Tuesday 4/12/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Blue Moves (1976)

Blue Moves is the eleventh studio album by English musician Elton John. It was released October 22, 1976. It was John’s second double album (after Goodbye Yellow Brick Road) and the first to be released by his own label, Rocket Records Ltd. The album reached number 3 in the US charts, ending a long streak of chart-topping albums for John that began with Honky Château in 1972.

  1. “Your Starter For…” 1:23
  2. “Tonight” 7:52
  3. “One Horse Town” 5:56
  4. “Chameleon” 5:27
  5. “Boogie Pilgrim” 6:05
  6. “Cage the Songbird” 3:52
  7. “Crazy Water” 5:42
  8. “Shoulder Holster” 5:10
  9. “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” 3:48
  10. “Out of the Blue” 6:14
  11. “Between Seventeen and Twenty” 5:17
  12. “The Wide Eyed and Laughing” 3:27
  13. “Someone’s Final Song” 4:10
  14. “Where’s the Shoorah?” 4:09
  15. “If There’s a God in Heaven (What’s He Waiting For?)” 4:25
  16. “Idol” 4:08
  17. “Theme From a Non-Existent TV Series” 1:19
  18. “Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance!)” 6:43

Elton John – acoustic piano (1–5, 7–10, 13–16, 18), vocals (2–9, 12–16, 18), vocalese (11), harmonium (14), harpsichord (17)
Curt Becher – backing vocals (4, 10, 11, 13), BGV arrangements (11, 13)
Harry Bluestone – strings leader (18)
Michael Brecker – saxophone (5, 8, 16)
Randy Brecker – trumpet (5, 8, 16)
Paul Buckmaster – string arrangements and conductor (3, 7, 15), brass arrangements (7)
Cindy Bullens – backing vocals (4, 7, 11)
Clark Burroughs – backing vocals (13)
Joe Chemay – backing vocals (11, 13)
Rev. James Cleveland – choir director (5, 14, 18)
Ray Cooper – glockenspiel (1, 17), marimba (1, 17), gong (3), tambourine (3, 5, 7, 8, 11, 15), vibraphone (3, 4, 9, 10), bells (3), shaker (4, 6, 11), triangle (6), finger cymbals (6), congas (7, 10, 11, 15, 18), rototom (12)
The Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church and the Southern California Community Choir – choirs (5, 14, 18)
David Crosby – backing vocals (6, 12)
Daryl Dragon – BGV arrangements (7)
The Martyn Ford Orchestra – strings (3, 7, 15), brass (7)

Carl Fortina – accordion (8)
Ron Hicklin – backing vocals (4, 7)
Michael Hurwitz – cello (3)
Bruce Johnston – backing vocals (4, 7, 10, 11, 13), BGV arrangements (4, 11, 13)
Davey Johnstone – mandolin (2, 11, 17), electric guitar (3, 7, 10, 15), slide guitar (5, 18), acoustic guitar (6), dulcimer (6), sitar (12), slide guitar (18)
Jon Joyce – backing vocals (4, 7, 11)
The London Symphony Orchestra – strings (2, 9)
Gene Morford – backing vocals (4, 7)
Graham Nash – backing vocals (6, 12)
James Newton Howard – synthesizers (1, 3, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 18), Fender Rhodes (3, 9, 13, 17), Hammond organ (5, 11, 15), mellotron (6), clavinet (7)
The Gene Page Strings – strings (18)
Kenny Passarelli – bass guitar (1, 3–5, 7–11, 14–18)
Roger Pope – drums (1, 3–5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15–18)
Caleb Quaye – acoustic guitar (1, 4, 6, 12, 17), electric guitar (3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 15, 18), guitar solo (3, 10, 15), 12-string guitar (12)
Barry Rogers – trombone (5, 8, 16)
David Sanborn – saxophone (5, 8, 16)
Richard Studt – strings leader (3, 7, 12, 15), brass leader (7)
Toni Tennille – backing vocals (4, 7, 10, 13)