, released May 1980, is the fourteenth studio 21 at 33 Elton John album released by a record company to whom he was under contract. Counting the 14 studio albums, three compilation albums, two live albums, one soundtrack and one EP, it is the 21st official release, and was released when Elton John was 33 years old; hence the title.  
It was recorded at Super Bear Studios,
Nice, France, in August 1979, and Rumbo Recorders and Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, California between January to March 1980.
The album sold over 900,000 copies in the
United States, narrowly missing a Platinum certification. 
Background [ edit ]
Two of John's "classic" bandmates, drummer
Nigel Olsson and bass player Dee Murray, reunited with him for one song. His backup keyboardist James Newton-Howard returned and performed on almost every track as was the case on and Rock of the Westies . Other musicians included members of the Blue Moves Eagles and Toto as well as Peter Noone from Herman's Hermits.
The title comes from the fact that this was John's 21st album in total at the age of 33. According to the liner notes in the remastered edition of the album, the count includes all standard albums, two
greatest hits compilations, two live albums, as well as the soundtrack, the three-song, 12-inch EP Friends and the The Thom Bell Sessions UK-only "rarities" collection . Lady Samantha
John has not played any of the material in concert since touring in 1980, with the exception of "
Little Jeannie", "White Lady White Powder" and " Sartorial Eloquence". Even "Little Jeannie", which was a huge North American hit (#3 Pop and #1 Adult Contemporary in the United States, and #1 in Canada) has never been performed since 1980, although it was included in the two concerts in 2000, and the warm up gig for the 2 Madison Square Garden shows in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. One Night Only 
Track listing [ edit ]
Side one [ edit ]
Side two [ edit ]
"White Lady White Powder"
Dear God" John, Osborne
"Never Gonna Fall in Love Again"
"Take Me Back"
"Give Me the Love"
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In 2003, Mercury/Universal and The Rocket Record Company reissued the album on CD, remastered by Gary Moore. The lineup contained no bonus tracks.
B-sides [ edit ]
"Conquer the Sun"
"Little Jeannie" 7" (
"Sartorial Eloquence" 7" (U.S./UK)
"White Man Danger"
"Sartorial Eloquence" 7" (U.S./UK)
"Dear God" 7" (UK)
"Steal Away Child"
"Dear God" 7" (double) (UK)
"Love So Cold"
"Dear God" 7" (double) (UK)
Personnel [ edit ]
Curt Becher: backing vocals
Byron Berline: fiddle
Richie Cannata: alto saxophone
Lenny Castro: congas
Bill Champlin: backing vocals Joe Chemay: backing vocals
Victor Feldman: tambourine
Chuck Findley: trumpet, trombone
David Foster: string arrangements Clive Franks: tambourine,
Glenn Frey: backing vocals Venette Gloud: backing vocals
Max Gronenthal: backing vocals Larry Hall: trumpet,
Don Henley: backing vocals
Jerry Hey: trumpet, flugelhorn, brass arrangement
Jim Horn: piccolo, alto and tenor saxophones, brass arrangement
James Newton Howard: acoustic piano, electronic keyboards, Fender Rhodes, Yamaha CS-80
Elton John: lead and backing vocals, acoustic piano, Yamaha electric piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, overdubbed piano
Bruce Johnston: choir arrangement Jon Joyce: backing vocals
Steve Lukather: electric guitar
Reggie McBride: bass guitar
Dee Murray: bass guitar, backing vocals
Peter Noone: backing vocals
Nigel Olsson: drums
Gary Osborne: backing vocals
David Paich: organ
Bill Reichenbach Jr.: trombone
Timothy B. Schmit: backing vocals
Stephanie Spruill: backing vocals
Alvin Taylor: drums
Toni Tennille: backing vocals
Carmen Twillie: backing vocals
Larry Williams: tenor saxophone Steve Wrather: electric guitar
Richie Zito: acoustic and electric guitars
Production [ edit ]
Produced by Clive Franks and Elton John
Engineers: Clive Franks, David Burgess, Steve Desper, Patrick Jaunead, David Leonard, Peggy McCreary and Stephen McManus.
Recorded at Super Bear Studios (
Berre-les-Alpes, France); Rumbo Recorders and Sunset Sound Recorders (Los Angeles, CA). Mixed at Sunset Sound Recorders
Bernie Grundman at A&M Mastering Studio (Los Angeles, CA). Studio Coordinatior: Adrian Collee
Art Direction: George Osaki
Photography: Jim Shea
John Reid Management, LTD.
Certifications [ edit ]
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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^ One Night Only: The Greatest Hits DVD, 2000.
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