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Big Picture Import

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 23 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000001EXB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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1. Long Way From Happiness
2. Live Like Horses
3. The End Will Come
4. If The River Can Bend
5. Love's Got A Lot To Answer For
6. Something About The Way You Look Tonight
7. The Big Picture
8. Recover Your Soul
9. January
10. I Can't Steer My Heart Clear Of You
11. Wicked Dreams

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tnahpellee on Jan. 18 2004
Format: Audio CD
Why? It's more unusual. This album is great because it fuses a bunch of styles into an obscure AC ball. OKay not every song is excellent but for the ones that are, they are great. Especially the title track and Januray, they are like hard rock, classical music, folk music, psychedelia and ballad all wrapped up into one song. But these are elements that are easily overlooked. Only a close listen wouild reveal them. A few of the other songs have a definite easy-listening, Bacharach quality. This album really has a great feel to it. But it is looked down upon because it is rather mid-tempo if not slower. Now does anybody wine about Captain Fantastic and the brown dirt cowboy being a slow album? HMM..., pity there aren't any energetic rockers like Tower of Babel, We all fall in love sometimes, Curtains, Writing, Someone saved my life tonight, When the whistle blows. But then other people can see something in an album adn tell you about it and it colours what you look for in it. My summation, this is one of Elton's most innovative, under-rated, experimental albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you're an Elton John fan partial to his ballads, then this is a good album to get. The majority of the songs on here, with the exception of four, are exactly that. Most of them don't hold up quite as well (except for the beautiful "Live Like Horses") as those on, say, his 1970 self-titled album, but they come very close. Bernie Taupin's lyrics are, in general, very poetic (and, at times, slightly naughty), and Elton's musical arrangements fit very well with most of them.
As far as the ballads on here go, my personal favorites are "Live Like Horses", "Recover Your Soul", "Something About the Way You Look Tonight", "Love's Got A Lot to Answer For", and the title track. What really stood out for me about these tracks was the fact that Bernie's lyrics and Elton's music & vocals really complement each other well. This isn't quite the case with some of the other ballads (i.e. the lyrics of "I Can't Steer My Heart Clear of You" are wonderful, as are Elton's vocals, but the musical arrangement doesn't quite work, in my opinion; though musically and vocally, "Long Way From Happiness" is very good, Bernie's lyrics aren't some of the most creative he's written).
In terms of the more "pop" songs, "If the River Can Bend" (a gospel-influenced track that reminded me of "Amazes Me" on the album "Sleeping with The Past"), "Wicked Dreams" (the "poetic and slightly naughty" track I mentioned in my first paragraph), and "January" (a track that, as far as lyrical imagery and musical arrangement goes, is pretty good) are my favorites. I really enjoyed the upbeat, energetic way Elton played and sung these songs.
Despite the minor flaws found on this album in some places, it remains one of my favorites. As a whole, this album was very good, worth at least listening to all the way through.
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Format: Audio CD
This Elton John release just is not up to par by any means. Yes there are some "good" songs: Long Way From Happiness, Love Like Horses, Something In The Way You Look Tonight, and The Big Picture. These songs are indeed well crafted. However, they fall a bit short of the best of Elton's Classic 70's period as well as from other top releases like The One and Made In England.
The remaining tracks aren't terrible per say. However, they just drag on and on without having anything meaningful to say. Coupled with the fact that most of them are over five minutes long, its a real chore to listen to this CD in one sitting.
Furthermore, the pacing and stylings of the record are limited. Way too many ballads and mid tempo pieces that lack excitement and verve. On top of that, the arrangements are so identical. Must every piece have a synthesizer string arrangement? Elton's trademark keyboard runs just aren't present enough in the overall mix. Yes there are some good solos, but once the solo is finished Elton's piano playing more often than not falls into the background behind the strings. The guitar, bass, and drums don't do anything exciting on any of the tracks.
A few good songs here and there, but I would recommend passing on this collection.
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By John Kwok TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 10 2001
Format: Audio CD
What a disappointment. Although this isn't one of Elton John's worst albums, it certainly doesn't rank among his best. Perhaps he and Bernie Taupin were a bit rushed, but Elton's singing doesn't sound as soulful as his singing on his previous 1990's collaborations with Bernie Taupin ("The One", "Made in England"), or his later masterpiece with Tim Rice ("The Road to El Dorado"). Yet there are a number of great songs on this album that deserve listening, starting with the first two tracks, "Long Way From Happiness" and "Live Like Horses"; the latter is definitely one of the finest ballads from the John/Taupin team, an underrated classic worthy of comparison with "Candle In The Wind", "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me", "I Guess Why They Call It The Blues", "Sacrifice", and "The One". And there are a couple of other great tunes too, such as the hits "Something About The Way You Look Tonight" and "Recover Your Soul", but most of the rest is filler. If you buy this album then it should be for these songs only.
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