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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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Although other of his recordings were more of a commercial success, this is my favourite Elton John record. All the songs are solid and there are some really haunting melodies in the background of songs like first Episode at Hienton, Greatest discovery. The bonus tracks are really a bonus.
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This was Elton Johns second album released in 1970 and his first to be released in the United States becoming an instant hit.

This is truly a great album. The lyrics are so passionate and intensely emotional. He and the lyricist Bernie Taupin together produced some of the most memorable songs of all times. This album was before their music became overly commercial.

This album has historic value since it stands as Elton's recorded debut on electric piano. It was also the first in a string of 70's albums and hits that would follow.

I highly recommend this album as it showcases Elton's less flamboyant side which I found most refreshing. Softer ballads, catchy melodies, more subdued performances and insane piano make this an essential Elton John recording.

A great album to add to your collection, classic Elton John.
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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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Elton John's second album (released in 1970) finally established him in the pantheon of up-and-comers to watch. With Gus Dudgeon's gorgeous production and Paul Buckmaster's string arrangements, EJ now had a team worthy of his music. "Your Song" remains the haunting love song of the ages. "Border Song" is a lush string-and-piano paean to tolerance. "Sixty Years On" is a stirring narrative with frightening, sometimes unfathomable lyrics by Bernie Taupin. "First Episode on Hienton" is the only track that harkens back to EJ's first album, "Empty Sky." It is noteworthy for the eerie mellotron playing, and contains some of Bernie's most ambitious lyrics up to that time. Elton pulls some new tricks out of his hat with "No Shoe Strings on Louise", surprising listeners with an attempt at honky-tonk that only partially gels. "The King Must Die" is a comment on a monarch who is slowly but surely losing control of his reign, and frantically looks for a way to save his skin from those who are about to overthrow him. "Take Me to the Pilot" and "The Cage" are decent songs left very much to interpretation; however, they sound rather dated, particularly the latter track. Still, it is a very enjoyable listen; the re-released CD sounds much better than the original MCA releases, which were sonically inferior by a heck of a lot. Finally, the music sounds the way it was supposed to: The sonics are full and Buckmaster's strings never sounded better. Full liner notes and lyrics from the original LP are available in this package, making this a must-have for any Elton fan.
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This self-titled album was Elton John's second and breakthrough release in America. Mr. John and Bernie Taupin had been collaborating for a few years, but they really started to gel as a team on this release. The album has almost a baroque sound to it with alot of strings, harpsicords and airy syntheseisers. Of course everyone knows the megahit "Your Song", but the album contains others that would become Elton John classics. "Sixty Years On" is a stirring lament about growing old, "The Greatest Discovery" is a sweet ode to the birth of a brother, while "The King Must Die" ends the album in dark epic fashion. "I Need You To Turn To" & "First Episode At Hienton" carry on in the somber-like tone. The album is dominated by, but not regulated to classical stylings. "No Shoestrings On Louise" has a country twang, "The Cage" is a funky rocker, while both "Take Me To The Pilot" & "The Border Song" have gospel influences (Aretha Franklin had a big hit with "Border"). While not as radio-friendly as future Elton John releases, this album has an experimental feel and is worth repeat listenings.
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