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Elton John [Digipak] [Remaster]
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Album: Elton John [Digipak] [Remaster]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Your Song More Info... 4:02
2)    I Need You To Turn To More Info... 2:31
3)    Take Me To The Pilot Album Version More Info... 3:45
4)    No Shoe Strings On Louise More Info... 3:29
5)    First Episode At Hienton More Info... 4:46
6)    Sixty Years On Album Edit More Info... 4:35
7)    Border Song More Info... 3:21
8)    The Greatest Discovery More Info... 4:10
9)    The Cage More Info... 3:27
10)    The King Must Die More Info... 5:07
1)    Your Song Demo Version More Info... 3:33
2)    I Need You To Turn To Piano Demo More Info... 2:11
3)    Take Me To The Pilot Piano Demo More Info... 2:34
4)    No Shoe Strings On Louise Piano Demo More Info... 3:32
5)    Sixty Years On Piano Demo More Info... 4:20
6)    The Greatest Discovery Piano Demo More Info... 3:57
7)    The Cage Demo More Info... 3:20
8)    The King Must Die Piano Demo More Info... 5:22
9)    Rock And Roll Madonna Piano Demo More Info... 3:10
10)    Thank You Mama Piano Demo More Info... 3:19
11)    All The Way Down To El Paso Piano Demo More Info... 2:48
12)    I'm Going Home Piano Demo More Info... 3:03
13)    Grey Seal Piano Demo More Info... 3:18
14)    Rock And Roll Madonna Incomplete Band Demo More Info... 2:53
15)    Bad Side Of The Moon More Info... 3:11
16)    Grey Seal More Info... 3:35
17)    Rock And Roll Madonna More Info... 4:17
18)    Border Song BBC Session More Info... 3:20
19)    Your Song BBC Session More Info... 3:59
20)    Take Me To The Pilot BBC Session More Info... 3:33
 

Album: Elton John [Digipak] [Remaster]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Your Song More Info... 4:02
2)    I Need You To Turn To More Info... 2:31
3)    Take Me To The Pilot Album Version More Info... 3:45
4)    No Shoe Strings On Louise More Info... 3:29
5)    First Episode At Hienton More Info... 4:46
6)    Sixty Years On Album Edit More Info... 4:35
7)    Border Song More Info... 3:21
8)    The Greatest Discovery More Info... 4:10
9)    The Cage More Info... 3:27
10)    The King Must Die More Info... 5:07
1)    Your Song Demo Version More Info... 3:33
2)    I Need You To Turn To Piano Demo More Info... 2:11
3)    Take Me To The Pilot Piano Demo More Info... 2:34
4)    No Shoe Strings On Louise Piano Demo More Info... 3:32
5)    Sixty Years On Piano Demo More Info... 4:20
6)    The Greatest Discovery Piano Demo More Info... 3:57
7)    The Cage Demo More Info... 3:20
8)    The King Must Die Piano Demo More Info... 5:22
9)    Rock And Roll Madonna Piano Demo More Info... 3:10
10)    Thank You Mama Piano Demo More Info... 3:19
11)    All The Way Down To El Paso Piano Demo More Info... 2:48
12)    I'm Going Home Piano Demo More Info... 3:03
13)    Grey Seal Piano Demo More Info... 3:18
14)    Rock And Roll Madonna Incomplete Band Demo More Info... 2:53
15)    Bad Side Of The Moon More Info... 3:11
16)    Grey Seal More Info... 3:35
17)    Rock And Roll Madonna More Info... 4:17
18)    Border Song BBC Session More Info... 3:20
19)    Your Song BBC Session More Info... 3:59
20)    Take Me To The Pilot BBC Session More Info... 3:33
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Elton John (vocals, piano, harpsichord); Elton John; Alan Weighall (guitar, bass guitar); Alan Parker (guitar); Frank Clark (acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, acoustic bass guitar); Dave Richmond, Les Hurdie (bass instrument, bass guitar); Dennis Lopez, Dennis "Ace" Lopez (percussion); Lesley Duncan, Madeline Bell, Roger Cook, Tony Burrows, Tony Hazzard, Kay Garner (background vocals); Clive Hicks (guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar); Colin Green (guitar, Spanish guitar); Roland Harker, Caleb Quaye (guitar); Skaila Kanga (harp); Paul Buckmaster (cello); Brian Dee (organ); Diana Lewis (Moog synthesizer); Terry Cox, Barry Morgan (drums); Tex Navarra (percussion).
  • Audio Remasterers: Giovanni Scatola; Tony Cousins.
  • Liner Note Authors: Gus Dudgeon; John Tobler.
  • Recording information: Trident Studios, London, England (04/12/1970-07/02/1970).
  • Photographer: Stowell Stanford.
  • Arranger: Paul Buckmaster.
  • Elton John's second album was his first to be released in the U.S., and the difference between it and its predecessor, EMPTY SKY, is palpable and immediate. ELTON JOHN opens with "Your Song," a halting ballad that is one of the most moving love songs in the modern pop canon. The album also marks John's fruitful association with Gus Dudgeon and arranger Paul Buckmaster (who'd previously collaborated on David Bowie's "Space Oddity"). The team came up with a spare orchestral sound that surrounds the singer and his piano with dashes of both classical and rock guitar, synthesizers, carefully arranged drums, and searing strings.
  • This wasn't all-out pop yet, but rather a striking and singular brand of folk-rock. "Take Me To The Pilot" shows flashes of John's rocking future ("Bennie And The Jets" descended from it), "No Shoe Strings On Louise" is Rolling Stonesy country-rock, and "Sixty Years On" is haunting and memorable. More typical for this session is "I Need You To Turn To," another love song that finds lyricist Bernie Taupin in an unusually direct mode, and features a beautiful harpsichord melody from John. ELTON JOHN cast the mold for the singer's future superstardom.
Professional Reviews
Q (8/95, pp.143-145) - 3 Stars - Good - "...an accomplished diverse collection of...sophisticated material..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.122) - "The hit single 'Your Song,' still his signature, the gospel-influenced 'Border Song' and the deep meditation 'Sixty Years On' all posited Elton as a most serious singer-songwriter."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.95) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Here the listener gets a more focused idea of Elton's craft as a tunesmith, the subtle nuances of his chord structures marking him out as an innovative talent."
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