The Big Picture (Elton John album)

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The Big Picture
Studio album by Elton John
Released 22 September 1997
Recorded Spring–Summer 1997
Genre Pop[1]
Length 52:13
Label Rocket
A&M Records (US)
Mercury Records
Producer Chris Thomas
Elton John chronology
Love Songs
(1996)
The Big Picture
(1997)
Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida
(1999)
Singles from The Big Picture
  1. "Live Like Horses (featuring Pavarotti)"
    Released: 2 December 1996
  2. "Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
    Released: 13 September 1997
  3. "Recover Your Soul"
    Released: 2 February 1998
  4. "If the River Can Bend"
    Released: 1 June 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly 5/12 stars (C)[2]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[3]

The Big Picture is the twenty-sixth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1997. It includes four worldwide singles: "Live Like Horses" (a duet with Luciano Pavarotti only for the single version), "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" (released later also as a double A-side with "Candle in the Wind 1997"), "Recover Your Soul" and "If the River Can Bend". The album has a strong orchestral emphasis with string arrangements written by Anne Dudley and John's then backup keyboardist Guy Babylon. In 2006, John revealed in an interview that Bernie Taupin, his longtime friend and lyricist, considers this his least favourite album they have created, while John believes that to be Leather Jackets from 1986.[4] Taupin dislikes this album because "the production is abysmally cold and technical".[4]

The album was dedicated to John's friend, popular fashion designer Gianni Versace, who was murdered a few months before the album's release. This was the last album to date to be produced by Chris Thomas, who had worked with John almost nonstop since 1981's The Fox. This is the only album in which neither Davey Johnstone nor bassist Bob Birch provide backing vocals. Drummer Charlie Morgan was let go from the band shortly after the album's release and soon replaced by Curt Bisquera and John's old drummer Nigel Olsson, who remains in the lineup to this day.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

No. Title Length
1. "Long Way from Happiness"   4:47
2. "Live Like Horses"   5:02
3. "The End Will Come"   4:53
4. "If the River Can Bend"   5:23
5. "Love's Got a Lot to Answer For"   5:02
6. "Something About the Way You Look Tonight"   5:13
7. "The Big Picture"   3:45
8. "Recover Your Soul"   5:18
9. "January"   4:02
10. "I Can't Steer My Heart Clear of You"   4:10
11. "Wicked Dreams"   4:39

Outtakes[edit]

The original single version of "Live Like Horses" was a duet with Luciano Pavarotti in 1996, but was performed solo for this album. "Past Imperfect" and an alternate version of "Recover Your Soul" were completed by John for inclusion on The Big Picture. Both songs have yet to see official release.[5]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[33] Platinum 70,000^
Gold 25,000x
Platinum 100,000^
Gold 21,006*[36]
Gold 142,800[38]
3× Platinum 300,000*
Platinum 50,000*
Platinum 100,000^
Gold 40,000^
Platinum 50,000x
Platinum 300,000^
Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Platinum 1,000,000*

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

References[edit]

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Swiss Music Chart number-one album
5 October 1997
Succeeded by
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Austrian Chart number-one album
5 October 1997
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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European Top 100 number-one album
11 October 1997
Succeeded by
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