Tag: Elton John

Thursday 6/23/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: Elton John – The One (1992)

The One is the twenty-third studio album by British recording artist Elton John, released on June 22, 1992. It was recorded at Studio Guillame Tell in Paris, produced by Chris Thomas and managed by John Reid. The album was dedicated to Vance Buck, and its cover artwork was designed by Gianni Versace.

The One spent three consecutive weeks at No. 2 without reaching No. 1 in the UK, being kept off the top spot by the Lionel Richie compilation Back to Front. However, it was John’s biggest-selling album in the US since 1975, and was certified 2× platinum in that country by the RIAA.

  1. “Simple Life” 6:25
  2. “The One” 5:53
  3. “Sweat It Out” 6:38
  4. “Runaway Train” (duet with Eric Clapton) 5:23
  5. “Whitewash County” 5:30
  6. “The North” 5:15
  7. “When a Woman Doesn’t Want You” 4:56
  8. “Emily” 4:58
  9. “On Dark Street” 4:43
  10. “Understanding Women” 5:03
  11. “The Last Song” 3:21

Elton John – vocals, acoustic piano (1-3, 5–8, 11), organ (4, 5), electric piano (9, 10)
Mark Taylor – keyboards (1–3, 6, 7)
Guy Babylon – keyboards (2–5, 7–11), programming (2–5, 7–11)
Adam Seymour – guitar (1, 2, 6, 7)
Davey Johnstone – guitar (2–5, 7–9), backing vocals (7, 9)
Eric Clapton – guitar (4), vocals (4)
David Gilmour – guitar (10)
Pino Palladino – bass (1–8, 10)
Olle Romo – drums (1-10), percussion (1-10), drum programming (1–10)
Beckie Bell – backing vocals (4)
Carole Fredericks – backing vocals (4)
Jonice Jamison – backing vocals (4)
Kiki Dee – backing vocals (7, 9, 10)
Nigel Olsson – backing vocals (7, 9)

Wednesday 6/22/22 1am ET: Live Track Show

Tonight we feature:

Elton John, Roy Orbison, Cheap Trick, Eric Clapton, Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, Jimmy Buffett, Paul McCartney & Wings, Ike & Tina Turner, Alanis Morissette, Jason Mraz, Pat Benatar, Bon Jovi, Michael Stanley Band, Supertramp, Who, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Blondie, David Byrne, Phil Collins, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Jimi Hendrix and Creedence Clearwater Revival.


Sunday 6/19/22 5pm ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Madman Across The Water 50th Anniversary Edition

Madman Across the Water is the fourth studio album by English musician Elton John, released November 5, 1971 through DJM and Uni Records. The album was his third album to be released in 1971, at which point John had been rising to prominence as a popular music artist. The album contains nine tracks, each composed and performed by John and with lyrics written by songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

There were two singles released from Madman Across the Water, “Levon” and “Tiny Dancer”. The album was certified gold in February 1972, followed by platinum in March 1993, and 2× platinum in August 1998 by the RIAA. The album was included in Robert Dimery’s 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Yes band keyboardist Rick Wakeman plays Hammond organ on 3 songs.

On June 10, 2022, the album was reissued as a deluxe edition for its 50th anniversary, featuring 18 unreleased tracks, including piano demos. It was released in a variety of formats, including a 3CD / 1 Blu-ray super deluxe set, a 4LP set, a 2CD set and the original LP on limited edition coloured vinyl. It was also be packaged with a 40-page book detailing the album’s creation with notes from John and Taupin.

  1. “Tiny Dancer (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)” 6:15
  2. “Levon (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)” 5:20
  3. “Razor Face (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)” 4:41
  4. “Madman Across The Water (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)” 5:57
  5. “Indian Sunset (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)” 6:44
  6. “Holiday Inn (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)” 4:15
  7. “Rotten Peaches (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)” 4:55
  8. “All the Nasties (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)” 5:07
  9. “Goodbye (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)” 1:46
  10. “Indian Sunset (Live Radio Broadcast)” 5:17
  11. “Madman Across the Water (Original Version, featuring Mick Ronson)” 8:50
  12. “Rock Me When He’s Gone” 5:01
  13. “Levon (Mono Single Version)” 4:44
  14. “Razor Face (Extended Version)” 6:43
  15. “Madman Across the Water (1970 Piano Demo)” 5:07
  16. “Tiny Dancer (Piano Demo)” 6:00
  17. “Levon (Piano Demo)” 5:03
  18. “Razor Face (Piano Demo)” 3:45
  19. “Madman Across the Water (1971 Piano Demo)” 5:11
  20. “Indian Sunset (Piano Demo)” 7:33
  21. “Holiday Inn (Piano Demo)” 4:32
  22. “Rotten Peaches (Piano Demo)” 4:06
  23. “All the Nasties (Piano Demo)” 4:47
  24. “Goodbye (Piano Demo)” 1:58
  25. “Rock Me When He’s Gone (Piano Demo)” 4:01
  26. “Rock Me When He’s Gone (Full Version)” 7:11

Elton John – acoustic piano, vocals
Brian Dee – harmonium (2)
Rick Wakeman – Hammond organ (3, 4, 7)
Jack Emblow – accordion (3)
Diana Lewis – ARP synthesizer (4, 7)
Caleb Quaye – electric guitar (1, 2, 3), acoustic guitar (6)
B. J. Cole – steel guitar (1)
Davey Johnstone – acoustic guitar (1, 4, 7), mandolin (6), sitar (6)
Chris Spedding – electric guitar (4), slide guitar (7)
David Glover – bass guitar (1, 3, 6)
Brian Odgers – bass guitar (2)
Herbie Flowers – bass guitar (4, 5, 7)
Chris Laurence – double bass (5)
Dee Murray – backing vocals (1, 6, 7), bass guitar (8)
Roger Pope – drums (1, 3, 6)
Barry Morgan – drums (2)
Terry Cox – drums (4, 5, 7)
Nigel Olsson – backing vocals (1, 6, 7), drums (8)
Ray Cooper – percussion (4), tambourine (7, 8)
Paul Buckmaster – orchestral arrangements and conductor (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9)
David Katz – orchestra contractor (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9)
Tony Burrows – backing vocals (1, 6, 7)
Roger Cook – backing vocals (1, 6, 7)
Lesley Duncan – backing vocals (1, 6, 7)
Barry St. John – backing vocals (1, 6, 7)
Terry Steele – backing vocals (1, 6, 7)
Liza Strike – backing vocals (1, 6, 7)
Sue and Sunny – backing vocals (1, 6, 7)
Cantores em Ecclesia Choir – backing vocals (5, 8)
Robert Kirby – choir director (5, 8)

Friday 6/17/22 1am ET: Live Track Show

Tonight we feature:

Paul McCartney & Wings, Alicia Keys, Joe Bonamassa, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jason Aldean, John Denver, George Michael, Ike & Tina Turner, Eagles, Otis Redding, Pink Floyd and more . . .


Sunday 6/12/22 3pm ET: Feature LP: Elton John – 21 @ 33 (1980)

21 at 33 is the fourteenth studio album by Elton John, and his 21st album in total, made when John was 33 years old, hence the title, it was released May 13, 1980. 21 at 33 was recorded at Super Bear Studios, Nice, France, in September 1979, and Rumbo Recorders and Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, California, from January to March 1980. Three singles were released from the album, including “Little Jeannie”, his highest-charting U.S. single in 5 years. The album sold over 900,000 copies in the United States, missing a Platinum certification.

  1. “Chasing the Crown” 5:36
  2. “Little Jeannie” 5:14
  3. “Sartorial Eloquence” 4:45
  4. “Two Rooms at the End of the World” 5:40
  5. “White Lady White Powder” 4:34
  6. “Dear God” 3:47
  7. “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again” 4:09
  8. “Take Me Back” 3:52
  9. “Give Me the Love” 5:30

Elton John – lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic piano (1, 3, 5, 6), overdubbed piano (1, 3, 5, 6, 8), Yamaha electric piano (4), Wurlitzer electric piano (8)
James Newton Howard – Fender Rhodes (2, 6, 7), Yamaha CS-80 (2), electronic keyboards (3, 7), acoustic piano (9)
David Paich – organ (6)
Steve Lukather – electric guitar (1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9)
Richie Zito – acoustic guitar (2, 7), electric guitar (5, 8)
Steve Wrather – electric guitar (7)
Reggie McBride – bass (1–4, 6–9)
Dee Murray – backing vocals (2), bass (5)
Alvin Taylor – drums (1, 3, 4, 6–9)
Nigel Olsson – drums (2, 5)
Victor Feldman – tambourine (1, 3, 5, 9)
Clive Franks – tambourine (4, 6), cowbell (4)
Lenny Castro – congas (5, 9)
Jim Horn – brass arrangements (2, 4), piccolo flute (2), alto saxophone (2), tenor saxophone (4)
Richie Cannata – alto saxophone (7)
Larry Williams – tenor saxophone (9)
Chuck Findley – trombone (2, 4), trumpet (2, 4)
Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trombone (9)
Jerry Hey – flugelhorn (2, 9), trumpet (4, 9), brass arrangements (9)
Larry Hall – trumpet (9), flugelhorn (9)
Byron Berline – fiddle (8)
David Foster – string arrangements (9)
Venette Gloud – backing vocals (1, 3, 6, 9)
Stephanie Spruill – backing vocals (1, 3, 6, 9)
Carmen Twillie – backing vocals (1, 3, 6, 9)
Bill Champlin – backing vocals (2, 9)
Max Gronenthal – backing vocals (2)
Glenn Frey – backing vocals (5)
Don Henley – backing vocals (5)
Timothy B. Schmit – backing vocals (5)
Curt Becher – choir vocals (6)
Joe Chemay – choir vocals (6)
Bruce Johnston – choir arrangements (6), choir vocals (6)
Jon Joyce – choir vocals (6)
Peter Noone – choir vocals (6)
Toni Tennille – choir vocals (6)

Thursday 6/2/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Elton John – The Big Picture (1997)

The Big Picture is the twenty-fifth studio album by English musician Elton John, released September 22, 1997. It includes four worldwide singles: “Live Like Horses” (a duet with Luciano Pavarotti only for the single version), “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” (released as a double A-side with “Candle in the Wind 1997”), “Recover Your Soul” and “If the River Can Bend”.

The album has a strong orchestral emphasis with string arrangements written by Anne Dudley and John’s then backup keyboardist Guy Babylon. In 2006, John revealed in an interview that Bernie Taupin, his longtime friend and lyricist, considers this his least favourite album they have created, while John believes that to be Leather Jackets from 1986. Taupin dislikes this album because of the overall quality of his lyrical contribution and because “the production is abysmally cold and technical”.

The album was dedicated to John’s friend, popular fashion designer Gianni Versace, who was murdered a few months before the album’s release. This was John’s last album to date to be produced by Chris Thomas, who had worked with John almost nonstop since 1981’s The Fox. This is the only album in which neither Davey Johnstone nor bassist Bob Birch (during his tenure as John’s bassist from 1992–2012) provide backing vocals. Drummer Charlie Morgan was let go from the band shortly after the album’s release and soon replaced by Curt Bisquera and John’s original drummer Nigel Olsson, who remains in the lineup to this day.

  1. “Long Way from Happiness” 4:47
  2. “Live Like Horses” 5:02
  3. “The End Will Come” 4:53
  4. “If the River Can Bend” 5:23
  5. “Love’s Got a Lot to Answer For” 5:02
  6. “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” 5:09
  7. “The Big Picture” 3:45
  8. “Recover Your Soul” 5:18
  9. “January” 4:02
  10. “I Can’t Steer My Heart Clear of You” 4:10
  11. “Wicked Dreams” 4:39

Elton John – vocals, acoustic piano (all tracks), organ (1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11)
Guy Babylon – keyboards (1-9, 11), string arrangements
Paul Carrack – organ (6)
Matthew Vaughan – keyboards (10), percussion (10)
Davey Johnstone – guitars (all tracks)
John Jorgenson – guitars (all tracks)
Bob Birch – bass (all tracks)
Charlie Morgan – drums, percussion (all tracks)
Paul Clarvis – tabla (8)
Anne Dudley – string arrangements and conductor
Carol Kenyon – backing vocals (1, 6, 8)
Angel Voices Choir – choir (2)
East London Gospel Choir – choir (4)

Thursday 5/26/22 7pm ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Diamonds (2017)

Diamonds is the ultimate greatest hits album by British singer-songwriter Elton John spanning his biggest hits from 1970 to 2016. The album was released on November 10, 2017. It was released in a single disc version, a 2-CD version, a 3-CD deluxe box set and a 2-LP vinyl version.

It is the first Elton John career-spanning compilation released since Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits in 2007. It was released to commemorate the 50 years of John’s work with lyricist Bernie Taupin, since 1967. Although their collaboration began in 1967, the oldest hit in the album is “Your Song”, from the 1970 album Elton John. The limited edition 3-CD box set version of Diamonds includes a 72-page hardback book with annotations for the stories behind each track and a set of five postcards of illustrations of Elton John by contemporary artist Richard Kilroy.

In January 2019, the British Phonographic Industry certified Diamonds Platinum for sales of 300,000 units. In the United States the Recording Industry Association of America certified Diamonds Gold for sales of 500,000 units.

Disc one

1. “Your Song” 1970 4:03
2. “Tiny Dancer” 1971 6:16
3. “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)” 1972 4:42
4. “Honky Cat” 5:13
5. “Crocodile Rock” 1973 3:55
6. “Daniel” 3:54
7. “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” 1973 4:54
8. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” 3:14
9. “Candle in the Wind” 3:50
10. “Bennie and the Jets” 5:23
11. “The Bitch Is Back” 1974 3:45
12. “Philadelphia Freedom” 1975 5:20
13. “Island Girl” 1975 3:43
14. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” 6:45
15. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (duet with Kiki Dee)” 1976 4:35
16. “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” 3:52
17. “Little Jeannie”  4:49

Disc two

1. “Song for Guy” 1978 6:34
2. “Blue Eyes” 1982 3:28
3. “I’m Still Standing” 1983 3:04
4. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” 4:43
5. “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” 1984 4:48
6. “Nikita” 1985 5:44
7. “I Don’t Wanna Go on with You Like That” 1988 4:34
8. “Sacrifice” 1989 5:05
9. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (duet with George Michael)” 1993 5:48
10. “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” 1997 4:00
11. “I Want Love” 2001 4:37
12. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” 1994 4:01
13. “Are You Ready for Love” 1979 3:32
14. “Electricity” 2005 3:32
15. “Home Again” 2013 5:02
16. “Looking Up” 2016 4:06
17. “Circle of Life” 4:53

Disc three

1. “Skyline Pigeon” (Piano Version) 1973 3:54
2. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” 1974 6:16
3. “Pinball Wizard” 1975 5:14
4. “Mama Can’t Buy You Love” 1979 4:04
5. “Part-Time Love” 1978 3:13
6. “Victim of Love” 1979 3:22
7. “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)” 1982 5:10
8. “Kiss the Bride” 1983 4:23
9. “That’s What Friends Are For 1985 4:15
10. “The One” 1992 5:53
11. “True Love (duet with Kiki Dee)” 1993 3:35
12. “Believe” 1995 4:47
13. “Live Like Horses (duet with Luciano Pavarotti)” 1997 5:07
14. “Written in the Stars (duet with LeAnn Rimes)” 1999 4:17
15. “This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore” 2001 4:39
16. “Good Morning to the Night (with Pnau)” 2012 3:24
17. “Step Into Christmas” 1973 4:29

In Memoriam: Jean-Louis Chautemps (1931 – 2022)

Jean-Louis Chautemps (August 6, 1931 – May 25, 2022) was a French jazz saxophonist.

Born in Paris, France, Chautemps initially studied medicine and law, and began playing saxophone at age 16. His first major gig was with Jef Gilson in 1950. In 1952 he began playing with Claude Bolling’s orchestra, and around the same time worked with Henri Renaud and Albert Nicholas. During these associations he played with Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt, Zoot Sims, Lester Young, Bobby Jaspar, Albert Ayler, and Roy Eldridge. He toured Europe as a sideman for Chet Baker in 1956, played with Jacques Hélian and Kurt Edelhagen near the end of the decade, and played often in Parisian clubs in the 1960s. Later associations included work with Nathan Davis, Philly Joe Jones, André Hodeir, Lester Bowie, Bernard Lubat, Martial Solal, Lee Konitz, and Michel Portal.

Chautemps played on Elton John’s 1972 hit single Honky Cat, from the album Honky Château.

Sunday 5/15/22 6pm ET: Feature LP: Elton John – 17-11-70 (1971)

17-11-70 (known as 11-17-70 in the United States) is the fifth official album release for English musician Elton John and his first live album. Released April 1, 1971

The recording was taken from a live radio broadcast on November 17, 1970, hence the album’s title. According to John, a live album was never planned as a release. Recordings of the broadcast, however, were popular among bootleggers which, according to John’s producer, Gus Dudgeon, eventually prompted the record label to release it as an album. It has been said that the release by an eastern bootlegger of the whole 60-minute air cast rather than the 48 minutes selected by Dick James Music significantly cut into the US sales of the live album. However, the entire concert was an 80-minute affair, and double-LPs containing the entire concert were more common than those containing only 60 minutes. Another contributing factor to the original album’s soft sales could have been the glut of Elton John product on the market at the time. John also had in release 2 full studio albums (Elton John and Tumbleweed Connection) and a movie soundtrack (Friends) when the live LP was issued. Nonetheless, it became the fourth of John’s records simultaneously to land in the Top 100, making him the first act to do so since The Beatles.

According to longtime NYC radio personality Dave Herman (who can be heard at the beginning and end of the album), Elton John cut his hand at some point during the performance, and by the end of the show, the piano keys were covered with blood.

John and his band performed 13 songs during the radio broadcast. The original album included only six of the songs; a seventh, “Amoreena,” appeared as a bonus track on the album’s 1996 CD reissue. The other six performances remained until 2017 officially unreleased: “I Need You to Turn To”, “Your Song”, “Country Comfort”, “Border Song”, “Indian Sunset” and “My Father’s Gun”.

John has stated in several interviews that he believes that this recording is his best live performance. He has also cited the album as a great showcase for the musicianship of drummer Nigel Olsson and bassist Dee Murray. It is also the only officially released example of what John’s live band sounded like prior to the arrival of guitarist Davey Johnstone, who wouldn’t be a member until the release of Honky Château in 1972.

To commemorate the 10th Record Store Day, on April 22, 2017, John served as the first-ever worldwide Record Store Day Legend and released an expanded, double-vinyl version of the album. Retitled 17-11-70+, the release reinstates seven additional songs from the concert, making it the most complete official edition of the show available in any format. “Amoreena,” previously available on the 1996 CD reissue, makes its first appearance on vinyl.

“I Need You to Turn To”
“Your Song”
“Country Comfort”
“Border Song”
“Indian Sunset”
“Amoreena”
“Bad Side of the Moon”
“Take Me to the Pilot”
“Sixty Years On”
“Honky Tonk Women”
“Can I Put You On”
“Burn Down the Mission” (including “My Baby Left Me” & “Get Back”)
“My Father’s Gun” (encore)

Elton John – piano, lead vocals
Dee Murray – bass, backing vocals
Nigel Olsson – drums, backing vocals

Thursday 5/12/22 6pm ET: Feature LP: Elton John – A Single Man (1978)

A Single Man is the twelfth studio album by English musician Elton John. Released October 16, 1978, it is the first album where Gary Osborne replaced Bernie Taupin as lyricist. It is also the first of two (the second being Victim of Love) Elton John albums to not have any tracks co-written by Bernie Taupin on the original cut.

A Single Man is the first of John’s albums to not include lyricist Bernie Taupin, and the first since his debut Empty Sky without producer Gus Dudgeon. The returning members of his band are percussionist Ray Cooper and guitarist Davey Johnstone; the latter played on only one song on the album. Paul Buckmaster would not appear on another Elton John album until Made in England. Unlike previous compositions in which lyrics came first, John began writing melodies at a piano and an album unintentionally came about from this. This was also John’s first album in which he started singing in a lower register. “Song for Guy” was written as a tribute to Guy Burchett, a young Rocket messenger who was killed in a motorcycle accident.

The staff and players of Watford Football Club, of whom John was chairman at the time, provide backing vocals on both “Big Dipper” and “Georgia”. Also featured on these tracks are the backing vocals of the female staff from John’s record label, Rocket Records, credited as ‘The South Audley Street Girls’ Choir’.

The photo for the front cover was taken in the Long Walk, which is part of Windsor Great Park in Berkshire. The inside cover shows John in a Jaguar XK140 FHC. John stopped wearing his trademark glasses in public for a period during the late 1970s, and the album photo reflects this.

  1. “Shine on Through” 3:45
  2. “Return to Paradise” 4:15
  3. “I Don’t Care” 4:23
  4. “Big Dipper” 4:04
  5. “It Ain’t Gonna Be Easy” 8:27
  6. “Part-Time Love” 3:16
  7. “Georgia” 4:50
  8. “Shooting Star” 2:44
  9. “Madness” 5:53
  10. “Reverie” 0:53
  11. “Song for Guy” 6:35
  12. “Ego” 4:00
  13. “Flinstone Boy” 4:13
  14. “I Cry at Night” 3:16
  15. “Lovesick” 3:59
  16. “Strangers” 4:46

Elton John – lead vocals, backing vocals (1, 2, 8), pianos (1, 4, 11), acoustic piano (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10), clavinet (3), harmonium (7), church organ (7), Fender Rhodes (8), Mellotron (11), synthesizer (11), ARP synthesizer (11), Solina String Synthesizer (11)
Tim Renwick – acoustic guitar (2, 3), electric guitar (4, 5, 6, 9), Leslie guitar (7), mandolin (7)
Davey Johnstone – lead guitar (6), backing vocals (6)
B.J. Cole – pedal steel guitar (7)
Clive Franks – bass (1-7, 9, 11)
Herbie Flowers – bass (8)
Steve Holley – drums (1-9), motor horn (4)
Ray Cooper – tambourine (1, 3–7, 9), marimba (2), shaker (2, 8, 11), vibraphone (5), congas (6, 9), timpani (9), wind chimes (11), rhythm box (11)
John Crocker – clarinet (4), tenor saxophone (8)
Jim Shepherd – trombone (4)
Henry Lowther – trumpet (2)
Patrick Halcox – trumpet (4)
Paul Buckmaster – orchestra arrangements (1, 3, 5, 6, 9), arrangements (2), ARP synthesizer (10)
Gary Osborne – backing vocals (1, 2, 3, 6)
Vicki Brown – backing vocals (3, 6)
Stevie Lange – backing vocals (3, 6)
Joanne Stone – backing vocals (3, 6)
Chris Thompson – backing vocals (3, 6)
The South Audley Street Girl’s Choir – backing vocals (4, 7)
Watford Football Club – backing vocals (4, 7)

Wednesday 4/27/22 11pm: Feature LP: Elton John – Breaking Hearts (1984)

Breaking Hearts, released June 18, 1984, is the eighteenth studio album release for Elton John. It features the quartet of John, Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson. There were four top-40 singles from the album: “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” (US #5), “Who Wears These Shoes” (US #16), “In Neon” (US #38), and the UK No. 5 hit “Passengers”.

“Restless” – 5:17
“Slow Down Georgie (She’s Poison)” – 4:10
“Who Wears These Shoes?” – 4:04
“Breaking Hearts (Ain’t What It Used to Be)” – 3:34
“Li’l ‘Frigerator” – 3:37
“Passengers” – 3:24
“In Neon” – 4:19
“Burning Buildings” – 4:02
“Did He Shoot Her?” – 3:21
“Sad Songs (Say So Much)” – 4:55

Elton John – lead and backing vocals, synthesizers (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10), pianos (tracks 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10), Hammond organ (track 5), harmonium (track 6), Fender Rhodes (track 7), harpsichord (track 7), clavinet (track 10)
Davey Johnstone – backing vocals (tracks 1–4, 6-10), electric guitar (tracks 1–3, 5, 7, 8, 9), acoustic guitar (tracks 2, 6, 7, 8, 10), sitar (track 9)
Dee Murray – bass guitar (tracks 1–3, 5-10), backing vocals (tracks 1–4, 6-10)
Nigel Olsson – drums (tracks 1–3, 5-10), backing vocals (tracks 1–4, 6-10)
Andrew Thompson – saxophone (track 5)

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)