Bernie Taupin, He Who Rides The Tiger (1980)
I’ve always been kinda fascinated by Bernie Taupin – he writes the lyrics for all of the good Elton John songs. We all know this I’m sure. They broke off their songwriting arrangement in the late 1970s and so Taupin released this. His lyrics, his vocals. He’d previously released a poetry album. He is a writer, not a musician. And that’s clear. He went on to release another album after this and then fronted a band but not a lot came from it. Funnily enough I’ve had this record for about 20 years and only just sat down to listen to it recently. It’s not as bad as I expected. A couple of good songs I guess. Nothing you have to have, nothing you need to hear. But, as I say, I’ve always been fascinated by Taupin and his collaboration with Elton – they didn’t, as such, write together. Taupin would just spit out lyrics (poems, basically) and Elton would take his time flicking through them, choose one to work on, create a melody, and between them – create some magic. More often than not. I had a book of Taupin’s lyrics. They made no real sense on the page. Couldn’t imagine anyone writing them without music to pair them to – and yet that’s exactly what he did, exactly how he operated.
Sample Track: Venezuela
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