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(Hollywood CA) JUNE 24, 2013 - Capitol Records is proud to announce the release of Elton John’s The Diving Board, the artist’s first solo studio album in seven years, on Tuesday, September 24. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album features 12 new songs written by Elton and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as three piano interludes composed by the artist.

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  • Audio CD (August 12, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca Dist Corp
  • ASIN: B000002P7B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This song is no Hey Jude.
G. J Wiener
I like that song, but the vocals just sound too desperate.
Ren
This is certainly one of his best albums ever.
Tom Donald

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ball on July 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's amazing how so many people don't consider this one as one of his classics. This is probably one of his least commercial and most melancholy album he's done, but doesn't at all make it unenjoyable. The only flaw that I can find is that a few of the songs go on for a little too long. The same line at the end will be sang over and over again. It's most noticable on Chameleon, Boogie Pilgrim, and Bite Your Lip.

There are many highlights on this album. Tonight, One Horse Town, Cage The Songbird, Crazy Water, Shoulder Holster, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, and Someone's Final Song are my favorites. The only 2 songs I didn't really care much for were The Wide Eyed and Laughing and Where's The Shoorah? That's 2 out of 18 songs, though.

It is a shame that this is out of print. I think that this one ranks right up there with the rest of his from the early-mid 70's. I recommend getting the original with the two discs. The one disc version leaves out 3 of the songs.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Daniel A. Cooper on December 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
When this album was released in 1976, EJ was the biggest entertainer in the world, but he was exhausted and frustrated with his celebrity. As a result, Blue Moves is easily his most introspective and sad album. Generally panned because it only included one "hit" (albeit one of the most beautiful songs he ever sang), "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," Blue Moves nonetheless is a hidden treasure that should not be overlooked by fans of Elton's 70s work. Among the highlights: gorgeous harmonies from Crosby & Nash on several tracks, an early session appearance from ace saxophonist David Sanborn, the lush orchestration of the London Symphony Orchestra, and some tasteful charts that stretch from introspective folk to gospel to R&B. Also, this is the best sounding EJ album, with a soft mix that accentuates everything from Elton's piano (of course) to Davey Johnstone's always beautiful guitar work to Ray Cooper's perfect percussion accents. This is a great rainy day album.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tom Donald on February 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If your a true Elton John fan this album will be one of your favourites. This is certainly one of his best albums ever. The fact that it is not a 'commercial' styled album is its greatest strength. The album itself is 'blue' and reflects harder times in Elton John and Bernie Taupin's lives. But when any musician or poet is depressed, it is a known fact that they produce better work, more meaningful and emotional music. This is 'Blue Moves' all over, it is a masterpiece of artistically written songs, some of the best Elton songs, of all times- ('Tonight' is simply one of Elton's most moving songs). This album is a landmark in Elton John's career and any 'so called critizism' about the album being too long or depressing, is in my view not worth paying attention too. I was very excited when I learned it was a double album- that meant more wonderful music, and that's how a true Elton John fan will see it. Let's face it, were are talking about Music not a 'supermarket product'. This album just proves that Elton's priority is making wonderful music and not money instead.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Old Curmudgeon on May 2, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have (and LOVE) the original "Blue Moves" album on LP, but can no longer play it. I hoped for an exact re-issue on CD, with appropriate digital re-mastering, and that is exactly what I got! I'm elated with it and will now shop Amazon.com for replacements for other beloved old LP's.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Sigler on June 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Elton's 1976 release came off the heels of his huge summer tour of America and just before his now famous interview in Rolling Stone in October of the same year. Blue Moves has held up well over the years but when released, was a dramatic shift from The Captain (John) and Brown Dirt Cowboy's (Taupin) stunning pop chart run that started in 1970.

Starting with a simple instrumental, "Your Starter For.." and then following a heavy orchestral intro to "Tonight", Elton doesn't sing until about 10 minutes into album. "Tonight" is one of Elton and Bernie's best ballads but sets the tone for the rest of the album on a bleak note. "One Horse Town" tries really hard to bring things up with it's soaring strings and pumping bassline but it seems forced. Elton sings about the restlessness of living where there is "nothing to steal because there's nothing much around" and is one of his best rock songs he really should do more in concert. "Chameleon" is a pretty ballad that follows (with help from the Beach Boys - who subsequently turned it down when offered by Elton to record it on their own) and that rounds out the first quarter of the album.

At this point, it's important to understand and realize that Elton had brought in some new band members (gone were Nigel Olsson and Dee Murray) and this is significant because the lineup were heavier on percussion. This is the second album this band produced ('75's Rock of The Westies being the first).

The album continues to stride along from total wasted efforts like ("Boogie Pilgrim" - a Bee Gees meets Earth, Wind and Fire meets Elton John exercise and Where's The Shoorah? an over the top all out gospel song) to potential lost classics such as "Cage The Songbird", "Idol", and the fun rave up "Crazy Water".
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I personally love "Blue Moves" and it has always been a favourite of mine. I'd say though for the most part, people would pick "Captain Fantastic" or "Yellow Brick Road" as Elton's "Pet Sounds" album. He had many other great albums that contain a lot of...
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