AllSongsList began in 1984 when I started collecting any info and item about Elton John. It was quite difficult those days to find something about his music, thank God to fanzines like Hercules and specially East End Lights. Masters like Bernardin, Turano, Rosenthal, Hayward, Higgins, ... some of them I got the chance to meet in person. And in 2007, I began this non-profit blogsite, used only for entertainment, with no affiliation to Elton John's oficial one only to share our passion: Elton John
8 Feb 2016
Master Of Class Series (II): "Elton has returned, singing and playing with a vengeance that features some of his most upbeat, well crafted songs in a long time" by David Singler
A year round Provincetown resident, David
Sigler‘s passion and knowledge for Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s music makes
him a renowned fan in the Elton die-hard circles. Ever since he heard Bennie
and the Jets in 1974, a special bond was formed. “Next to Lennon and McCartney,
John and Taupin are among the most talented, prolific, and diverse songwriters
in pop music,” he proudly states. David is thrilled to host, Two Rooms:
Celebrating The Music of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, to enlighten listeners
of their respective work together and independently. David originally hails
from Maryland and is a lifelong Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens fan
(though he cheers on the Patriots too!) In addition to Two Rooms, he enjoys
hosting a show called Pop Life: Top 40 Hits from 1970-2000, when the need
"Wonderful Crazy Night" finds Elton
John once again, surprising his fans with an all out joyous pop album after a
few years of retrospective albums that showcased more serious subjects and
downbeat themes. Not that the two previous releases, The Diving Board and The
Union (w/Leon Russell), weren't up there with his best work post-2000. But
rather, those albums harkened back to the traditional singer-songwriter era of
Elton's career before Elton's genuine pop efforts kicked off with the likes of
1972's Honky Chateau. With "Wonderful Crazy Night," Elton has
returned, singing and playing with a vengeance that features some of his most
upbeat, well crafted songs in a long time.
The opening piano riff on the title song let's
the listener know right away that this is going to be a fun tune. Just try
getting that riff out of your head after multiple listens. "Looking
Up", one of the singles, sort of conjures of the spirit of "I'm Still
Standing" with a great guitar solo from Davey Johnstone and a defiant
lyric from Bernie Taupin (who wrote all the lyrics on this album).
"Blue Wonderful", one of the few
slower songs, has all the hallmarks of a typical Elton John ballad and is
worthy of inclusion on any new greatest hits or compilation collection.
"Guilty Pleasure" rocks (and rolls) with cool hand claps, rockabilly
strumming guitars and a chorus in the 'Crocodile Rock' mode, along with a
blistering guitar solo from Davey Johnstone that is reminiscent of his best
'70s work (think the Caribou outtake 'Sick City').
"Claw Hammer" conjures up a southern
swampy feel with it's percussion flourishes that bookend the song. Plus, it
features a surprising jazzy finish with a horn section (that should have had
more input during the entire song). "Tambourine" sways with a
gentleness of Elton's best country-tinged songs and features long time
percussionist Ray Cooper playing, what else, a tambourine.
"I've Got 2 Wings", one of Taupin's
best lyrics on the album, is in the great story telling narrative he's so
wonderful at writing. It opens with Elton humming the melody and an accordion
in the background complimenting the song. This song is written about Rev. Utah
Smith. Smith, was a preacher who wore two paper wings while playing guitar
during his sermons and this song just may be the albums most thought out
"England and America" (one of the
bonus tracks) is another rock song that starts off with a bang a la something
Meatloaf and Jim Stineman would have written (especially Elton's piano licks).
"In The Name of You" has a cool piano opening riff that is
accompanied by Kim Bulllards organ playing and Johnstone's guitar touches.
"Free and Easy" (another bonus track), feels like it was an old demo
from Elton's 1969's album Empty Sky (I'm not kidding) with it's Beatle-esque
arrangement, organ and harpsichord.
I could really go on and on in detail about
every song on this album. The striking thing for me is that it's clear that the
intent and direction Elton set to achieve was masterfully executed on nearly
every level. From the band (Nigel Olsson on drums, Matt Bisonnette on bass,
John Mahon on percussion and the aforementioned Kim Bullard, Davey Johnstone and
Ray Cooper), to the deft touch of producer T. Bone Burnett and of course,
Taupin's unique but rather light hearted lyrics (at the request of Elton).
Wonderful Crazy Night is an album in the grand tradition of Elton's best pure
pop albums. No gimmicks. No following trends. No (thank God) dance beats with