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Elton John became a true superstar with 1972's Honky Chateau. He followed that album with Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player, his most direct, pop-oriented album to date. Designed as a pastiche of classic and contemporary pop styles, the album almost sounds like an attempt to demonstrate the diversity of the John/Taupin team. Though the hits are remarkable -- "Daniel" is a moving ballad and "Crocodile Rock" is a sly take on '50s rock & roll -- the album is slightly uneven. Several of the album tracks, particularly the knowing "I'm Going to Be a Teenage Idol" and the rocking "Elderberry Wine," are as strong as anything John had recorded, but there are too many melodies that simply don't catch hold. Nevertheless, the singles were strong enough to keep the album at the top of the charts, and at its best, it is a very enjoyable piece of well-crafted pop
Performance CreditsElton John Primary Artist,Flute,Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Mellotron
Davey Johnstone Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Sitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guitar (Leslie)
Jacques Bolognesi Trombone
Paul Buckmaster Performing Ensemble
Jean Louis Chautemps Saxophone
Alain Hatot Saxophone
Ivan Jullien Trumpet
Dee Murray Bass,Background Vocals
Nigel Olsson Drums,Maracas,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsElton John Songwriter
Ken Scott Engineer
Paul Buckmaster Arranger
Gus Dudgeon Producer,Brass Arrangment
Bernie Taupin Lyricist
John Tobler Liner Notes
David Larkham Artwork
Michael Ross Artwork
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1970's Pop at it's best. " Daniel" and " Crocodile Rock" and the rest is awsome. Bonus Tracks are good but not awsome.
This is a very fun album with lots of songs that seem like they were written expressly for the radio (with the exception of Texan love song) but they never fit well together as an album. This is one that you ought to own, its just that, as an album, its not quite a classic.