|Soundtrack album by Elton John|
|Released||5 March 1971|
|Recorded||Trident Studios, London September 1970|
|Genre||Film music, soft rock|
|Elton John chronology|
|Singles from Friends|
Friends, released in 1971, was the fourth official album release for 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 Friends soundtrack is also 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 '70s, 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 (entitled 11-17-70 in North America). The most recent performance of "Friends" was in 1999.
- "Friends" - 2:20 (2:23)
- "Honey Roll" - 3:00 (3:07)
- "Variations on 'Friends'" - 1:45 (1:43)
- "Theme (The First Kiss)"/"Seasons" - 3:52 (3:56)
- "Variations on Michelle's Song (A Day in the Country)" - 2:44 (2:47)
- "Can I Put You On" - 5:52 (5:57)
- "Michelle's Song" - 4:16 (4:20)
- "I Meant to Do My Work Today (After All a Day in the Country)" - 1:33 (1:36)
- "Four Moods" (Paul Buckmaster) - 10:56 (11:01)
- "Seasons Reprise" - 1:33 (1:39)
- Elton John: piano, vocals
- Caleb Quaye: guitars
- Dee Murray: bass guitar, vocals
- Nigel Olsson: drums, vocals
- Paul Buckmaster: orchestral arrangement
- Rex Morris: saxophone
- Madeline Bell, Lesley Duncan, Kay Garner: backing vocals
- "Elton John's Gold & Platinum Albums". Neosoul.com. 2000-08-28. Retrieved 2012-02-16.