Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player

Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player

by Elton John


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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

Product Details

Release Date: 02/20/1996
Label: Island
UPC: 0731452815422
catalogNumber: 528154
Rank: 1385

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elton 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 Credits

Elton 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

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