Elton John

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/1996
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731452815620
  • Catalog Number: 528156
  • Sales rank: 9,088

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elton John Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Vocals
Madeline Bell Vocals, Background Vocals
Roger Cook Vocals, Background Vocals
Lesley Duncan Vocals, Background Vocals
Tony Hazzard Vocals, Background Vocals
Brian Dee Organ, Keyboards
Paul Buckmaster Cello
Tony Burrows Vocals, Background Vocals
Terry Cox Drums
David Katz Violin
Kay Garner Vocals, Background Vocals
Colin Green Guitar, spanish guitar
Roland Harker Guitar
Clive Hicks Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Les Hurdle Bass
Skaila Kanga Harmonica, Harp
Dennis Lopez Percussion
Barry Morgan Drums
Tex Navarra Percussion
Alan Parker Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Caleb Quaye Guitar
Dave Richmond Bass, Bass Guitar
Alan Weighall Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Diana Lewis Synthesizer, Moog Synthesizer
Les Hurdie Bass Guitar
Frank Clark Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar
Barbara Moore Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Paul Buckmaster Arranger
Robin Geoffrey Cable Engineer
Tony Cousins Remastering
Gus Dudgeon Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Bernie Taupin Lyricist
John Tobler Liner Notes
David Larkham Art Direction
Jim Goff Sleeve Producer
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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    The best

    The best

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Some key songs

    This John/Taupin album has some key songs but has too much filler to be a classic on its own. The bonus tracks are very good. A good place to start to learn the music of two serious musicians long before the silly glasses and feathers came out.

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