A Single Man [Bonus Tracks]

A Single Man [Bonus Tracks]

by Elton John


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It's not that Elton John was in need of a comeback in 1978, when he released A Single Man, because he was still one of pop's biggest stars. But he certainly had hit a creative drought with 1976's Blue Moves, a turgid double album that found Elton and his partner Bernie Taupin barely able to write a side's worth of memorable material. John took a couple of years off and reemerged with a new lyricist, name of Gary Osbourne, who was certainly more straightforward than Taupin, but not as inspired. Even if he lacked Bernie's endearing incomprehensibility, Osbourne kick-started John creatively, spurring him to write his strongest collection of songs since Captain Fantastic. Also, John left behind Gus Dudgeon, the other partner of his classic period, choosing to collaborate with Clive Franks. Now, this didn't result in a blockbuster of an album; even if it was a hit in both the U.K. and U.S., none of the songs, even hits like "Part-Time Love," are considered part of his basic canon, but this is easily one of his most underrated records, a tight collection of pop songs where the craft effortlessly shines. He does contemporary pop, elegant instrumentals like "Song for Guy," and even apes New Orleans R&B effectively on "Big Dipper." This, of course, is a testament to John's talents, especially because it didn't become a perennial in his catalog -- for most artists, a record this skilled and sophisticated would be a highpoint. Here, it's simply Elton doing his job as best he can. [A 2008 reissue contained five bonus tracks, extensive liner notes, and restored artwork.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/1998
Label: Mca Special Products
UPC: 0076732161548
catalogNumber: 1615

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elton John   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Mellotron,Polymoog,Synthesizer Strings
Patrick Halcox   Trumpet
Henry Lowther   Trumpet
Herbie Flowers   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Davey Johnstone   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tim Renwick   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Chris Thompson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Vicki Brown   Vocals
Paul Buckmaster   Cello
B.J. Cole   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Ray Cooper   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine,Timpani,Vibes,Shaker,Rhythm Box,Wind Chimes
John Crocker   Clarinet,Electric Piano,Tenor Saxophone,Wind,fender rhodes
Clive Franks   Bass,Percussion,Vocals
Steve Holly   Drums,Horn
Stevie Lange   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gary Osborne   Vocals
Jim Shepherd   Trombone
Joanne Stone   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Elton John   Composer,Producer
Mike Storey   Graphic Design
Paul Buckmaster   Orchestral Arrangements
David Costa   Sleeve Design
Phil Dunne   Engineer
Stuart Epps   Engineer
Clive Franks   Producer,Engineer
Peter Mew   Engineer
Gary Osborne   Composer
Joanne Stone   Arranger
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Chris White   Liner Notes

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