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(NEW YORK, NY) July 6, 2010 – 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 available October 19 in the U.S. (To be released October 25 in the U.K. on Mercury Records.) This album marks the first time these iconic artists have worked together since 1970.

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  • Audio CD (May 1, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Navarre Corporation/
  • ASIN: B000008KBY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Mighty Quinn Medley: I'll Take You There/Idol With the Golden Head
2. Shoot Out on the Plantation
3. Dixie Lullaby
4. Queen of the Roller Derby
5. Roll Away the Stone
6. It's Been a Long Time Baby
7. Great Day
8. Alcatraz
9. Crystal Closet Queen
10. Prince of Peace
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Out in the Woods
2. Some Day
3. Sweeping Through the City
4. Medley: Jumpin' Jack Flash/Young Blood
5. Of Thee I Sing/Yes I Am Medley
6. Delta Lady
7. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

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This 2 CD set is an out of print collectible! It is the original DCC Shelter Records release. Catalog SRZ(2)-8012.

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Hands down, one of the best live rock albums ever.
Darrell Peterson
Leon is right up there with Jerry Lee, Little Richard, James Brown and all of the really great rockers (most of whom he played with).
J. Jones
Thankfully we have this live performance to this day!
Beverly Praiswater

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By bob on February 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is the man who co-wrote "Blues Power" with Eric Clapton, penned "Delta Lady" which Joe Cocker immortalized and Leon later toured with Mad Dogs and Englishmen, wrote "Superstar" with Bonnie Bramlett which Chris Farley and David Spade parodied the Carpenter's version in the movie "Tommy Boy" (Don'cha remember ya told me ya love me bay-bay). He worked with Phil Spector during Phil's Wall of Sound years. He performed with George Harrison at the legendary Concert for Bangla-Desh in 1971. Leon is our unknown national treasure. This set was recorded in Long Beach, California in 1972 at a time when Leon was at his most popular. If you are a fan of gospel-tinged boogie woogie, this album will not disappoint you. Leon and his travelling roadshow are at the top of their game, and you can expect that a musician of Leon's caliber would surround himself with top-notch people. This live performance is tight and captures the essence of "Leon Live". The medley will leave you breathless. It's good time rock and roll.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By James S. Morris on February 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Leon Live is, without a doubt, the ultimate Leon Russell experience. Not only that, it is one of the all-time great expressions of American popular music. While it does not have the more detailed, polished sound of his outstanding studio recordings (the sound quality here does admittedly leave something to be desired), it captures Leon's manic energy as no other album can. The spirit of blues, gospel, and rock & roll are alive and kicking like a mule on crack in this incredible performance, which rivals Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen in its scope and power. It's all at once riotous, joyful, frenzied, sophisticated, heartfelt, and even spiritual. Many of the songs are played much faster than the originally recorded tempo, which could get tedious if it wasn't done so well by the band as a whole. To begin with, Leon's vocals have never been more gritty and raw, and his periodic blues ramblings about "my baby" and other topics turn this into more of a religious experience than a rock concert. He uses his signature wild screaming to kick the band into even higher gear when necessary (ie: on every song). His piano playing is unrivaled by anyone in the business. Nobody can boogie like the Master of Space and Time, and I believe he is the greatest rock pianist of them all. Just take a listen to the "Of Thee I Sing/Yes I Am Medley" for proof. As for the rest of the band, it is a first-rate ensemble if there ever was one, borrowing heavily from Leon's handpicked Mad Dogs and Englishmen band. Don Preston's lead guitar work is truly stunning, and I find it a crying shame that virtually no one knows his name these days.Read more ›
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By COMPUTERJAZZMAN on June 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Leon Russell is one of those white guys that have got soul. And his live stuff from the early 70's is the best Leon stuff to listen to. People don't realize what a true musical talent Leon is, any kind of music he plays, he plays great. This is a great, rocking, CD and if you like Leon Russell, you will love this CD.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CaptHoodoo on December 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Some live recordings fall VERY short of the experience itself. This is not one of them. Although the experience of a live show is always better than hearing it at home, 'Leon Live' is as close to THE real thing as I have heard from any artist. Not only is the sound itself one of the tops EVER, all of the swoops of the Leon journey from the time are felt here. Editted, perhaps. But you would never know it. This one is a MUST.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Jones on July 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Mr. Timothy J. Mcalpin really hits the nail on the head. His summary of what the album meant to those of us who were in our mid to late teens at the time is right on. Leon is right up there with Jerry Lee, Little Richard, James Brown and all of the really great rockers (most of whom he played with). I was in Long Beach for one of the shows that the album was cut from and I have yet to see another live show that measured up.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Farber on October 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Being a huge Joe Cocker fan, I found myself introduced to Leon Russell on Mad Dogs and Englishman. I don't know how it is that Leon isn't more well-known today! These songs are amazing. His voice has a very clear, sharp, yet subtle edge to it that is a pleasure to listen to. Without a doubt the best song on this album is the 16 minute long JUMPIN JACK FLASH/YOUNGBLOOD MEDLEY. The gospel, soul, rock and roll in this song makes you scream to the music at the top of your lungs! Long Live Leon!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Mutch on August 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The sound recording really isn't that bad! This concert recorded in August, 1972 is of similar sound quality to the Woodstock soundtrack or the Grateful Dead's self-titled live album from 1971. There is A LOT of energy here, incredible passion, great musicianship..in fact it's kind of a farewell to Leon Russell's most well known period in music..when he had a big band of musicians backing him. Leon Russell changed his sound after this album. If you liked Mad Dogs and Englishmen, and The Concert for Bangla Desh you'll like this!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Peterson on June 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I can't rate this record highly enough. This was originally a 3 record set, and it rocks from beginning to end. Leon is one of the last of the great rock and roll pianists. He was in Jerry Lee Lewis's band for a while, and it shows. Great combination of rock, blues, gospel, and country.....While he has a number of great records, this is his best. Hands down, one of the best live rock albums ever. He's still great in concert, too.
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