DJM release ‘Elton John, ‘ his self-titled second album featuring ‘Your Song’ (1970)

‘Elton John’ is his second album (including the hit “Your Song”) released on April 10, 1970 by DJM.

Track Listing : 1.Your Song (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 04:02 . 2.I Need You To Turn To (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 02:35 . 3.Take Me To The Pilot (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 03:47 . 4.No Shoe Strings On Louise (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 03:31 . 5.First Episode At Hienton (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 04:48 . 6.Sixty Years On (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 04:35 . 7.Border Song (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 03:22 . 8.The Greatest Discovery (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 04:12 . 9.The Cage (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 03:28 . 10.The King Must Die (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 05:23

Musicians : Elton John – Piano, Vocals, Harpsichord On (2) . Frank Clark – Acoustic Bass On (10), Acoustic Guitar (1) . Colin Green – Additional Guitars On (1, 7), Spanish Guitar (6) . Roland Harker – Guitar On (2) . Clive Hicks – Acoustic Guitar On (9), Rhythm Guitar On (4), Twelve-String Guitar On (1), Guitars On (7 – 8 – 10) . Alan Parker – Rhythm Guitar On (3) . Caleb Quaye – Lead Guitar On (3 – 4 – 5), Additional Guitars (9) . Les Hurdle – Bass Guitar On (10) . Dave Richmond – Bass Guitar On (1 – 7 – 8) . Alan Weighall – Bass Guitar On (3 – 4 – 9) . Brian Dee – Organ On (6 – 7) . Diana Lewis – Moog Synthesizer On (5 – 9) . Paul Buckmaster – Cello Solo On (8) . Skaila Kanga – Harp On (2 – 8) . David Katz – Violin . Terry Cox – Drums On (8 – 10) . Dennis Lopez – Percussion On (3 – 4) . Barry Morgan – Drums On (1 – 3 – 4 – 7 – 9) . Tex Navarra – Percussion On (9) . Madeline Bell – Backing Vocals On (3 – 4 – 7 – 9) . Tony Burrows – Backing Vocals On (3 – 4 – 7 – 9) . Roger Cook – Backing Vocals On (3 – 4 – 7 – 9) . Lesley Duncan – Backing Vocals On (3 – 4 – 7 – 9) . Kay Garner – Backing Vocals On (3 – 4 – 7 – 9) . Tony Hazzard – Backing Vocals On (3 – 4 – 7 – 9) . Barbara Moore – Backing Vocals, Choir Leader On (7)

Production : Produced By Gus Dudgeon . Paul Buckmaster . Robin Geoffrey Cable – Engineer . Gus Skinas – Editing

Arrangements : Paul Buckmaster

Package : David Larkham – Art Direction . Gus Dudgeon – Liner Notes . John Tobler – Liner Notes

Video Director(s) : Ben Coughlan and Max Knight for “Your Song”

Recorded January 1970 At Trident Studios (London, England).

Released On April 10, 1970 By Djm.

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Don Ignacio’s Music Reviews
“Your Song,” you would know what I’m talking about when I say it starts out as “It’s a little bit funny…” Some people seem to carry a sort of grudge against it, either saying the music is schmaltzy or dumping on Bernie Taupin’s love lyrics. These people are nuts, of course…. […]

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“No Shoe Strings On Louise”, an enthusiastic C&W lollop, grasps for the language of an imagined time, as if British dramatists had turned their hand to writing an episode of The Little House On The Prairie. Yet their narrative structures seem believable. Aretha Franklin would hardly have covered “Border Song” if she’d sensed any phoniness. […]

Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
But it’s entirely enjoyable, with enthusiastic vocals; superficially intriguing (First Episode At Hienton), albeit annoying (The Greatest Discovery) lyrics;…. By any measure, this a must-have. […]

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