Honky Château is the fifth studio album by English musician Elton John. It was released May 19,1972, and was titled after the 18th century French chateau where it was recorded, Château d’Hérouville. The album reached number one in the US, the first of seven consecutive US number one albums for Elton John.

In 2012, the album was ranked number 359 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was certified gold in July 1972 and platinum in October 1995 by the RIAA. This was the final Elton John album on the Uni label in the US and Canada before MCA consolidated all of its various labels under the MCA brand. This and John’s earlier Uni albums were later reissued on MCA Records.

Two singles were released worldwide from Honky Château, “Rocket Man” and “Honky Cat.” A third single, “Hercules,” was prepared for release, but this never materialised.

“Honky Cat” – 5:13
“Mellow” – 5:32
“I Think I’m Going to Kill Myself” – 3:35
“Susie (Dramas)” – 3:25
“Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)” – 4:45
“Salvation” – 3:58
“Slave” – 4:22
“Amy” – 4:03
“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – 5:00
“Hercules” – 5:20
“Slave” (Alternate take) – 2:53


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