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Honky Chateau [Bonus Track]
     

Honky Chateau [Bonus Track]

by Elton John
 

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Considerably lighter than Madman Across the Water, Honky Chateau is a rollicking collection of ballads, rockers, blues, country-rock, and soul songs. On paper, it reads like an eclectic mess, but it plays as the most focused and accomplished set of songs Elton John and Bernie Taupin ever wrote. The skittering boogie of "Honky Cat" and the light

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Considerably lighter than Madman Across the Water, Honky Chateau is a rollicking collection of ballads, rockers, blues, country-rock, and soul songs. On paper, it reads like an eclectic mess, but it plays as the most focused and accomplished set of songs Elton John and Bernie Taupin ever wrote. The skittering boogie of "Honky Cat" and the light psychedelic pop of "Rocket Man" helped send Honky Chateau to the top of the charts, but what is truly impressive about the album is the depth of its material. From the surprisingly cynical and nasty "I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself" to the moving ballad "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters," John is at the top of his form, crafting immaculate pop songs with memorable melodies and powerful hooks. While Taupin's lyrics aren't much more comprehensible than before, John delivers them with skill and passion, making them feel more substantial than they are. But what makes Honky Chateau a classic is the songcraft, and the way John ties disparate strands of roots music into distinctive and idiosyncratic pop -- it's one of the finest collections of mainstream singer/songwriter pop of the early '70s.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2004
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602498240304
catalogNumber:
000360936

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Performance Credits

Elton John   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jean-Luc Ponty   Violin,Electric Violin
Madeline Bell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tony Hazzard   Vocals,Background Vocals
Davey Johnstone   Synthesizer,Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jacques Bolognesi   Trombone
Jean Louis Chautemps   Saxophone
Ray Cooper   Percussion,Conga
Gus Dudgeon   Vocals,Background Vocals,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)
Chris Gavin   Saxophone
Dave Glover   Bass
Alain Hatot   Saxophone
David Hentschel   Synthesizer,Keyboards,ARP
Ivan Julian   Trumpet
Dee Murray   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Nigel Olsson   Conga,Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Legs Larry Smith   Tap Dance,Taps
Larry Steele   Vocals,Background Vocals
Liza Strike   Vocals,Background Vocals
Larry Steel   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Lucky Dube   Composer
Elton John   Composer
Ken Scott   Engineer
Ed Caraeff   Cover Photo
Gus Dudgeon   Producer,Brass Arrangment,Audio Production,Whistle
Greg Penny   Producer
Legs Larry Smith   Contributor
Bernie Taupin   Composer,Lyricist
John Tobler   Liner Notes

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