Leon Russell was an early inspiration for Elton John and John had opened for Russell in the early days. But fortunes flipped and John went on to superstardom while Russell kept on keeping on his own road of smaller clubs and selective audiences. Together, some forty years later, they sound as if they had been meant to play together. “If It Wasn’t for Bad” is a solid piece of no-nonsense road music, strong beats and harder voices coming together with a sense of mastery and experience. “Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes” plays with even more legacy under its piano weight, as it turns and looks at past success in all its faded glory. “Hey Ahab” struts with a renewed sense of the world. “Gone to Shiloh” settles in with a touching, emotive pull as it spills over the Civil War. “Jimmie Rodgers’ Dream” remembers a long-lost country legend, the Singing Brakeman. “The Best Part of the Day” brings out a classic modern country sound. “When Love Is Dying” throws the two singers into sweet relief, with Brian Wilson’s choral arrangement adding the heavenly touch.