Blue Moves

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Blue Moves
Studio album by Elton John
Released 22 October 1976
Recorded March 1976 at Eastern Sound, Toronto
Genre Rock
Length 84:47
Label MCA (US/Canada)/
The Rocket Record Company
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Elton John chronology
Here and There
(1976)
Blue Moves
(1976)
Greatest Hits Volume II
(1977)
Singles from Blue Moves
  1. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
    Released: 1 November 1976
  2. "Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance!)"
    Released: 31 January 1977
  3. "Crazy Water"
    Released: 4 February 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (C)[2]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[3]

Blue Moves is the eleventh studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in on 22 October 1976. It was also his second double album (after Goodbye Yellow Brick Road), and his first album released by his own Rocket Records Ltd.

While giving a concert at Wembley Arena to promote the album, John spontaneously announced "I haven't been touring for a long time. It's been a painful decision, whether to come back on the road or not... I've made a decision tonight – this is going to be the last show... There's a lot more to me than playing on the road."[4] He didn't say for how long, but he was serious and temporarily left the touring/live performing scene. Kenny Passarelli, Caleb Quaye, James Newton-Howard and Roger Pope left the band after the album's release. Only Davey Johnstone and Ray Cooper returned in limited roles for John's next album, A Single Man.

Despite the album's darker tone and experimental song line-up, it has held up well with critics and in its initial release made it to No. 3 on the album charts, partly on the strength of the album's biggest hit single "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word". (A single version of "Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance!)" also made it as a top 40 hit). John has played several songs from Blue Moves live. Versions of "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word", "Bite Your Lip", "One Horse Town", "Tonight" and "Idol" have surfaced in various concert appearances through the years.

John has stated that Blue Moves is one of his favourite albums he has ever recorded.[5] It was Gus Dudgeon's last album produced with John for almost a decade. The cover art for the album is from a painting by British artist Patrick Procktor. In the US, it was certified gold in October and platinum in December 1976 by the RIAA.

"Cage the Songbird" was a tribute to legendary French songstress Edith Piaf, and a year or so later was covered by Kiki Dee on an unreleased Rocket album, which finally was issued in 2008. ("Songbird" originated as part of the Rock of the Westies sessions, but wasn't completed during them, probably because the song's more acoustic, delicate sound didn't fit with the more rock 'n roll approach to the rest of the songs that made the Rock of the Westies final line-up.) The Beach Boys turned down "Chameleon" (which was originally written two years prior to the album's release), but members of the group (including Bruce Johnston and Toni Tennille) turned out to sing backing vocals on John's version. John also performed the song at Wembley Stadium in 1975, where he also performed the Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy album in its entirety. An excerpt from "Out of the Blue" was used for the closing titles on Top Gear up until the end of that Top Gear format (in 2001). This was one of two albums in which Davey Johnstone does not provide backing vocals; 1997's The Big Picture would be the other.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, except where noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Your Starter for..." (Caleb Quaye) – 1:23
  2. "Tonight" – 7:52
  3. "One Horse Town" (John, James Newton-Howard, Taupin) – 5:56
  4. "Chameleon" – 5:27

Side two[edit]

  1. "Boogie Pilgrim" (John, Davey Johnstone, Quaye, Taupin) – 6:05
  2. "Cage the Songbird" (John, Johnstone, Taupin) – 3:25
  3. "Crazy Water" – 5:42
  4. "Shoulder Holster" – 5:10

Side three[edit]

  1. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" – 3:48
  2. "Out of the Blue" – 6:14
  3. "Between Seventeen and Twenty" (John, Johnstone, Quaye, Taupin) – 5:17
  4. "The Wide-Eyed and Laughing" (John, Johnstone, Newton-Howard, Quaye, Taupin) – 3:27
  5. "Someone's Final Song" – 4:10

Side four[edit]

  1. "Where's the Shoorah?" – 4:09
  2. "If There's a God in Heaven (What's He Waiting For?)" (John, Johnstone, Taupin) – 4:25
  3. "Idol" – 4:08
  4. "Theme from a Non-Existent TV Series" – 1:19
  5. "Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance!)" – 6:43

Initial CD versions of the album maintain the same running order, but omit the following tracks: "Cage the Songbird", "Shoulder Holster", "The Wide-Eyed and Laughing" and "Where's the Shoorah?"

It has since been remastered and re-released as a 2-CD set retaining the original LP track listing.

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[6] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[7] Gold 157,000[8]
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "Blue Moves – Elton John". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "CG: elton john". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Video on YouTube
  5. ^ Elton John: Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, 1987.
  6. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Elton John – Blue Moves". Music Canada. 
  7. ^ "French album certifications – Elton John – Blue Moves" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select ELTON JOHN and click OK
  8. ^ "Les Albums Or". infodisc.fr. SNEP. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "British album certifications – Elton John – Blue Moves". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Blue Moves in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Elton John – Blue Moves". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  11. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  12. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 29 February 2012
  13. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Elton John – Blue Moves" (ASP). Hung Medien (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste : Elton John" (PHP) (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia – Gli album più venduti del 1977" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  16. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  17. ^ "charts.org.nz Elton John – Blue Moves" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Elton John – Blue Moves" (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  19. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  20. ^ "swedishcharts.com Elton John – Blue Moves" (ASP). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "Chart Stats – Elton John – Blue Moves" (PHP). UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "allmusic ((( Blue Moves > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  23. ^ "Album Search: Elton John – Blue Moves" (ASP) (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  24. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1976". RPM. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1976 par InfoDisc" (PHP) (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  26. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1977". RPM. 31 December 1977. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  27. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1977". billboard.biz. Retrieved 24 February 2012.