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Blue Moves-Remastered Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Aug. 12 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000002P7B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Your Starter For...
2. Tonight
3. One Horse Town
4. Chameleon
5. Boogie Pilgrim
6. Cage The Songbird (For Edith Piaf)
7. Crazy Water
8. Shoulder Holster
Disc: 2
1. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
2. Out Of The Blue
3. Between Seventeen And Twenty
4. The Wide-Eyed And Laughing
5. Someone's Final Song
6. Where's The Shoorah?
7. If There's A God In Heaven (What's He Waiting...)
8. Idol
9. Theme from a Non-Existant TV Series
10. Bite Your Lip (Get Up And Dance!)

Product Description

Digitally Remastered Edition of Sir Elton's 1976 Double Album Opus that Presented the Elton John Big Band in a Big Way. With Slick Production Down to a Science, John and Bernie Taupin's Compositions Took a Decidedly Darker Tone as their Relationship Became Strained in the Face of Elton's Growing Dependence on Chemical Stimulants and the Pressures of Success. Following an Answer to the Question of his Sexuality in Rolling Stone, his Most Ardent Fans were the Only Ones to Truly Appreciate this LP at the Time of Release. As Time Passes, Critics and Fans Alike Still Come Back to the Fact that Most of These Tracks Are Simply Brilliant. The Opener of "Your Starter For/Tonight" is Simply Breathtaking, the Fun of "Crazy Water" and the Lush Harmonies of "Chameleon" (With Toni Tenille on Backing Vox) as Well as the Stunning "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Are all Highlights of this Work that Still Stands as One of the Highlights of John's Celebrated Career.

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Format: Audio CD
It's an unusual album. Elton definitely didn't care too much what the general public, the critics and the top forty thought. This album is not without bad material. Out of the blue, Boogie Pilgrim are overly repetitive and long. But there are moments that blow me away. The wide eyed and Laughing with it's sitar, unusual melody, rototoms, swirling synthesiser and strong backing vocals. Between seventeen and twenty is a groovy experimental tune. I love the melody, first class. Other standouts for me are the rockin' disco number 'Bite your lip', the classical music ballad 'Tonight', the haunting jazz number 'Idol', two intriuging instrumentals that got about a mintue called 'Starter' and 'Theme from a non-existent T.V. series', a weird hillbilly meets jazz number 'Shoulder Holster' with unusual lyric. and 'Chameleon'. Then 'Crazy water', 'Sorry seems to be the hardest word', 'Cage the songbird' and 'Someone's final song' don't get me excited but are all strong songs. 'Shoorah' and 'One horse town' are quite interesting too. I don't like 'If there's a God in Heaven ...' for lyrical reasons. It also seems childish to me to blame God for everything. And the lyric is generic for it's time, if that matters.
Anyway it's not his best record but does benefit from some very non-commerical material and even though it's a double album there very little material I find less than decent.
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Format: Audio CD
The 1976 double-album 'Blue Moves', although not reaching the same level of success as the previous double-album from '73 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' still offers the listener a lot to digest. It divides opinions ranging from 'poor' to 'masterpiece' between many fans and it does infact show the both extremes of the catalogue in a way that the previous albums perhaps haven't. The album is opened by the short instrumental introduction piece known as 'Your Starter For...' which co-incidentally reminds me of some theme song from a tv-show with its familiar synth melodies and slightly uptempo drums. This could have been called 'Theme From A Non-Existant Tv Series Part One' The follow up 'Tonight' brings the listener to a ballad about the frustrations of a relationship gone wrong 'Tonight, do we have to fight again?' I guess there's very little fighting over the beauty of the opening instrumentation, the orchestrations are majesticly brilliant and one of Elton's finest ever. The instrumental beginning lasts almost 3 minutes, till Elton begins to sing. His delivery goes from the trembling worried voice to nearing the whining falsetto. Musically and a lyrically one of the strongest and most overlooked points of the album and perhaps Elton's whole catalogue (slight exaggeration). If this song was not nearly eight minutes in its total running time we would have already heard a boyband rape..Erhm..I mean cover it and top charts. Perhaps to the average listener this song might be boring and too long, but I cannot imagine breaking the athmosphere of the song by cutting off a few minutes of the instrumentations. Perhaps this song is best summed up with the word 'beautiful'. And if you are still awake from the previous number (like me) you can set yourself up for a trip to a 'One Horse Town'.Read more ›
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This album is not quite Yellow brick road but it's like less than a cat whisker behind. I thought four or five could have been shortened and then we would have had room for more songs. Otherwise, it's more daring, it's more adventurous and more unusual but for some reason doesn't get the recognition it deserves, like 2/3 of Elton's albums don't. I have to pick out three songs for praise, 'Cage the songbird', 'Between seventeen and twenty' and 'Wide eyed and laughing', my favourite off the disc, because they are folk songs that have unusual arrangements and unusual but beautiful melodies. Between seventeen and twenty has a Jamaican feel and is a laid back song but in towards the end of the chorus is breaks into this emotional ballad 'no use for yooo oo ou' great sutff Elton! Cage the songbird is barely removed from the traditional folk sound, and features David Crosby and Graham Nash on backing vocals, the melody is unusual. The Wide-eyed and laughing, on of my all time favourites of his, is slow, features sitar's, again the same backing vocalists in Crosby and Nash, Rototoms, whatever they are they sound good, a swirling synthesiser and a very unusual melody that is amazing. Crazy water is also a favourite of mine. A disco song that features many sounds that will remind one water, I mean even the backing vocalists sound like they are singing under-water. Sorry seems to be the hardest word is a lot like We all fall in love sometimes but more conventional. It is very beautiful. Someone's final song is a great ballad with a very ncie tune and arrangement. The backing vocalists are adding a lot. Tonight is a classical music piece which becomes a ballad, great orchestration. Chameleon is a bit like Chloe from 'The Fox' and is quite relaxing.Read more ›
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Flashback: sitting in my older brothers room, listening to a mixed 8 Track, and hearing "Between Seventeen and Twenty". This album seems to be brushed off by many listeners (including my brother!) but I feel this is the most disturbing? Elton John album in the catalog. Every emotion is pure, especially the sense of loss. The only drawback is a couple songs that tend to distract the listener from the overall feel of the album (Bite your lip). A hard album to describe but I have been in love with it since I was about 7 and still am!
Best Songs: Tonight, Cage the songbird, Sorry Seems..., Between 17..., The Wide Eyed... Chameleon, Someone's Final Song, Idol, and the cover art is worth the price of admission alone!
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