1 Feb 2014
AllSongsList, 30 years on
1984. Someplace at home. On my sister's radio is playing again that song. Could I understand clearly now who's the singer of that beatiful song? Finally, "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues", by Elton John. That was the first time I listen Elton's name. This singer has something different to the others I had listen. I love his piano playing, his voice, and the song. At that time, at school, we were learning english. Reading Bernie's lyrics was a way to learning english too. I remember going to the record shop and buying his last album: "Breaking Hearts". I ran to home and I played the LP but this song was not in there. So strange! I felt in love inmediatily with "Sad Songs (Say So Much)", on the radio airwaves too, "Passengers" and "In Neon". On the library I was searching about Elton. That's it: the song I was searching was in the previous album: "Too Low For Zero". So I bought. Two records on a row. Weeks after, I went to buy another album and I left the record shop with two albums on my desk: "A Single Man" and "The Superior Sound Of Elton John (1970-75)". I thought about buying a recopilation album of Elton's seventies period and I thpught that could be enough. No it wasn't. That was precisely Elton's best work to date. And the others albums were bought one by one.
The scores goes depending the category of singles, "B" sides, or albums. For example, a Nº 1 means 10.000 points if it was reached as a single, 2.500 points for its "B" side and 5.000 points for the album (Elton's album or another artist album). That is ponderate by the importance of the country in world's music sales terms. And it is increased by the award acreditation of platinum, gold or silver albums. 100 points are for the weeks in the number one chart and 50 for weeks in other positions.
And now? well, since February to September, when the first list was born, thirty rellevant eltonites will publish on the blogsite their own list of songs, in running order, 30 songs (for the 30 anniversary obviously). Eltonites I've been in touch kindly agreed to do this for the event, and that makes me feel so proud. The blogsite allowed me to meet very good friends, very good people. That's the magic of internet, of the music, of Elton. I couldn't ever imagined, when I started, that one day I could be in touch with eltonites around the world, travelling with them, joining them for some Elton's concert, and also, sharing experiences and items with them. Eltonites, you makes me feel so privileged to have known you. I would like to thank your gifts, messages, letters, information, and, specially, your love and support. On September we will celebrate the event with something special, I couldn't explain now, and surely it will be the end of the list and everything. Jack Rabbit has been running since a long time through the woods and as the song says..........