Elton John: Elton John SACD/HYBRID SACD 2004

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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. [The CD reissue includes the bonus tracks "Bad Side of the Moon," "Grey Seal," and "Rock n Roll Madonna."] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  Track # Title
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
9 Cage
10 King Must Die
11 Bad Side of the Moon
12 Grey Seal
13 Rock & Roll Madonna



Elton John
Elton John
Drum & Bass Collections
9 November 2004
SACD/HYBRID SACD ~ Discs:1 ~ Country:USA
Umgd/Mercury ( POL )
E: Super Audio CD


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