Friday 10/1/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Made In England (1995)

Made in England is the twenty-fourth studio album by English singer-songwriter Elton John, released March 17, 1995 and produced by him and Greg Penny, the first time since Leather Jackets without Chris Thomas. It was dedicated to John’s boyfriend and future husband David Furnish. It was also dedicated to the memory of Denis Gauthier and Peter Williams. It was the last album to feature regular percussionist Ray Cooper until 2016’s Wonderful Crazy Night. Bob Birch became John’s full-time recording and touring bass player and continued that role until his death in 2012.

The song “Please” was covered by bluegrass queen Rhonda Vincent and country legend Dolly Parton for the 2018 tribute album Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

  1. “Believe” 4:55
  2. “Made in England” 5:09
  3. “House” 4:27
  4. “Cold” 5:37
  5. “Pain” 3:49
  6. “Belfast” 6:29
  7. “Latitude” 3:34
  8. “Please” 3:52
  9. “Man” 5:16
  10. “Lies” 4:25
  11. “Blessed” 5:01

Elton John – lead and backing vocals, acoustic piano (1-7, 9-11), harmonium (7), keyboards (8), string arrangements (9)
Guy Babylon – keyboards, programming, backing vocals (8), string arrangements (9)
Teddy Borowiecki – accordion (6)
Paul Carrack – Hammond organ (9)
Davey Johnstone – guitars, mandolin, banjo, backing vocals (8)
Bob Birch – bass, backing vocals (8)
Charlie Morgan – drums
Ray Cooper – percussion
Paul Brennan – pipes, flute (6)
Dermont Crehan – violin (6)
Paul Buckmaster – orchestral arrangements and conductor (1, 3, 4, 6)
George Martin – string and French horn arrangements (7), conductor (7)
Gavyn Wright – orchestra leader (6), conductor (9)
The London Session Orchestra – orchestra (1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9)