The list author says: "Elton John (and Bernie Taupin) has had a very long and distinguished career spanning 40 years and featuring over 35 albums, not counting the countless greatest hits and compilations.. so it's hard to keep up on all the great gems throughout his career.. well, LOOK NO FURTHER! Here is a complete list for the Elton Purists and the general fans spanning from the beginning to the most current of all Elton's output, with a quick snippet or description of each album just to give you an idea of what you're getting.. ;o) Read and enjoy! All comments are welcome!
"Recorded Live in NYC with his 3-piece band (nigel Olssen - Drums, and Dee Murray - Bass). A very essential album showing the power, intensity, and originality of the performer that is Elton John, taking songs from his first album and making 3 piece rocking arrangements of each track."
"country-tinged and soulful, "Tumbleweed" is a back-woods-country album with a hint of gospel... a complete departure from the self-titled debut featuring much more intimate musical arrangements and acoustic guitar based songs."
"Bringing back the lavish arrangements that he brought to the first album, "Madman" sees a confident-voiced Elton bringing a very 'singer/songwriter' approach full of beautiful piano-led arrangements and excellent lyrical landscapes."
"The first album featuring his touring band, "Chateau" is a complete departure from the first 4 albums and minus the lavish arrangements... The tracks are full of funky rhythms and more humorous lyrics, here is where Elton began turing more to pop music than to his singer/songwriter beginnings."
"His most diverse, successful (and most critically acclaimed) album, "Road" is a quassi-concept album of tracks that flow together as if it were a movie.. Lyrically and musically painting pictures of cowboys, dirty little girls, movie stars, whistful days of old, and saying it's alright to fight!"
"Titled, after the studio it was recorded in (again), A 'hit or miss' quick follow-up to the hugely successful "Road" album released very shortly after, "Caribou" is half 'hit' containing a few gems still popular today, and 'miss' containing pop songs that are easily forgettable..."
"Bernie and Elton's own autobiographical album (And the first album to ever enter the billboard charts STRAIGHT at #1), "Captain" tells the story from when elton and Bernie met up until the release of their first independent album "Empty Sky"."
"a 2-disc live album (released to fill a quota) spanning two performances. 1st disc - a command performance by the Queen of England performing in a small hall performing his more early album tracks, and the 2nd disc - the now infamous Madison Square Garden performance containing more hits and an impromptu appearance by John Lennon!"
"Produced and arranged by Philidelphia producer Thom Bell, "Sessions" was an experiment where elton did help write 2 of the 6 tracks, but is only contributing his vocals to each track, recorded in 1977, but not released until the 90's."
"Featuring the hit "Little Jeanie", 21 at 33 is just another output from a great artist in transition. Aside from the albums one saving grace, the rest just aren't up to par. No longer available domestically."
"One of his most 'polished' releases, "Picture" is a very keyboard/synth-heavy album, not having any actual 'piano' throughout.. Every track, though well written lyrically and musically, has a very somber and 'adult contemporary' feel to them."
"Another of my favorites, This is an excellent album. Considered "Eltons return to his roots", "Songs" brings Elton back to what he does best.. playing piano and writing quirky diverse melodies. This is his first album since his early days that every song stands on it's own. ESSENTIAL!"