Elton John - Sleeping With The Past

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Sleeping With The Past is the twenty-second studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John, originally released in August 1989 via Rocket Records in the UK and MCA Records in the US.

Following throat surgery in 1987, Elton John released Reg Strikes Back (1988) with renewed creativity. For their next album John and songwriting partner Taupin set about to create a thematic album as a tribute to the R&B sound of the 1960s and 1970s and artists such as Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, that inspired them as youths.

In writing for the album, Taupin would listen to '60s soul songs and use those songs from the past to inspire new lyrics to prepare for the album. He would then write down which artists or songs influenced him. John would then use Taupin's guide to write a soul song that sometimes ventured away from the original source of inspiration. Many of the songs have a somewhat clear influence while others contain a mixture of various soul influences.

As seen on Reg Strikes Back (following John’s throat surgery), there is a notable lowering of the key used in his songs, as he could no longer hit the high notes or falsetto ranges dominant in his earlier recordings. The tone of his voice had also been altered by the surgery, providing a deeper and more rounded tone to his voice.

The album provided him with his first solo number one single in his home market, the UK with “Sacrifice”. “Healing Hands” was the lead single and then re-released as a double-A sided single with “Sacrifice” in the UK as a charity fund raising single.

Other songs from the album proved to be successful in other markets in Europe, such as “Whispers” and “Blue Avenue”. “Club At The End of the Street” was also a minor hit single.

Of interest Sleeping With The Past was the first album since Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy in 1975 to feature songs written solely by John and Taupin.

The album hit #1 on the UK charts and also reached #23 in the US and #2 in Australia.

Check out the tracks:  Healing Hands”; “Sacrifice”; “Club At The End of the Street”; “Whispers” and “Blue Avenue”.

This LP record is a 2017 reissue on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl with printed inner sleeve, remastered audio and digital download code, pressed in Europe.

(602557669374)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Durban Deep

5:32

A2

Healing Hands

4:24

A3

Whispers

5:29

A4

Club At The End Of The Street

4:50

A5

Sleeping With The Past

4:59

B1

Stone's Throw From Hurtin'

4:55

B2

Sacrifice

5:07

B3

I Never Knew Her Name

3:33

B4

Amazes Me

4:39

B5

Blue Avenue

4:21

SKU 602557669374
Record Label Rocket Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 5766937
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 19 October 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 29 August 1989
Barcode # 602557669374
Shipping Weight 0.3150kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Remastered Audio, Reissue, Original Album Artwork Replicated, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Genre Soul
Format VINYL LP

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