|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|
Anyone, Your Song is the signature tune on this CD and its a classic. Beautiful words mixed soothing music particularly the string arrangement. Border Song is another strong work that has gospel overtones while talking against prejudice. Thats always a good thing. Rock N Roll Madonna, The Cage and Take Me To The Pilot are strong rock n roll numbers.
The ballads are pretty good too. All of them have strong melodies. However, several of them are way too string heavy. And the tone on these tunes is quite depressing particularly Sixty Years On and I Need You To Turn To. Maybe I prefer more uplifting ballads or at least a variety of them.
Nonetheless, this is a solid release which rates between 3 1/2 and 4 stars.
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?Read more ›
This isn't a bright, feel-good album. It's almost gothic in its dark tones and heavy strings. The feeling is of cold stone castle floors, heavy armour and damp dungeon walls. It's not all depressing, though, even for its dark feeling. The song "The Greatest Discovery" is sweet and beautiful, and "Your Song" is one of the greatest love songs ever written.
This album was a favorite when I was a teenager, and it still is.