Elton John - Honky Chateau (2LP)
Elton John - Honky Chateau (2LP)
Elton John - Honky Chateau (2LP)
Elton John - Honky Chateau (2LP)

Elton John - Honky Chateau (2LP)

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50th anniversary edition

Elton John – vocals, acoustic piano (A1 to B1, B3 to B5), Fender Rhodes (A1), Hammond organ (A2, A4), harmonium (B1) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Elton John]

David Hentschel – ARP synthesizer (A5, B5) (credited as "David Henschel" on sleeve)

Davey Johnstone – banjo (A1, B2); electric, acoustic and slide guitars (A2 to B5); backing vocals (A3, A5, B1, B3, B5), steel guitar (B2), mandolin (B4)

Dee Murray – bass guitar, backing vocals (A3, A5, B1, B3, B5)

Nigel Olsson – drums (A1 to B3, B5), tambourine (A2, A4), backing vocals (A3, A5, B1, B3, B5), congas (B2)

Ray Cooper – congas (B3)

Jean-Louis Chautemps – saxophone (A1)

Alain Hatot – saxophone (A1)

Jacques Bolognesi – trombone (A1)

Ivan Jullien – trumpet (A1)

Jean-Luc Ponty – electric violin (A2, B3) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Jean-Luc Ponty]

"Legs" Larry Smith – tap dance (A3)

Gus Dudgeon – brass arrangements (A1), additional backing vocals (B5), whistle (B5)

Madeline Bell – backing vocals (B1)

Tony Hazzard – backing vocals (B1), additional backing vocals (B5)

Liza Strike – backing vocals (B1)

Larry Steel – backing vocals (B1)

Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin


    2LP, gatefold jacket, Eight-Page Booklet with New Sleeve Notes & Photos

    Original analog Master tape : YES

    Heavy Press : 180g

    Record color : Black

    Speed : 33RPM

    Size : 12'’



    Record Press : Optimal Media GmbH

    Label : Mercury

    Original label : Universal

    Recorded 15 - 23 January 1972 at Château d'Hérouville, Hérouville, France

    Engineered by Ken Scott

    Mixed at Trident, London

    Produced by Gus Dudgeon

    Cover photo by Ed Caraeff

    Liner notes by John Tobler

      Originally released in May 1972

      Reissued in March 2023


      Tracks :

      LP One - Original Album

      Side A:

      1. Honkey Cat
      2. Mellow
      3. I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself
      4. Susie (Dramas)
      5. Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)

      Side B:

      1. Salvation
      2. Slave
      3. Amy
      4. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
      5. Hercules

      LP Two - Honky at the Château (Session Demos)

      Side C:

      1. Salvation
      2. Susie (Dramas)
      3. Rocket Man (I think it's going to be a long, long time)
      4. Mellow
      5. Slave (Alternate "Fast" Version)

      Side D:

      1. Honky Cat
      2. I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself
      3. Hercules
      4. Slave


                  Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Ranked 251/500


                  Reviews :

                  “Considerably lighter than Madman Across the Water, Honky Chateau is a rollicking collection of ballads, rockers, blues, country-rock, and soul songs. On paper, it reads like an eclectic mess, but it plays as the most focused and accomplished set of songs Elton John and Bernie Taupin ever wrote. The skittering boogie of "Honky Cat" and the light psychedelic pop of "Rocket Man" helped send Honky Chateau to the top of the charts, but what is truly impressive about the album is the depth of its material. From the surprisingly cynical and nasty "I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself" to the moving ballad "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters," John is at the top of his form, crafting immaculate pop songs with memorable melodies and powerful hooks. While Taupin's lyrics aren't much more comprehensible than before, John delivers them with skill and passion, making them feel more substantial than they are. But what makes Honky Chateau a classic is the songcraft, and the way John ties disparate strands of roots music into distinctive and idiosyncratic pop -- it's one of the finest collections of mainstream singer/songwriter pop of the early '70s.” AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine


                  AllMusic : 5 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.15 / 5

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