Made in England (Elton John album)

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Made in England
Studio album by Elton John
Released 20 March 1995
Recorded February–April 1994
Genre Rock, pop rock
Length 52:39
Label Rocket
Island Records (US)
Producer Greg Penny, Elton John
Elton John chronology
The Lion King (soundtrack)
(1994)
Made in England
(1995)
Love Songs
(1996)
Singles from Made in England
  1. "Believe"
    Released: 20 February 1995
  2. "Made in England"
    Released: 8 May 1995
  3. "Blessed"
    Released: 1995
  4. "Please"
    Released: 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[2]
Deseret News (positive)[3]
Entertainment Weekly 8/12 stars (B)[4]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]

Made in England is the twenty-fifth studio album by English singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1995 and produced by him and Greg Penny, the first time since Leather Jackets without Chris Thomas. It was dedicated to John's boyfriend and future civil partner David Furnish. It was also dedicated to the memory of Denis Gauthier and Peter Williams. This is the last album to date to feature regular percussionist Ray Cooper. Bob Birch became John's full-time recording and touring bass player and continued that role until his death in 2012.

Background[edit]

While still promoting his work for The Lion King soundtrack, in September 1994, five months before its release as a single, Elton John debuted "Believe" during a concert with Ray Cooper at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. "Believe" reached No. 15 in the UK and No. 13 in the US, and was the only American hit from the album to reach the top 20. During November, John toured Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Switzerland, Poland, France, Italy, the UK, and Japan, and other countries two months later. Several songs from the album made it to the tour's playlist, including "Believe", "Made in England", "Blessed", "Lies" and "Pain".

A few special notes about some of the songs: on "Belfast", the song originally ended simply with John singing the last line, "Belfast". In an interview with fan magazine East End Lights some time later, arranger Paul Buckmaster (in his first project with John since 1978's A Single Man) said he thought the song needed a more uplifting end, and added the outro, making it sound as if it were being played in an Irish pub somewhere up the road. John reportedly was initially wary of the idea, but Buckmaster said he changed his mind upon hearing it and approved the new coda for the final version; George Martin, who owns AIR Studios London where the album was recorded, wrote the horn and string arrangement on "Latitude"; and John and Guy Babylon are credited as arrangers on "Man", which also includes organ by Squeeze and Mike + The Mechanics frontman Paul Carrack.

Singles[edit]

UK release date Single Notes Peak positions
20 February 1995 "Believe" Worldwide release #1 CAN, #15 UK, #13 US
8 May 1995 "Made in England" Worldwide release #5 CAN, #18 UK, #52 US
18 December 1995 "Blessed" Not released in the UK #3 CAN, #34 US
22 January 1996 "Please" Released in the UK #33 UK

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Believe" – 4:55
  2. "Made in England" – 5:09
  3. "House" – 4:27
  4. "Cold" – 5:37
  5. "Pain" – 3:49

Side two[edit]

  1. "Belfast" – 6:29
  2. "Latitude" – 3:34
  3. "Please" – 3:52
  4. "Man" – 5:16
  5. "Lies" – 4:25
  6. "Blessed" – 5:01

B-sides[edit]

Song Format
"The One" (live) "Believe" 7"/CD (US/UK)
"The Last Song" (live) "Believe" CD (US/UK)
"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (live) "Believe" CD (US/UK)
"Believe" (live) "Believe" CD (US/UK)
"Believe" (Urban Turban Version) "Believe" CD (US)
"Believe" (Hardkiss Mix) "Made in England" 12"/CD (US)
"Made in England" (Junior's Sound Factory Mix) "Made in England" 12" (US/UK), CD (US) / "Blessed" CD (UK)
"Made in England" (Junior's Factory Dub) "Made in England" 12" (US/UK), CD (US)
"Made in England" (Junior's Joyous Mix) "Made in England" 12" (US/UK), CD (US) / "Blessed" CD (UK)
"Made in England" (Junior's Big House Mix) "Made in England" 12" (US)
"Made in England" (Junior's Jungle Mix) "Made in England" 12" (US)
"Made in England" (Junior's Big House Dub) "Made in England" 12" (US)
"Made in England" (Junior's Massive House Dub) "Made in England" 12" (US)
"Made in England" (Junior's Jungle Dub) "Made in England" 12" (US)
"Your Song" (Live) "Made in England" CD (UK)
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (live) "Made in England" CD (UK)

Outtakes[edit]

There are many outtakes from Made in England. These songs include "Building a Bird", "Leaves", "Hell", "Skin", "Tick-Tock", "Red", "Live Like Horses", an alternate version of "Belfast", and an alternate version of "Believe". "Red" was later released on the French compilation Sol En Si, and a version of "Live Like Horses" was later released on The Big Picture. "Building a Bird" was recorded by Nigel Olsson for his 2001 Move the Universe CD, released only in Japan. The remaining outtakes have yet to see official release.[7]

Accolades[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1996 "Believe" Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male[8] Nominated

American Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1996 Elton John (performer) Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist[9] Nominated

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[10] Platinum 50,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[11] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[12] 2× Gold 286,400[13]
Germany (BVMI)[14] Gold 250,000^
Italy (FIMI)[15] 3× Platinum 300,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[16] Gold 101,130[17]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[18] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[19] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[20] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[23] Platinum 1,000,000*

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

Charts[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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Preceded by
Sex & Violins by Rednex
Swiss Music Chart number-one album
16 – 30 April 1995
Succeeded by
1492: Conquest of Paradise (soundtrack) by Vangelis
Preceded by
1492: Conquest of Paradise ssoundtrack by Vangelis
Austrian Chart number-one album
4 – 18 June 1995
Succeeded by
Pulse by Pink Floyd