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Album Review

Elton John became a true superstar with 1972's Honky Chateau. He followed that album with Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player, his most direct, pop-oriented album to date. Designed as a pastiche of classic and contemporary pop styles, the album almost sounds like an attempt to demonstrate the diversity of the John/Taupin team. Though the hits are remarkable — "Daniel" is a moving ballad and "Crocodile Rock" is a sly take on '50s rock & roll — the album is slightly uneven. Several of the album tracks, particularly the knowing "I'm Gonna Be a Teenage Idol" and the rocking "Elderberry Wine," are as strong as anything John had recorded, but there are too many melodies that simply don't catch hold. Nevertheless, the singles were strong enough to keep the album at the top of the charts, and at its best, it is a very enjoyable piece of well-crafted pop/rock. [The CD reissue includes the bonus tracks "Screw You (Young Man's Blues)," "Jack Rabbit," "Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again)," and the piano version of "Skyline Pigeon."]

Customer Reviews

You gotta love it!

Elton John delivered two classic albums in one year, a feat that would be thought of as impossible today; it just demonstrates his prowess as a writer. 'Crocodile Rock' and 'Daniel' are worth the price of admission alone. Elton introduced, with this episode in his career, a full time backing band which beefs up his sound and takes cuts like 'Elderberry Wine' and 'Skyline Pigeon' more articulate and sweeping. Download: Crocodile Rock, Daniel, Elderberry Wine, Skyline Pigeon

elton at his best! nostalgic.

Pure pleasure this album, faultless songs, download "teacher I need you" also b side of crocodile rock single(showing age) "elderberry wine" and shake that booty to the rhthym!

First Album (vinyl that was!)

I was 15 when this album came out - my first buy playing on the family record player when my parents were away - they didn't appreciate Elton!! Crocodile was a hit when I bought the album but I always appreciate some of the other tracks: Teacher, Elderberry, and High Flying Bird. Who would have dreamed back then that this album would be a popular download in iTunes! Bravo, Elton!!

Biography

Born: 25 March 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England

Genre: Pop

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

In terms of sales and lasting popularity, Elton John was the biggest pop superstar of the early '70s. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers with equal aplomb. He could dip into soul, disco, and country, as well as classic pop balladry and even progressive rock. His versatility, combined with his effortless melodic skills, dynamic charisma, and flamboyant stage shows, made him the most popular recording artist of the '70s....
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