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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 3, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: The Right Stuff
  • ASIN: B000002TYO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 1971 gem shot to #17; fantastic musicianship abounds across these rock 'n' roll songs full of gospel and soul. Leon's Home Sweet Oklahoma and The Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen join his takes on Dylan and Harrison!

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Leon Russel at his best.
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If you like any of the names just mentioned there is probably something on this album for you.
R. C. Schmults
It's one of my all-time favorite albums.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By MG Nagy on September 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Russell's great self-titled debut set the bar pretty darn high (The DCC Gold Disc is another Steve Hoffman five star masterpiece). The sophomore jinx was not in effect, with "Shelter People" being one of his best records. Leon has gone on to write a lot more wonderful, beautiful music, but it's "Shelter People" that stands as both a defining collection and sign of the times.

You could attribute the following to hindsight, but this record has always been my signpost for the end of the sixties 'peace and love' marketing campaign. There is a certain... ache captured on this record. The weariness, in places, is almost palpable.

The opener "Stranger In A Strange Land" sets the mood perfectly. It's not just one of Leon's best songs, but should be on any *real* Best Songs Ever list.

Maybe some of the weariness it's simply having just pulled off the impossible: putting together and leading Joe Cocker's "Mad Dogs And Englishman" band. That alone is worth sainthood (read the liner notes that accompany the Cocker record). Leon delivers a nice four minute travelog of the tour with "The Ballad Of Mad Dogs And Englishmen."

We get two Dylan covers (five, counting the bonus tracks), "It's A Hard Rain Gonna Fall" and "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry" are both great reads.

"Alcatraz" tells the tale of the (then) latest hose job the American Indians were getting.

The original closer, George Harrison's "Beware Of Darkness" is as good a read as the original. The three excellent bonus tracks tacked to the end makes for a softer landing.

The sound quality is great as usual, thanks to the DCC "trademark of quality" Steve Hoffman.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Schmults on April 26, 2004
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Russell alternately brings feeling and energy to the tracks on this amazing album. There are tracks you can kick back to and others you will want to turn up. The musicians along for the ride are stellar. This guy should have been a huge star (he was on his way in the early 70's), but as Gatemouth Brown told a friend of mine, Leon "spent a little too much time in the 60's." Luckily, albums like Leon Live, and the self titled LP clearly show what he was capable of and why he was so sought after as a musician by the greats of his day (The Stones, Clapton, George Harrison, Cocker, Dylan). If you like any of the names just mentioned there is probably something on this album for you. A lot of the tracks are the kind found on Exile on Main Street (full-sound -- gospel back-up singers, horns). Good stuff.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ronald B. Johnson on October 15, 2003
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This album reflects Leon at his peak, in my opinion. The album contains his classic song "Stranger In A Strange Land" as well as good amount of Bob Dylan covers ("Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," "Love Minus Zero," "She Belongs To Me," "It Takes A Lot To Laugh (It Takes A Train To Cry" and "It's All Over Now Baby Blue)." It also contains "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" which he wrote about his tour with Joe Cocker. I don't mind telling you when this thing came out in 1971 it blew us all away and frankly it rated high indeed on any stoner's list of LP's. Listening to it today, it holds up just fine and sounds as well as if it were just released. Some people might consider a little too country (although more accurately it's country blues) but this baby rocks. It only reached #17 on the charts but it stayed there for over 20 weeks as I recall. A classic album and it is the reason Leon acquired his reputation of "The Master of Space and Time." Check it out and see why.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Crisp on February 10, 2002
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The Lawton, OK-born Master of Space and Time was a great favorite of mine from more than thirty years ago, and Leon Russell and the Shelter People was my favorite album. I loved the guy; I even wanted to talk like him - didn't have to work much at that one. Loved that piano work. I had everything of his up through Hank Wilson's Back or whatever that was. I was driving to Virginia from Texas last spring, reached into the stash of casettes when the CD's had run out, pulled something out, and popped it in. Stranger in a Strange Land came up; what a sweet, pleasant surprise - I hadn't heard it in perhaps twenty years, thought I had lost the tape, but it was wonderful to hear again. What a great opening song, like Lauper's I Drove All Night, it whacks you in the head straightaway. You just jump straight into this soulful song in the first notes and that bluesy moan of Leon's. I still enjoyed the songs straight through to the end of the tape, some more than ever. Beware of Darkness, Hard Rain Gonna Fall, It Takes a Train to Cry. It was great music then and now. It's fabulous music on its own merits, and it's a little moment of time in music that means a great deal to me. Made me dig out Mad Dogs and Englishmen at my next stop. Leon's blues- and gospel-influenced early work may not be for everyone, but I call him a master and I call this his best work.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By H. Brown on September 1, 2004
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Leon Russell has endured in the toughest forum of music and continues today. I was so pleased to see that many of his vinyl records finally got released (and remastered) onto CD. Leon's life has been music and more music. He's been playing professionally since he was 14! He was a "session" player for years.

Leon eventually produced and played on sessions with Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Ike and Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, The Ventures, Bobby Darin, Wayne Newton, Sam Cooke, Johnny Mathis and many records with Herb Albert and Tijuana Brass.

Leon can be heard playing piano on Jan and Dean's "Surf City," Bobby Boris Pickett's "Monster Mash LP," and The Beach Boys "California Girls" and "Pet Sounds" among others. Leon played on most of Phil Spector's landmark records. According to Jack Nitzsche, noted producer, writer and arranger, "Leon was there for the solos and the fancy stuff," Jack was the band leader for those sessions. You name it, he can play it.

This CD was his second release "on his own" and The Shelter People were, in my opinion, the best group of backing artists he ever played and traveled with. Buy it, you'll enjoy it!
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