ARTIST: Elton John
TITLE: Elton John
YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: #4 US, #5 UK
SINGLES: Border Song, Your Song (#8 US, #7 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Take Me to the Pilot
LINEUP: Elton John, Caleb Quaye, Clive Hicks, Barry Morgan, and a lot of others.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After a false start with a solo album that was totally ignored, Elton John starts his career as a hit maker.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Elton John hooked up with producer Gus Dudgeon, and armed with some classic Elton / Bernie Taupin songs started his long hit making career.
After the first single didn’t do well, “Your Song”, originally a B-side, struck a chord with pop, rock and adult contemporary audiences. The song it replaced as A-side, “Take Me to the Pilot” was the best song on the album, and overall those two songs were the pinnacle of Elton John’s debut and the example of both sides of early Elton.
The rest of the album was lesser, but decent enough to show that Elton would have a longer career than just a one-hit wonder. It’s definitely one of the lesser albums of his early career, but he found his voice and style.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: That first album is available out there, called Empty Sky, but it’s really not worth the time or effort.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. Off-album singles and B-sides.
GRADE: B-: Two great songs, the rest just OK but good enough.