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    Wed, 07 Jul 2010 11:58:58

    Elton John and Leon Russell to Collaborate on <i>The Union</i> - Album due out October 19

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    • Leon Russell - PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Actor Forest Whitaker, winner of the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture award for 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' and the NAACP Chairman's Award, NAACP Board of Directors Chairman Roslyn Brock, and NAACP Board of Directors Vice Chairman Leon Russell pose in the press room during the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.
    • Leon Russell - PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Actor Forest Whitaker, winner of the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture award for 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' and the NAACP Chairman's Award, NAACP Board of Directors Chairman Roslyn Brock, and NAACP Board of Directors Vice Chairman Leon Russell pose in the press room during the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.
    • Leon Russell - PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Forest Whitaker, winner of the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture award for 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' and the NAACP Chairman's Award (C), NAACP Board of Directors Chairman Roslyn Brock (R), and NAACP Board of Directors Vice Chairman Leon Russell (L) pose for a portrait during the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.

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    Decca Records is pleased to announce the release of the highly anticipated collaboration between two musical legends, Elton John and Leon Russell with The Union, which will be available October 19 in the U.S. This album marks the first time these iconic artists have worked together since 1970. Hey, at least Elton is not making news for playing another Republic blowhard wedding like he did recently when he performed at the nuptials of Rush Limbaugh, which shocked fans and followers of both celebs!

    Produced by Oscar and multiple-Grammy winning producer T Bone Burnett, The Union features songs written by John and his lifelong lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as in combination with the extraordinary talents of Russell and Burnett. It was recorded live in studio with John and Russell dueling on piano. It covers a variety of genres, ranging from R&B, soul, gospel, country, pop and rock. And to boot, Neil Young and Brian Wilson provide guest vocals on the 16-track record along with legendary R&B organist Booker T. Jones, steel guitarist Robert Randolph and a 10-piece gospel choir. There is something for everyone on The Union, even Republican blowhards!

    Russell first met John in 1970 when he attended John's first ever U.S. show at the famous Troubadour in Los Angeles. The pair went on to tour together shortly thereafter at New York's Fillmore East and to this day have held such high admiration for each other's work. After years of being out of touch, John listened to 's music while on safari in Africa last summer and was inspired to reconnect with his idol. "Elton called to ask if I would do a duet album with him," Russell said. "I'm very happy that he chose me to do this."

    Are you interested in this collab? Who are you other favorite pianists? Vanessa Carlton? Alicia Keys? Do you wish that Elton would just partner up with Lady Gaga like he did at the Grammys?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    07.07.10




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