Sleeping With the Past [CASSETTE] Import
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"These songs were inspired by the Soul pioneers of the Sixties and Seventies, whose music meant so much to us"
That pretty much sums up what this album is about and in some instances the influences are quite clear. For example "I never knew her name" is clearly inspired by Aretha Franklin, and is one of my favourite tracks on the album. Another favourite track of mine is "Club at the end of the street". This is a really catchy track, with some great backing vocal arrangements and a fabulous Sax solo. The track that seems to most represent a normal Elton John track is the last - "Blue Avenue" which is a great way to finish the album.
The album isn't perfect though. Overall the quality of the songs on this is as good as anything he produced in the 80's with the exception of "Too Low For Zero". However it is over-produced (as were nearly all records in the 80's). Still this was the start of Elton rebuilding his career and its a good album, that ultimately has lead back to "Songs from the West Coast" and "The Captain and the Kid"
It also has Club at the End of the Street which Elton played at the Madison Square Consort back in October 2000. A nice fun tune.
Overall, worth adding to the collection but many would proceed it for quality.
The most recognisible track is of course the gentle "Sacrifice," but it's not all soothing balladry - Elton moves seamlessly into upbeat rock with the likes of "Healing Hands" and "The Club at the End of the Street." All in all a musical treat that is still as relevant as ever more than 20 years after it's first release.
With its somewhat belated success, Sacrifice became the focal point of this album, which has much to commend it. The opening track (Durban deep) is performed from the perspective of a South African coalminer reflecting on his unhappy lot. Well, I guess somebody has to dig the coal out of the ground but I'm glad it's not me, though in my present circumstances, I'd consider it if the option were available. Actually, coalmining is largely consigned to history anyway (the last remaining Leicestershire mines closed in the early nineties) so it's not an option.
Another double-sided single (Whispers, Club at the end of the street) was released as a single but made little impact. Both are excellent album tracks but I'm not surprised that they failed as a single.Read more ›
The album was received wrapped as if it was brand new and can't remember it being sold as second hand.
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I had this album on record but wanted 2be able 2 play it in car....luv itPublished 9 months ago by amanda king
I only bought this because of 2 songs!
but having played it several times,I find
I like all of them.
I'm afraid that though this is an interesting album,i've only heard the cd version. As always i don't play the vinyl, just stick it in the collection. Read morePublished on 4 July 2013 by ss