“The Union” Ranks Up There With Anything In The Last Two Decades

Long time Elton John fan here.  It’s a given that I will purchase any new Elton John release.  That being said, I’m sure I’m not alone when I say the early 70s were close to unparalleled no matter the artist or the time; the late 70s still saw some classic albums produced; the 80s, well, I have all the albums but I’ll just say I listened to much more U2 in the 80s; the 90s were better and the new millennium even better.  My opinion of “The Union” as it has been distributed is that it ranks up there with anything Elton and team have produced in the last two decades.  Obviously, we should never expect anything again as good as the early 70s.  Young-adult angst is an irreplaceable ingredient.

But, as another poster said, sometimes less is more.  I believe I’ve created a play list that,  to my  taste, results in an “album” that is as good as just about anything I can pull from my ~500 album collection, just by eliminating some of the songs.  I don’t feel bad about this at all since I watched one of the Elton interviews where he said they just made the decision to include all the songs that they recorded in the sessions on the album.  To me that just means they didn’t put any thought into setting a standard for the album and having the songs either make the cut or not.  So, why can’t I, given modern technology?  I give the producers the benefit of the doubt that they put some thought into the ordering of the songs, so I didn’t change that.  I just eliminated the ones that after a few listens I felt more inclined to skip to get to the next song.  I like all of the songs, even the ones I removed from my The Union play list, but 16 songs (1 hour 15 minutes) is too long anyway, in my humble opinion.  My resulting play list is 11 songs and 52 minutes.  That’s two more songs and seven more minutes than Madman Across the Water.

Here it is:

  • If It Wasn’t for Bad
  • Hey Ahab
  • Gone to Shiloh
  • Jimmie Rodgers’ Dream
  • The Best Part of the Day
  • A Dream Come True
  • I Should Have Sent Roses
  • When Love Is Dying
  • Mandalay Again
  • Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)
  • In the Hands of Angels

We Elton John fans are so fortunate to be able to procure new material from our favorite artist even all these years on, aren’t we?

Rene from Boulder

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