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A Single Man (Rm) Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (April 30 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B00000APS1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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1. Shine On Through
2. Return To Paradise
3. I Don't Care
4. Big Dipper
5. It Ain't Gonna Be Easy
6. Part-Time Love
7. Georgia
8. Shooting Star
9. Madness
10. Reverie
11. Song For Guy
12. Ego
13. Flinstone Boy
14. I Cry At Night
15. Lovesick
16. Strangers

Product Description

Product Description

titolo-a single manartista-elton john etichetta-mercuryn. dischi-1data-30 settembre 1998supporto-cd audiogenere-pop e rock internazionale-brani----1.shine on throughascolta2.return to paradiseascolta3.i don't careascolta4.big dipperascolta5.it ain't gonna be easyascolta6.part time loveascolta7.georgiaascolta8.shooting starascoltaascolta 30''9.madnessascolta10.reverieascolta11.song for guyascolta12.egoascolta13.flinstone boyascolta14.i cry at nightascolta15.lovesickascolta16.strangers


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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Format: Audio CD
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 enjoyable, from start to finish. On this particular album, the music doesn't have much of an edge, nor is it really catchy, and the lyrics no longer take us to another place(although this was a Gary Osbourne collaboration, not Taupin). As with every album that Elton has done, there are worthwhile tracks.."Shine On Through" is the only passionate song present, and I'm surprised it wasn't a single. "Song For Guy", while sounding like something you might hear in a grocery store, is actually a decent instrumental, but not really my style. The only hit from the album(in America) was "Part Time Love", not a horrible song, but again, what happened? We go from singles like "Levon", "Rocket Man", and "Philadelphia Freedom", to "Part Time Love"? The bonus tracks do make this a little more worthwile, not that they are anything great, but people are always hungry for some obscure recordings, and I do enjoy "Ego", a non-album, top 40 hit in 1978, that until "To Be Continued" was unavailable. Though in my opinion, Elton never has been able to completely recapture the magic he had with the earlier releases, his next album would be a little better(21 At 33), and then there is always "Too Low For Zero", "Sleeping With The Past", and his newest release "Songs From The West Coast". If you aren't a diehard E.J. fan, I think this is one you can do without.
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A Single Man was the last Elton John album I bought as a matter of course; though the previous album, Blue Moves, had a few head-shakingly dull moments (such as "Where's the shoorah?"), it was good enough overall to keep me interested. But, for me, A Single Man represented the end of the line.
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.
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IMO, Return to Paradise is probably the best song here, it is really pretty witha trumpet, marimba and an islander flavour that is quite tasteful and pretty. Shine on through is a mature ballad and this is rapidly becomming a fave album of mine. I don't care is great Disco meets gospel song, Big dippa is novelty slow jazz, It ain't gonna be easy is great slow blues, great guitar solo's. Part-time love is the single and is a great disco flavoured gospel song. Georgia is a great anthem. With repeated listens, I've come to love 'Madness' as well, it's an aamzing disco song with a very interesting lyric. Shooting star is quite pretty. It's not as good as "Idol" but it's close. Actually I really liek Gary Osborne's lyrics. His lyrics fit the atmosphere of the songs. I thought the best album's fro lyrics were the ones where we had Gary and Bernie writing about half of the lyrics each. He is very different writer from Bernie Taupin, noticably much more cheerful. You really got a range of moods on '21 at 33', 'The fox' and 'Jump Up'. Now back to this album, 'Reverie' is very pretty and musical. It can't stand on it's own but works well as an intro into 'Song for Guy', a lovely tribute to a deceased messenger boy. It's very heartfelt, Elton even writing a lyric. The album has variety, uniqueness and is very musical. I'll give it five stars.
By the way I have heard 'Strangers' and it is a bit like 'Never gonna fall in love again' from '21 at 33'.
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By A Customer on May 25 2001
Format: Audio CD
I don't care if it was made in Elton's low period, I don't care if Bernie Taupin wasn't included in the lyrics! I love this CD!!! My favorite song is I don't care! It's drums are pleasing to the ears, the song is a more up-beat than some of the others, (It ain't gonna be easy, Shooting Star, or Shine on Through) which all three are songs I love! Shine on Through is a good opening track. I also like Return to Paradise. Big Dipper is a good song, but a little weird...It ain't gonna be easy is good. Part-time Love is a track to remember...it's up-beat like I don't care. Georgia is a nice country song. Shooting Star is perhaps the low point of the CD along with Reverie, which is also a low point and is perhaps lower because the 52 second song is pretty pointless and I sometimes wonder why it's on the CD. Madness is probably more up-beat than I don't care and almost as good. And Song For Guy, the famous instrumental song for Guy Burchett, Elton's messenger boy, who was killed in a motorcycle accident. It is a great that always makes me feel peacefull...all in all, this is a great CD, it should have had a greatest hit or two, but I don't care.
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