Honky Chateau

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

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/1996
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731452816221
  • Catalog Number: 528162
  • Sales rank: 669

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Honky Cat
  2. 2 Mellow
  3. 3 I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself
  4. 4 Susie (Dramas)
  5. 5 Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)
  6. 6 Salvation
  7. 7 Slave
  8. 8 Amy
  9. 9 Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
  10. 10 Hercules
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Album Credits

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
Ivan Julian Trumpet
Dee Murray Bass, Background Vocals
Nigel Olsson Conga, Drums, Tambourine, Background Vocals
Legs Larry Smith Tap Dance
Larry Steele Vocals, Background Vocals
Liza Strike Vocals, Background Vocals
Larry Steel Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer
Ken Scott Engineer
Ed Caraeff Cover Photo
Tony Cousins Remastering
Gus Dudgeon Producer, Brass Arrangment
Greg Penny Producer
Legs Larry Smith Contributor
Bernie Taupin Lyricist
John Tobler Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Third straight classic album

    Its hard to imagine now just how astonishingly good the albums were that John/Taupin were making at this time and how amazed the fans were in the seventies in hearing one masterpiece after another being delivered by these guys. For awhile the radio seemed to have been taken over by Elton John and, for a while, we didnt mind at all.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Elton

    This is a gem filled necessity for any true Elton John fan. Though 2 of his "hits" are included - Rocket Man, and Honky Cat - this album is so much more. You will be tapping your toes to "I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself", which sounds absurd, but true! "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" is a gorgeous, haunting tune - lyrically rich and musically melancholy. This is one of my favorite Elton albums and it has held up through the years - I still listen to it frequently, and am always glad I did. Recommended highly!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lovely Album!

    From the bouncy piano playing of "Honky Cat" to the beautiful mandolin on "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters," "Honky Chateau" marks Elton John's transition from an amateur to true popstar. This album is lovely.

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