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Honky Chateau (Remastered)
 
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Honky Chateau (Remastered)

30 April 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1972
  • Release Date: 30 April 2007
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 48:00
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  • ASIN: B001KF4LMM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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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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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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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 May 2009
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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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By A Customer on 1 Aug. 2005
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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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I bought the LP when it came out in 1972 and played it to death. Unlike a lot of EJ's early work, Honky Chateau now seems kind of dated (Rocket Man and Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters are the only two standout tracks for me now). I suppose it's a period piece which catches the vibe of the time pretty well. I should mention the sound quality on this remastered CD, which is brilliant. Even when played on a basic system the sound jumps right out into the room.
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