Elton John - Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player

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Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player is the sixth studio album by English singer-songwriter Elton John, originally released in January 1973 via DJM Records.

Visually, musically, and in every other way, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player is an engaging entertainment and a nice step forward in phase two of Elton John's career, the phase that began with Honky Chateau. The essence of Elton's personality, on record and in performance, has always been innocent exuberance, a quality intrinsic in most of the best rock 'n' roll of the Fifties and early Sixties. Elton's only major problem after the success of his first album was finding the right direction for his talent. Honky Chateau was a sensational comeback, as much a triumph of producer Dudgeon and Taupin's versatile professionalism as of Elton's musicality.

Happily, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player is as good, if not better than its predecessor. The heart of the album is a sequence of American movie fantasies whose chief aim is to delight. Though there is implicit social commentary in several songs, notably "Have Mercy On The Criminal" and "Texan Love Song", it is set forth as stereotypical movie fare, meant only to vary the emotive tension between episodes. In general, the most effective songs are the simplest excursions in fantasy-nostalgia.

Typical is the irresistibly catchy hit, "Crocodile Rock". More successfully than any recent single it recaptures the spirit of late-Fifties rock 'n' roll, parodying styles ("At The Hop" and "Runaway") with such affectionate high spirits that the song emerges as a genuinely fresh artifact of the Seventies. Elton's tune and Taupin's lyric are ideally wedded. The song has a conventional verse-chorus structure and an overall diction that is casual and idiomatic without straining for precision: "I remember when rock was young/Me and Susie had so much fun/Holding hands and skimming stones/Had an old gold Chevy and a place of my own."

Teenage fantasy, more explicit and without hindsight, is also the theme of "Teacher I Need You" and "I'm Going To Be A Teenage Idol", both of which have the same off-the-cuff buoyancy as "Crocodile Rock" and the same playful attitude toward a semi-mythic past. In "Have Mercy On The Criminal", the inventive eclecticism of John-Taupin is especially striking with its interposition of guitar figuration and a typically spacious orchestral arrangement by Paul Buckmaster.

The album's most moving cut, however, is the opener, "Daniel". A gem of technical virtuosity, it has Elton doubling on electric piano and "flute" mellotron and Ken Scott on synthesizer, together making as deft use of the new electronic instrumentation as I've heard. Elton's melody and vocal are unusually tender and expressive, and Taupin's lyric, in which he recalls watching a plane carrying away his older brother, is exceptionally lovely.

If Honky Chateau established Elton John as a leading contender for the bantamweight championship of rock & roll, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player handed him the title.

Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player was Elton’s second straight No. 1 album in the US on the Billboard 200 chart. It went on to peak at No. 1 in several other countries including Australia, Canada, Italy, Norway and the UK.

Check out the tracks: “Daniel”, “Crocodile Rock” and “Have Mercy On The Criminal”. 

This reissued LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with reproduced original artwork, remastered audio and digital download code, is pressed in Europe on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.

(602557383096)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Daniel

3:54

A2

Teacher I Need You

4:10

A3

Elderberry Wine

3:33

A4

Blues For My Baby And Me

5:42

A5

Midnight Creeper

3:55

B1

Have Mercy On The Criminal

5:57

B2

I’m Going To Be A Teenage Idol

3:55

B3

Texan Love Song

3:33

B4

Crocodile Rock

3:58

B5

High Flying Bird

4:12

SKU 602557383096
Record Label Mercury Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 5738309
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 21 July 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 26 January 1973
Barcode # 602557383096
Shipping Weight 0.4150kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Remastered Audio, Reissue, Original Album Artwork Replicated, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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