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Honky Chateau (Remastered)

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Honky Chateau is the pinnacle of Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin’s obsession with things American, not least because its themes are funny (“I Think I’m Gonna Kill Myself”) and personalised (“Amy”, a sly paean to young lust). Elton’s small group, augmented with some daredevil electric violin by Jean-Luc Ponty, adapts to everything from the New Orleans carousel music of “Honky Cat” to the Ray Charles-ready “Mellow” to the Band-informed “Susie (Dramas)”. Similarly riding varied currents, the man himself does some of his best singing here; he’s positively funky on “Susie” and “Amy”. The team’s ears alert to many pop tongues, they commit some of Elton’s truest rock 'n' roll. This remastered edition offers a bonus in the way of a Jerry Lee Lewis-style take on “Slave”.

Customer Reviews

Much overlooked, simply outstanding

Elton's best career effort bar non. Makes his work of the last 20 years seem like that of a completely inferior artist. Worth it for Madhatters alone but don't just buy that song buy the album, it could make your year.


Born: 25 March 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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