Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player

Performers Elton John

Mercury | February 28, 1996 | Compact Disc

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The 1996 reissue of DON'T SHOOT ME I'M ONLY THE PIANO PLAYER includes four extra tracks. "Jack Rabbit," "Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again)" and "Screw You" (originally released in the U.S. with the title "Young Man's Blues") were B-sides of singles from the GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD ALBUM. The piano version of "Skyline Pigeon" (the original, on EMPTY SKY, featured a harpsichord) was the B-side of the "Daniel" single. The album has been digitally remastered by the original producer, Gus Dudgeon, using original master tapes and digital processing equipment at 20-bit resolution. According to Dudgeon (ICE newsletter, January 1996), the results are "100% better" than the two previous American CD issues. Personnel includes: Elton John (vocals, piano, harmonium, electric piano, Farfisa organ, Mellotron); Gus Dudgeon, Paul Buckmaster (arrangers); Davey Johnstone (acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, sitar, background vocals); Jean-Louis Chautemps, Alain Hatot (saxophone); Ivan Jullien (trumpet); Jacques Bolognesi (trombone); Ken Scott (ARP synthesizer); Dee Murray (bass, background vocals); Nigel Olsson (drums, maracas, background vocals). Recorded at Strawberry Studios, Chateau D'Hierouville, France. Originally released on MCA. Includes liner notes by John Tobler and Gus Dudgeon. This is part of Rocket's Elton John: The Classic Years series. DON'T SHOOT ME I'M ONLY THE PIANO PLAYER was the first of two 1973 albums that sealed Elton John's superstardom. It included his first U.S. #1 single, the nostalgic "Crocodile Rock," along with one of his most enduring ballads, "Daniel," a veiled salute to a Vietnam vet. By now, John was at ease in almost any musical setting. While lyricist Bernie Taupin continued to feed him the usual mix of road songs, homages to the American West and offbeat love ballads, John was flying ahead with an ambitious, try-anything agenda that effectively blurred the lines between AM pop and FM rock. "Crocodile Rock," with its whimsically vintage Farfisa organ, and "Daniel," a seductive studio concoction of keyboards and acoustic guitar, leaned toward the former. "Elderberry Wine" approached the latter, with its hard guitar sound and blues-rock horn-riffing, as did "Have Mercy On The Criminal," whose central riff echoes "Layla." "I'm Gonna Be A Teenage Idol," a tribute to Marc Bolan of T-Rex, lay tantalizingly across the center of the pop-rock line, sounding like a cabaret version of glitter-rock. By now, Elton John's place in history was assured; months later, John's domination of his era would come to full fruition with the release of GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 28, 1996

Genre: Rock 'N' Roll

Style: Oldies

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1973

Label Name: Mercury

UPC: 731452815422

Found in: Oldies

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Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player

Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player

Performers Elton John
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Engineer Ken Scott

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 28, 1996

Genre: Rock 'N' Roll

Style: Oldies

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1973

Label Name: Mercury

UPC: 731452815422


Title Track Time
1.Daniel --
2.Teacher I Need You --
3.Elderberry Wine --
4.Blues For My Baby And Me --
5.Midnight Creeper --
6.Have Mercy On The Criminal --
7.I'm Going To Be A Teenage Idol --
8.Texan Love Song --
9.Crocodile Rock --
10.High Flying Bird --
11.Screw You (Young Man's Blues) --
12.Jack Rabbit --
13.Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again) --
14.Skyline Pigeon - (piano version) --

Editorial Notes

The 1996 reissue of DON'T SHOOT ME I'M ONLY THE PIANO PLAYER includes four extra tracks. "Jack Rabbit," "Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again)" and "Screw You" (originally released in the U.S. with the title "Young Man's Blues") were B-sides of singles from the GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD ALBUM. The piano version of "Skyline Pigeon" (the original, on EMPTY SKY, featured a harpsichord) was the B-side of the "Daniel" single. The album has been digitally remastered by the original producer, Gus Dudgeon, using original master tapes and digital processing equipment at 20-bit resolution. According to Dudgeon (ICE newsletter, January 1996), the results are "100% better" than the two previous American CD issues. Personnel includes: Elton John (vocals, piano, harmonium, electric piano, Farfisa organ, Mellotron); Gus Dudgeon, Paul Buckmaster (arrangers); Davey Johnstone (acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, sitar, background vocals); Jean-Louis Chautemps, Alain Hatot (saxophone); Ivan Jullien (trumpet); Jacques Bolognesi (trombone); Ken Scott (ARP synthesizer); Dee Murray (bass, background vocals); Nigel Olsson (drums, maracas, background vocals). Recorded at Strawberry Studios, Chateau D'Hierouville, France. Originally released on MCA. Includes liner notes by John Tobler and Gus Dudgeon. This is part of Rocket's Elton John: The Classic Years series. DON'T SHOOT ME I'M ONLY THE PIANO PLAYER was the first of two 1973 albums that sealed Elton John's superstardom. It included his first U.S. #1 single, the nostalgic "Crocodile Rock," along with one of his most enduring ballads, "Daniel," a veiled salute to a Vietnam vet. By now, John was at ease in almost any musical setting. While lyricist Bernie Taupin continued to feed him the usual mix of road songs, homages to the American West and offbeat love ballads, John was flying ahead with an ambitious, try-anything agenda that effectively blurred the lines between AM pop and FM rock. "Crocodile Rock," with its whimsically vintage Farfisa organ, and "Daniel," a seductive studio concoction of keyboards and acoustic guitar, leaned toward the former. "Elderberry Wine" approached the latter, with its hard guitar sound and blues-rock horn-riffing, as did "Have Mercy On The Criminal," whose central riff echoes "Layla." "I'm Gonna Be A Teenage Idol," a tribute to Marc Bolan of T-Rex, lay tantalizingly across the center of the pop-rock line, sounding like a cabaret version of glitter-rock. By now, Elton John's place in history was assured; months later, John's domination of his era would come to full fruition with the release of GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD.
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