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The title of Elton John's 43rd album nods to his adopted hometown of Atlanta, as does the easygoing, southern-fried music within. Peachtree Road isn't, however, Sir Elton's attempt at crafting a "country album." It's more an exercise in laid-back, stripped-down songcraft that harks back to his earliest days, particularly on the swinging, blues-based Elvis homage "Porch Swing in Tupelo," which lopes along with a laconic, decidedly Delta-ish gait. "Turn the Lights Out when You Leave" is dappled with an understated twang, much like the classic Glen Campbell–Jimmy Webb confections from the late 1960s. Elton being Elton, Peachtree Road is peppered with grandiose ballads ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
The title of Elton John's 43rd album nods to his adopted hometown of Atlanta, as does the easygoing, southern-fried music within. Peachtree Road isn't, however, Sir Elton's attempt at crafting a "country album." It's more an exercise in laid-back, stripped-down songcraft that harks back to his earliest days, particularly on the swinging, blues-based Elvis homage "Porch Swing in Tupelo," which lopes along with a laconic, decidedly Delta-ish gait. "Turn the Lights Out when You Leave" is dappled with an understated twang, much like the classic Glen Campbell–Jimmy Webb confections from the late 1960s. Elton being Elton, Peachtree Road is peppered with grandiose ballads that could pass muster in any piano bar, but thanks to Bernie Taupin's always incisive lyrics, nothing gets too saccharine -- not even the heart-on-sleeve "My Elusive Drug," on which Elton serenades longtime companion David Furnish. There's even a smattering of old-school rockers that recall the vibe of Tumbleweed Connection, albeit with a modern lyrical twist -- like "They Call Her the Cat," a lovingly loopy bio of a feisty transsexual. A refreshing southern breeze blows across Peachtree Road, and it's the sound of a legendary artist getting a welcome second wind.
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 Elton -- 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 the 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 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: Elton has consciously returned to the reflective singer/songwriter template of the early '70s, both in his writing and production. Not that this is as lush as Elton John or 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 Elton will not be short-lived either.
Rolling Stone - David Wild
His strongest and most revealing album in years.

His strongest and most revealing album in years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602498676110
  • Catalog Number: 000364702

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elton John Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, fender rhodes
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
Mark Ford Background Vocals
Guy Babylon Hammond Organ, fender rhodes, Hammond B3
Bob Birch Bass, Bass Guitar, 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
Terrance Davis Choir, Chorus
James V. Ross Viola
Timothy Landauer Cello
Jimmy Pankow Trombone
Adam Choir, Chorus, Choir Master
Charles Bullock Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Rosalind McKnight Choir, Chorus
LTanya Shields Choir, Chorus
Alecia Terry Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Phillip Levy Violin
Todd Honeycutt Background Vocals
L'Tanya Sheilds Background Vocals
M. Denise Sims Background Vocals
Adam McKnight Background Vocals
Rosalind McKinght Background Vocals
Terrence Davis Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Davey Johnstone Musical Director
Guy Babylon Programming, Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Ludwig Mastering
John Mahon Programming
Bernie Taupin Composer
Matt Still Engineer
Adrian Collee Studio Coordinator
Ricardo Salazar Guitar Techician
Jimmy Pankow Horn Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Even Better Live

    Very underated album. These songs are good and even better live. If you have the chance to see Elton live go for it. This album reminds me of Yellow Brick Road. It has some classic ballads and They call her the Cat will take you back to Saturday Night is allright for fighting. Elton's band has never been better. Davey Johnstone and Nigel Olson are terrific. Buy the album and see Elton live.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Album since Captain Fantastic

    I received this CD for a gift, and have been an Elton John Fan since the early 70's. I feel that this is the best album since Captain Fantastic. The lyrics and music are by far the best I have heard in years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No song stands out...

    After Elton's last album, "Songs from the West Coast," this album seems like a letdown. When I first listened to it, there weren't any songs that "grabbed" me like "Songs" had. It's one of those CDs that I'll have to "get used to" to enjoy. I wasn't enthralled with the country theme of the album and that gets tiring after a while. The non-country songs are refreshing, but still not Elton's best. Elton still has a ton of talent, but this album really doesn't reflect it. I think the country theme is partly to blame since his last album was pure genius.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW

    This Album is Fantastic... great vocals, especially i love the gospel choir, really makes the album fantastic. Great lyrics and music was produced for this album. Great Southern feel to the Album and really great annd easy to listen to. One of the best yet...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fishing for an Answer In The Sky

    An anti-climactic finish to a wonderful career, Elton's "Peachtree Road" falls far short of his last album, "Songs From The West Coast." Although the songs show promise, optimism is not an option at Elton's career stage. He shows his age as the songs slow and drift, making true Elton fans long for days of "Saturday Night's Alright." While Elton showed his soft side in "Songs From the West Coast," he shows his dull side in his newest. If this album is any indication, many of the devout may call for one more showing of talent from Sir Elton, but this cannot be the note on which the Rocket Man ends his Fantastic career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!!!!

    This album will remind you of Tumbleweed Connection, and a few other gems from the 70's. Sir Elton is just a brilliant song writer, musician, and performer. That combined with Taupin gives us something familiar, uplifting, and overall amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!!!

    Amazing album from Sir Elton. I can't get enough of it!! There is a definite taste of the old days in this gem... Any fan from 70's Elton needs to swipe up this album fast.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding! Another Winner!

    I have heard several of these songs performed live, and obviously Elton has another winner!

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