Elton John releases ‘Honky Château’ featuring ‘Rocket Man’ and ‘Honky Cat’ (1972)

Elton John’s ‘Honky Château’ feat. ‘Rocket Man’ is his fifth studio album recorded in France and released on May 19, 1972 by UNI / DJM.

Track Listing : 1.Honky Cat (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 05:13 . 2.Mellow (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 05:32 . 3.I Think I’M Going To Kill Myself (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 03:35 . 4.Susie (Dramas) (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 03:25 . 5.Rocket Man (I Think It’S Going To Be A Long, Long Time) (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 04:45 . 6.Salvation (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 03:58 . 7.Slave (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 04:22 . 8.Amy (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 04:03 . 9.Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 05:00 . 10.Hercules (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 05:20

Musicians : Elton John – Vocals, Piano Except (1 – 7), Acoustic And Electric Pianos On (1), Organ On (2 – 4), Harmonium On (6) . Davey Johnstone – Guitars On (2–10), Banjo On (1 – 7), Steel Guitar On (7) Mandolin On (9), Backing Vocals On (3 – 5 – 6 – 8 – 10) . Dee Murray – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals On (3 – 5 – 6 – 8 – 10) . Nigel Olsson – Drums Except (9), Congas On (7), Tambourine, Backing Vocals On (3 – 5 – 6 – 8 – 10) . Jason Barnhart – Trumpet On (1) . Jacques Bolognesi – Trombone On (1) . Jean-Louis Chautemps – Saxophones On (1) . Alain Hatot – Saxophones On (1) . Jean-Luc Ponty – Electric Violin On (2 – 8) . Legs Larry Smith – Tap Dance On (3) . David Hentschel – Arp Synthesizer On (5 – 10) . Ray Cooper – Congas On (8) . Gus Dudgeon – Rhino Whistle, Backing Vocals On (10) . Madeline Bell – Backing Vocals On (6) . Liza Strike – Backing Vocals On (6) . Larry Steel – Backing Vocals On (6) . Tony Hazzard – Backing Vocals On (6)

Production : Produced By Gus Dudgeon . Ken Scott- Angineer

Package : John Tobler- Liner Notes . Ed Caraeff – Photography

Recorded January 1972 At Château D’Hérouville, Hérouville, France.

Released On May 19, 1972 By Uni / Djm .

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HOKEYBLOG!
The album is almost entirely enchanting and enjoyable, with only the average Salvation a step below its brethren. And even that track is still pleasant enough to not outrage anyone’s musical sensibilities. […]

Rolling Stone
He usually sings at the top of his range without much dynamic variation; in the process he forces the group and arrangements to supply most of the color. The result is that the music breaks up and the effect becomes a little too ragged. […]

Sputnikmusic
“Honky Chateau” is a great work full of upbeat rock, boogie, funk, gospel, and folk songs with some slower, more mellow ones as well. […]

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