Legendary Covers as Sung by Elton John

Legendary Covers as Sung by Elton John

by Elton John


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Recorded in the late 1960s and early '70s, this collection of cover songs presents Elton John in his formative years, just on the verge of major success, though clearly not there yet. (John, aka Reginald Dwight, is erroneously -- and humorously -- referred to as "Reg Bright" by a press clipping in the liner notes.) On these work-for-hire sessions, Captain Fantastic is still very much in the music-industry trenches, running through hits such as "In the Summertime" for release on budget-priced British LPs. Despite the unglamorous origins of these tracks, there are plenty of gems, as John can't help but let his charm seep through, even when trying for John Fogerty's vocal grit on Creedence's "Travelin' Band" and "Up Around the Bend." Not surprisingly, the most convincing covers are the ones that hew closest to the bold pop style that John would go on to perfect, namely a chiming take on Cat Stevens' "Lady D'Arbanville" and an energetic, spot-on rendition of the Paul McCartney-penned Badfinger hit "Come and Get It." Though Legendary Covers is primarily a novelty disc for devoted John fans, it also serves as a fascinating glimpse of the pop legend's beginnings.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/2006
Label: Dbk Works
UPC: 0646315011821
catalogNumber: 118

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elton John   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

Nina Simone   Composer
Lou Christie   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Andy Fairweather Low   Composer
Norman Greenbaum   Composer
Lee Garrett   Composer
Jeff Christie   Composer
Guy Fletcher   Composer
John Hurley   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Ronnie Wilkins   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Syreeta Wright   Composer
Doug Flett   Composer
Charles Dawes   Composer
Pat Thomas   Reissue Producer
Madison Brown   Liner Notes

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