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   The Union



Год издания : 2010

Компания звукозаписи : Mercury

Музыкальный стиль : Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Время звучания : 1:11:04

Код CD : 2750157

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Rock      

Elton John & Leon Russell

On the inaugural episode of Elvis Costello's talk show Spectacle in 2008, Elton John - who just happened to be a producer on the show - rhapsodized at length about Leon Russell, hauling out a note-perfect impression of Russell's piano style and Oklahoma drawl. It was enough of a tease to whet the appetite for more but nothing suggested something like The Union, a full-fledged duet album with Russell designed to raise the profile of the rock & roll maverick. Like all lifers, Russell never disappeared - he just faded, playing small clubs throughout the U.S., spitting out bewildering self-released albums of MIDI-synth boogie, never quite connecting with the spirit of his wonderful early-'70s albums for his Shelter label. The Union quite deliberately evokes the spirit of 1970, splicing Russell's terrific eponymous LP with Elton's own self-titled record and Tumbleweed Connection. In that sense, it's a kissing cousin to John's last album, 2006's The Captain and the Kid, which was designed as an explicit sequel to 1975's golden era-capping Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, but thanks to producer T-Bone Burnett, The Union dials down Bernie Taupin's inherent pomp and ratchets up the roots. Burnett had John and Russell record live in the studio, trading verses and solos, letting the supporting band breathe and follow their loping lead. This relaxed, natural interplay cuts through the soft haze of Burnett's analog impressionism, giving the record a foundation of true grit. If there are no immediate knockouts among this collection of 14 original songs, the tunes are slow, steady growers, taking root with repeated spins, with the sound of John and Russell's piano-and-voice duets providing ample reason to return to The Union after its first play. And even once the songs take hold, what lingers with The Union is that natural interplay, how John and Russell easily connect with their past without painstakingly re-creating it. Surely, it's a revival for Leon Russell, who has spent decades in the wilderness, but it's not a stretch to say The Union revitalizes Elton John just as much as it does his idol: he hasn't sounded this soulful in years.

All Music Guide


  Соисполнители :

Alfie Silas-Durio (Vocals, Background Vocals)
Bill Cantos (Vocals, Background Vocals)
Bill Maxwell (Conductor)
Booker T. Jones (Hammond)
Brian Wilson (Background Vocals)
Darrell Leonard (Conductor, Trumpet)
Davey Faragher (Bass)
Dennis Crouch (Double Bass)
Don Was (Bass)
Doyle Bramhall II (Guitar)
Drew Lambert (Electric Bass)
George Bohanon (Horn, Trombone)
Ira Nepus (Trombone)
Jason Scheff (Vocals, Background Vocals)
Jay Bellerose (Drums, Percussion)
Jean Witherspoon (Vocals, Background Vocals)
Jim Keltner (Drums, Percussion)
Jim Thompson (Saxophone)
Joe Sublett (Saxophone)
Judith Hill (Vocals, Background Vocals)
Keefus Ciancia (Keyboards)
Keefus Pardini (Background Vocals)
Kellye Huff (Background Vocals)
Lou Pardini (Vocals, Background Vocals)
Marc Ribot (Guitar)
Martin Grebb (Keyboards)
Maurice Spears (Trombone)
Mike Piersante (Tambourine)
Neil Young (Vocals)
Perry Morgan (Background Vocals)
Rose Stone (Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals)
T-Bone Burnett (Electric Guitar)
Tanya Balam (Background Vocals)
Tata Vega (Vocals, Background Vocals)
Thomas Peterson (Saxophone)
Tiffany Smith (Background Vocals)
William Roper (Tuba)


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   1 If It Wasn't For Bad         0:03:42 Leon Russell
   2 Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes         0:03:21 Elton John / Bernie Taupin
   3 Hey Ahab         0:05:38 -"-
   4 Gone To Shiloh         0:04:49 -"-
   5 Hearts Have Turned To Stone         0:03:47 Leon Russell
   6 Jimmie Rodger's Dream         0:03:41 T-Bone Burnett / Elton John / Bernie Taupin
   7 There's No Tomorrow         0:03:44 T-Bone Burnett / Elton John / Leon Russell / James Timothy Shaw
   8 Monkey Suit         0:04:45 Elton John / Bernie Taupin
   9 The Best Part Of The Day         0:04:43 -"-
   10 A Dream Come True         0:05:04 Elton John / Leon Russell
   11 I Should Have Sent Roses         0:05:18 Leon Russell / Bernie Taupin
   12 When Love Is Dying         0:04:49 Elton John / Bernie Taupin
   13 My Kind Of Hell         0:03:13  
   14 Mandalay Again         0:04:51  
   15 Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)         0:04:57 Elton John / Bernie Taupin
   16 In The Hands Of Angels         0:04:41 Leon Russell

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