Elton John - Elton John

50th Anniversary Gold Coloured Vinyl LP Record

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Elton John is the second studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John, originally released in April 1970 via DJM Records in the UK and UNI Records in the US.

This is the album that started to break Elton big in the U.S., and for good reason, as it was a more focused release than Empty Sky that smartly made Elton’s piano the main musical focus along with Paul Buckmaster’s lush orchestral arrangements. “Your Song”, arguably his signature song, became his first top 10 hit and was the album’s primary selling point, and remains a beautiful love song despite some occasionally dopey lyrics.

Outstanding album tracks and radio favourites (if not hits) include the gospel rock ballad “Border Song”, which seemingly provides a message of togetherness and brotherhood (it was later a minor hit for Aretha Franklin), and the raucous up-tempo rocker “Take Me To The Pilot”, which also features gospel-styled backing vocals and whose nonsensical lyrics John and Taupin still couldn’t explain if they tried.

Other notable tracks include “No Shoe Strings On Louise”, a lively slide-guitar based parody of The Rolling Stones’ faux country stylings, and “Sixty Years On”, which musically is all about its wonderfully theatrical orchestrations (again credit there goes to Buckmaster). It’s kind of weird that a young guy like Taupin would muse about an old neglected war veteran, but I guess Bernie was an old soul at heart, and musically the song is outstanding.

A personal lyric from Taupin is featured on the song “The Greatest Discovery” which is written about the birth of his younger brother Kit.

Another standout track is “The King Must Die”, which has fantastic drumming, a wonderful string arrangement, and Elton’s ever-improving, highly dramatic vocals also make this something of an epic finale.

Elton John was the first outing of what would become a long-lasting working relationship with producer Gus Dudgeon, and it’s a fine early offering from what became a spectacular partnership, remaining one of his best albums.

This album is a 50th Anniversary limited edition on gold coloured vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with a download code, pressed in Germany via Mercury Records.

(11200)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Your Song

4:00

A2

I Need You To Turn To

2:32

A3

Take Me To The Pilot

3:45

A4

No Shoe Strings On Louise

3:30

A5

First Episode At Hienton

4:47

B1

Sixty Years On

4:52

B2

Border Song

3:18

B3

The Greatest Discovery

4:08

B4

The Cage

3:28

B5

The King Must Die

5:04

SKU 11200
Record Label Mercury Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 006025435093871
Country DE - Germany
Release Date (Year) 30 October 2020
Original Release Date (Year) 10 April 1970
Barcode # 6025435093871
Shipping Weight 0.3600kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Gold Coloured Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Download Code, 50th Anniversary Edition, Reissue, Remastered Audio
Vinyl Colour Gold
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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