Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Two Rooms is a wildly uneven star-studded tribute to a wildly uneven superstar songwriting team. Though Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote many of the best pop songs of the '70s and '80s, they have written more than their fair share of clunkers as well. Some of them were chosen for this collection. Tina Turner, for example, tackles the ludicrously juvenile "The Bitch Is Back" and somehow manages to make it even worse. Daryl Hall and John Oates don't fare any better with the embarrassingly outdated disco anthem "Philadelphia Freedom." But most of the songs on Two Rooms are drawn from Elton and Bernie's A-list and some of them really illustrate the depth of their songwriting ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Two Rooms is a wildly uneven star-studded tribute to a wildly uneven superstar songwriting team. Though Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote many of the best pop songs of the '70s and '80s, they have written more than their fair share of clunkers as well. Some of them were chosen for this collection. Tina Turner, for example, tackles the ludicrously juvenile "The Bitch Is Back" and somehow manages to make it even worse. Daryl Hall and John Oates don't fare any better with the embarrassingly outdated disco anthem "Philadelphia Freedom." But most of the songs on Two Rooms are drawn from Elton and Bernie's A-list and some of them really illustrate the depth of their songwriting abilities. Sinéad O'Connor finds the tortured soul of the 1989 divorce song "Sacrifice" in a way that the original recording never did. George Michael's radiant tenor lights a fire under "Tonight," another song about a disintegrating relationship. Sting gives the album's most memorable performance, bringing haunted melancholy to the seldom heard "Come Down in Time." Unfortunately, many of the artists are not that sensitive to their chosen songs. Wilson Phillips makes a chipper dentist's office ballad out of the heart-rending elegy "Daniel," while Jon Bon Jovi brings unwanted screech rock bluster to "Levon" and Rod Stewart turns the gentle, charming sap of "Your Song" into noxious, gooey sap. The record succeeds in conveying the enormous influence and productivity of the collaboration between John and Taupin. But it sometimes makes you think they've been just a bit too prolific and that their influence might not always be a good one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/1991
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 042284575027
  • Catalog Number: 845750
  • Sales rank: 14,417

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Border Song - Eric Clapton (4:18)
  2. 2 Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time) - Kate Bush (4:58)
  3. 3 Come Down in Time - Sting (3:43)
  4. 4 Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting - The Who (4:32)
  5. 5 Crocodile Rock - The Beach Boys (4:22)
  6. 6 Daniel - Wilson Phillips (4:01)
  7. 7 Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word - Joe Cocker (3:57)
  8. 8 Levon - Jon Bon Jovi (5:05)
  9. 9 The Bitch Is Back - Tina Turner (3:37)
  10. 10 Philadelphia Freedom (5:11)
  11. 11 Your Song - Rod Stewart (4:48)
  12. 12 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me - Oleta Adams (5:53)
  13. 13 Madman Across the Water - Bruce Hornsby (6:10)
  14. 14 Sacrifice - Sinéad O'Connor (5:08)
  15. 15 Burn Down the Mission - Phil Collins (6:09)
  16. 16 Tonight - George Michael (7:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alistair Anderson Concertina
Oleta Adams Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
The Beach Boys Track Performer
Jon Bon Jovi Vocals, Track Performer
Kate Bush Keyboards, Vocals, Track Performer
Joe Cocker Track Performer
Phil Collins Piano, Drums, Vocals, Track Performer
Daryl Hall & John Oates Track Performer
Bruce Hornsby Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
George Michael Track Performer
Aldo Nova Guitar
Rod Stewart Track Performer
Sting Track Performer
Tina Turner Vocals, Track Performer
The Who Track Performer
Steve Winwood Organ
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Daryl Stuermer Guitar
George Young Alto Saxophone
Jeff Golub Guitar
Richard Greene Violin
Daryl Hall Keyboards, Vocals, Track Performer
Mike Love Vocals
John Miles Synthesizer
Carl Wilson Vocals
Elliot Easton Electric Guitar
Kasim Sulton Bass Guitar
Bruce Johnson Vocals
Adrian Baker Vocals
Glen Ballard Synthesizer, Electric Piano
Dave Bargeron Trombone
Gene Black Guitar, Vocals
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Jeff Bova Horn Synthesizer
Michael Braun Drums
Jack Bruno Drums
David Bryan Keyboards
John "Rabbit" Bundrick Piano
Chris Cameron Piano, Strings
Tim Cappello Organ, Horn, Saxophone, Tambourine, Vocals
Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Alan Clark Synthesizer
Simon Clerk Hammond Organ
David Clayton Strings
Lyndon Connah Keyboards
Deric Dyer Saxophone
Steve Ferrone Drums
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Phil Grande Guitar
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Steve Holley Drums
Al Jardine Vocals
Darryl Jones Bass
Carol Kenyon Vocals
Randy Kerber Piano
Michael Landau Guitar
Ian Lynne Keyboards
Bob Mayo Keyboards
John Molo Drums
Charlie Morgan Drums
Alan Murphy Guitar
Billy Nicholls Vocals
Tessa Niles Vocals
Sinéad O'Connor Vocals, Track Performer
John Oates Electric Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Roland Orzabal Guitar, Vocals
Pino Palladino Bass
David Palmer Drums
Del Palmer Bass
Jeff Peters Vocals
Pheonix Horns Brass
Greg Phillinganes Piano
Wilson Phillips Track Performer
Joe Puerta Bass
John "J.R." Robinson Cymbals
Carmine Rojas Bass
Alan Rubin Trumpet
Kevin Savigar Keyboards
Chrissy Shefts Guitar
Davy Spillane uillean pipes
Chris Stainton Keyboards
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
T.M. Stevens Bass
Jerry Stevenson Guitar
John Thomas Keyboards
Tico Torres Drums
Ian Wilson Vocals
Phil X. Guitar
Carol Steele Tambourine
Don Teschner Mandolin
Tim Harrington Bass
Leland Sklar Bass
Ollie Marland Keyboards, Vocals
George Marinelli Jr. Guitar
Bob Feit Bass Guitar, Vocals
Kenny Moore Piano, Vocals
Howie Bertolo Keyboards
John Cushon Drums
Robbie Konor Synthesizer
Nancy Treadlight Bass, Strings, Vocals
Andy Hamilton French Horn, Woodwind
Danny Jacobs Oboe
T-Bone Wolk Keyboards
Technical Credits
Jon Bon Jovi Producer
Kate Bush Producer
Phil Collins Producer
Bruce Hornsby Producer
Elton John Composer
George Michael Producer
Aldo Nova Producer
Tina Turner Producer
Rob Mounsey Horn Arrangements
Jon Astley Programming, Producer
Daryl Hall Producer
Chris Lord-Alge Producer, Engineer
Glen Ballard Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Francis Buckley Engineer
Tim Cappello Horn Arrangements
Stephen Chase Engineer
Eric Clapton Producer
Roger Davies Producer
Gus Dudgeon Producer, Remixing
Jerry Hey String Arrangements
Trevor Horn Producer
Ian Lynne Programming, Engineer
Andy MacPherson Engineer
Larry Millas Engineer
Peter Moshay Engineer
Billy Nicholls Producer
Obie O'Brien Producer, Engineer
Sinéad O'Connor Producer
Dave O'Donnell Engineer
John Oates Producer
Roland Orzabal Producer
Hugh Padgham Producer, Engineer
Del Palmer Engineer
Tom Perme Guitar Techician
Jeff Peters Engineer
Wilson Phillips Vocal Arrangements
Chris Porter Engineer
John Reynolds Engineer
Bernie Taupin Composer
David Tickle Producer, Engineer
Rev. Timothy Wright Contributor
Tuffy Engineer
Richard Arnold Engineer
Orion Crawford Contributor, Chart Preparation
Curt Frasca Engineer
T-Bone Wolk Producer
Truman Stiles Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful compilation of soloists and groups. Music is mostly soulful

    Many of the songs are better than the originals, the artists were chosen perfectly for each song. A perfect tribute to the music of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Sinead O'Connor's rendition of 'Sacrifice' is distinctive and beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great for the true Elton fan

    This is a must for the true Elton fan to see how other artists pay tribute to and interpret Elton's and Bernie Taupin's songs. I especially like "Border Song" by Clapton because it doesn't sound anything like the original. He truly makes it his own song.

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