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A Single Man (Rm) Original recording remastered
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Elégant d'un bout à l'autre, à l'image de sa pochette (l'artiste en chapeau haut-de-forme), ce disque signe le grand retour d'Elton John sur la scène pop de la fin des années 70. Paru en 1978, il marque un renouveau dans sa carrière commerciale et artistique. Ainsi, le tube "Part Time Love" le voit retrouver le sommet des charts, alors que des morceaux comme "Madness" ou le très bel instrumental "Song For Guy", dédié à un coursier de sa maison de disques tué dans un accident de moto, atteignent des sommets musicaux. --Florent Mazzoleni
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With that said, Elton's first and thankfully last album with Osbourne has its moments. Elton is just incapable of making a total disaster (aside from the disco attempt Victim of Love which followed this release). There are some decent tunes here such as the nicely done ballad Shine on Through. And It Ain't Gonna Be Easy is great for the first 5 minutes but just goes on and on for way too long. Shooting Star offers a nice jazzy sax solo and features a very whisper-like vocal.
Return to Paradise and Georgia are routine at best, though again it's Elton vocal that saves these songs from being just album filler. Song For Guy is the best song here. And when an instrumental is the best song on an Elton John album, it tells you something.
A lot of the songs just don't hold up that well. I Don't Care is just boring and doesn't go anywhere and the lyrics are so pedestrian, well, it's a wonder it even made it on the album. Big Dipper is a very tongue-in-cheek fun song which doesn't seek repeated listenings. Madness wants to be serious and dramatic but comes off flat and safe. Part-time Love is a jumpy little song that tries really hard to make you like it.
Produced by Elton and sound engineer Clive Franks, the album features Elton's piano playing prominently. It is way up in the mix as well as Elton's voice.Read more ›
By the way I have heard 'Strangers' and it is a bit like 'Never gonna fall in love again' from '21 at 33'.
As for the lyrics, "A Single Man" lives up to its title with respect to the absence of Elon's long-famed lyricist Bernie Taupin. Taupin is replaced by Gary Osborne, an ex-jingle writer and an interesting albeit unexplained replacement for the superior Taupin. Osborne delivers catchy, predictable pop lyrics on such songs as "Part-Time Love" (a top 40 hit in the UK upon its release in 1978), but disappoints with superfluous efforts such as "I Don't Care" and "Shooting Star". Perhaps the greatest treat of the original eleven-track album is the playout track "Song For Guy"--an instrumental written by Elton for a Rocket Records (Elton's label) employee killed in a motorcycle crash.Read more ›
Musically, the album was never all that bad. The music and performances often harkened back to the gospel-inflected sounds of the first three or four albums, Tumbleweed Connection in particular. (Even Paul Buckmaster was back!) The soulfulness of those early years had been in danger of being polished away until Blue Moves, and was back in full force here.
What ultimately made this album so disastrously uneven were Gary Osborne's lyrics. After the high standard set by long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin, Osborne's lyrics were simplistic, banal, and cliched in comparison, rendering "Return to paradise", "Big dipper", and "Shooting star" more or less unlistenable. Even the album's lone U.S. chart success, "Part-time love", hasn't aged well, lyrically. It's a testament to Elton John's talent that any of the album works at all.
The highlights of the album, then and now, are "It ain't gonna be easy", "Madness", and the album-closing "Reverie/Song for Guy" (probably one of the first recordings by a major artist to use a rhythm box in place of a drum track), with "I don't care", "Part-time love", and "Shine on through" (which comes across slightly better now than then) not far behind.Read more ›
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One of Elton John's classic albums from the 70's. Some interesting influences, from Latin sounds, some Dixie and one of the most beautiful instrumental pieces - Song for Guy. Read morePublished on April 20 2010 by J. Bonham
I have every single elton john album, i've been an elton fan since i was 8, i'm now 23. I've listened to all his albums thousands of times, studying him. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by Brian Beal
OK,so maybe this LP did'nt sell so good, but never the less, an
EJ die-hard luvs it & I DO! We start with "Shine On Thru" then
"Return To Paradise"is a nice mood tune. Read more
I like this cd.The sound is different to anything else at the time and even now is different.It is an experimental album.In many countries this album sold very well. Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2002 by mark paul
The separation of Elton and Bernie(who returned in album 21 and 33) i don't like."A Single Man"it's a great album, but this albim don' t have the lirychs of Bernie... Read morePublished on June 19 2002 by Daniel Sarti
I have never really been particularly fond of this album..I'm not sure what happened, but with the release of "Blue Moves", it seemed Elton quit doing albums that were... Read morePublished on Dec 18 2001 by Empty Sky7
This album is uneven. While some songs are good and promising they are numbered and criss-cross aspects of the album. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2001 by Walter P. Kramer
"A Single Man" has some lovely melodies coupled to bland, simplistic lyrics penned by Gary Osborne (His best efforts were for the songs "Little Jennie" and... Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2001 by John Kwok