|His incredible music career
and his partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin has given us literally
tons of Number One hits. The talented duo has enjoyed one of the most rewarding
and exciting songwriting partnerships in rock and roll history.
John And Tim Rice's Aida (1999 Concept Album) [SOUNDTRACK]
|Following hot on the heels
of their enormously successful collaboration for The Lion King, Elton John
and Tim Rice have once again culled their talents to create another Disney
contemporary musical, based this time on Verdi's opera Aida. The album,
recorded by some of the biggest talents of pop, country, and R&B, features
songs from the stage show, which recounts the well-known tale of a love
triangle further complicated by slavery, royalty, and the armed forces.
--Paige La Grone
in England - Elton John
|Made In England finds Elton
John and Bernie Taupin at their very best. Bernie's moving and intelligent
lyrics are beautifully showcased by Elton's versatile compositions.
Yellow Brick Road (Remaster)[ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] - Elton John
Rarely mentioned as one of the
great double albums, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road had to settle for ending
up in a few million record collections. So sprawling that it doesn't quite
measure up to the earlier, more laid-back Honky Chateau or the later, pushy
Rock of the Westies, this still holds claim to a lot of brilliant, very
pop-savvy music: the winking rebellion of "Bennie and the Jets" and "Saturday
Night's Alright for Fighting," the ready-made nostalgia of "The Ballad
of Danny Bailey," the downbeat melodicism of "Harmony." --Rickey Wright
Of The Westies (Remaster) [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] - Elton John
|Although it was viewed as one
of Elton John's more lightweight efforts upon its 1975 release--possibly
because it followed only half a year after the acclaimed Captain Fantastic
and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (and partially because many thought the album
was released to fulfill a contractual obligation)--Rock of the Westies
appears in retrospect to be his last great rock album. It certainly does
rock consistently harder than any other John album, with guitarist Davey
Johnstone even getting cowriting credits (with John and Bernie Taupin)
on the opening "Medley: Yell Help/Wednesday" and "Grow Some Funk of Your
Own." Lyricist Taupin seems to be going off the deep end here at times
with titles like "Dan Dare (Pilot of the Future)" and "Billy Bone &
the White Bird," but "Island Girl" was another huge hit for the pair. And
the CD version adds the wonderful pop gem "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart,"
which turned KiKi Dee into an eternal Trivial Pursuit answer.
John [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] Elton John
|"Elton John" is the first album
released in America and it is the first of the classic albums which Gus
Dudgeon produced during the amazing period from 1970 to 1976 when Elton
John was the world's most popular rock and roll musician. This album was
also the first to feature the great orchestral
arrangements of Paul Buckmaster. Without question, this is an essential
Elton John recording. Taupin wrote some of his finest introspective lyrics.
Muse: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack-Elton John
The soundtrack may only be 35 minutes
long, but it takes the listener on a fulfilling journey, through pain,
laughter, disappointment and exhilaration. Elton's melodies are strong,
One [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] Elton John
Digit Remastered +bonus Track.
John - Biography
John - Books
from the West Coast Elton John
Rollingstone, October 11, 2001,
4 STARS "...its spirit
and ambition have finally come back home."
Across The Water (Remaster) - Elton John
|Named for a cut that originally
appeared on his Tumbleweed Connection album, Madman Across the Water yielded
some of Elton John's earliest AOR staples. "Tiny Dancer," like the previous
"Your Song," was introduced and carried by John's masterful piano composition.
The song's sense of longing also employed the falsetto chorus that would
become as much of a trademark as his costumes. "Levon," another entry into
the John/Taupin "ballad of" category, is one of their finest pieces. The
orchestration gives the song not only its sense of foreboding, but also
its release of tension as the song ends. "Rotten Peaches" became a favorite,
as did "Holiday Inn." There's also a different interpretation of the title
track than appeared on Tumbleweed Connection.
Night Only [LIVE]
In typically splashy style, Elton
John rushed One Night Only, a document of his two-night Madison Square
Garden stand, into release just weeks after the October 2000 shows. Basically
a rundown of 30 years of chart hits smoothly played (if occasionally roughly
sung), the disc is a solid buy for the Elton John fanatic. Others will
have to decide if a plethora of guest stars--Mary J. Blige, Bryan Adams,
Kiki Dee, Ronan Keating, and Anastacia --warrants owning new versions of
old warhorses. Even without the sense of Event surrounding the performances,
though, One Night Only satisfyingly captures the thrill of EJ's recent
sets. --Rickey Wright
Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] - Elton
Elton John has always liked having
it both ways. He's flamboyant and vain, yet empathetic and sincere. He
sits at his piano playing sentimental melodies, but the words come not
from inside his soul but from friend Bernie Taupin. For Captain Fantastic,
he and Taupin wrote a concept album which sketches their career together.
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight" is easily the strongest song outside of
the concept. The addition of several songs "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
featuring John Lennon, "Philadelphia Freedom," and "One Day at a Time"
blow the concept but up the entertainment value considerably. --Rob O'Connor
Shoot Me I'm Only
RECORDING REMASTERED] - Elton John
This album still holds up well
over a quarter of a century after its release. Even casual fans will recognize
"Daniel," "Elderberry Wine," and "Crocodile Rock," but "Teacher I Need
You," "Have Mercy on the Criminal" and "I'm Going to Be a Teenage Idol"
are equally good. Elton's backing band at the time (guitarist Davey Johnstone,
bassist Dee Murray, and drummer Nigel Olsson) was easily his best, and
producer Gus Dudgeon and orchestral arranger Paul Buckmaster bathed the
tracks in a warm and enticing glow. The only complaint is that, due to
its size, the CD reissue doesn't remotely do justice to the colorful packaging
of the original album. --Dan Epstein
Chateau [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] Elton John
|By 1972, Elton John was already
a rising star in America, although most casual listeners still identified
him as part of the singer/songwriter explosion, thanks to the success of
"Your Song" and "Levon." Honky Château changed all that, beginning
with the success of "Honky Cat," a rousing New Orleans-ish R&B powerhouse
that kicks off this terrific collection of songs. This was the album that
first revealed John as a pure-pop craftsman, and he's all over the musical
map on this set, moving from country-ish rock to blues-based rockers. But
the best things here still might be two gorgeous ballads: "Mona Lisas &
Mad Hatters" (displaying the young vocalist at his best) and the hit single
"Rocket Man" (which had many rock fans debating which was the better space
odyssey of the day--this or Bowie's). And lyricist Bernie Taupin was revealing
a new, slightly darker side here via tunes like "I Think I'm Gonna Kill
Myself." --Bill Holdship
This is the first attempt to consolidate
all of Sir Elton's hit singles, from three labels, in one collection. It
once would've required at least four CDs to own the best stuff here.
Hits, Vol. 2
Elton John's second volume of hits
covers the incredibly fertile hitmaking period from late 1974 to early
1976, with a step or two outside that era. Some of his very greatest pop
creations are here: "Philadelphia Freedom," "The Bitch Is Back," the giddy
John Lennon-abetted cover of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Levon."
If you love him, no doubt many of these songs are among the reasons. --Rickey
Hits - Elton John
|Digitally remastered reissue
of his 1974 'Hits' collection on a 24 karat gold CD from DCC. Featuring
every one of his Top 10 singles recorded up to that point, 'Your Song',
'Rocket Man', 'Honky Cat', 'Crocodile Rock', 'Daniel', 'Goodbye Yellow
Brick Road', 'Bennie and the Jets', 'Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me' plus
three more tracks.
Songs - Elton John
This 1996 Love Songs collection
consists of 15 of Elton John's biggest love ballads.
Australian Exclusive Tour Edition.
Features a Limited Edition Slipcase.
At 33 - Elton John
The first of Elton great albums
"21 At 33" features the Elton
we love. He's able to blend his brand of pop music with reggae, country
and techno. This album is significant because it is theTaupin's first album
with John since "Blue Moves" in 1976.
Connection [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] - Elton John
Tumbleweed Connection is part of
the early catalog of Elton John's work that Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose
reportedly once said he would love to own the publishing rights to as a
work of art. Indeed, it does contain some of John's most expressive work
as an artist, but with the showy stage presence and pop melodicism still
under construction. Tumbleweed is characterized by John's balladeer approach,
with John at his storyteller best on songs like "Burn Down the Mission."
Even if the lyrics were generally written by Bernie Taupin, John's voice
and inflection made every song seem deeply personal. The beautiful "Come
Down in Time" displays the subtleties and sophistication of his talent,
with the piano not yet serving as the instrumental focal point it would
later become. The album also features the favorite "Ballad of a Well-Known
Gun"and "Where to NowSt./Peter?" --Steve Gdula
to El Dorado [SOUNDTRACK] Elton John
Apparently, if you ask Elton John
to provide songs for the soundtrack to your movie, you'll get more than
you bargained for. In this case, much more. Only 5 of the 11 tracks are
used in this animated film about 2 swindlers searching for gold in 16th-century
Spain, meaning 6 bonus cuts are featured here. John again collaborated
with lyricist Tim Rice, who worked on last year's Aida and 1994's Lion
King. There are the trademark piano ballads ("Friends Never Say Goodbye,"
"Queen of Cities") and uptempo piano rockers ("16th Century Man"), but
many of the tracks feature island rhythms and some unusually futuristic
effects ("Trust Me"). One particular highlight is a humorous duet with
Randy Newman on "It's Tough to Be a God." Three additional cuts from the
movie's score by Hans Zimmer and John Powell finish the album with cinematic
flair. --Rob O'Connor