Friends (film soundtrack)
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||5 March 1971|
|Studio||Trident Studios, London|
|Genre||Film music, soft rock|
|Elton John chronology|
|Singles from Friends|
Friends, released in 1971, is the fourth official album release by Elton John. It was a project John and Bernie Taupin took on before their breakout success in the US, based on the Friends film released in the same year. It was certified Gold in April 1971 by the RIAA. It became John's third gold record in as many months in that market (following the albums Elton John in February and Tumbleweed Connection in March). The title track was a minor hit in the US (#34 on the pop chart) despite the film's poor performance. The album also received a 1972 Grammy nomination for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture.
Apart from the original vinyl release in 1971, it has yet to be issued as a standalone CD, but the Friends soundtrack is available on the Rare Masters (1992) 2-CD set, tracks 10–19 on Disc One, albeit with the tracks in a different order to the original LP. The difference is that "Michelle's Song" changes places with "Honey Roll" and "Variations on Friends".
In the early 1970s, John performed the title track and "Can I Put You On" in concert, with the latter appearing on the next release, the live recording 17-11-70 (retitled 11-17-70 in North America). The most recent performance of "Friends" was in 1999.
All tracks written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, except where noted.
|3.||"Variations on 'Friends'" (instrumental)||John, Taupin, Paul Buckmaster||1:45|
|4.||"Theme (The First Kiss)"/"Seasons"||3:52|
|5.||"Variation on Michelle's Song (A Day in the Country)" (instrumental)||John, Taupin, Buckmaster||2:44|
|6.||"Can I Put You On"||5:52|
|8.||"I Meant to Do My Work Today (A Day in the Country)"||John, Taupin, Buckmaster||1:33|
|9.||"Four Moods" (instrumental)||Buckmaster||10:56|
|10.||"Seasons Reprise" (instrumental)||1:33|
- Elton John – piano, vocals
- Caleb Quaye – guitar
- Dee Murray – bass guitar, vocals
- Nigel Olsson – drums, vocals
- Paul Buckmaster – orchestral arrangement
- Rex Morris – saxophone
- Madeline Bell – backing vocals
- Lesley Duncan – backing vocals
- Kay Garner – backing vocals
- "Elton John's Gold & Platinum Albums". Neosoul.com. 2000-08-28. Retrieved 2012-02-16.