Elton John

Elton John

Elton John is the second studio album by English singer-songwriter Elton John, released on 10 April 1970 by DJM Records. It was released by Uni Records as John's debut album in the United States; many people there assumed it was his first album, as Empty Sky was not released in that country until 1975. Elton John includes his breakthrough single "Your Song", and helped to establish his career during what was considered the "singer-songwriter" era of popular music. In the US, it was certified gold in February 1971 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In the same year, it was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

This was the first of a string of John albums produced by Gus Dudgeon. As Dudgeon recalled in a Mix magazine interview, the album was not actually intended to launch John as an artist, but rather as a collection of polished demos for other artists to consider recording his and co-writer Bernie Taupin's songs.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 468 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. On 27 November 2012, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as an album cited as exhibiting "qualitative or historical significance".

The song "No Shoe Strings on Louise" was intended (as homage or parody) to sound like a Rolling Stones song.

Tracklist

A1 Your Song  
A2 I Need You To Turn To  
A3 Take Me To The Pilot  
A4 No Shoe Strings On Louise  
A5 First Episode At Hienton  
B1 Sixty Years On  
B2 Border Song  
B3 The Greatest Discovery  
B4 The Cage  
B5 The King Must Die

 

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