Tag: Elton John

Sunday 9/25/22 3pm ET: Feature LP: Elton John vs PNau – Good Morning To The Night (2012)

Good Morning to the Night is the first remix album by Elton John and Pnau, released in July 13, 2012. The album’s tracks are created from samples of various early John songs mixed together to form completely new songs. The album debuted at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart.

Phil Mongredien from The Guardian wrote “Australian dance duo Pnau have been mentored by Elton John for five years, and it’s with his blessing that they have reimagined his early 70s output by splicing together snippets of songs to create something wholly new and oddly affecting… Refreshingly unpredictable, this is a blueprint for what remix albums should aspire to.” Joseph Standard from NME opined that “The results range from danceable to unnerving and give off an atmosphere of ghostly melancholy that subtly subverts Elton’s reputation as a cosy British institution.” Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic felt that “Good Morning to the Night is not a hits-on-parade set [and] is a relief, and even if it’s not necessarily the kind of music that would make it into regular rotation, it’s inventive and fun, which is more than enough for a project like this.”

1. Good Morning to the Night
Includes elements from the following original Elton John sound recordings:
Philadelphia Freedom
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Tonight
Gulliver/It’s Hay Chewed
Sixty Years On
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Someone Saved My Life Tonight

2. Sad
Includes elements from the following original Elton John sound recordings:
Nice and Slow
Crazy Water
Curtains
Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
Friends

3. Black Icy Stare
Includes elements from the following original Elton John sound recordings:
Cold Highway
You’re So Static
Solar Prestige a Gammon

4. Foreign Fields
Includes elements from the following original Elton John sound recordings:
Pinky
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
High Flying Bird
Sweet Painted Lady
Cage the Songbird
Chameleon

5. Telegraph to the Afterlife
Includes elements from the following original Elton John sound recordings:
Harmony
We All Fall in Love Sometimes
Funeral for a Friend
Sweet Painted Lady
I’ve Seen That Movie Too
Love Song
Indian Sunset

6. Phoenix
Includes elements from the following original Elton John sound recordings:
Grey Seal
Are You Ready for Love
Bennie and the Jets
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Where to Now St Peter?
Love Lies Bleeding
Border Song
Country Love Song
Three Way Love Affair

7. Karmatron
Includes elements from the following original Elton John sound recordings:
Madman Across The Water
Funeral for a Friend
Stinker
The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909-1934)
Tonight
One Horse Town
Screw You

8. Sixty
Includes elements from the following original Elton John sound recordings:
Sixty Years On
Sixty Years On (Live in Australia)
Sixty Years On (17-11-70)
Indian Sunset

Thursday 9/15/22 10am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: B.B. King – B.B. King & Friends: 80 (2005)

Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B. King, was an American blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending, shimmering vibrato and staccato picking that influenced many later blues electric guitar players. AllMusic recognized King as “the single most important electric guitarist of the last half of the 20th century”.

King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and is one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname “The King of the Blues”, and is considered one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” (along with Albert King and Freddie King, none of whom are related). King performed tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing on average at more than 200 concerts per year into his 70s. In 1956 alone, he appeared at 342 shows.

King was born on a cotton plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi, and later worked at a cotton gin in Indianola, Mississippi. He was attracted to music and the guitar in church, and he began his career in juke joints and local radio. He later lived in Memphis and Chicago; then, as his fame grew, toured the world extensively. King died at the age of 89 in Las Vegas on May 14, 2015.


B.B. King & Friends: 80 is the forty-first album by B.B. King released September 13, 2005. Recorded in several studios, it celebrates King’s 80th birthday and features duets with a variety of musicians. 80 reached No. 45 in the Billboard 200 top albums chart as well as No. 1 in the blues albums chart.

  1. “Early in the Morning” Van Morrison 4:50
  2. “Tired of Your Jive” Billy Gibbons 3:53
  3. “The Thrill is Gone” Eric Clapton 5:03
  4. “Need Your Love So Bad” Sheryl Crow 3:58
  5. “Ain’t Nobody Home” Daryl Hall 3:52
  6. “Hummingbird” John Mayer 4:42
  7. “All Over Again” Mark Knopfler 4:54
  8. “Drivin’ Wheel” Glenn Frey 4:20
  9. “There Must Be a Better World Somewhere” Gloria Estefan 6:50
  10. “Never Make Your Move Too Soon” Roger Daltrey 4:59
  11. “Funny How Time Slips Away” Bobby Bland 4:09
  12. Rock This House” Elton John 3:07

B.B. King – vocals, guitar
Van Morrison – vocals, harmonica (tr. 1)
Billy F Gibbons – guitar, vocal (tr. 2)
Eric Clapton – guitar (tr. 3)
Billy Ward – drums (tr. 9
Ian Thomas – drums ((1, 3, 7, 10)
Clem Clempson – guitar (tr. 10,
John Mahon – percussion (tr. 12)
Leland Sklar – bass guitar (tr. 2, 4, 8, 11)
Robbie Buchanan – keyboards, Hammond organ (tr.2, 4, 8, 11)
Mark Knopfler – guitar
Bob Birch – bass guitar (tr. 12
Jerry Hey – trumpet
Nathaniel Kunkel – shaker
Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trumpet
Brian Mitchell – keyboards (tr. 9
John Mayer – vocals, guitar
Nigel Olsson – drums (tr. 12
Brandon Fields – saxophone
Gary Grant – trumpet
Glenn Frey – vocals, guitar (tr.8
T-Bone Wolk – bass guitar (tr. 9,
Guy Babylon – keyboards
Davey Johnstone – guitar (tr. 12)
Russ Kunkel – drums (2, 4, 8, 11)
Luke Smith – Hammond organ (tr. 3)
Yolanda Charles – bass guitar (1, 3, 7, 10)
Dean Parks – rhythm guitar (tr. 8,
Elton John – vocals, piano (tr. 12)
Larry Campbell – (bass?) guitar (tr. 5, 6, 9)
Chris Stainton – keyboards (tr. 10)

Thursday 9/8/22 6pm ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Reg Strikes Back (1988)

Reg Strikes Back is the 21st studio album by English musician Elton John. Released June 24, 1988, it was his self-proclaimed comeback album, and his own way of fighting back against bad press. The “Reg” in Reg Strikes Back refers to John’s birth name, Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

In the US, the album was certified gold in August 1988 by the RIAA. It was also John’s third studio album in the 1980’s to be placed inside the top 20 of US Billboard 200 (number 16, 1988).

  1. “Town of Plenty” 3:40
  2. “A Word in Spanish” 4:39
  3. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (Part Two)” 4:12
  4. “I Don’t Wanna Go On with You Like That” 4:33
  5. “Japanese Hands” 4:40
  6. “Goodbye Marlon Brando” 3:30
  7. “The Camera Never Lies” 4:36
  8. “Heavy Traffic” 3:30
  9. “Poor Cow” 3:50
  10. “Since God Invented Girls” 4:54
  11. “Rope Around a Fool” 3:48
  12. “I Don’t Wanna Go On with You Like That” (Shep Pettibone Mix) 7:16
  13. “I Don’t Wanna Go On with You Like That” (Just Elton and His Piano Mix) 4:37
  14. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (Part Two)” (The Renaissance Mix) 6:19

Elton John – lead vocals, backing vocals, Roland RD-1000 digital piano (1, 3, 4, 10), synthesizers (2, 5, 6, 9), organ (2), acoustic piano (5, 7, 8)
Fred Mandel – synthesizers
Fred McFarlane – programming
Davey Johnstone – electric guitar (1, 2, 3, 5–9), acoustic guitar (2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10), backing vocals
Pete Townshend – acoustic guitar (1)
David Paton – bass
Charlie Morgan – drums
Ray Cooper – maracas (6-9), tambourine (6-9), timbales (6-9)
Freddie Hubbard – trumpet (3), flugelhorn (3)
Dee Murray – backing vocals
Nigel Olsson – backing vocals
Adrian Baker – additional backing vocals (10)
Bruce Johnston – additional backing vocals (10)
Carl Wilson – additional backing vocals (10)

Wednesday 9/7/22 1am ET: Feature Live LP: Elton John – Live From Midsummer Music at Wembley 6/21/75

Elton John Live from “Midsummer Music” at Wembley Stadium, June 21, 1975

  1. “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” 7:02
  2. “Tower of Babel” 4:38
  3. “Bitter Fingers” 5:06
  4. “Tell Me When the Whistle Blows” 4:39
  5. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” 7:17
  6. “(Gotta Get a) Meal Ticket” 7:19
  7. “Better Off Dead” 3:01
  8. “Writing” 5:30
  9. “We All Fall in Love Sometimes” 3:57
  10. “Curtains” 8:48
  11. “Pinball Wizard” 6:31
  12. “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” 7:40

Entire concert available on the Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy 30th Anniversary Edition.

Elton John – acoustic piano, lead vocals
James Newton Howard – keyboards
Davey Johnstone – electric guitar, backing vocals
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter – electric guitar, steel guitar
Caleb Quaye – electric guitar
Kenny Passarelli – bass guitar
Roger Pope – drums
Ray Cooper – percussion
Donny Gerrard – backing vocals
Brian Russell – backing vocals
Brenda Russell – backing vocals

Tuesday 8/2/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Caribou (1974)

Caribou is the eighth studio album by English singer Elton John, released June 28, 1974. It was his fourth chart-topping album in the United States and his third in the United Kingdom. The album contains the singles “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”, which reached number 16 in the UK Singles Chart and number two in the US, and “The Bitch Is Back”, which reached number 15 in the UK and number four in the US. Both singles reached number one in Canada on the RPM 100 national Top Singles Chart, as did the album itself.

The album met with lukewarm reviews on its release and legacy reviews do not consider the record to be among John’s best work from his early 1970s peak period. However, the album was a commercial success and has been certified double-platinum in the US as well as receiving a gold certification in the UK. The album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year at the 17th Annual Grammy Awards.

  1. “The Bitch Is Back” 3:44
  2. “Pinky” 3:54
  3. “Grimsby” 3:46
  4. “Dixie Lily” 2:55
  5. “Solar Prestige a Gammon” 2:52
  6. “You’re So Static” 4:53
  7. “I’ve Seen the Saucers” 4:48
  8. “Stinker” 5:20
  9. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” 5:36
  10. “Ticking” 7:34
  11. “Pinball Wizard” 5:09
  12. “Sick City” 5:23
  13. “Cold Highway” 3:25
  14. “Step into Christmas” 4:32

Elton John – lead vocals, acoustic piano, Hammond organ (9)
David Hentschel – ARP synthesizer (2, 5, 10), mellotron (9)
Chester D. Thompson – Hammond organ (8)
Davey Johnstone – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
Dee Murray – bass guitar, backing vocals
Nigel Olsson – drums, backing vocals
Ray Cooper – tambourine, congas, whistle, vibraphone, snare, castanets, tubular bells, maracas
Lenny Pickett – tenor saxophone solo (1), soprano saxophone solo (4, 5), clarinet (5)
Tower of Power – horn section (1, 6, 8, 9)
Emilio Castillo – tenor saxophone
Steve Kupka – baritone saxophone
Lenny Pickett – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet
Mic Gillette – trombone, trumpet
Greg Adams – trumpet, horn arrangements (1, 6, 8)
Del Newman – horn arrangements (9)
Clydie King – backing vocals (1, 6)
Sherlie Matthews – backing vocals (1)
Jessie Mae Smith – backing vocals (1)
Dusty Springfield – backing vocals (1)
Billy Hinsche – backing vocals (9)
Bruce Johnston – backing vocals (9)
Toni Tennille – backing vocals (9)
Carl Wilson – backing vocals (9), vocal arrangements (9)
Daryl Dragon – vocal arrangements (9)

Friday 7/15/22 1am ET: Live Track Show

Tonight:

Kenny Loggins, Supertramp, Dave Matthews Band, Elton John, Kelly Clarkson, Honeydrippers, Bon Jovi, Sha Na Na, Chuck Berry, Disturbed Featuring Myles Kennedy, UFO, Doors, Rolling Stones, Los Lonely boys with Ronnie Milsap, Bonnie Raitt, Metallica with the San Francisco Symphony, Van Morrison, Duran Duran, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, Grand Funk, Scorpions


Thursday 7/12/22 6pm ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Too Low For Zero (1983)

Too Low for Zero (stylized as 2 ▼ 4 0) is the seventeenth studio album by English musician Elton John. Released May 30, 1983, the album marked a comeback for John, whose previous four albums had failed to yield many enduring international hit singles, and had disappointing sales compared to his string of hit records released during the first half of the 1970s.

It is his second best selling album of the 1980s (after Sleeping with the Past), earning Platinum certification by both the RIAA and the BPI. It produced several hit songs, each accompanied by successful MTV music videos, and it spent over a year on the Billboard album chart.

  1. “Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)” 4:19
  2. “I’m Still Standing” 3:02
  3. “Too Low for Zero” 5:46
  4. “Religion” 4:05
  5. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” 4:41
  6. “Crystal” 5:05
  7. “Kiss the Bride” 4:22
  8. “Whipping Boy” 3:43
  9. “Saint” 5:17
  10. “One More Arrow” 3:34

Elton John – lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic piano (tracks 1–5, 8, 10), Fender Rhodes (Track 1), synthesizers (Tracks 1–7, 9), clavinet (Track 9)
Davey Johnstone – acoustic guitar (Tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 9), electric guitar (Tracks 2-10), backing vocals
Dee Murray – bass guitar, backing vocals
Nigel Olsson – drums, tambourine on “Whipping Boy”, backing vocals
Ray Cooper – percussion on “Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)”
Skaila Kanga – harp on “Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)”
Kiki Dee – backing vocals on “Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)”
Stevie Wonder – harmonica on “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues”
James Newton Howard – string arrangements on “One More Arrow”

Wednesday 7/13/22 1am ET: Live Track Show

Tonight:

Paul McCartney & Wings, Jethro Tull, Bon Jovi, Al Stewart, John Fogerty, Foreigner, Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Neil Young, Ozzy Osbourne, Queen, Rolling Stones, Mavis Staples, Journey, Robert Plant, Joe Cocker, Sly & The Family Stone, Nick Lowe, Nils Lofgren, Eagles, Def Leppard


Sunday 7/10/22 6pm ET: Feature LP: Elton John – The Fox (1981)

The Fox is the fifteenth studio album by English musician Elton John, released May 20, 1981. The album was produced by John, Clive Franks, and, for the first time, Chris Thomas, who would produce many more albums with John through most of the 1980s and ’90s.

Five of the songs were recorded during the sessions for his previous album 21 at 33. All B-sides released around this time were also from those sessions. The whole album was considered as a hidden gem due to the limited success it received and the album was unknown to many people.

  1. “Breaking Down Barriers” 4:42
  2. “Heart in the Right Place” 5:15
  3. “Just Like Belgium” 4:10
  4. “Nobody Wins” 3:40
  5. “Fascist Faces” 5:12
  6. “Carla/Etude” 4:46
  7. “Fanfare” 1:26
  8. “Chloe” 4:40
  9. “Heels of the Wind” 3:35
  10. “Elton’s Song” 3:02
  11. “The Fox” 5:20

Note: Carla/Etude, Fanfare and Chloe combine as one track.

Elton John – lead vocals, vocal solo (1), backing vocals (1, 2, 4, 5, 9), pianos (1, 3, 5), acoustic piano (2, 6–11)
James Newton Howard – synthesizers (1-4, 7, 9, 10), vocoder (2), synthesizer programming (4, 10), string arrangements and conductor (6, 7, 8), Fender Rhodes (8), Hammond organ (11)
Steve Porcaro – synthesizers (5)[5]
Richie Zito – guitars (1, 3, 5, 9, 11)
Steve Lukather – guitar solo (9)[5]
Dee Murray – bass (1, 3, 5, 9, 11), backing vocals (8)
Reggie McBride – bass (2, 8)
Nigel Olsson – drums (1, 3, 5, 9, 11)
Alvin Taylor – drums (2, 8)
Roger Linn – drum synthesizer programming (4)
Jeff Porcaro – drum programming (5)[5]
Stephanie Spruill – tambourine (1, 9), backing vocals (9)
Victor Feldman – percussion (7, 8)
Jim Horn – alto saxophone (3)
Mickey Raphael – harmonica (11)
Marty Paich – string arrangements (8)
London Symphony Orchestra – strings (6, 7, 8)
Bill Champlin – backing vocals (1, 8, 9)
Venette Gloud – backing vocals (1, 9)
Tamara Matoesian, now Tamara Champlin – backing vocals (1, 9)
Colette Bertrand – French girl (3)
James Cleveland – spoken voice and choir director (5)
Cornerstone Baptist Church Choir – choir (5)
Max Carl – backing vocals (8)
Gary Osborne – backing vocals (8)
Ronald Baker – backing vocals (11)
Carl Carwell – backing vocals (11)
Chuck Cissel – backing vocals (11)
Clarence Ford – backing vocals (11)
Roy Galloway – backing vocals (11)
Jim Gilstrap – backing vocals (11)
John Lehman – backing vocals (11)
Oren Waters – backing vocals (11)

Friday 7/8/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: Elton John Regimental Sgt. Zippo (2021/2022)

Regimental Sgt. Zippo is an album by English musician Elton John. Originally it was only released in vinyl on Record Store Day, June 2021, but in early July 2022 the album saw a broader release. The album was recorded between November 1967 and May 1968, but not yet released. For the session John worked with musicians who were either his or his manager Steve Brown’s associates. Among those were guitarist Caleb Quaye and drummer Roger Pope (both members of the band Hookfoot at the time), and bassist Tony Murray (from the Troggs).

The project was shelved in favor of what would become John’s debut album, Empty Sky. Regimental Sgt. Zippo was eventually released 53 years after its inception on June 12, 2021 for Record Store Day, as a vinyl-only release and limited to 7,000 copies. It will be released on compact disc on July 8, 2022.

According to Taupin, the album’s trippy sound was “a tip of the hat to Sgt. Pepper. It certainly proved that we were hanging on the coattails of things that were currently popular – things like ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ were in vogue at that particular point in time. I think, in a way, I was literally trying to be part of a gang.”

Plastic Penny with drummer Nigel Olsson, who would later become a full-fledged member of John’s band in the 1970s, covered “Turn To Me”.

“When I Was Tealby Abbey” 2:35
“And the Clock Goes Around” 3:06
“Sitting Doing Nothing” 2:30
“Turn to Me” 3:16
“Angel Tree” 2:04
“Regimental Sgt. Zippo” 4:44
“A Dandelion Dies in the Wind” 3:14
“You’ll Be Sorry to See Me Go” 2:34
“Nina” 3:50
“Tartan Coloured Lady” 4:09
“Hourglass” 2:44
“Watching the Planes Go By” 4:07

Elton John (as Reg Dwight) – piano, electric piano, organ, harpsichord, lead and backing vocals
Caleb Quaye – acoustic and electric guitars, flute, percussion, backing vocals
Dee Murray – bass, backing vocals
Dave Hynes – drums, backing vocals
Paul Fenoulhet Orchestra, arranged by Zack Laurence

Friday 7/8/22 1am ET: Live Track Show

Tonight: Live music from

Keb’ Mo’, John Denver, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Who, Rolling Stones, Eagles, Supertramp, Firehouse, Peter Frampton, Tom Petty, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Kiss, Billy Joel, Queen Featuring Elton John, Pat Benatar, Eagles, Cheap Trick, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters, Bee Gees, Barenaked Ladies, Ike & Tina Turner