Elton John – The Big Picture / includes ''Something About The Way You Look Tonight'' and ''Live Like Horses'' (Solo Version) / Mercury Audio CD 1997 / 536 266-2
Elton John – The Big Picture / includes ''Something About The Way You Look Tonight'' and ''Live Like Horses'' (Solo Version) / Mercury Audio CD 1997 / 5362662
The Big Picture is the twenty-fifth studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John, released in 1997. It includes four worldwide singles: "Live Like Horses" (a duet with Luciano Pavarotti only for the single version). Profits for this single were donated to Bosnia Warchild Charity. The accompanying video was shot in Austria and was directed by Frederico Brugia with Nick Verden producing for Stark Naked Films.
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" (released as a double A-side with "Candle in the Wind 1997"), "Recover Your Soul" and "If the River Can Bend".
The Big Picture finds Elton John in strong form, turning in a by-now-predictable collection of ballads and pop songs designed to appeal to the adult contemporary audience. The difference is inspiration. With Made in England, John and his collaborator Bernie Taupin showed signs of life, and they continue that winning streak here. There may be nothing new on The Big Picture, but it's well-crafted professional pop, demonstrating John's knack for catchy pop hooks and his way with a ballad. As with any latter-day John album, hits like "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" are balanced out by some filler, but the key to the album is how album tracks like "Recover Your Soul," "If the River Can Bend," and "The Big Picture" carry emotional and melodic weight. It's a solid effort from one of pop's most reliable artists.
|1||Long Way From Happiness
Backing Vocals – Carol Kenyon
|2||Live Like Horses
Vocals – Angel Voices Choir
|3||The End Will Come||4:52|
|4||If The River Can Bend
Vocals – East London Gospel Choir
|5||Love's Got A Lot To Answer For||5:02|
|6||Something About The Way You Look Tonight
Backing Vocals – Carol Kenyon, Jackie Rawe, Organ – Paul Carrack
|7||The Big Picture||3:45|
|8||Recover Your Soul
Backing Vocals – Carol Kenyon, Jackie Rawe, Tabla – Paul Clarvis
||I Can't Steer My Heart Clear Of You
Keyboards, Percussion – Matthew Vaughan
- Arranged By [Strings] – Anne Dudley, Guy Babylon
- Bass – Bob Birch
- Conductor [Strings] – Anne Dudley
- Coordinator [Session Co-ordination] – Derek MacKillop, Maureen Hillier, Ranni Lewis
- Coordinator [Studio Co-ordination] – Adrian Collee, Pete Mills (2)
- Design – Julian Schnabel, Rick Lecoat
- Drums, Percussion – Charlie Morgan
- Engineer – Pete Lewis
- Engineer [Assistant At Air Lyndhurst Hall] – Ben Georgiades
- Engineer [Assistant] – Andy Green, Jay Reynolds
- Guitar – Davey Johnstone, John Jorgenson
- Keyboards – Guy Babylon
- Lyrics By – Taupin
- Management – John Reid (8)
- Music By – Elton John
- Painting – Julian Schnabel
- Photography By [Portrait] – Mario Testino
- Photography By [Still Life] – Julian Schnabel
- Piano, Organ, Vocals – Elton John
- Producer – Chris Thomas
About Elton John:
Sir Elton Hercules John CH CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967 on more than 30 albums, John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100, including seven number ones in the UK and nine in the US, as well as seven consecutive number-one albums in the US. His tribute single "Candle in the Wind 1997", rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts. He has also produced records and occasionally acted in films. John owned Watford F.C. from 1976 to 1987 and from 1997 to 2002. He is an honorary life president of the club.
Raised in the Pinner area of Greater London, John learned to play piano at an early age, and by 1962 had formed Bluesology, an R&B band with whom he played until 1967. He met his longtime musical partner Taupin in 1967, after they both answered an advert for songwriters. For two years, they wrote songs for artists including Lulu, and John worked as a session musician for artists including the Hollies and the Scaffold. In 1969, John's debut album, Empty Sky, was released. In 1970, his first hit single, "Your Song", from his second album, Elton John, reached the top ten in the UK and the US. John has also had success in musical films and theatre, composing for The Lion King and its stage adaptation, Aida and Billy Elliot the Musical.
John has received five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards, two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Tony Award, a Disney Legends award, and the Kennedy Center Honor. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him 49th on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era. In 2013, Billboard ranked him the most successful male solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists, and third overall, behind the Beatles and Madonna. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. He was knighted by Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services" in 1998. John has performed at a number of royal events, such as the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in 1997, the Party at the Palace in 2002 and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in 2012.
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