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This 1973 release was a turning point in Elton John’s career. It found him and lyricist Bernie Taupin becoming purposely concise in their songwriting—even radio-friendly, which wasn’t a bad thing. Besides the hits, like the tensely foreboding “Daniel” and rock ’n’ roll uplifter “Crocodile Rock,” many of the album cuts suckerpunch with equally killer pop hooks and lyrical smarts—from the schoolyard yarn in the lively, mellotron-enhanced “Teacher I Need You” to the empathetic piano-and-string ballad “Have Mercy on the Criminal” to the punchy horns in sing-along rocker “Elderberry Wine.”

Customer Reviews

Album Before Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Bought this record in 1973 and was always one of my favorite albums. Still listen to it. Big hits, Daniel and Crocodile Rock but the other 8 original songs were my favorites (Songs 1 thru 10 original LP)

A Essential

Whether you’re just beginning your journey into the realm of Elton John, or have already began this, “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player” is a classic! This was the first CD and record I ever bought, and I treasure these two recordings. Of all the Elton John albums, this is by far the best, for it is a perfect balance of his pop and slow songs. Songs like “I’m Gonna Be a Teenage Idol,” “Daniel,” “Teacher I Need You,” “Midnight Creeper,” and “High Flying Bird” are (in my opinion) some of his best songs. Also if you have heard Elton John’s newer stuff and disliked it, I urge you to buy this album, because it is much better for a “starter.”

A Must for Every Collection!!!

This album has the depth and soul of so many sounds as well as the extreme. From "Texas Love Song" to "Skyline Pidgeon". This album exposes the essence of Elton John's personality. Bernie Taupin's colorful words paint an elaborate image through Elton's voice. This album has been one of my favorites and has inspired me in my work.


Born: March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Elton John was the biggest pop star of the '70s, grabbing headlines and generating hits throughout the world. As it turned out, this was merely the first act in a remarkable career that kept him at the top of the charts for over 25 years. He charted a Top 40 hit single every year between 1970 and 1996, a sign that he knew how to both change with the times and mold the times to fit him. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers...
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