A Single Man [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's not that Elton John was in need of a comeback in 1978, when he released A Single Man, because he was still one of pop's biggest stars. But he certainly had hit a creative drought with 1976's Blue Moves, a turgid double album that found Elton and his partner Bernie Taupin barely able to write a side's worth of memorable material. John took a couple of years off and reemerged with a new lyricist, name of Gary Osbourne, who was certainly more straightforward than Taupin, but not as inspired. Even if he lacked Bernie's endearing incomprehensibility, Osbourne kick-started John creatively, spurring him to write his strongest collection of songs since Captain ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's not that Elton John was in need of a comeback in 1978, when he released A Single Man, because he was still one of pop's biggest stars. But he certainly had hit a creative drought with 1976's Blue Moves, a turgid double album that found Elton and his partner Bernie Taupin barely able to write a side's worth of memorable material. John took a couple of years off and reemerged with a new lyricist, name of Gary Osbourne, who was certainly more straightforward than Taupin, but not as inspired. Even if he lacked Bernie's endearing incomprehensibility, Osbourne kick-started John creatively, spurring him to write his strongest collection of songs since Captain Fantastic. Also, John left behind Gus Dudgeon, the other partner of his classic period, choosing to collaborate with Clive Franks. Now, this didn't result in a blockbuster of an album; even if it was a hit in both the U.K. and U.S., none of the songs, even hits like "Part-Time Love," are considered part of his basic canon, but this is easily one of his most underrated records, a tight collection of pop songs where the craft effortlessly shines. He does contemporary pop, elegant instrumentals like "Song for Guy," and even apes New Orleans R&B effectively on "Big Dipper." This, of course, is a testament to John's talents, especially because it didn't become a perennial in his catalog -- for most artists, a record this skilled and sophisticated would be a highpoint. Here, it's simply Elton doing his job as best he can. [The 1998 reissue -- which didn't appear in the U.S. until 2001 -- contains five bonus tracks, extensive liner notes, and restored artwork.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/1998
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • UPC: 076732161548
  • Catalog Number: 1615

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shine Through (3:45)
  2. 2 Return to Paradise (4:15)
  3. 3 I Don't Care (4:23)
  4. 4 Big Dipper (4:04)
  5. 5 It Ain't Gonna Be Easy (8:27)
  6. 6 Part-Time Love (3:16)
  7. 7 Georgia (4:50)
  8. 8 Shooting Star (2:44)
  9. 9 Madness (5:53)
  10. 10 Reverie (0:53)
  11. 11 Song for Guy (6:53)
  12. 12 Ego (4:00)
  13. 13 Flinstone Boy (4:13)
  14. 14 I Cry at Night (3:16)
  15. 15 Lovesick (3:59)
  16. 16 Strangers (4:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elton John Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Harmonium, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Mellotron, Polymoog, Synthesizer Strings
Patrick Halcox Trumpet
Henry Lowther Trumpet
Herbie Flowers Bass, Acoustic Bass
Davey Johnstone Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tim Renwick Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Chris Thompson Vocals, Background Vocals
Vicki Brown Vocals
Paul Buckmaster Cello
B.J. Cole Guitar, Steel Guitar
Ray Cooper Percussion, Conga, Tambourine, Timpani, Vibes, Shaker, Rhythm Box, Wind Chimes
John Crocker Clarinet, Electric Piano, Tenor Saxophone, Wind, fender rhodes
Clive Franks Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Steve Holly Drums, Horn
Stevie Lange Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Osborne Vocals
Jim Shepherd Trombone
Joanne Stone Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer, Producer
Mike Storey Graphic Design
Paul Buckmaster Orchestral Arrangements
David Costa Sleeve Design
Phil Dunne Engineer
Stuart Epps Engineer
Clive Franks Producer, Engineer
Peter Mew Engineer
Gary Osborne Composer
Joanne Stone Arranger
Bernie Taupin Composer
Ian Cooper Mastering
Chris White Liner Notes
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