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ELTON JOHN: Complete albums In order of release

Andy Anderson "AndyMan!"
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!

All The Best,
The AndyMan"
Elton John
Elton John
"The first official album, full of dark and elaborate orchestrations and arrangements, here we find Reginald fronting a studio orchestra introducing us to his eclectic original voice and style."
Elton John
Elton John
"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."
Tumbleweed Connection
Tumbleweed Connection
"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."
Elton John: Madman Across the Water
Elton John: Madman Across the Water
"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."
Elton John - Honky Château
Elton John - Honky Château
"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."
Elton John: Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
Elton John: Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
"Full of catchy pop-tinged tracks, "Don't Shoot Me" became Elton's first #1 album and is full of fun quirky pop rock and constant radio staples to this day."
Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
"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!"
Elton John: Caribou
Elton John: Caribou
"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..."
Elton John - Greatest Hits
Elton John - Greatest Hits
"One of the biggest selling albums of all time, "Hits" is a compilation album of his hit singles from the self titled album "Elton John" up thru "Caribou"."
Elton John: Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
Elton John: Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
"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"."
Here And There [2 CD Remastered]
Here And There [2 CD Remastered]
"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!"
Elton John: Rock Of The Westies
Elton John: Rock Of The Westies
"Featuring a brand new band for the first time in 5 years, "Westies" contains guitar-driven, upbeat rock/pop songs showing Elton using a much more aggressive approach to his singing style."
Blue Moves
Blue Moves
"a classical-tinged album, "Moves" is a very unique album (and one of elton's favorites) that didn't do well commercially, but artistically is a great double-album full of interesting, mellow tracks"
Elton John's Greatest Hits, Volume 2
Elton John's Greatest Hits, Volume 2
"A hodge-podge of hits spanning the previous 3 albums, "Captain Fantastic", "Rock Of The Westies", and "Blue Moves"."
The Complete Thom Bell Sessions
The Complete Thom Bell Sessions
"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."
Victim of Love
Victim of Love
"a failed foray into disco, "Love" is a collection of forgettable tracks that don't quite go anywhere."
21 at 33
21 at 33
"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."
Jump Up
Jump Up
"Bringing back his original touring band really helped focus elton back to making catchy pop tunes. The tracks here are catchy, poppy, and much more commercial than the last few releases."
Too Low for Zero
Too Low for Zero
"One of my favorites, "ZERO" is the album that put Elton's dropping popularity back into focus and is an essential stepping point containing 4 hit tracks all in their 80's glory."
Breaking Hearts
Breaking Hearts
"Continuing on the winning streak of the previous 2 albums, "Hearts" keeps the upbeat/pop song trend alive but is not quite up to par with the previous albums."
Ice on Fire
Ice on Fire
"Introducing yet another new band, "Ice on Fire" is a duet-filled album with yet more hits with an 80's production value that hasn't aged very well today."
Leather Jackets
Leather Jackets
"Featuring no hits, "Jackets" is an album that features tracks that are synth heavy and full of the standard 80's fare."
Live In Australia w/The Melbourne Symphony (Remastered)
Live In Australia w/The Melbourne Symphony (Remastered)
"Recorded live with a 60-piece orchestra, "Live" is an album full of gems from Eltons early days that hadn't been performed in nearly 2 decades."
Reg Strikes Back
Reg Strikes Back
"A more upbeat album than the last few, "Reg" contained a worldwide hit song and brought us back to a more happy-sounding Elton John."
Sleeping With The Past (Remastered)
Sleeping With The Past (Remastered)
"Struggling personal problems aside, this album is Elton and Bernies tribute to the R&B music they loved in the 50's and 60's containing soul-filled, motown-esque tunes set to Eltons catchy melodies."
To Be Continued
To Be Continued
"The box set containing 4 discs of a career overview full of bonus tracks not available on his standard albums."
The One
The One
"With a renewed sense of 'self', Elton enters the 90's with an album full of slightly over-produced pop songs that contain the pivitol radio staples, but tends to lack focus throughout."
The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
"The worldwide smash film and equally successful soundtrack, "Lion King" Brought elton a completely new fan base and brought him an oscar for his work of the excellent animated film of the same name."
Made in England
Made in England
""England" is a well-produced album full of very diverse and interesting tracks. The album starts off great, then towards the end tends to lack a bit, but overall a great album as a whole."
Love Songs [Reissue]
Love Songs [Reissue]
"Compilation album that features some hand-picked by elton showing his 'softer side'. Features the non-available "You Can Make History (young again)" and "No More Valentines"."
The Big Picture
The Big Picture
"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."
Elton John And Tim Rice's Aida (1999 Concept Album)
Elton John And Tim Rice's Aida (1999 Concept Album)
"Soundtrack to the musical "Aida" which is not a standard soundtrack... The album itself is performed by both Elton and other established artists and is not the cast of the musicals interpretation."
Songs from the West Coast
Songs from the West Coast
"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!"
Elton John - Greatest Hits 1970-2002
Elton John - Greatest Hits 1970-2002
"The new hits package spanning his whole career. The british version is different than the american, only slightly."
Peachtree Road
Peachtree Road
"Self-produced, "Peachtree" is a comparison to his 'tumbleweed' days bringing back that country-tinged/gospel-esque sound. This time around, the tracks aren't upbeat at all but very mellow overall."
The Captain and the Kid
The Captain and the Kid
"Picking up where "Captain Fantastic" left off, "Kid" continues Elton and Bernies story from 1975 to 2006. A very impressive album (self-produced) that is lyrically and melodically driven."
Rocket Man: Number Ones [CD/DVD Package]
Rocket Man: Number Ones [CD/DVD Package]
"Yet another greatest hits compilation!!! ;o)"
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