Sunday, March 25, 2012

"I thank the Lord for the people I have found"- 15 good Elton John songs

I would never claim to be an Elton John expert or even a huge fan. When I was a kid, I though he was a big nerd. He didn't look cool and had started to wear some horrible costumes (the Donald Duck Outfit may have been the worst)
Over the years I've developed an appreciation for some his music. He started off heavily influenced by The Band, Leon Russell and The Beach Boys. He went off in other directions as well, with mixed results, but Elton is still here and made it to 65 today.

 Of course a key component of Elton's work is the lyrics of Bernie Taupin. Pretty amazing all of the songs those guys have written together. 
He seemed to do his best work with the core band of Davey Johnstone on guitar, Nigel Olsson on Drums  and the late Dee Murray on bass. With them all adding great backing vocals to the records. Johnstone and Olsson are even in his current band.

                           "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters"

Maybe my favorite Elton song, almost goes into progressive hard rock territory!

     "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"


Elton John - Grey Seal (Live) 


The melancholy  

           "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word"


 hard not to appreciate a lyric like 

"someone saved my life tonight"


I thought this was a highlight that day. Special day. Kind of fun to see Kiki Dee up there.


Corny? absolutely, but fun to see them reunite for this. Before all of the Travolta/Olivia Newton-John duets, this was the corny couples song.

                         "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Live Aid)



"Too Low Zero" was a bit of a comeback for Elton.

              "Cold as Christmas" was a good sad ballad about divorce..


 A bit of a country tinge with those trademark backing vocals

                                       "In Neon"


                         a good ballad from 1984

                             "Burning Buildings"


     Guilty pleasure "Nikita" from 1986 


   "Runaway Train" [with Eric Clapton]




 a good 90's track    "Made in England"


                     "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore"



 Elton collaborated with Leon Russell in 2010 and really gave his career a boost.

                      "If it wasn't for bad you'd be Good"



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