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Made in England
     

Made in England

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by Elton John
 

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Made in England could as easily be the follow-up to Elton John's self-titled 1970 album as his first recording since the success of his songs for the Lion King soundtrack. John has brought back some of his old associates, including percussionist Ray Cooper, guitarist Davey Johnstone, and,

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Made in England could as easily be the follow-up to Elton John's self-titled 1970 album as his first recording since the success of his songs for the Lion King soundtrack. John has brought back some of his old associates, including percussionist Ray Cooper, guitarist Davey Johnstone, and, particularly, orchestrator Paul Buckmaster, who gave the Elton John album its distinctive sound 25 years ago and contributes four string charts here. John remains a musical jukebox: "Please" has a twangy guitar riff that sounds like the Searchers, circa 1965, while guest organist Paul Carrack brings a soulful Booker T.-like feel to "Man." As usual, though, John's main vocal influence remains John Lennon, especially on the album's first single, "Believe," the lyrics to which also echo the tone of several of Lennon's solo ballads. Lyricist Bernie Taupin is unusually personal, writing mostly in short, simple, declarative sentences and giving his songs one-word titles ("House," "Cold," "Pain," etc.). His overall theme posits a positive conclusion ("Blessed") eventually triumphing over adversity ("Lies"). John never works up much feeling for this concept, though he does come off alternately angry and solemn as the lyrics seem to require, though without ever upsetting the melodic flow. It sounds, in other words, as if Taupin had a lot to get off his chest this time around, but his mouthpiece, as usual, was more interested in the sound of the words than in their meaning. Which, given the predictability of the message, seems to have been just as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/1995
Label:
Polygram Uk
UPC:
0731452618528
catalogNumber:
526185

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elton John   Primary Artist,Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Carrack   Organ,Hammond Organ
Davey Johnstone   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals
George Martin   Conductor,Horn
Guy Babylon   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bob Birch   Bass,Background Vocals
Teddy Borowiecki   Accordion
Paul Brennan   Flute,Pipe
Paul Buckmaster   Conductor
Ray Cooper   Percussion
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Charlie Morgan   Drums
Gavyn Wright   Conductor,Leader,Bandleader
Dermot Crehan   Violin

Technical Credits

Elton John   Producer,String Arrangements
George Martin   Arranger,String Arrangements
Guy Babylon   Arranger,Programming
Paul Buckmaster   Arranger,Orchestration
Jon Ingoldsby   Engineer
Greg Penny   Producer
Adrian Collee   Studio Coordinator

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Made in England 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love this Ablum it's not one the his best. But I like it because it's different. I myself think this is a great Album. Elton John the best. Also seen him in concert and it was great.