Elton John – Elton John - 50th Ann. - 1970 - Classic Rock - Ltd. Gold Vinyl - Sealed 180 Grm LP

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Elton John – Elton John
Label: DJM Records – 00602435093871, Mercury – 00602435093871, UMC – 00602435093871
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Gold, 180g, Gatefold
Includes Download Voucher
Barcode (Scanned): 602435093871
Country: USA & Europe
Released: Oct 30, 2020
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock, Classic Rock
A1 Your Song
A2 I Need You To Turn To
A3 Take Me To The Pilot
A4 No Shoe Strings On Louise
A5 First Episode At Hienton
B1 Sixty Years On
B2 Border Song
B3 The Greatest Discovery
B4 The Cage
B5 The King Must Die
Elton John's second album (released in 1970) finally established him in the pantheon of up-and-comers to watch. With Gus Dudgeon's gorgeous production and Paul Buckmaster's string arrangements, EJ now had a team worthy of his music. "Your Song" remains the haunting love song of the ages.
"Border Song" is a lush string-and-piano paean
. "Sixty Years On" is a stirring narrative with frightening, sometimes unfathomable lyrics by Bernie Taupin.
"First Episode on Hienton" is the only track that harkens back to EJ's first album, "Empty Sky." It is noteworthy for the eerie mellotron playing, and contains some of Bernie's most ambitious lyrics up to that time.
Elton pulls some new tricks out of his hat with "No Shoe Strings on Louise", surprising listeners with an attempt at honky-tonk that only partially gels.
"The King Must Die" is a comment on a monarch who is slowly but surely losing control of his reign, and frantically looks for a way to save his skin from those who are about to overthrow him.
(BrutallyHonestRockAlbumReviews) "Elton John’s 1970 album Elton John is at once both a triumph and a tragedy. It is a triumph because most of the songs are fantastic, Elton was never in finer voice, the arrangements are phenomenal, the songs are beautifully crafted, consistently resonant, and frequently moving – and never again would an Elton John album have so many songs that were so relatable. It was nominated for Album of the Year, and in my estimation deserved to win over Simon and Garfunkle’s overrated Bridge Over Troubled Water, which took the Grammy that year.  No album with “Cecilia” on it should ever win Album of the Year.
“I Need You to Turn To” not only has lyrics that make sense, I consider it the best Elton John song ever, although I think I prefer the version on Live in Australia.  It’s understandable, relatable, and this time even has decent lyrics in the verses. The opening harpsichord is enchanting, the string arrangement on this one is outstanding, and the cello after the first chorus is so effective – Paul Buckmaster’s orchestrations on the early Elton John albums are all wonderful, and this is one of the best. Interesting story, Elton initially approached George Martin to produce the album, but Martin also wanted to do the orchestrations if he produced the album, and Elton liked Buckmaster’s work so much that he took the unprecedented step of turning the legendary George Martin down, so instead the album was produced by Gus Dudgeon.  Absolutely the correct choice, Paul Buckmaster deserves a great deal of credit for the success of Elton’s songs from the early 70s. This song is the perfect example of Buckmaster’s skill as an arranger, just a beautiful, beautiful song"
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Format LP, 180 Gram
Color Black