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Elton John Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 23 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001EG6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
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1. Your Song
2. I Need You To Turn To
3. Take Me To The Pilot
4. No Shoe String On Louise
5. First Episode At Hienton
6. Sixty Years On
7. Border Song
8. The Greatest Discovery
9. The Cage
10. The King Must Die
11. Bad Side Of The Moon
12. Grey Seal
13. Rock N Roll Madonna

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His self-titled, 1970 debut, with the hits Your Song and Border Song .

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Right, that is it! I have been blown away! No I know what it's like to be JFK! [remember 'we didn't satrt the fire'?] I thought 'The One' was an amazing ballad, now we have 'Your song' and I don't think there is a better ballad out there. Only 'The One' and 'Memory of love' come close. But this album is full of soft, classical, intimate ballads that are instantly breathtaking, at least for me and people who love ballads. I am very fond of the harpsichord so the Elizibethan 'I need you to turn to' is also a big treat for me. This was Elton's first collaboration with Paul Buckmaster and Gus Dudgeon. Buckmaster makes 'Sixty Years On' with a mezmerizing string section that'll blow you out of your chair. The spanish guitar is also excellent on it. I think after the first two 'First episode at Heinton' is the best. All the instruments contribute an equal amount to the song which has amazing melody and emotion. Take away Elton's voice and you are listening to first class classical music. Same can be said for 'The greatest discovery' which features Skaila Kanga'a lovely harp. But wait, there's some rockers! Rock n roll Madonna is probably the best. It moves along with a lot of fun and some heavy guitar in the right speaker. Take me to the pilot is classic Elton rock. It is worthy to mention his piano playing, because he makes his piano 'rock' on this song, and on this album. 'The Cage' is also a rocker and features a cool sing-a-long chorus and an interesting instrumental piece on the synthesiser. It's amazing. The King Must Die is a majestic sought of classical music piece. Bad Side of the Moon really moves with that rocking intro on the drums. This version of Grey Seal is a nice treat too. Interesting to hear a song in it's development phase.Read more ›
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1970's "Elton John" is a terrific album that announced the dawning of a new decade's biggest star in neon lights. Its first track, "Your Song," came out of absolutely nowhere that December to become Elton John's first Top Ten hit on the U.S. Billboard charts, peaking at #8, and even today it fills the speakers of a car stereo or a living room with the assurance of an old friend.
How nice it is to hear that meandering yet spot-on piano tinkering, alongside an atypically humble and unpretentious lyric from one Bernie Taupin: "If I was a sculptor/But then again no/Or a man who makes potions/For a traveling show." It's enough to forgive the irritating harpsichord of the next number, "I Need You To Turn To."
But only "First Episode At Hienton" after that is less that sparkling, and so much else about Elton's first big album (after the shakedown cruise of "Empty Sky") is brilliant. It's not the hitmaker U.S. audiences would so soon grow accustomed to, singing about alligators and astronauts so winningly, but a thoughtful musical craftsman who was still experimenting with what mass audiences might let him get away with.
"Take Me To The Pilot" is the one rocker, and a good one, better than "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" if not some of his other big hits of later years. Those who love Elton the hitmaker will probably also treasure (as I do) such less heralded numbers as the Rolling Stones' tribute "No Shoe Strings On Louise" (Mick Jagger vocal mannerisms circa "Let It Bleed" abound), the mesquite-soaked "Border Song," or "The Greatest Discovery," one of the great love songs ever sung, though with a clever twist that only renders the actual subject matter more affecting. How often does one hear a song about the arrival of a younger sibling?
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The self-titled 'Elton John' is a classic early album from Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The tunes on this collection are instantly assimilated and echo the later 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' with its variety of song styles. Elton's vocal styling and piano playing is superb on this album, too. On the country influenced 'No Shoe Strings on Louise' he seems to emulate Mick Jagger. The piano rift and tune on 'The Cage' is reminiscent of Carole King. And, the piano and voice on 'Rock-n-Roll Madonna' is a blend of John Lennon and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Some songs such as 'Sixty Years On' do sound dated some 30+ years on, but others such as 'The Greatest Discovery' show no signs of aging and improve with each listening.
This is definitely classic Elton John. Amazon suggests the combo of this and Tumbleweed Connection. But a better combination is this with 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.' Combine 'Tumbleweed Connection' with 'Capt. Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy' as examples of early Elton John concept albums.
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Since Empty Sky had to wait five years to be released in America, this was the first Elton John album to be released in America. It includes some of Elton's best songs here. He performs songs of tender devotion and true love (Your Song and I Need You To Turn To), tackles prejudice and social issues (Border Song), denounces old age (Sixty Years On), and discusses the excitment of a newborn baby brother (The Greatest Discovery). There is an obvious Rolling Stones inspiration on No Shoestrings On Louise, with Elton fruitlessly trying hard to duplicate Mick Jagger's comical Southern accent. His vocal performance on First Episode On Hienton is haunting, with a chilling intro played on a mellotron by Elton. Take Me To The Pilot is a song with no real storyline to it, and it's open to interpretation. The King Must Die features a powerful Elton vocal. The cage is another esoteric piece, but he does it with bravado. There are three bonus tracks that are great, but the 10 originals are worth the price of the album alone.
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