I had never heard of Leon Russell before listening to this album. I am a big fan of his talent now. This is a perfectly titled disc. This music is a perfect union between Leon and Elton.
“Never Too Old” is my favorite song. This song fills me with hope. It has the positive message that a person is never too old to love someone. Elton’s piano playing is so moving on this track.
“If It Wasn’t For Bad” is a song with great musical arrangements. This is a song about making excuses. It is a very engaging song and a highlight on this album.
“When Love Is Dying” is a song with a very sad tone to it. Leon Russell has the kind of voice that convinces me that he has known heart break and pain in his life. This is a beautiful song.
“A Dream Come True” is such a fun song. Leon sounds like he’s having so much fun singing this song with Elton. This song fills me with energy. I like that song a lot.
“Gone To Shiloh” is a very patriotic and solemn song about going to war. “Hey Ahab” has a great beat. This tune is a motivational song about staying true to a goal. Elton has the ability to elevate any song with his voice regardless of the subject matter. “Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes” is an example of how he does this. Shoes are merely a symbol of wealth, but Elton makes it sound so moving.
“The Best Part of The Day” is a good song about friendship. This song makes me feel like getting together with my old friends.
“I Should Have Sent Roses” is a song about things that a person regrets not doing in life. T Bone Brunette lends his talents playing superb electric guitar riffs on this song. He also produces this album
“Hearts Turned To Stone” is a song about looking for love. I love the horns playing on this track. “Monkey Suit” is a song with a lot of soul. This song makes me feel like cutting loose and having fun.
“The Hands of Angels” is a song with a good spiritual quality. This song has very moving lyrics. I really enjoy the music on “The Union”.
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The Union was recorded in Los Angeles earlier this year, with guest musicians including Brian Wilson, Booker T, Don Was and Neil Young. Cameron Crowe has filmed the sessions for a documentary, creating too a moment of history as this is the first time that the genesis of Elton's music has been recorded on film. Critics who have had an early preview of the album are united in praise for the work that Elton describes as a "Seventies record with a modern feel."