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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 20, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001EG6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

His self-titled, 1970 debut, with the hits Your Song and Border Song .

Customer Reviews

Definetly the best song on the album and one of his best ever.
D. Haralson
The enhanced sound really captures the mood of the song much better than before.
This album consists of some of the first work of Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
Sue Benedict

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By peteyspambucket on November 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
YOUR SONG - Elton's voice is so lovely back in his 2nd album. It receives a gorgeous focus on the center channel. The guitars and harps are so clear that you can hear that they weren't perfectly in tune with each other. :-) The strings are in the rear channels and are very clear, and sound GREAT in the last note. Bass and percussion sound very lifelike.

I NEED YOU TO TURN TO - Harpsichord is isolated in the left channel, Elton in the center. The small string orchestra in mainly from the rear channels. The winding violin figures are clearer than ever.

TAKE ME TO THE PILOT - The bassline will vibrate your living room, and show you how progressive and soulful his writing always was. The various piano riffs move around in position. The guitar solo is clearer than ever.

NO SHOE STRINGS ON LOUISE - the funny background vocals are very clear, and you can finally hear that they are trying to "ham it up". Acoustic guitars are really clear, and come from the rear channels. The enhanced sound really captures the mood of the song much better than before.

FIRST EPISODE AT HIENTON - This song receives a great emotional boost from the clarity of the harp and guitar and the synthesizer being separated in the soundstage.

SIXTY YEARS ON - The harp solo is so clear! The string orchestra is very, very well isolated. The subtley of the instruments around the solo voice is the perfect balance.

BORDER SONG - HOLY MOSES, this sounds great. :-)

THE GREATEST DISCOVERY - The strings sound so gorgeous here, and it's recorded very close to the instruments. Elton's voice here highlights his great storytelling vocals. The bass drum is more prominent than before and changes the mood of the song a little.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By 33-year old wallflower on October 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Because EMPTY SKY didn't see an American release, Elton John's self-titled second album was what first caused people to take notice of England's newest music sensation. This was probably not a bad idea because after the ambitious-as-hell EMPTY SKY, the follow-up gave us the bare essence of what Elton & lyricist Bernie Taupin were all about: insanely-catchy melodies & intelligent lyrics pop music hadn't seen the like of since the arrival of Bob Dylan (a huge influence on the duo, for sure). So if ELTON JOHN (1970) must be the beginning of Elton's legacy (although an inaccurate one), so be it.

Of course, this is the destination for "Your Song", which is probably still the #1 favorite song for Elton fans around the world (even non-fans, like my mom). Elton & Bernie's love songs were still rather direct around this time, so "Your Song" was a perfect choice for a first major hit single as any. Even as the duo's explorations into love songs became more complex (the coming-of-age "First Episode At Hienton" already shows the transformation starting), "Your Song" still dazzles with its heartfelt simplicity (not to mention its guaranteed appearance in any concert playlist).

While EMPTY SKY tried to jam too many genres onto one album (or often on one song), ELTON JOHN kind of continues that ethic, but it coalesces more this time around. The harpsichord that beautifully adorned "Skyline Pigeon" makes another appearance on "I Need You To Turn To", while "Sixty Years On" (both songs looking at the ravages of age from men who were still in their early 20s!), "The Greatest Discovery" (about the birth of Bernie's younger brother) & "The King Must Die" show the emerging influence of conductor Paul Buckmaster.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gary Gardner on September 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Elton John's second album (released in 1970) finally established him in the pantheon of up-and-comers to watch. With Gus Dudgeon's gorgeous production and Paul Buckmaster's string arrangements, EJ now had a team worthy of his music. "Your Song" remains the haunting love song of the ages. "Border Song" is a lush string-and-piano paean to tolerance. "Sixty Years On" is a stirring narrative with frightening, sometimes unfathomable lyrics by Bernie Taupin. "First Episode on Hienton" is the only track that harkens back to EJ's first album, "Empty Sky." It is noteworthy for the eerie mellotron playing, and contains some of Bernie's most ambitious lyrics up to that time. Elton pulls some new tricks out of his hat with "No Shoe Strings on Louise", surprising listeners with an attempt at honky-tonk that only partially gels. "The King Must Die" is a comment on a monarch who is slowly but surely losing control of his reign, and frantically looks for a way to save his skin from those who are about to overthrow him. "Take Me to the Pilot" and "The Cage" are decent songs left very much to interpretation; however, they sound rather dated, particularly the latter track. Still, it is a very enjoyable listen; the re-released CD sounds much better than the original MCA releases, which were sonically inferior by a heck of a lot. Finally, the music sounds the way it was supposed to: The sonics are full and Buckmaster's strings never sounded better. Full liner notes and lyrics from the original LP are available in this package, making this a must-have for any Elton fan.
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