Elton John Albums that I've never heard

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Elton John Albums that I've never heard

Postby trans-chigley express » 26 Jun 2019, 05:58

After watching (and enjoying) the movie Rocket Man I dug out some of my EJ albums that I haven't played in years and realised that I don't actually have very many, just 4 and Greatest Hits collection. The ones I have are Tumbleweed Connection, Madman Across The Water, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Captain Fantastic - all good though GYBR is a little patchy. So that's quite a lot I've never even heard. I wouldn't mind adding a few more so which of this lot are worth having? (not interested in anything after 78):

Empty Sky
Elton John
Honky Chateau
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player
Caribou
Rock of the Westies
Blue Moves
A Single Man

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Postby robertff » 26 Jun 2019, 07:26

For me it would be 'Don't Shoot Me.....' and Blue Moves, although I think Blue Moves is unlikely to get many other votes. Some of the others you mention, and I think I have all of them, are more highly regarded but those two are the ones I would play more often from your list.



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Postby NMB » 26 Jun 2019, 07:53

robertff wrote:For me it would be 'Don't Shoot Me.....' and Blue Moves, although I think Blue Moves is unlikely to get many other votes. Some of the others you mention, and I think I have all of them, are more highly regarded but those two are the ones I would play more often from your list.



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Same for me, plus Elton John. Blue Moves is one of his very best.
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Postby Tom Waits For No One » 26 Jun 2019, 08:32

There is a certain collection currently being compiled in a certain place if you are feeling a bit coughy.
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Re: Elton John Albums that I've never heard

Postby Diamond Dog » 26 Jun 2019, 09:34

The self titled album is one of his very greatest - an absolute must have.

Empty Sky, Honky Chateau & Don't Shoot Me have some fine moments but are (typically for Elton) very unbalanced.

I struggle with virtually all of his catalogue past Captain Fantastic, but I'll throw in "Songs From The West Coast" from around the turn of the century - it's got some cracking good tunes including "I Want Love" "This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore" and the wonderful "American Triangle".

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Postby Mike Boom » 26 Jun 2019, 13:19

Ive always had a soft spot for both "Caribou" and "Rock of the Wastes" - objectively both are far from his greatest work but there are still real gems on both, like "I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford) "and I just love the production on both, just about anything from that era produced by Gus Dudgeon is real ear candy. I think "Caribou" was bashed out in something like ten days. Both are generally ignored but are worth a listen or three.
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Postby Nervous Ned » 26 Jun 2019, 14:27

Another vote for Blue Moves. My favourite, a hidden gem. Rock of the Westies is also strong despite being rather atypical.

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Postby Mike Boom » 26 Jun 2019, 14:41

I need to give Blue Moves another listen, never really connected it with first time around.

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Postby borofan » 26 Jun 2019, 19:18

I've always thought of Blue Moves as a cracking single album masquerading as an overblown double.
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Re: Elton John Albums that I've never heard

Postby Lord Rother » 26 Jun 2019, 20:00

borofan wrote:I've always thought of Blue Moves as a cracking single album masquerading as an overblown double.


Agreed.

(Idol is probably my favourite EJ track.)

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Postby C » 27 Jun 2019, 07:56

trans-chigley express wrote:(not interested in anything after 78):


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Postby trans-chigley express » 27 Jun 2019, 15:19

C wrote:
trans-chigley express wrote:(not interested in anything after 78):


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Re: Elton John Albums that I've never heard

Postby trans-chigley express » 27 Jun 2019, 15:22

I listened to his first two albums on youtube today. Empty Sky was better than I was expecting but seemed to lack any of the magic that was to come later. The title track and Skyline Pigeon are good though.

The self-titled follow up is a big step up, a very nice album indeed. This is one I should get.

I'll check out others.

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Re: Elton John Albums that I've never heard

Postby frimley_greener » 27 Jun 2019, 16:55

I have never heard a single Elton John album.
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Re: Elton John Albums that I've never heard

Postby Positive Passion » 27 Jun 2019, 19:45

Too low for zero, even if it is after 1978.

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Re: Elton John Albums that I've never heard

Postby John aka Josh » 27 Jun 2019, 22:14

frimley_greener wrote:I have never heard a single Elton John album.






O Lucky Man.






I don't like the sound of his voice, can't quite explain exactly what and have no wish to inflict my ears to any to find out. It's definitely his voice I dislike, he has written several very pleasant melodies.
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Postby Quaco » 29 Jun 2019, 19:09

Lord Rother wrote:
borofan wrote:I've always thought of Blue Moves as a cracking single album masquerading as an overblown double.


Agreed.

(Idol is probably my favourite EJ track.)

I tend to agree -- just love about half the songs. Apparently it's EJ's favorite.
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