Wonderful Crazy Night

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Wonderful Crazy Night
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Studio album by Elton John
Released 5 February 2016
Recorded January – April 2015 at The Village, Los Angeles, California
Genre Rock, soft rock, rock and roll
Length 41:15
Label Mercury, Virgin EMI, Island
Producer T Bone Burnett, Elton John
Elton John chronology
The Diving Board
(2013)The Diving Board2013
Wonderful Crazy Night
(2016)
Diamonds
(2017)Diamonds2017
Singles from Wonderful Crazy Night
  1. "Looking Up"
    Released: 22 October 2015[1]
  2. "Wonderful Crazy Night"
    Released: 15 December 2015
  3. "Blue Wonderful"
    Released: 5 January 2016
  4. "In the Name of You"
    Released: 29 January 2016
  5. "A Good Heart"
    Released: 25 May 2016

Wonderful Crazy Night is the thirtieth studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John.[2] It is John's first album since 2006's The Captain & the Kid to feature the Elton John Band,[3] and was written and recorded in 17 days.[4][5] John's long-standing percussionist, Ray Cooper, makes his first appearance on any of John's albums since Made in England in 1995. This is Kim Bullard's first appearance on keyboards replacing Guy Babylon, and Matt Bissonette replacing Bob Birch on bass.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic70/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[7]
The Guardian4/5 stars[8]
The Independent4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[10]

Wonderful Crazy Night received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 70, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 17 reviews.

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
39

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin[12].

No.TitleLength
1."Wonderful Crazy Night"3:13
2."In the Name of You"4:33
3."Claw Hammer"4:22
4."Blue Wonderful"3:37
5."I've Got 2 Wings"4:35
6."A Good Heart"4:50
7."Looking Up"4:06
8."Guilty Pleasure"3:38
9."Tambourine"4:17
10."The Open Chord"4:04
Total length:41:15
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
11."Free and Easy"3:55
12."England and America"3:51
Total length:49:01
Super deluxe edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
11."Free and Easy"3:55
12."Children's Song"3:49
13."No Monsters"4:58
14."England and America"3:51
Total length:57:48
Target US and Japanese Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
11."Free and Easy"3:55
12."England and America"3:51
13."Looking Up" (live)3:22
14."Wonderful Crazy Night" (live)3:15
Total length:55:38

Personnel[edit]

  • Elton John: piano, lead vocals
  • Kim Bullard: keyboards
  • Davey Johnstone: guitar, harmony vocals
  • Matt Bissonette: bass guitar, harmony vocals
  • Nigel Olsson: drums, harmony vocals
  • John Mahon: percussion, harmony vocals
  • Ray Cooper: tambourine
  • Jim Thomson, Joe Sublett: tenor saxophone
  • Tom Peterson: baritone saxophone
  • John Grab, Nick Lane: trombone
  • Allen Fogle, Dylan Hart: French horn
  • Gabe Witcher: horn arrangements and conductor
  • Ken Stacey: harmony vocals

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Elton John and T Bone Burnett
  • Associate Producer: Kylie Kempster
  • Recorded and Mixed by Jason Wormer
  • Second Engineers: Gabriel Burch, Jeff Gartenbaum, Vanessa Parr and Alex Williams.
  • Editing: Mike Piersante
  • Remastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Piano Technician: Carl Lieberman
  • Equipment Technician: Rick Salazar
  • Production Coordinator and Contractor: Ivy Skoff
  • Photography: Joseph Guay and Juergen Teller
  • Art Direction and Design: Mat Maitland
  • Creative Directors: Elton John and Toby King

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 11
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[14] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 26
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 26
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 18
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[18] 32
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[19] 43
French Albums (SNEP)[20] 35
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[21] 10
Irish Albums (IRMA)[22] 41
Italian Albums (FIMI)[23] 15
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[24] 11
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[25] 17
Scottish Albums (OCC)[26] 5
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[27] 32
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[28] 15
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 7
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 6
US Billboard 200[31] 8

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Elton John Announces New Album 'Wonderful Crazy Night'". Billboard. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Dennis, Jon (4 February 2016). "Elton John: Wonderful Crazy Night review – convincing return to his Americana roots". Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "On the Beat With Elton John Percussionist John Mahon: Recording Wonderful Crazy Night - Modern Drummer Magazine". 25 March 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
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  7. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Wonderful Crazy Night Review". Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Dennis, Jon. "Elton John: Wonderful Crazy Night – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Gill, Andy (11 February 2016). "Album review: Elton John, Wonderful Crazy Night (Island)". London: The Independent. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  10. ^ Fricke, David. "Wonderful Crazy Night Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2016". Rolling Stone. November 29, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Elton John announces new album Wonderful Crazy Night". The Guardian. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
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