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Honky Chateau [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Elton John Audio CD
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A former student of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, the man born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in 1947 left school and immediately began his path in the music industry. His first band, Bluesology, was formed in 1961. He would later take his stage name from the Bluesology saxophonist Elton Dean and their charismatic frontman, Long John Baldry. Elton John was introduced to Bernie Taupin ... Read more in Amazon's Elton John Store

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  • Audio CD (31 July 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B000001EGE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. I Think I'm Going To Kill Myself 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Susie (Dramas) 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long Long Time) 4:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Salvation 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Slave 4:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Amy 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters 5:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hercules 5:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Slave (Alternate "Fast" Version) 2:530.99  Buy MP3 

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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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ELTON JOHN Honky Chateau (1995 US remastered CD issue of the 10-track album picture sleeve. Classic early Elton recorded at the infamous Ch?teau dH?rouville [where the Stones recorded Exile On Main Street] and includes the early hit Rocket Man also includes the bonus track Slave [Alternate Version]. This copy is STILL SEALED and in MINT condition)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A step forward in Elton's career 23 May 2009
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
With two American top ten singles, one of which became his biggest British hit up to that point by peaking at number two, this album marked a major step forward in Elton's career.

The set opens with Honky cat, which was only a minor hit in Britain but much more successful in America. Next comes a wonderful romantic ballad (Mellow), followed by an up-tempo song with a very downbeat lyric (I think I'm gonna kill myself). Another up-tempo song (Susie) follows, but this time the tempo of the song reflects the lyrics. We then come to Rocket man, the most famous song on the album and still one of Elton's most recognizable songs.

The next track (Salvation) is about seeking spiritual help to overcome life's problems. A look at slavery from the victim's perspective (Slave) is performed at a slow tempo, having originally been recorded at a much faster pace. The faster version is included here as a bonus track. A song about infatuation (Amy) precedes an unflattering song about New York (Mona Lisas and mad hatters). The final track of the main album (Hercules) finds Elton musing about a woman. The only bonus track is that faster version of Slave, because there were no other unreleased tracks from the sessions.

This is one of many excellent Elton John albums, that all committed Elton fans should regard as essential.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elton metamorphosing into a pop star 13 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
Although a confirmed fan of Elton's work in its first, and probably best, phase (1970 - 76) this has never been one of my favourite EJ albums. Issued in 1972, it marked the transition from the moody, heavily orchestrated music of 'Madman across the water' to the very commercial 'Don't shoot me....' from early 1973, and was the first album featuring the quartet of Elton, Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson (with occasional guest appearances) throughout. Whilst 'Honky chateau' contains two quite excellent singles 'Honky cat' and 'Rocket man' (the latter one of my most favourite Elton songs), I have never felt that the rest of it matched the standard set by these two tracks. This may be due less to the actual songs as to the arrangements, which are very sparse compared with the preceding 'trilogy' of albums lavishly orchestrated by Paul Buckmaster, and have not yet developed into the polished pop-rock of the 'Goodbye yellow brick road' era. With the exception of the synthesizers in 'Rocket man', no orchestration is used on this album, and the electric violin soloing of the then-trendy Jean-Luc Ponty on some tracks I find quite jarring. Generally the mood of the songs is more upbeat than in the previous albums (witness the use of tap dancing on the ironically cheery 'I think I'm going to kill myself'), and for the above reasons 'Honky chateau' appeals to me somewhat less than Elton's more sombre work. The punky alternate take of 'Slave' which has been included in this reissue is of only passing interest and contributes nothing of value to the original album. However, notwithstanding the above comments, I would not wish to devalue this album, as almost all of Elton's early work is of very high quality and streets ahead of most British pop at the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honky Chateau 1 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
in my opinion this is Elton at his very best. If I could be added to, I'd add Levon to the album and that would make it complete. A truly ecletic mix of classic Elton during the wonderful transition period of a music genre encapsulating county, folk, rock and roll all the way to bowie-esque popular music.
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, a song Elton refuses to play live is truly awesome, both versions of Slave are outstanding and compliment each other.
In short, an album for every mood of the day, and season of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He's a rocket, man! 17 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
Full, jam-packed and bursting at the seams with some of the happiest, poppiest songs Elton ever recorded. Every song feels full of swish and vigour even the two ballads, 'Rocket Man' and 'Mona Lisas...' are bound with some kind of energy! If you're after an Elton John album to play in the car or to listen to whilst doing the housework: this one's it! The guy's a genius!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated album 9 July 2014
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Underrated album
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cool period Elton 4 May 2014
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Sheer Class - I'm a rocket man. This is a great sounding album from the period before old Reg Dwight got too poppy and s***e. Excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars High class Reggie! 17 April 2014
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Elton's 5th studio outing is a lovely mix of styles - Rock, Ballad, Gospel, Bluegrass, 'Honky Tonk' - and is, for me, definitely the first in a series of classic releases from 1972 until Captain Fantastic...' in 1975. Here are my thoughts on the 10 tracks listed below:-
HONKY CAT - Great uptempo opener; very catchy.
MELLOW - A classy ballad with lovely keyboards and vocals.
I THINK I'M GOING TO KILL MYSELF - A jaunty song in a 'honky tonk' style. Surprisingly funny!
SUSIE - Good rocker with a very catchy chorus.
ROCKET MAN - Brilliant single; gorgeous melody with lovely ARP synthesizer sounds.
SALVATION - A great gospel-tinged ballad.
SLAVE - Interesting use of banjo. BONUS TRACK VERSION is even better in my opinion.
AMY - Nice, chunky sound with a warm and original violin solo.
MONA LISA AND MAD HATTERS - Lovely simple ballad; voice, piano, bass, mandolin, guitar.
HERCULES - Great uptempo rocker to round things off.

This is an excellent album and I recommend it to all fans of Elton John.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flashback...
.... to the very first album I ever bought. Nice to hear it again and it still sounds pretty fresh.
Published 4 months ago by Denny Cornell
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
the piano man
the voice is now on its way out though
changed the world when he sang at dianas funeral
Published 14 months ago by stuart john mcmanus
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Elton John.
I Have recently purchased Honky Chateau on cd,having had a vinyl copy for many years.Its still one of the finest albums of the last forty years. Read more
Published 17 months ago by lawman
5.0 out of 5 stars elton at his best
Had the album when it can out it was great then and is still great to listen to after all these years this must be one of his best
Published 17 months ago by jeepman
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Album
This is one of Elton John's classic early albums when his voice was at its finest and it contains my favourite track Mona Lisas and Madhatters; truly superb.
Published on 20 Jun 2012 by Julian
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic must have!
Not just my age, but this is a classic and I believe shows Elton John and Bernie Taupin at their best. Every track is a winner with great lyrics and wonderful tunes. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by Mr. N. J. Hall
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't understand how this is ranked alongside his greats.
For me, this stands out as the weakest of Elton's 'classic era' albums. The songs aren't terrible, but 'Rocket Man' aside, they're all forgettable, and I've always found 'Honky... Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2010 by MR K J DOWNING
5.0 out of 5 stars Honky Chateau
I used to listen to this as a kid. I loved Elton John's early stuff. It has been 35 years since I last listened to this - and it sounds as good now as it did then.
Published on 23 May 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
Like most other reviewers have said this is a great album.
Although Rocket Man and Honky Cat were big singles, I actually prefer some of the album tracks. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2006 by S J Buck
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