Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin
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The piano blues of the anti-racist "Border Song" from Elton's self-titled album is Eric Clapton's selection, and the horn section and Reverend Timothy Wright Washington Temple Concert Choir brings new life to this early EJ tune.
Kate Bush goes to the Honky Chateau for "Rocket Man", incorporating a more reggae-type tempo than the original. It's a nice one, but that's nothing compared to the B-side single of this song, a tear-inducing rendition of "Candle In The Wind", unfortunately not included here.
The melancholy and melodic piano ballad "Come Down In Time" from Tumbleweed Collection is covered by Sting. The emotion of the original is enhanced by the piano, but Sting's lower register vocals don't top Elton's rendition. However, Phil Collins does a superb and tight version of "Burn Down The Mission", also from that album, with Steve Winwood helping out on organ and a great brass ensemble in that energetic midsection.
The Who, minus Keith Moon of course, go to the Yellow Brick Road, or should I stay stomp down the YBR for "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" with Roger Daltrey's vocals and Pete Townshend's guitar solo "giving us none of yer aggravation." One alteration is when they also sing a few lines from "Take Me To The Pilot."
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Music that tends to remain vibrant through the ages. Elton and Bernie's creations,given a 30+ year legacy, more then qualifies.
One ponders the music Lennon and McCartney would have created , if they had collaborated post Beatles. No one has to wonder about that with Elton and Bernie,its all out there. Their music creations continue to charm and reward the public as both these artists grow broader in life experiences. That said, what makes this CD a classic? It's the marvelous body of continually rewarding work interpreted by a wide range of legendary artists. Whoever selected this rooster has my eternal appreciation.
Sinead O'Conner gives " Sacrifice" a truly haunting and spiritual quality. It's simply one of the best recorded performances I've yet to hear from her. When listening to this track,please don't ignore the keyboard contributions of Paul Golding. This track alone is worth the price of admission. Same goes for Kate Bush's interpretation of " Rocket man". I'd love to hear her record an entire CD of Elton and Bernies tunes. Sting's version of " Come Down in Time " is breathtaking. Pay close attention to the piano contributions of Nancy Treadlight. This track wouldn't have achieved the same level without her artistry. Kudos to Hugh Padgham for the mix.
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Here is the Track Listing they should have provided:
1. The Border Song - Eric Clapton
2. Rocket Man - Kate Bush
3. Come Down in Time - Sting
4. Saturday Night's All Right (For Fighting) - The Who
5. Crocodile Rock - The Beach Boys
6. Daniel - Wilson Phillips
7. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word - Joe Cocker
8. Levon - Jon Bon Jovi
9. The Bitch Is Back - Tina Turner
10. Philadelphia Freedom - Daryl Hall/John Oates
11. Your Song - Rod Stewart
12. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me - Oleta Adams
13. Madman Across the Water - Bruce Hornsby & The Range
14. Sacrifice - Sinead O'Connor
15. Burn Down the Mission - Phil Collins
16. Tonight - George Michael
While some might be wary of, or even disparage "tribute" compilations, each and every track here is worthy of the songwriters. · This is a stellar collection in which each artist has breathed his own soul into an already great song.
Elton and Bernie's big hits take on new life and freshness, while their lesser-known songs gain meaning and value from the interpretations of other artists offered here.
The few exceptions, though, are entirely worth the price of this CD, first and foremost being "Sacrifice" by Sinead O'Connor. The synth accompaniment is sensitive and well-guaged, and, despite the excessive reverb on the vocals, her performance is emotional without being oversung, and simply sublime. Also, Kate Bush's "Rocket Man" is charming and approprately ethereal in places, and Oleta Adams' piano-based performance on "Don't Let the Sun go Down on Me" is a welcome respite from the overly-electronic sounds on the rest of the album. If they could only remake this CD with modern production values, like using real acoustic instruments instead of synths and applying vocal reverb judiciously, that would be great.
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Awesome in every way! I have been looking for this album for years after my original copy was stolen in 2001.
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Always loved Elton John.....Good to hear other musicians doing his music.Published 2 months ago by Hampton Girl
A collection of covers by stars every bit as big as Elton, and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Basara549
Buying this CD is a no brainer. If you always enjoyed music by Elton John then to hear his music through the impressions of other artists takes Elton John's music to a new level... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patricia B Meinking
I bought it for the Sinead O'Conner -- she is wonderful here -- but there are several other good ones, too, and nothin on it is bad.Published 7 months ago by My Humble Opinion
Just the Kate Bush and Wilson Philips covers are what I liked and the reason why I bought this... They two only are fabulous.. the rest..errrr...Published 11 months ago by Amre the king
Elton's and Bernie's sings done by other people, so so well.Published 18 months ago by Rick Rayfield
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