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Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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Classic rock 'n' roll and '70s pop came together seamlessly on this 1973 LP, another #1. This has his mega-hit Crocodile Rock and smash ballad Daniel ; this CD adds Jack Rabbit; Skyline Pigeon (piano version), and two more bonuses!
One of the best entries from Elton John and Bernie Taupin's remarkably successful mid-1970s run, this album still holds up well over a quarter of a century after its release. Even casual fans will recognise "Daniel", "Elderberry Wine", and "Crocodile Rock", but "Teacher I Need You", "Have Mercy on the Criminal" and "I'm Going to Be a Teenage Idol" are equally good. Elton's backing band at the time (guitarist Davey Johnstone, bassist Dee Murray, and drummer Nigel Olsson) was easily his best, and producer Gus Dudgeon and orchestral arranger Paul Buckmaster bathed the tracks in a warm and enticing glow. The only complaint is that, due to its size, the CD reissue doesn't remotely do justice to the colourful packaging of the original album. --Dan Epstein
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As far as the tracks go, every one on this album is great. But as was the case on Elton's self-titled album, the hits (with the exception of "Daniel", probably one of his best ballads) are not the standouts; the lesser-known songs are. The really notable tracks are "Elderberry Wine" (a great pop-rock song with very good piano by Elton), "Blues For Baby & Me" (a lovely ballad that I'm amazed wasn't a hit), "Midnight Creeper" (a great, though slightly disturbing rocker), "Have Mercy On The Criminal" (another great rocker with a dramatic, emotional vocal by Elton), and "High Flying Bird" (a poetic, touching ballad with great vocals by Elton and his band).
The remaining tracks ("Teacher I Need You", "I'm Gonna Be A Teenage Idol", "Crocodile Rock", and "Texas Love Song") are also good, but for different reasons. "Teacher I Need You" and "I'm Gonna Be A Teenage Idol" are both great "story songs". "Crocodile Rock" was, of course, the other hit from this album, and is a fun song to listen and sing to. "Texas Love Song" is another good "story song", and is an excellent (and successful) attempt at country on Elton's part.
Though not quite at the level of something like Tumbleweed Connection, his self-titled album, Honky Chateau, or Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (which was released right after this), this is still a very good album. It has some great stories, some very singable tracks, and quite a few unknown gems. Definitely a good addition to an Elton John collection.
The good news, of course, was Elton's arrival as a full-fledged pop star came with some terrific music, still very enjoyable more than a quarter century later. Actually, his pop leanings were in evidence in 1972 with the release of "Honky Chateau," but this time the gloves are off, and his aim is clearly Casey Kasem country. The result was his first two top-five singles in the U.S., the chart-topping "Crocodile Rock" and #2 hit, "Daniel." "Don't Shoot Me" reached the top of the charts, too, just as "Honky Chateau" did.
If you like "Honky Chateau," chances are good you will like "Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player," which in many ways feels like a sequel. The title, for instance, sounds like something the singer in "Honky Cat" might have said if offered an extra chorus. "Crocodile Rock" deals with a faithless girlfriend named Susie, while someone with the same name and inclinations also appears in a song named after her on "Honky Chateau."
The two hits on "Don't Shoot Me," painful as it is to say, aren't as enduring as the hits on "Honky Chateau." Frankly, both "Daniel" and "Crocodile Rock" suffer from radio overplay in a way "Honky Cat" and "Rocket Man" don't. That's not to say they aren't great songs, just less enduring. Elton works in some interesting keyboard tones with "Daniel" and plays to the '50s nostalgia craze (quoting Pat Boone, ye gads!) with "Croc Rock," a song I grooved to as a youngster when it first came out and dearly love today. Yet when it comes on my stereo, my focus sometimes wanders a bit.Read more ›
The classic Elton sound can be found here, especially on the hits "Crocodile Rock" and "Daniel", which still sound as fresh and as innovative as they did 31 years ago. He shows that he still is a true balladeer with the heartshattering "Blues For My Baby And Me" and "High Flyin' Bird" (the latter, with its surreal harmonies, is a sheer Beach Boys tribute). Elton the rocker bursts out with "I'm Gonna Be A Teenage Idol", "Elderberry Wine" and the Bobby Vee - inspired "Teacher, I Need You".
The bonus tracks give the album some extra strength. I especially the carefree "Jack Rabbit" and his aching remake of "Skyline Pigeon" that was unjustly banished to a b - side when it was first released. "Screw You" and "Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again)" were also very good.
I really think that this a truly essential album. It is Elton nearing his peak, showing that he was a predominant musical force that would be around making classic records and albums for years and years to come.
out all the other songs. The bonus tracks give the album an extra punch, most notably the piano version of Elton's classic "Skyline Pigeon". Buy this album.
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The reason I got this version - SHM-CD made in Japan paper sleeve vintage lp version look, expecting a super great sound, it says it was mixed in 20 bit mastering, I felt it... Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2013 by Richard T. Daoud
"Don't Shoot Me" tends to be dismissed by critics since it fell after Elton's breakthrough #1 LP, "Honkey Chateau", and just prior to Elton's bombastic double... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2006 by Tracey Pridham
Solid from start to finish! This is classic Elton, fun rockers and very nice ballads! This also features one of Elton's strongest backing bands!Published on April 27 2004 by Damian P. Gadal
For me, this album is prettymuch a guilty pleasure. that's not a bad thing it's just not high on my list of priorities. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Tnahpellee
Yes, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player was one of Elton John's recordings that was released during his peak years. Read morePublished on July 19 2003 by G. J Wiener