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Elton John [Remaster]

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This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Personnel: Elton John (vocals, piano, harpsichord); Clive Hicks (guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar); Colin Green (guitar, Spanish guitar); Alan Parker, Roland Harker, Caleb Quaye (guitar); Frank Clark (acoustic guitar, acoustic bass guitar); Skaila Kanga (harp); Paul Buckmaster (cello); Brian Dee (organ); Diana Lewis (Moog synthesizer); Dave Richmond, Alan Weighll, Les Hurdle (bass guitar); Terry Cox, Barry Morgan (drums); Dennis Lopez, Tex Navarra (percussion); Madeline Bell, Roger Cook, Tony Burrows, Tony Hazzard, Barbara Moore, Leslie Duncan, Kay Garner (background vocals).

Liner Note Authors: John Tobler; Gus Dudgeon.

Elton John's second album was his first to be released in the U.S., and the difference between it and its predecessor, EMPTY SKY, is palpable and immediate. ELTON JOHN opens with "Your Song," a halting ballad that is one of the most moving love songs in the modern pop canon. The album also marks John's fruitful association with Gus Dudgeon and arranger Paul Buckmaster (who'd previously collaborated on David Bowie's "Space Oddity"). The team came up with a spare orchestral sound that surrounds the singer and his piano with dashes of both classical and rock guitar, synthesizers, carefully arranged drums, and searing strings.

This wasn't all-out pop yet, but rather a striking and singular brand of folk-rock. "Take Me To The Pilot" shows flashes of John's rocking future ("Bennie And The Jets" descended from it), "No Shoe Strings On Louise" is Rolling Stonesy country-rock, and "Sixty Years On" is haunting and memorable. More typical for this session is "I Need You To Turn To," another love song that finds lyricist Bernie Taupin in an unusually direct mode, and features a beautiful harpsichord melody from John. ELTON JOHN cast the mold for the singer's future superstardom.

What the critics say...

Q (8/95, pp.143-145) - 3 Stars - Good - "...an accomplished diverse collection of...sophisticated material..."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Your Song
  2. I Need You To Turn To
  3. Take Me To The Pilot
  4. No Shoe Strings On Louise
  5. First Episode At Hienton
  6. Sixty Years On
  7. Border Song
  8. Greatest Discovery, The
  9. Cage, The
  10. King Must Die, The
  11. Bad Side of the Moon
  12. Grey Seal
  13. Rock N Roll Madonna
Release date Australia
January 1st, 2007
Artist
Album Length (Minutes)
50:53
Label
Universal Records (USA)
Number of Discs
1
Producer
UPC
0731452815620
Product ID
1524223

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