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Elton John [Bonus Tracks]

Elton John [Bonus Tracks]

by Elton John Elton John
Elton John [Bonus Tracks]

Elton John [Bonus Tracks]

by Elton John Elton John

SACD(Super Audio CD - SACD Hybrid)

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Empty Sky was followed by Elton John, a more focused and realized record that deservedly became his first hit. John and Bernie Taupin's songwriting had become more immediate and successful; in particular, John's music had become sharper and more diverse, rescuing Taupin's frequently nebulous lyrics. "Take Me to the Pilot" might not make much sense lyrically, but John had the good sense to ground its willfully cryptic words with a catchy blues-based melody. Next to the increased sense of songcraft, the most noticeable change on Elton John is the addition of Paul Buckmaster's grandiose string arrangements. Buckmaster's orchestrations are never subtle, but they never overwhelm the vocalist, nor do they make the songs schmaltzy. Instead, they fit the ambitions of John and Taupin, as the instant standard "Your Song" illustrates. Even with the strings and choirs that dominate the sound of the album, John manages to rock out on a fair share of the record. Though there are a couple of underdeveloped songs, Elton John remains one of his best records. [A 1996 CD reissue added the bonus tracks "Bad Side of the Moon," "Grey Seal," and "Rock n Roll Madonna."]

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2004
Label: Island
UPC: 0602498241219
catalogNumber: 000360736
Rank: 8816


  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. The Greatest Discovery
  9. The Cage
  10. The King Must Die
  11. Bad Side of the Moon
  12. Grey Seal
  13. Rock N Roll Madonna

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elton John   Primary Artist,Piano,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Vocals
Madeline Bell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Roger Cook   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lesley Duncan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tony Hazzard   Vocals,Background Vocals
Brian Dee   Organ,Keyboards
Paul Buckmaster   Cello
Tony Burrows   Vocals,Background Vocals
Terry Cox   Drums
David Katz   Violin
Kay Garner   Vocals,Background Vocals
Colin Green   Guitar,spanish guitar
Roland Harker   Guitar
Clive Hicks   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,12-string Guitar
Hurdle   Bass
Skaila Kanga   Harmonica,Harp
Dennis Lopez   Percussion
Barry Morgan   Drums
Tex Navarra   Percussion
Alan Parker   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Caleb Quaye   Guitar
Dave Richmond   Bass,Bass Guitar
Alan Weighall   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Diana Lewis   Synthesizer,Moog Synthesizer
Hurdie   Bass Guitar
Frank Clark   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Barbara Moore   Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Paul Buckmaster   Arranger
Robin Geoffrey Cable   Engineer
Gus Dudgeon   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Bernie Taupin   Lyricist
John Tobler   Liner Notes
David Larkham   Art Direction
Jim Goff   Sleeve Producer

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