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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Elton John returned to the sound and aesthetic of his classic early-'70s work with 2001's Songs from the West Coast, finding critical acclaim, if not much commercial success. Not that the lack of sales greatly bothered John -- in many interviews, including one with Entertainment Weekly the week before Peachtree Road was released in November 2004, he claimed he was "disappointed" that it just barely went gold, but he was tired of making "uneven" records. John wasn't merely doing publicity: Peachtree Road proves that he's back to making good, solid records focused on songs, not hits, the way he did at the outset of his career. Since this is an album by a veteran, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Elton John returned to the sound and aesthetic of his classic early-'70s work with 2001's Songs from the West Coast, finding critical acclaim, if not much commercial success. Not that the lack of sales greatly bothered John -- in many interviews, including one with Entertainment Weekly the week before Peachtree Road was released in November 2004, he claimed he was "disappointed" that it just barely went gold, but he was tired of making "uneven" records. John wasn't merely doing publicity: Peachtree Road proves that he's back to making good, solid records focused on songs, not hits, the way he did at the outset of his career. Since this is an album by a veteran, not an artist on the rise, it doesn't have the sense of discovery, or the hunger, that his early records still retain, and the production -- the first self-production by John with no collaborators -- is a little cleaner and crisper than the rich, warm sound of the late Gus Dudgeon to whom this record is dedicated, who helmed such masterworks as Tumbleweed Connection. This means Peachtree Road is about craft, both in the writing and the recording, which also means that it's a grower, with each song sounding stronger, better with each spin. While the sound of the record is bright and polished, this album makes few concessions to radio: this is certainly adult pop, but it never panders to adult contemporary radio, and the music is a little too rugged and sturdy to fit alongside the stubbornly sweet sounds of 21st century MOR. Which is precisely the point, of course: John has consciously returned to the reflective singer/songwriter template of the early '70s, both in his writing and his production. Not that this is as lush as Elton John or as country-tinged as Tumbleweed Connection -- "Answer in the Sky" recalls the high-flying disco of "Philadelphia Freedom" quite deliberately, and "They Call Her the Cat" finds a halfway point between "Honkey Cat" and "The Bitch Is Back" -- but it fits alongside those albums quite nicely because the focus is on songs, not trying to have hits. These songs may not rival his standards, but they're in the same tradition, and there's not a bad song in the bunch, resulting in a sturdy, satisfying record that proves that the comeback on Songs from the West Coast was no fluke and, hopefully, this latter-day renaissance for John will not be short-lived either. [This Expanded Edition includes three bonus tracks and an additional DVD featuring John live at the Tabernacle in Atlanta in November of 2004.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2005
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602498723036
  • Catalog Number: 000566600

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Weight of the World (3:58)
  2. 2 Porch Swing in Tupelo (4:38)
  3. 3 Answer in the Sky (4:03)
  4. 4 Turn the Lights Out When You Leave (5:02)
  5. 5 My Elusive Drug (4:12)
  6. 6 They Call Her the Cat (4:27)
  7. 7 Freaks in Love (4:32)
  8. 8 All That I'm Allowed (I'm Thankful) (4:52)
  9. 9 I Stop and I Breathe (3:39)
  10. 10 Too Many Tears (4:14)
  11. 11 It's Getting Dark in Here (3:50)
  12. 12 I Can't Keep This from You (4:36)
  13. 13 The Letter (2:33)
  14. 14 Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher (3:38)
  15. 15 Electricity (3:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Weight of the World
  2. 2 Porch Swing in Tupelo
  3. 3 Answer in the Sky
  4. 4 Turn the Lights Out When You Leave
  5. 5 My Elusive Drug
  6. 6 They Call Her the Cat
  7. 7 Freaks in Love
  8. 8 All That I'm Allowed (I'm Thankful)
  9. 9 I Can't Keep This from You
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elton John Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, fender rhodes
Rick Astley Background Vocals
John Jorgenson Pedal Steel Guitar
Davey Johnstone Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Sitar, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar, Guitar (Leslie), Guitar (Baritone)
Sid Page Violin
Guy Babylon Keyboards, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Bob Birch Bass, Background Vocals
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Brian Dembow Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Stephen Erdody Cello
Endre Granat Violin
Larry Klimas Baritone Saxophone
Lee Loughnane Trumpet
John Mahon Percussion, Background Vocals
Nigel Olsson Drums, Background Vocals
Robin Olson Violin
Simon Oswell Viola
Walter Parazaider Tenor Saxophone
Mark Robertson Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Martin Tillman Cello, Electric Cello
James V. Ross Viola
Gary Barlow Background Vocals
Timothy Landauer Cello
Jimmy Pankow Trombone
Adam Choir, Chorus, Choir Master
Charles Bullock Choir, Chorus
Alecia Terry Choir, Chorus
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Phillip Levy Violin
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer, Producer
Davey Johnstone Musical Director
Guy Babylon Programming, Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements
John Mahon Programming
Bernie Taupin Composer, Liner Notes
Matt Still Engineer
Adrian Collee Studio Coordinator
Jimmy Pankow Horn Arrangements
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