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Set for release by Universal in October, 2010, and produced by T Bone Burnett, The Union marks the culmination of a mutual musical adoration that began in the late 1960s, ahead of Elton's debut US performance in 1970 at The Troubadour Club in Los Angeles. The album is a collaboration between Elton and Leon Russell, with songs by Elton and Bernie Taupin; by Elton, Bernie and Leon; by Elton and Leon and by Leon alone.

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."

 
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Label:  Decca
Genre:  Pop
Release Date:  October 19, 2010
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review by . June 03, 2011
posted in Music Matters
During one of the final episodes of AMC's spectacular (though regrettably short-lived) legend-on-legend music interrogatory - Spectacle with Elvis Costello - Elton John spoke passionately of his life-long debt to Leon Russell for transforming a struggling session player named Reginald Dwight into the Captain that is Fantastic. Besides not seeing that homage coming, I immediately began wondering what a John/Russell collaboration might sound like. At this stage of their careers, I was poised to …
review by . October 19, 2010
posted in Music Matters
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 …
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