Elton John and Leon Russell “The Union”

Posted 03 Dec 2010 in Albums of 2010, Albums of the 10s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#212 in the Series) is Elton John and Leon Russell, The Union.

This was one of the most anticipated albums of 2010. Like many of these special projects that T. Bone Burnett over sees, it did not disappoint.

Many looked at this album as a long time payback by Elton John to Leon Russell for help he provided to enhance his popularity at the beginning of Elton’s career.  Elton has also been quoted as saying that Leon was his main influence as a pianist.

When I first heard some tracks from The Union I remembered how special it was to hear Leon’s voice. It made me go and pull out classics like ‘Tightrope, Back to the Island, A Song for You’ and ‘Lady Blue.’

Yesterday, the single, ‘If It Wasn’t for Bad’ received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Congratulations to Elton, Leon and T. Bone.

Elton John and Leon Russell, The Union has reached as high as #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. I did not use the work ‘peak’ since the album is still current.

OFFICIAL ALBUM WEBISTE: ww2.eltonjohn.com/union/index.html


LEON RUSSELL WEBSITE: www.leonrussellrecords.com

T. BONE BURNETT WEBSITE: www.tboneburnett.com

Track listing

All songs by John/Taupin, except where noted.

  1. “If It Wasn’t for Bad” (Leon Russell) – 3:43
  2. “Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes” – 3:23
  3. “Hey Ahab” – 5:39
  4. “Gone to Shiloh” – 4:50
  5. “Hearts Have Turned to Stone” (Leon Russell) – 3:47
  6. “Jimmie Rodgers’ Dream” (Elton John, Bernie Taupin, T Bone Burnett) – 3:34
  7. “There’s No Tomorrow”(Elton John,Leon Russell,James Timothy Shaw,T Bone Burnett)– 3:45
  8. “Monkey Suit” – 4:46
  9. “The Best Part of the Day” – 4:45
  10. “A Dream Come True” (Elton John, Leon Russell) – 5:07
  11. “I Should Have Sent Roses” (Leon Russell, Bernie Taupin) – 5:21
  12. “When Love is Dying” – 4:51
  13. “My Kind of Hell” (bonus track on iTunes Digital Deluxe LP, Deluxe CD and vinyl only) – 3:16
  14. “Mandalay Again” (bonus track on Deluxe CD and vinyl only) – 4:54
  15. “Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)” – 4:58
  16. “In the Hands of Angels” (Leon Russell) – 4:43


Posted by Larry Carta