Peachtree Road (album)

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Peachtree Road
Studio album by Elton John
Released 9 November 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Rock, Country Rock
Label Universal Records (US)
Rocket
Producer Elton John
Elton John chronology
Greatest Hits 1970–2002
(2002)
Peachtree Road
(2004)
The Captain & the Kid
(2006)
Singles from Peachtree Road
  1. "Answer in the Sky"
    Released: 2004 (only in North America)
  2. "All That I'm Allowed"
    Released: 2004 (first single outside North America)
  3. "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave"
    Released: 2005
Singles from Peachtree Road [2005 CD reissue]
  1. "Electricity"
    Released: 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly 7/12 stars(B-)[2]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[3]

Peachtree Road is the twenty-eighth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 2004. It was named after Peachtree Road, the northern part of Peachtree Street in Atlanta, where one of John's four homes is located. This is the only album during his long career on which John alone has sole credit as producer. On previous projects, he was listed as a co-producer, joined by Clive Franks or Greg Penny; Franks on A Single Man, 21 at 33 and parts of The Fox; Penny on Duets and Made in England.

Album cover[edit]

The album art on the front cover is a photograph from a railroad crossing near the Atlanta suburb of Douglasville, taken by London photographer Sam Taylor-Wood. Taken in by the American South and given complete artistic freedom, she shot thousands of photos during her week-long trip. The trip included other towns like Unadilla and Forsyth in Georgia. While she also visited Peachtree Road in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, she thought it was too busy for the album's more mellow nature. She picked several photos to present to him, and John made the final selection. Other photos from the shoot appear on the back of the album cover and in the included CD and SACD booklet.

Debut performance[edit]

Songs from the album debuted at The Tabernacle in Atlanta in early November. John also performed at the November 2005 Country Music Association Awards, televised live from Madison Square Garden, duetting with Dolly Parton on "Turn the Light Out When You Leave".

Chart performance[edit]

Despite its generally positive reviews, Peachtree Road was one of John's leanest-selling contemporary efforts, reaching No. 17 in the US upon its release, yet only managing No. 21 in the UK, making it one of his rare albums to miss the top ten in his homeland. In the US, it was certified gold in December 2004 by the RIAA.

Additional performers[edit]

In addition to Nigel Olsson playing drums on all tracks, once again a permanent member of John's touring and recording band, the album features renown gospel vocalist Adam McKnight, as well as members of Chicago contributing horns and brass arrangements. Guy Babylon was credited with playing Hammond organ and rhodes piano instead of keyboards, which was the case on earlier projects.

Other information[edit]

The album was re-released in 2005 with three bonus tracks from Billy Elliot the Musical, as well as a DVD featuring nine tracks from the album performed live in Atlanta. The song "Electricity" from the musical was also released as a single in June 2005. It rose to No. 4 in the UK.

It was dedicated to the memory of Gus and Sheila Dudgeon, the former being John's original producer.

Some editions of the album included bonus - two videos for the two first singles ("Answer in the Sky" and "All That I'm Allowed").

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

  1. "Weight of the World" – 3:58
  2. "Porch Swing in Tupelo" – 4:38
  3. "Answer in the Sky" – 4:03
  4. "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave" – 5:02
  5. "My Elusive Drug" – 4:12
  6. "They Call Her the Cat" – 4:27
  7. "Freaks in Love" – 4:32
  8. "All That I'm Allowed" – 4:52
  9. "I Stop and I Breathe" – 3:39
  10. "Too Many Tears" – 4:14
  11. "It's Getting Dark in Here" – 3:50
  12. "I Can't Keep This from You" – 4:34

Track 8 was titled "All That I'm Allowed" on the original 2004 release of the album, but was titled "All That I'm Allowed (I'm Thankful)" on the 2005 expanded edition.

B-sides[edit]

Song Format
"Keep it a Mystery" (4:51) "All That I'm Allowed" CD (UK)
"So Sad the Renegade" (4:49) "All That I'm Allowed" Maxi-CD (UK)
"A Little Peace" (3:56) "All That I'm Allowed" Maxi-CD (UK)
"How's Tomorrow" (5:16) "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave" (UK)
"Peter's Song" (4:35) "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave" (UK)
"Things Only Get Better With Love" (5:12) "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave" [radio edit] (UK)

Bonus tracks (2005 CD reissue)[edit]

  1. "The Letter" (John, Lee Hall) – 2:33
  2. "Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher" (John, Hall) – 3:38
  3. "Electricity" (John, Hall) – 3:29

Bonus DVD (2005 reissue)[edit]

All tracks recorded live at the Tabernacle, Atlanta (November 2004).

  1. "Weight of the World"
  2. "Porch Swing in Tupelo"
  3. "Answer in the Sky"
  4. "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave"
  5. "My Elusive Drug"
  6. "They Call Her the Cat"
  7. "Freaks in Love"
  8. "All That I'm Allowed"
  9. "I Can't Keep This from You"

Songs[edit]

"They Call Her the Cat"[edit]

"They Call Her the Cat" is about a transsexual woman who was once a man and became female after getting a sex-change operation.

This song was originally supposed to be the only real 'rocker' on the album, but when John and the band recorded it, they found they still had to induct the country influence that the rest of the album had.[citation needed] Notably, the horn section used on the track consists of all three horn players for Chicago. This is not the only cross-pollination with members of Chicago, as Bill Champlin played keyboards and provided backing vocals on the 21 at 33 album and Jason Scheff and Lou Pardini both backed up John on The Union.


SACD 5.1 EDITION Elton John's PEACHTREE ROAD was released as a special remastered SACD (SUPER AUDIO CD) remastered in 5.1, a format which mixed Elton's bare vocal down to the center speaker with the band on the outside. Elton released a handful of 5.1 SACDs; some of which are still in print (Elton John, Tumbleweed Connection, Madman Across The Water, Honky Chateau)while others are not in print anymore (Peachtree Road, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.) However, Peachtree and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in their 5.1 SACD form are more than around on Amazon Used and eBay. The SACD edition of PEACHTREE ROAD features the original CD re-mixed to 5.1 and no bonus songs.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peachtree Road (album) at AllMusic Allmusic, Retrieved 2 October 2011
  2. ^ Browne, David (12 November 2004). "Peachtree Road review". ew.com. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  3. ^ [1] latimes.com, Retrieved 2 October 2011