Tagged Elton John

Friday 5pm ET: Feature LP – Elton John – Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy is the ninth studio album by Elton John. The album is an autobiographical account of the early musical careers of Elton John (Captain Fantastic) and Bernie Taupin (the Brown Dirt Cowboy). It was released May 19, 1975 by MCA in America and DJM in the UK. It debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard 200, the first album to do so, reportedly selling 1.4 million copies in its first 4 days of release, and stayed in that position for seven weeks. Though they would all appear on later albums as guest musicians, this was the last album with the original lineup of the Elton John Band (guitarist Davey Johnstone, bassist Dee Murray, and drummer Nigel Olsson). Murray and Olsson, who had formed John’s rhythm section since 1970, were sacked prior to the recording of the follow-up album Rock of the Westies, while Johnstone would leave in 1978. This was the last album until Too Low for Zero that Elton John and his classic band would play on together.

It was certified gold in May 1975, two weeks before it was even released, and was certified platinum and 3x platinum in March 1993 by the RIAA. In Canada, it also debuted at number 1 on the RPM national Top Albums chart and only broke a run of what would have been fifteen consecutive weeks at the top by falling one position to number 2 in the ninth week (31 May–6 September). On the UK Albums Chart, it peaked at number 2. In 2003, the album was ranked number 158 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

1. “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” 5:46
2. “Tower of Babel” 4:28
3. “Bitter Fingers” 4:35
4. “Tell Me When the Whistle Blows” 4:20
5. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” 6:45

1. “(Gotta Get a) Meal Ticket” 4:01
2. “Better Off Dead” 2:37
3. “Writing” 3:40
4. “We All Fall in Love Sometimes” 4:15
5. “Curtains” 6:15

11. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” 6:18
12. “One Day (At a Time)” 3:49
13. “Philadelphia Freedom” 5:22
14. “House of Cards” 3:12

Friday 12am ET: Feature LP – Elton John – Honky Château (1972)

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

Wednesday 6pm ET: Sounds of The 70s

This week on the Sounds of The 70s we feature music from:  Pablo Cruise, Bob Dylan, Cheap Trick, John Mellencamp, Elton John, Doobie Brothers, Village People, America, Hillside Singers and more . . . 

Wednesday 6pm ET: Sounds of The 70s

This week on the sounds of the seventies we feature music from:  Gordon Lightfoot, Abba, Jackson Browne, Elton John, Tin Tin, Bay City Rollers, Stampeders, Bill Withers, George Harrison, Doobie Brothers and more . . .

Tuesday 6pm ET: Sounds of The 80s

This week we feature music from:  Kurtis Blow, Lionel Richie, Supertramp, Pat Benatar, Beastie Boys, Joe Jackson, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Blondie, David Lee Roth and more . . .

Saturday 12am ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Here and There (1976)

Here and There, released April 30,1976, is a live album by British singer-songwriter Elton John; it is his fourteenth official album release. The title refers to the two concerts represented on the album: “Here” is a concert recorded at the Royal Festival Hall in London May 18, 1974; “There” is a concert recorded at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on November 28, 1974.

Here
“Skyline Pigeon” – 5:41
“Border Song” – 3:27
“Take Me to the Pilot” – 4:33
“Country Comfort” – 6:44
“Love Song” (with Lesley Duncan) – 5:03
“Bad Side of the Moon” – 7:54
“Burn Down the Mission” – 8:25
“Honky Cat” – 7:04
“Crocodile Rock” – 4:08
“Candle in the Wind” – 3:57
“Your Song” – 3:56
“Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” – 7:09

There
“Funeral for a Friend” / “Love Lies Bleeding” – 11:53
“Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)” – 5:03
“Take Me to the Pilot” – 6:00
“Bennie and the Jets” – 5:59
“Grey Seal” – 5:27
“Daniel” – 4:06
“You’re So Static” – 4:32
“Whatever Gets You thru the Night” (with John Lennon) – 4:40
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” (with John Lennon) – 6:15
“I Saw Her Standing There” (with John Lennon) – 3:17
“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” – 5:57
“Your Song” – 3:58
“The Bitch Is Back” – 4:23

Wednesday 4pm ET: Sounds of The 70s

This week on the Sounds of The 70s we feature music from:  Albert Hammond, Grand Funk Railroad, Undisputed Truth, Stevie Wonder, Jacksons, Elton John, Dave Edmunds, Argent, Diana Ross, Heart, Warren Zevon and more . . .