Elton John A Single Man [Bonus Tracks]
- Released: June 1, 1998
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Polygram Uk
- $1.29 on iTunes1.Shine Through
- $1.29 on iTunes2.Return to Paradise
- $1.29 on iTunes3.I Don't Care
- $1.29 on iTunes4.Big Dipper
- $1.29 on iTunes5.It Ain't Gonna Be Easy
- $1.29 on iTunes6.Part-Time Love
- $1.29 on iTunes7.Georgia
- $1.29 on iTunes8.Shooting Star
- $1.29 on iTunes9.Madness
- $1.29 on iTunes10.Reverie
- $1.29 on iTunes11.Song for Guy
- $1.29 on iTunes12.Ego
- $1.29 on iTunes13.Flinstone Boy
- $1.29 on iTunes14.I Cry at Night
- $1.29 on iTunes15.Lovesick
- $1.29 on iTunes16.Strangers
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Personnel: Elton John (vocals, piano, harmonium, Clavinet, church organ, keyboards); Davey Johnstone (guitar, synthesizer, background vocals); Tim Renwick (guitar); B.J. Cole (steel guitar); Paul Buckmaster (cello); John Crocker (winds); Patrick Halcox, Henry Lowther (trumpet); Jim Shepherd (trombone); Herbie Flowers (bass); Steve Holly (drums); Ray Cooper (marimba, congas, tympani, tambourine, percussion); Clive Franks (percussion, background vocals); Vicki Brown, Stevie Lang, Joanne Stone, Watford Football Team, South Audley Street Girl's Choir, Gary Osborne (background vocals).
Engineers: Phil Dunne, Stuart Epps, Clive Franks.
Recorded at the Mill At Cookham, Berks, England between January & September 1978. Originally released on MCA (3065). Includes liner notes by Chris White.
Digitally remastered by Gus Dudgeon (Abbey Road Studios).
Personnel: Elton John (vocals, piano, harmonium, Clavinet, organ, Mellotron, keyboards, string synthesizer, background vocals); Davey Johnstone (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, background vocals); Clive Franks (vocals, percussion); Chris Thompson, Stevie Lange, Joanne Stone (vocals, background vocals); Vicki Brown, Gary Osborne (vocals); Tim Renwick (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin); B.J. Cole (guitar, steel guitar); Paul Buckmaster (cello); John Crocker (clarinet, tenor saxophone, electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano, wind); Patrick Halcox, Henry Lowther (trumpet); Jim Shepherd (trombone); Steve Holly (horns, drums); Ray Cooper (vibraphone, congas, shaker, tambourine, timpani, percussion, wind chime); Herbie Flowers (acoustic bass).
Audio Mixers: Clive Franks; Phil Dunne; Stuart Epps.
Liner Note Author: Chris White .
Recording information: England.
Arranger: Joanne Stone.
The aptly titled A SINGLE MAN finds Elton John working without legendary partner Bernie Taupin, his usual lyricist, during a much-needed break from each other, following their turbulent, albeit wildly successful mid '70s collaborations. Joining forces instead with Gary Osborne, Elton takes the opportunity to present an album of pure craft--with its scaled down production, A SINGLE MAN is an almost live-sounding album, one of his most straightforward. This approach places in even greater relief John's gift for combining widely varying musical atmosphere with beautiful melodies and honest emotional performance.
If A SINGLE MAN didn't produce any legendary hits for Elton John, it provided a welcome chance for him to cool off and just write songs. As is his wont, John takes on a wide variety of styles: the Spanish-sounding melancholia of "Return To Paradise" moves handily into the upbeat strut of "I Don't Care" in a stylistic segue which few could pull off. The swaggering honky-tonk of "Big Dipper" finds itself juxtaposed with the soft rock of "It Ain't Gonna Be Easy." Stripped down though it may be, the album isn't without its epic--in this case it's the heavily orchestrated, under-sung "Song For Guy."
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