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Tuesday 12am: Feature LP: Elton John – Sleeping With The Past (1989)

Sleeping with the Past is the 22nd studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released on August 29, 1989.  It is his best-selling album in Denmark (where it was recorded for tax purposes) and is dedicated to his longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin.  The album featured his first solo #1 single, “Sacrifice”, in his home country of the UK, which helped the album also hit #1 there.  John and Taupin meant for the songs to reflect the style of 1960’s R&B icons such as Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, whom they admired.  It also became his first platinum album in the UK since 1983’s Too Low for Zero, and was also certified Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA.  Guy Babylon made his debut on this album and would continue to play keyboards with John for the next 20 years.  Fred Mandel left the band shortly after.

“Durban Deep” – 5:32
“Healing Hands” – 4:21
“Whispers” – 5:30
“Club at the End of the Street” – 4:49
“Sleeping with the Past” – 4:58
“Stones Throw From Hurtin'” – 4:55
“Sacrifice” – 5:11
“I Never Knew Her Name” – 3:32
“Amazes Me” – 4:39
“Blue Avenue” – 4:21
“Dancing in the End Zone” – 3:55
“Love Is a Cannibal” – 3:55

Wednesday Double Feature LP – 9pm ET Elton John Debut and 21@ 33

Elton_John_-_Elton_JohnElton John is the second album by English singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1970. However, because it was his first album released in America, many people there assumed it was his first album, as Empty Sky was not released in the US until 1975. Elton John includes his breakthrough hit, “Your Song”, and helped to establish his career during what was considered the “singer-songwriter” era of popular music. In the US, it was certified gold on 17 February 1971 by the RIAA. In the same year, it was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

In 2003, the album was ranked #468 on Rolling Stone magazine‘s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. This was the first of many Elton John albums produced by Gus Dudgeon. On 27 November 2012, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as an album cited as exhibiting “qualitative or historical significance”

 

Album_21_at_3321 at 33 is the fourteenth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released on 13 May 1980. It was recorded at Super Bear Studios, Nice, France, in August 1979, and Rumbo Recorders and Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, California between January to March 1980.
The title comes from the fact that this was John’s 21st album in total at the age of 33. According to the liner notes in the remastered edition of the album, the count includes all standard albums, two “Greatest Hits” compilations, two live albums, as well as the Friends soundtrack, the three-song, 12-inch EP The Thom Bell Sessions and the UK-only “rarities” collection Lady Samantha. The album sold over 900,000 copies in the United States, narrowly missing a Platinum certication.

John has not played any of the material in concert since touring in 1980, with the exception of “Little Jeannie“, “White Lady White Powder” and “Sartorial Eloquence“; all three of which were performed in Central Park that same year. “Little Jeannie” was again performed at the two One Night Only concerts in 2000. Even “Little Jeannie”, which was a huge North American hit, (#3 Pop and #1 Adult Contemporary in the United States, and #1 in Canada), is rarely performed. Two of John’s “classic” bandmates, drummer Nigel Olsson and bass player Dee Murray, reunited with him for one song. His backup keyboardist James Newton-Howard returns and performs on almost every track as was the case on Rock of the Westies and Blue Moves. Other musicians include members of The Eagles and Toto as well as Peter Noone from Herman’s Hermits.

 

Feature LP: Elton John – Rare Masters (1992) 10pm ET

ejrmRare Masters is an album by Elton John that was released in 1992. This compilation album features all A-side and B-sides released by John between 1968 and 1975 that were not included on original studio albums or Greatest Hits volume II.

The album also includes five outtakes, recorded between the same time period, that had previously been unreleased. It is also the only place where the soundtrack to the 1971 movie Friends has been made available on CD.

When the Elton John back catalogue from 1969-1975 was remastered and released in 1995, many of these songs were released on those albums as well, also in remastered form. –Wikipedia

Disc one

  1. I’ve Been Loving You” – 3:16
  2. “Here’s to the Next Time” (Elton John) – 2:58
  3. Lady Samantha” (also on Empty Sky) – 3:02
  4. “All Across the Havens” (also on Empty Sky) – 2:51
  5. It’s Me That You Need” (also on Empty Sky) – 4:00
  6. “Just Like Strange Rain” (also on Empty Sky) – 3:44
  7. “Bad Side of the Moon” (also on Elton John) – 3:12
  8. Rock n’ Roll Madonna” (also on Elton John)– 4:16
  9. Grey Seal” [original version] (also on Elton John) – 3:35
  10. “Friends” – 2:23 Friends (soundtrack)
  11. “Michelle’s Song” – 4:20
  12. “Seasons” – 3:56
  13. “Variation on Michelle’s Song (A Day in the Country)” – 2:47
  14. “Can I Put You On” – 5:57
  15. “Honey Roll” – 3:07
  16. “Variation on Friends” – 1:43
  17. “I Meant to Do My Work Today (A Day in the Country)” – 1:36
  18. “Four Moods” (Paul Buckmaster) – 11:01
  19. “Seasons Reprise” – 1:39

Disc two

  1. “Madman Across the Water” (Original version) (also on Tumbleweed Connection) – 8:50
  2. “Into the Old Man’s Shoes” (also on Tumbleweed Connection) – 4:01
  3. “Rock Me When He’s Gone” – 5:01
  4. “Slave” [Alternate version] (also on Honky Chateau) – 2:48
  5. Skyline Pigeon” [Piano version] (also on “Empty Sky”) – 3:51
  6. “Jack Rabbit” (also on Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player) – 1:51
  7. “Whenever You’re Ready (We’ll Go Steady Again)” (also on Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player) – 2:51
  8. “Let Me Be Your Car” (also on Rod Stewart album Smiler) – 4:52
  9. “Screw You (Young Man’s Blues)” (also on Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player) – 4:41
  10. Step into Christmas” (also on Caribou)– 4:30
  11. “Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who’d Be a Turkey at Christmas)” – 4:03
  12. Sick City” (also on Caribou)– 5:23
  13. “Cold Highway” (also on Caribou)– 3:26
  14. “One Day (At a Time)” (John Lennon) (also on Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy)– 3:47
  15. I Saw Her Standing There” [live] (Duet with John Lennon) (John LennonPaul McCartney) (also on Here and There)– 3:51
  16. “House of Cards” (also on Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy)– 3:09
  17. “Planes” – 4:14
  18. “Sugar on the Floor” (Kiki Dee) (also on Rock of the Westies) – 4:33

Feature LP: Elton John Greatest Hits 1970 – 2002 – 9pm ET

Elton_John_-_Greatest_Hits_1970-2002_album_coverGreatest Hits 1970–2002 is a career-spanning collection of Elton John’s biggest hits up to 2002. It was released in an alternate 3-CD version (as opposed to the usual 2-CD) and slightly different versions in the United States and the United Kingdom.
The album debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number 12 on November 30, 2002. It spent 67 weeks on the chart. It was certified Gold and Platinum on 13 December 2002, 2x Platinum on 5 March 2003, 3x Platinum on 2 August 2004 and 4x and 5x Platinum on 14 February 2011 by the RIAA.

It was the first Elton John compilation released since the time that PolyGram, which had controlled the pre-1976 Elton John catalogue, was sold to Universal Music Group, which controlled the post-1976 recordings. Prior to 1992, rights to John’s music had been complicated as they shifted between various companies. UMG now owns worldwide distribution rights to all of John’s music, while sharing overall ownership with John himself.

The CD omits the #1 Adult Contemporary hit “Mama Can’t Buy You Love” from The Thom Bell Sessions (top 10 in 1979).

Feature LP: Elton John – Sleeping With The Past (1989) – 11pm ET

 

Sleeping with the Past is the 22nd studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released on 29 August 1989.  It is his best-selling album in Denmark (where it was recorded for tax purposes) and is dedicated to his longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin.  The album featured his first solo #1 single, “Sacrifice”, in his home country of the UK, which helped the album also hit #1 there.  John and Taupin meant for the songs to reflect the style of 1960’s R&B icons such as Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, whom they admired.  It also became his first platinum album in the UK since 1983’s Too Low for Zero, and was also certified Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA.  Guy Babylon made his debut on this album and would continue to play keyboards with John for the next 20 years.  Fred Mandel left the band shortly after.

Side one

  1. “Durban Deep” – 5:32
  2. Healing Hands” – 4:21
  3. “Whispers” – 5:30
  4. Club at the End of the Street” – 4:49
  5. Sleeping with the Past” – 4:58

Side two

  1. Stones Throw From Hurtin’” – 4:55
  2. Sacrifice” – 5:11
  3. “I Never Knew Her Name” – 3:32
  4. “Amazes Me” – 4:39
  5. “Blue Avenue” – 4:21

Bonus tracks (1999 Polygram International reissue)

  1. “Dancing in the End Zone” – 3:55
  2. “Love Is a Cannibal” – 3:55