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21 at 33

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Elton John entered the second decade of his pop music career releasing his 21st long-player during the 33rd year of his life, hence the album's title. It also marked the tentative return of former writing partner Bernie Taupin after a four-year sabbatical. Although the reunion yielded a trio of tunes, "Chasing the Crown," "Two Rooms at the End of the World," and "White Lady White Powder," unfortunately they all suffer from the same nauseating disco vibe that made John's previous effort, 1979's Victim of Love, so thoroughly dismissible. However, the following year's 21 at 33 is far from a complete washout. Building on the strength of his relationship with Gary Osborne -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Elton John entered the second decade of his pop music career releasing his 21st long-player during the 33rd year of his life, hence the album's title. It also marked the tentative return of former writing partner Bernie Taupin after a four-year sabbatical. Although the reunion yielded a trio of tunes, "Chasing the Crown," "Two Rooms at the End of the World," and "White Lady White Powder," unfortunately they all suffer from the same nauseating disco vibe that made John's previous effort, 1979's Victim of Love, so thoroughly dismissible. However, the following year's 21 at 33 is far from a complete washout. Building on the strength of his relationship with Gary Osborne -- with whom John had created A Single Man 1978 -- the pair wrote the standouts "Dear God" and "Take Me Back" as well as the hit single "Little Jeannie." "Sartorial Eloquence" harks back to the classic "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," thanks to the all-star backing vocals from Eagles Glenn Frey and Don Henley as well as Toni Tennille, Bruce Johnston, and Peter Noone from Herman's Hermits. Interestingly, John briefly reassembled his 1970s core band of Davey Johnstone guitar, Dee Murray bass, and Nigel Olsson drums, although their contributions sound more like an afterthought when compared to those of studio stalwarts Richie Zito guitar, Steve Lukather guitar, Lenny Castro percussion, and an all-star horn section of Chuck Findley trumpet, Jim Horn sax, and Jerry Hey trumpet. The scattered nature and lack of cohesion on 21 at 33 would translate onto John's next few albums such as The Fox 1981 and Jump Up! 1982. Not until the full-fledged reunion with Taupin and backing quartet on Too Low for Zero 1983 would John begin to reestablish himself as a central pop music figure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2003
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 044007711422
  • Catalog Number: 771142
  • Sales rank: 53,320

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elton John Primary Artist, Piano, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, Overdubs, Wurlitzer
Toni Tennille Choir, Chorus
Don Henley Vocals, Background Vocals
Victor Feldman Percussion, Tambourine
James Newton Howard Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes, CS-80
Bill Champlin Vocals, Background Vocals
Bruce Johnston Choir, Chorus
Peter Noone Choir, Chorus
Joe Chemay Choir, Chorus
Curt Becher Choir, Chorus
Byron Berline Fiddle, Violin
Richie Cannata Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Lenny Castro Percussion, Conga
Chuck Findley Trombone, Trumpet, Horn
Clive Franks Percussion, Tambourine, Vocals, cowbell
Glenn Frey Vocals
Venette Gloud Vocals, Background Vocals
Glenn Grey Background Vocals
Max Gronenthal Vocals, Background Vocals
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Wind
Jim Horn Piccolo, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jon Joyce Choir, Chorus
Steve Lukather Guitar, Electric Guitar
Reggie McBride Bass
Dee Murray Bass, Background Vocals
Nigel Olsson Drums
Gary Osborne Background Vocals
David Paich Organ, Keyboards
Timothy B. Schmit Vocals, Background Vocals
Stephanie Spruill Background Vocals
Alvin "Red" Taylor Drums
Carmen Twillie Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Wrather Guitar
Richie Zito Guitar, Electric Guitar
Alvin Taylor Drums
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Richie Zotto Acoustic Guitar
Larry Hall Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Wind
Larry Williams Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Little Walter Composer
Eric Carmen Composer
Elton John Producer
David Foster String Arrangements
Bruce Johnston Arranger, Choir Arrangement
Teddy Randazzo Composer
AndraƩ Crouch Composer
Steve Desper Engineer
Clive Franks Producer, Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Jerry Hey Brass Arrangment
Jim Horn Brass Arrangment
David Leonard Engineer
Peggy McCreary Engineer
Patrick Jaunead Engineer
Steve McManus Engineer
John Tobler Liner Notes
Thomas Robinson Composer
Norman Moore Artwork, Art Direction, Concept, Cover Design, Original Sleeve Design
George Osaki Art Direction
Adrian Collee Studio Coordinator
David Burgess Engineer
Jane Hitchin Tape Research
Zoe Roberts Tape Research
Adrian Colle Studio Coordinator
Stephen McManus Engineer
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