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Elton John Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (10 May 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B000001EG6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
If his first album, the low-budget 'Empty Sky' hinted at Elton John's potential, his second ('the black album') well and truly confirmed it and is one of the most significant albums of the early 70s. Its distinctive character derives from the three features which would become Elton's trademark sound in his early albums - his unique vocal delivery, his expressive piano playing, and the use of heavy orchestration. The songs range from tender ballads with baroque influences, to bluesy rock numbers, and the slow but powerful songs for which he is perhaps best known. Only one ('Your song') was a hit record, but many others have become well-established classics of Elton's repertoire (notably 'Border song', 'Take me to the pilot', 'Sixty years on' and 'The king must die'). (Three additional early songs, not originally included on the album, also appear.) Paul Buckmaster's orchestral arrangements on this album might be criticised as being too grandiose and overbearing at times, but they are part of what gives the record its distinctive character and helped to establish Elton as a very individual new talent in his early days. After two further heavily orchestrated albums, his song arrangements became much more stripped-down and conventionally commercial, as can be heard on 'Goodbye yellow brick road', but the black album showcases Elton's raw talent before 'stardom' arrived. A landmark album - but if you like the style of this you should also obtain the subsequent 'Tumbleweed connection' and 'Madman across the water', which are also EJ classics.
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Format: Audio CD
This was the second album of Elton John's and the one that put his name out there. This album has plenty to offer in the different types of songs that are available. 'Your Song' has gone down as a all time classic and is the perfect introduction to this album. 'First Espisode at Hienton' and 'Sixty Years On' are two mellow songs that you can feel emotion from.
3 bonus tracks are on offer on this album including 'grey seal' that can be found on the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album, a early version of the song.
This was the introduction of Elton John into the music scene so for an Elton fan this is a must have but can easily entertain any music lover. Plenty to offer, money well spent.
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Reginald Dwight's 2nd album proper was recorded in a week in January 1970 at Trident Studios in London and then released in the spring of 1970. It included the monster hit "Your Song" and after years of soul-destroying session work and an underachieving debut album "Empty Sky” - both the single and the self-titled album finally kick-started Elton John's extraordinary career which is still strong nearly 45 years after the event.

This 2 June 2008 DELUXE EDITION is a fully upgraded 2CD version of that forgotten 2nd album (far better than the 1995 single disc remaster) and along with the DELUXE EDITION of "Tumbleweed Connection" (the album that followed it - see my separate review) - these two beauties are in my books already up there as reissues of the year. Here are the (classily photographed) side-profile details…

Disc 1 (39:29 minutes):
1. Your Song
2. I Need You To Turn To
3. Take Me To The Pilot
4. No Shoe Strings For Louise
5. First Episode At Hienton
6. Sixty Years On
7. Border Song
8. The Greatest Discovery
9. The Cage
10. The King Must Die
Tracks 1 to 10 are the album “Elton John” originally released in the UK in April 1970 on DJM Records DJLPS 406 and in the USA on Uni Records 73090

Disc 2 (69:53 minutes):
1. Your Song (Demo Version)
2. I Need You To Turn To (Piano Demo)
3. Take Me To The Pilot (Piano Demo)
4. No Shoe Strings For Louise (Piano Demo)
5. Sixty Years On (Piano Demo)
6. The Greatest Discovery (Piano Demo)
7. The Cage (Demo)
8. The King Must Die (Piano Demo)
9. Rock And Roll Madonna (Piano Demo)
10. Thank You Mama (Piano Demo)
11. All The Way Down To El Paso (Piano Demo)
12. I’m Going Home (Piano Demo)
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By Marty From SF HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
This being Elton John's second album after "Empty Sky", it truly embarked Elton on his remarkable career. It was the first of many productions by Gus Dudgeon and contained Elton's first group of band members that would last throughout the seventies. "Your Song" was the big hit here, but songs like, "Take Me To The Pilot" and "Border Song" became FM radio station staples. Elton also recorded live with an orchestra here and it marks the first time that he really took advantage of the setup. Stand-out cuts are "Sixty Years On" and "The King Must Die"; songs he later recreated in concert. Bonus tracks, "Bad Side Of The Moon", "Rock `n Roll Madonna" and "Grey Seal" were fantastic single B-Side cuts that should have been on the original album. In fact, "Grey Seal" was later rerecorded for "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". In SACD Surround Sound, this album is like being in the studio with Elton John the first time he had a huge success. This is a landmark album.
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Elton John's second LP, released in 1970, sees the Elton John/ Bernie Taupin songwriting team maturing nicely after their solid debut 'Empty Sky' (1969). The general feel here is reflective and acoustic; the opener 'Your Song' is gorgeous and, in my view, should never be covered by any artist [black mark, Ms Ellie Goulding!]. Reggie certainly knows how to rock things up on the likes of 'Take Me To The Pilot' and 'Border Song' demonstrates the lovely gospel feel of early Elton albums. The closing track 'The King Must Die' is a superior ballad which builds to a majestic climax. Overall, this is a solid performance and should form an important part of your 'classic' Elton John collection.
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