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Honky Chateau Original recording remastered
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An early-'70s singer-songwriter classic and Elton's first #1! The John/Taupin mojo was workin' on this 1972 smash, producing the Top 10s Rocket Man and Honky Cat plus tender tunes like Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters .
By 1972, Elton John was already a star, although most casual listeners still identified him as part of the singer/songwriter explosion, thanks to the success of "Your Song" and "Levon". Honky Château changed all that, beginning with the success of "Honky Cat", a rousing New Orleans-ish R & B powerhouse that kicks off this terrific collection of songs. This was the album that first revealed John as a pure-pop craftsman, and he's all over the musical map on this set, moving from country-ish rock to blues-based rockers. But the best things here still might be two gorgeous ballads: "Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters" (displaying the young vocalist at his best) and the hit single "Rocket Man" (which had many rock fans debating which was the better space odyssey of the day--this or Bowie's). And lyricist Bernie Taupin was revealing a new, slightly darker side here with tunes like "I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself". --Bill Holdship
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"Honky Château" has a lot of fans, and no wonder. It contains two of Elton's most enduring hits, the playful "Honky Cat" and the affectively yearning "Rocket Man," along with 8 other tracks that hardly sag by way of comparison. I revere this album because it represents Elton John at his poppy best, the way I came to love him on the radio when I was growing up in the 1970s. Other great songs like "Mellow," "Hercules," and "Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters" add to a rich blend of musical styles that make listening to the entire album a pleasant journey that never gets dull.
Listen to the way the piano kicks in on "Honky Cat," the opening track. Elton's keyboard passages bounce from one wall to another and back again in unpredictable but clever rhythmic patterns, while a banjo throws out odd notes to add to the mix. The aural dynamics continue with each of the songs that follow, never in a bombastic way, but a very accomplished and relaxed manner that testifies to Elton's zooming artistic growth.
Bernie Taupin's lyrics are funny and work either with or against the grain of the melody in each song in a way that adds to their signature diversity. "I Think I'm Going To Kill Myself" is a song that grabs attention for the wrong reason. It's actually about a self-dramatizing teen angry his parents won't let him use the car.Read more ›
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excellent cd and lot of good old songs I really love it and I recommand it to all my friendsPublished on Jan. 21 2014 by Claude Couillard
This is one of Elton John's best albums!!! Includes the hits:Honky Cat and Rocket Man!!! But the other songs including:Amy,Mellow,Suzie(Dramas),Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters,and... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004 by Jason P. Pumphrey
SOmeone actually called Hercules filler? Where are all the serious fans? I have heard HERCULES LIVE!!! IT IS AMAZING! HErcules makes this album better. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2003
Does anybody really know what "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" is about? Then again, does anybody really care? Read morePublished on July 17 2003 by Aaron Blight
The fact that Elton John's albums have some tracks that are weaker than others is inevitable being that he and Taupin churned out 2 albums per year in the seventies. Read morePublished on July 16 2003 by Levi Stofer
This is probably one of my favorite Elton John albums. It's fun to listen to, and has a pretty good array of music styles and moods. Read morePublished on May 18 2003
I love this album.
I don't care what my friends say about it being hokey.
I am completely taken by it's mood and rhythyms. Read more