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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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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By andy8047 on Dec 10 2003
Format: Audio CD
Picture this! In the title track on this album,Elton John tells about a potential career in Hollywood(Do I have a shot at the big part?). Hits from this album are SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT(the first when this album was released in September 1997) and RECOVER YOUR SOUL. This album was finished before Elton's close friend Princess Diana of Wales was killed in a car crash nearly a month before this album was released. Also just before this release and immediately after Diana's death,Elton recorded and released CANDLE IN THE WIND '97 as a single with the same music as the original 1973 version from GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD but with different lyrics. It's also known as "Goodbye,England's Rose". Great album!
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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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By A Customer on Feb. 20 2003
Format: Audio CD
Elton's The Big Picture while certainly not on par with his other truly great albums is good overall and I do recommend it if only to get to hear the longer regular versions of Something About the Way You Look Tonight and Recover Your Soul. I was pleasantly surprised by it and felt overall pleased. But after owning it for a few months now I just don't care for it like I used to. It's still a good album, but one which I don't care to listen to all that much anymore. Get it if you're a fan of his, but his other 90s album Made in England is much better.
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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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