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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 (19 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B00061X95Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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As the name suggests, Peachtree Road is heavily influenced by the sound of the American South, at times incorporating a choir, pedal steel, acoustic guitar as well as his trademark, piano virtuosity. The album has an irrepressible live quality and follows the acclaimed multi-platinum,Songs From the West Coast released in 2002.

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Much has been made of Elton John's recent return to his songwriting roots, and Peach Tree Road continues this approach. Much like predecessor, Songs from the West Coast, the flabby excesses that dogged his musical output in recent times have been tucked away, sent home, and vanquished. What we have now, at least for the most part, is a somewhat muted affair: weary, with some fairly creaking production (the seventies style watery vocals, for instance, on opener "Weight of the World" are actually quite effective). It's been a long journey, on a long road, and even the man himself is "amazed that [he's] still around."

Elton's made no secret of the ear he holds out to the present competition, Ryan Adams in particular, and "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave", with its edges singed with country twang shows his admiration as inspirational. He slips up, with the pomposity of "Answer in the Sky" and the melodies seem to have run dry for the second half, but gems such as the rousing and rasping "They Call Her the Cat" are pleasantly reminiscent of his hipswinging, boogie days. More of these, and less bland tinkling would have pushed this further, but it's still a refreshing change that he'd be wise to continue. --Ben Johncock

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "billy1sock" on 16 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
An album that's been eagerly awaited for 3 years hasn't disappointed, no tracks are light weight, from the very first chord you know its an Elton John album, that distinctive piano sound rings out loud and clear.
There are at least 4 strong single tracks on this album.
Track 1, Weight of the world - is one obvious single it makes this whole compilation a delight to listen to, and the lyrics from Bernie Taupin which have been so strong over the years are a masterpiece of modern poetry.
Track 2, Porch swing in Tupelo - sounds like a track that was written in 1974 for the Caribou album, superb strong chords, harmonies to die for, it is a song that all Elton's fan of the 1970s will come running back for. The addition of the familiar Hammond organ of the past and genuine piano playing is a genuine delight on first listening, and makes you eager for more.
Track 3, Answer in the Sky - Is an obvious single of the future. It is Elton at his best. Superb strings and outstanding arrangements in the background remind you of the Thom Bell Sessions in the late 1970s. Elton's voice is as strong and fresh as he was 30 years ago. The band are also playing the song with conviction and are obviously having a great time making this album. Davey Johnstone's backing vocals and guitar playing are a reminder of what we as fans have missed over the years.
Track 4, Turn the lights out when you leave - Is a country and western style song which makes you sway along. The lyrics complement the song as only a John/Taupin composition can. Reminds me of songs from Rock of the Westies.
Track 5, My Elusive Drug - A genuine reflective song of Elton's life which once again the lyrics are superb and honest.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bray on 20 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Elton John's Songs From the West Coast (2001) was a refreshing return to the basic pop sound of piano, guitar, drums and bass that made him a music super star. It was regarded as a 'back to basics album' and it was a superb record full of catchy songs about all things Americana. It was compared by many critics to the wonderful 'Madman Accross the Water (1972)'. If this is true then Peachtree Road is certainly the critically acclaimed counterpart to 'Tumbleweed Connection'.
The record starts very well with Weight of the World and Porch Swing in Tupelo as the albums best songs. However, what the record lacks is quality control. Songs like My Elusive Drug, Freaks in Love and All that im Allowed take the shine off a promising start. It is clear that although Elton intended to go back to basics there is still the over produced sound reminicent of the 90s in places. A more basic sound like 'Songs from the West Coast' would have served this record better.
This is a good record and a welcome one to all fans of Musics fairy godmother. However, after taking a huge leap forward in 2001, Peachtree Road sees Elton taking a few large steps backwards.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DJ Control TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Sept. 2005
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This is a great album from EJ. "A return to form" is how many critics have described it. I feel that it is one of Elton's better albums,maybe not a return to form but now it's even better value. This repackaged edition of "Peachtree Road" comes with a bonus live dvd recorded at The Tabernacle in Atlanta. The focus of this dvd is the "new album" released just prior to this concert and we are treated to all bar three of the tracks from "Peachtree Road". All of these tracks are performed with the professionalism and expertise we have come to expect from Elton and his band. Nothing short of outstanding. As an added bonus the cd now comes with some bonus tracks from the "Billy Elliot" musical. Elton has contributed the music to this smash hit West End show and now there are three tracks available on this cd. Another reason to buy this superb package. Great value all round!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Pash on 10 Dec. 2004
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This is a great album, solid and emotional. 7 of the 12 songs I absolutely adore, my particular favorites being My Elusive Drug, I Stop And I Breathe, All That I'm Allowed, and It's Getting' Dark In Here to name a few. There isn't a track I didn't like although Answer In The Sky and Too Many Tears took some time to grow on me but hey they're just as likely to be someone else's favorites. When I put the cd into the player I did so with a certain amount of dread, not that I didn't have confidence in my favorite musician, but when you look forward to something for what seems like a long time you can easily be disappointed. Much like Songs From The West Coast, the album has the simple structure of his 70's work with only a few extra embellishments here and there. Elton's voice is very powerful and passionate throughout (except in one of two songs that are taking time to hit it off with me); the backing tracks are also resonant and rich. Don't expect anything different to his earlier work, particularly his first albums and SFTWC, the album is a fitting self made tribute to all things Elton. That doesn't mean you need to be a fan to like this one. Once again it's a solid and meaty album that pretty much chugs all the way through. If you buy it I would expect you to like it. The only people that may not like it are those that wouldn't even dream of looking for it in the first place - different strokes for different folks.
Of course I can't forget to mention Bernie Taupin. The lyrics on this one are for the most part excellent, they offered me a feeling of calmness and hope in the face of some of the nastiness facing us in the world today, they were also very reflective of the life experiences and emotions that the two writers have had.
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