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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

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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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This album has the distinction of being the only album with co-writing credits by Elton and lyricist Gary Osbourne. Osbourne mostly had commercial jingles to his credit before this, and these lyricis could have been perfect for a 30 second tv commercial. Yea, they're that basic and simplified. No dark sense of humor, no sly British references, no sense of irony. Where have you gone Bernie Taupin?
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.
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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 Oct. 13 2002
Format: Audio CD
Upon playing this album for the first time, two things prove prominent: while Elton's voice is in arguably its finest form, the album's lyrics undergo a roller-coaster ride of quality from acceptable to plain embarrassing. Elton had, as of autumn 1976, endured a series of aborted sessions with R&B producer Thom Bell. Though these sessions would later spawn top 40 hit "Mama Can't Buy You Love" (in 1979), these sessions with Bell would only prove beneficial to Elton's voice. According to Elton in 1990, Bell taught him "how to breathe" properly. On "A Single Man", this softer vocal work is notable with its wide dynamic and tonic range, as well as what sounds like effortless vibratto. The Bell sessions would also yield an early, 9-minute version of a wonderful song entitled "Shine on Through". The version on "A Single Man", re-interpretted as a love ballad, is much more favourable (and tolerable at a duration under four minutes).
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.
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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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