Made in England (Elton John album)

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Made in England
Sir John Elton Was Made In England.JPEG
Studio album by
Released17 March 1995
RecordedFebruary–April 1994
StudioAIR Lyndhurst Hall (London, UK).
GenreRock, pop rock
LabelRocket (UK)
Island (US)
ProducerGreg Penny, Elton John
Elton John chronology
The Lion King (soundtrack)
Made in England
Love Songs
Singles from Made in England
  1. "Believe"
    Released: 20 February 1995
  2. "Made in England"
    Released: 8 May 1995
  3. "Blessed"
    Released: 1995
  4. "Please"
    Released: 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[2]
Deseret NewsPositive[3]
Entertainment Weekly8/12 stars (B)[4]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[5]
Music & MediaPositive[6]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[7]

Made in England is the twenty-fourth studio album by English singer-songwriter Elton John, released in 1995 and produced by him and Greg Penny, the first time since Leather Jackets without Chris Thomas. It was dedicated to John's boyfriend and future husband David Furnish. It was also dedicated to the memory of Denis Gauthier and Peter Williams. It was the last album to feature regular percussionist Ray Cooper until 2016's Wonderful Crazy Night. Bob Birch became John's full-time recording and touring bass player and continued that role until his death in 2012.

The song "Please" was covered by bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent and country singer Dolly Parton for the 2018 tribute album Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin.


While still promoting his work for The Lion King soundtrack, in September 1994, five months before its release as a single, Elton John debuted "Believe" during the opening night of a concert tour with Ray Cooper in Phoenix, AZ. "Believe" reached No. 15 in the UK and No. 13 in the US, and was the only American hit from the album to reach the top 20. During November, John toured Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Switzerland, Poland, France, Italy, the UK, and Japan, and other countries two months later. Several songs from the album made it to the tour's playlist, including "Believe", "Made in England", "Blessed", "Lies" and "Pain".

A few special notes about some of the songs: on "Belfast", the song originally ended simply with John singing the last line, "Belfast". In an interview with fan magazine East End Lights some time later, arranger Paul Buckmaster (in his first project with John since 1978's A Single Man) said he thought the song needed a more uplifting end, and added the outro, making it sound as if it were being played in an Irish pub somewhere up the road. John reportedly was initially wary of the idea, but Buckmaster said he changed his mind upon hearing it and approved the new coda for the final version; George Martin, who owned AIR Studios London where the album was recorded, wrote the horn and string arrangement on "Latitude"; and John and Guy Babylon are credited as arrangers on "Man", which also includes organ by Squeeze and Mike + The Mechanics frontman Paul Carrack.


UK release date Single Notes Peak positions
20 February 1995 "Believe" Worldwide release #1 CAN, No. 15 UK, No. 13 US
8 May 1995 "Made in England" Worldwide release #5 CAN, No. 18 UK, No. 52 US
18 December 1995 "Blessed" Not released in the UK #3 CAN, No. 34 US
22 January 1996 "Please" Released in the UK #33 UK

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

2."Made in England"5:09
Total length:52:34


Song Format
"The One" (live) "Believe" 7"/CD (US/UK)
"The Last Song" (live) "Believe" CD (US/UK)
"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (live) "Believe" CD (US/UK)
"Believe" (live) "Believe" CD (US/UK)
"Believe" (Urban Turban Version) "Believe" CD (US)
"Believe" (Hardkiss Mix) "Made in England" 12"/CD (US)
"Made in England" (Junior's Sound Factory Mix) "Made in England" 12" (US/UK), CD (US) / "Blessed" CD (UK)
"Made in England" (Junior's Factory Dub) "Made in England" 12" (US/UK), CD (US)
"Made in England" (Junior's Joyous Mix) "Made in England" 12" (US/UK), CD (US) / "Blessed" CD (UK)
"Made in England" (Junior's Big House Mix) "Made in England" 12" (US)
"Made in England" (Junior's Jungle Mix) "Made in England" 12" (US)
"Made in England" (Junior's Big House Dub) "Made in England" 12" (US)
"Made in England" (Junior's Massive House Dub) "Made in England" 12" (US)
"Made in England" (Junior's Jungle Dub) "Made in England" 12" (US)
"Your Song" (Live) "Made in England" CD (UK)
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (live) "Made in England" CD (UK)


There are many outtakes from Made in England. These songs include "Building a Bird", "Leaves", "Hell", "Skin", "Tick-Tock", "Undone", "Red", "Live Like Horses", an alternate version of "Belfast", and an alternate version of "Believe". "Red" was later released on the French compilation Sol En Si, and a version of "Live Like Horses" was later released on The Big Picture. "Building a Bird" was recorded by Nigel Olsson for his 2001 Move the Universe CD, released only in Japan. The remaining outtakes have yet to circulate.[8]



  • Elton John – producer
  • Greg Penny – producer, mixing
  • Jon Ingoldsby – recording, mixing
  • Andy Strange – assistant engineer
  • Chris Bellman – mastering at Bernie Grundman Mastering (Hollywood, California).
  • Adrian Collee – studio coordination
  • Steve Brown – album coordination
  • Pete Mills – drum and guitar technician
  • Bill Harrison – percussion technician
  • Greg Gorman – photography
  • Wherefore Art? – design
  • John Reid – management


Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1996 "Believe" Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male[9] Nominated

American Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1996 Elton John (performer) Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist[10] Nominated


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[37] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[38] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[40] 2× Gold 286,400[39]
Germany (BVMI)[41] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[42] Gold 101,130[43]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[44] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[45] Gold 7,500^
Sweden (GLF)[46] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[47] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[48] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[49] Platinum 1,000,000^
Europe (IFPI)[50] Platinum 1,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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