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Elton John - Elton John (1970)

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A1 	Your Song 	4:00
A2 	I Need You To Turn To 	2:30
A3 	Take Me To The Pilot 	3:47
A4 	No Shoe Strings On Louise 	3:30
A5 	First Episode At Hienton 	4:51
B1 	Sixty Years On 	4:33
B2 	Border Song 	3:19
B3 	The Greatest Discovery 	4:11
B4 	The Cage 	3:28
B5 	The King Must Die 	5:09

Elton John – piano, vocals, harpsichord
Frank Clark – acoustic bass
Colin Green – guitar, Spanish guitar
Roland Harker – guitar
Clive Hicks – acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar, twelve-string guitar
Alan Parker – rhythm guitar
Caleb Quaye – guitar
Les Hurdle – bass guitar
Dave Richmond – bass guitar
Alan Weighall – bass guitar
Brian Dee – organ
Diana Lewis – Moog synthesizer
Paul Buckmaster – cello
Skaila Kanga – harp
David Katz – violin
Terry Cox – drums
Dennis Lopez – percussion
Barry Morgan – drums
Tex Navarra – percussion
Madeline Bell – backing vocals
Tony Burrows – backing vocals
Roger Cook – backing vocals
Lesley Duncan – backing vocals
Kay Garner – backing vocals
Tony Hazzard – backing vocals
Barbara Moore – vocals, choir, chorus
Paul Buckmaster  - arranger, conductor

 

Empty Sky was followed by Elton John, a more focused and realized record that deservedly became his first hit. John and Bernie Taupin's songwriting had become more immediate and successful; in particular, John's music had become sharper and more diverse, rescuing Taupin's frequently nebulous lyrics. "Take Me to the Pilot" might not make much sense lyrically, but John had the good sense to ground its willfully cryptic words with a catchy blues-based melody. Next to the increased sense of songcraft, the most noticeable change on Elton John is the addition of Paul Buckmaster's grandiose string arrangements. Buckmaster's orchestrations are never subtle, but they never overwhelm the vocalist, nor do they make the songs schmaltzy. Instead, they fit the ambitions of John and Taupin, as the instant standard "Your Song" illustrates. Even with the strings and choirs that dominate the sound of the album, John manages to rock out on a fair share of the record. Though there are a couple of underdeveloped songs, Elton John remains one of his best records. --- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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