Elton John, Elton John (1970)
The record that got me into Elton John – well I grew up with the 1980s hits, and the albums those singles like I’m Still Standing came from. And the greatest hits comps. I knew he was good – a big deal and all that – but finding this album, discovering it on my own, was a revelation. I thought, for some time, it was his debut. Then I found out that a lot of people thought that; some probably still do. I think Elton probably does actually. His breakthrough hit is here, Your Song. It’s in every show he’s ever done I think. And why not? Good song. But lots of good songs here – and the start of a phenomenal run of albums. I don’t have a lot of Elton John on vinyl actually, apart from the inherited 80s albums. I’m looking to change that. But I’ve collected up most of his albums (tape and CD) – the truly great ones. I’ve done my time working through his music, living with it. I love so much of what he did in that short space of time. What a mad bastard too – the cocaine, ringing his lawyer and trying to sue the wind. Those apocryphal stories. Well, why not? I mean how else do you explain this kind of genius? Anyone telling you he never did a thing worth noticing or that he wasn’t – at one point at least – a goddamn fucking genius is an idiot, a goddamn fucking idiot.
Sample Track: Border Song
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