.Hey Ahab (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 05:39 . 4.Gone To Shiloh (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 04:50 . 5.Jimmie Rodgers’ Dream (Elton John, Bernie Taupin, T Bone Burnett) – 03:34 . 6.There’S No Tomorrow (Elton John, Leon Russell, T Bone Burnett, James Timothy Shaw) – 03:45 . 7.Monkey Suit (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 04:46 . 8.The Best Part Of The Day (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 04:45 . 9.A Dream Come True (Elton John, Leon Russell) – 05:07 . 10.When Love Is Dying (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 04:51 . 11.I Should Have Sent Roses (Leon Russell, Bernie Taupin) – 05:21 . 12.Hearts Have Turned To Stone (Leon Russell) – 03:47 . 13.Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody) (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 04:58 . 14.In The Hands Of Angels (Leon Russell) – 04:43
Musicians : Elton John – Piano, Vocals . Leon Russell – Piano, Vocals . Neil Young – Vocals On (4) . Jim Keltner – Drums, Percussion . Jay Bellerose – Drums, Percussion . Debra Dobkin – Beaded Gourd . Dennis Crouch – Acoustic Bass . Don Was – Bass . Davey Faragher – Bass . Drew Lambert – Electric Bass . Marc Ribot – Guitar . T Bone Burnett – Electric Guitar . Robert Randolph – Pedal Steel . Russ Pahl – Pedal Steel . Booker T. Jones – Hammond B-3 Organ . Keefus Ciancia – Keyboards . Martin Grebb – Keyboards . Jason Wormer – Dulcimer
Production : Produced By T Bone Burnett . Vanessa Parr – Assistant Engineer . Mike Piersante – Engineer . Chris Owens – Assistant Engineer . Brett Lind – Assistant Engineer . Gavin Lurssen – Mastering . Mark Lambert – Engineer . Kyle Ford – Engineer . Kory Aaron – Assistant Engineer
Package : Steve Todoroff – Photography . Frank Ockenfels – Photography . Annie Leibovitz – Photography . Joseph Guay – Photography
Released On October 19, 2010 By Decca.
The Union is a rare gesture in a dying business: an act of gratitude. Elton John repays a long-standing debt of inspiration to Leon Russell — particularly the rowdy merger of soul, country and gospel rapture Russell perfected as a writer, pianist and arranger on 1969 and ’70 albums… […]
If it’s touching to hear one of the most successful artists of all time momentarily reduced to gasping fanboy, the album works because it feels like a partnership, rather than an indulgence on John’s part or an act of gratitude on Russell’s. […]
“In a strange way, Leon at this stage is sanctifying Elton’s playing. Elton’s more imbedded in America, in Southern music. He’s gained a deeper understanding of it. When he met Leon, Elton was a young man in a hurry. Now he’s older, wiser, digging in harder. It’s a pure act of generosity.” […]