Elton John

Performers Elton John

Rocket Group Pty LTD | February 28, 1996 | Compact Disc

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The 1996 reissue of ELTON JOHN includes three songs that were not on the original album: "Bad Side Of The Moon" (originally the B-side to the "Border Song" single), and both sides of the "Grey Seal"/"Rock N Roll Madonna" single. This is an earlier version of "Grey Seal" than on the GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD album. 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, harpsichord, piano); Paul Buckmaster (arranger, cello); Clive Hicks (acoustic guitar, guitar, 12-string guitar); Frank Clark (acoustic guitar, acoustic bass); Colin Green (guitar, Spanish guitar); Caleb Quaye, Roland Harker, Alan Parker (guitar); Skaila Kanga (harp); Brian Dee (organ); Diana Lewis (Moog synthesizer); Dave Richmond, Alan Weighll, Les Hurdie (bass); Barry Morgan, Terry Cox (drums); Dennis Lopez, Tex Navarra (percussion); Barbara Moore, Madeline Bell, Leslie Duncan, Kay Garner, Tony Burrows, Tony Hazzard, Roger Cook (background vocals). 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. 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, and goes on to include such memorable cuts as the haunting "Sixty Years On" and the proto-Elton rocker "Take Me To The Pilot." It was after hearing the demo for "Your Song" that Steve Brown, the song-plugger who produced the first album, suggested John find a proper producer for the follow-up. Thus began John's fruitful association with Gus Dudgeon and arranger Paul Buckmaster (who'd previously collaborated on David Bowie's "Space Oddity"). On ELTON JOHN, they 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), and "No Shoe Strings On Louise" is Rolling Stonesy country-rock that nearly anticipates EXILE ON MAIN STREET. 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.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 28, 1996

Genre: Rock 'N' Roll

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1970

Label Name: Rocket Group Pty LTD

UPC: 731452815620

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Elton John

Performers Elton John
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Engineer Robin Geoffrey Cable

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 28, 1996

Genre: Rock 'N' Roll

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1970

Label Name: Rocket Group Pty LTD

UPC: 731452815620


See artistic credits for this CD
Title Track Time
1.Your Song --
2.I Need You To Turn To --
3.Take Me To The Pilot --
4.No Shoe String 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 --

Editorial Notes

The 1996 reissue of ELTON JOHN includes three songs that were not on the original album: "Bad Side Of The Moon" (originally the B-side to the "Border Song" single), and both sides of the "Grey Seal"/"Rock N Roll Madonna" single. This is an earlier version of "Grey Seal" than on the GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD album. 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, harpsichord, piano); Paul Buckmaster (arranger, cello); Clive Hicks (acoustic guitar, guitar, 12-string guitar); Frank Clark (acoustic guitar, acoustic bass); Colin Green (guitar, Spanish guitar); Caleb Quaye, Roland Harker, Alan Parker (guitar); Skaila Kanga (harp); Brian Dee (organ); Diana Lewis (Moog synthesizer); Dave Richmond, Alan Weighll, Les Hurdie (bass); Barry Morgan, Terry Cox (drums); Dennis Lopez, Tex Navarra (percussion); Barbara Moore, Madeline Bell, Leslie Duncan, Kay Garner, Tony Burrows, Tony Hazzard, Roger Cook (background vocals). 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. 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, and goes on to include such memorable cuts as the haunting "Sixty Years On" and the proto-Elton rocker "Take Me To The Pilot." It was after hearing the demo for "Your Song" that Steve Brown, the song-plugger who produced the first album, suggested John find a proper producer for the follow-up. Thus began John's fruitful association with Gus Dudgeon and arranger Paul Buckmaster (who'd previously collaborated on David Bowie's "Space Oddity"). On ELTON JOHN, they 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), and "No Shoe Strings On Louise" is Rolling Stonesy country-rock that nearly anticipates EXILE ON MAIN STREET. 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.
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