Archive for the ‘The Master’ Category

Admittedly, I am a HUGE Elton John fan. Almost as big as any you’ll ever meet.

But I am also realistic. I know when Elton makes a substandard album and long-time fans will feel my pain when I mention these two works: “Leather Jackets” and ” Victim of Love”. The latter is actually a disco album that thankfully very few people have ever heard (or remember hearing).

Elton’s latest– “The Union”– with Leon Russell is a SUPERB CD.

One of the Best Elton John Albums in 20 Years!

When you review The Union, you have to remember to put Elton’s long time lyricist / professional collaborator Bernie Taupin in the mix– especially since Bernie wrote songs with both Elton and Leon on this CD.

If you listen to this work in full– you will find tons of smart, meaningful and artistic touches. Wonderful moments worth enjoying over and over. Do NOT let the short samples make your buying decision for you. This CD is much more than that.

“If It Wasn’t for Bad”, “Hey Ahab”, “Monkey Suit”, “My Kind of Hell” hold their on with some of the BEST ROCKERS Elton and/or Leon have ever been associated with. Bernie Taupin’s lyrics show a sharp rejuvenation as well.

“When Love is Dying” and “Never To Old (To Hold Somebody)” are two of the best “relationship” songs Elton & Bernie have ever written. “In the Hands of Angels” is a tough, poignant song about Leon’s own trials, tribulations and close calls with death.

This is an album for every Elton and Leon fan ever made… And hopefully a whole slew of younger people who have never really paid attention to either of these masters.

Producer T Bone Burnett has captured magic here and we are all the better for it.

Please note the “Deluxe” Edition has 2 extra songs and a DVD directed by Cameron Crowe. The 2 songs are also top notch.



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Elton John/Bernie Taupin

I Feel Like a Bullet (in the Gun of Robert Ford)

And a LIVE Version!

Very 80’s but still fun!

Video quality not so great… But the sound quality makes up for it!

The Punisher (Thomas Jane) and Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher) in one video.

Turn The Lights Out When You Leave


Check It Out!

The Master playing what will EVENTUALLY be my funeral song.

Madison Square Garden 2005:

The names Dee Murray and Gus Dudgeon written on Nigel Olsson’s drums commemorate the passing of Elton John’s long time bassist and original producer. No doubt Nigel has sadly added yet another name to his drum kit: Guy Babylon— Elton’s superb keyboard player… Who suddenly died less than a year ago.