Wonderful Crazy Night [Deluxe Edition]

Wonderful Crazy Night [Deluxe Edition]

by Elton John

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Elton John gives away his game with not just the title of Wonderful Crazy Night but its artwork. Our hero stands against a garish, colorful backdrop, sporting a grin a mile wide, signaling that he's once again ready to have fun. The measured melancholy of The Diving Board aside, Elton hasn't precisely avoided fun since returning to making records for himself, not the charts, with 2001's Songs from the West Coast, but a certain sobriety crept into the proceedings, particularly when he joined forces with producer T-Bone Burnett for The Union, the 2010 duet album with Leon Russell. Burnett is back for Wonderful Crazy Night and so is John's touring band, making their first studio appearance since 2006's The Captain & the Kid. It's possible to feel the presence of all of Elton's collaborators: the band brings a bit of a kick to the proceedings and the ever-tasteful Burnett reins things in, keeping things from being too crazy, while lyricist Bernie Taupin schemes with John to re-create the melodic craft of their mid-'70s peak. There's a fair amount of joy and swagger here, particularly on the ebullient opening pair of "Wonderful Crazy Night" and "In the Name of You," two songs perched between a canny, knowing nostalgia and casual craft. This is an album that sounds as comforting as a long candlelit bath -- it's handsome, stately, and well appointed, the work of old pros relying on what they know best. [A Deluxe Edition added two bonus tracks, "Free & Easy" and "England & America."]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2016
Label: Island
UPC: 0602547650825
catalogNumber: 002433602
Rank: 12698

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elton John   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Davey Johnstone   Vocal Harmony
Matt Bissonette   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Kim Bullard   Keyboards
Ray Cooper   Tambourine
John Grab   Trombone
Nick Lane   Trombone
John Mahon   Percussion,Vocal Harmony
Nigel Olsson   Drums,Vocal Harmony
William Roper   Tuba
Joe Sublett   Tenor Saxophone
Jim Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Ken Stacey   Vocal Harmony
Gabriel Witcher   Conductor
Dylan Hart   French Horn
Allen Fogle   French Horn

Technical Credits

Elton John   Composer,Producer
T Bone Burnett   Producer,Soliste
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Chris Sobchack   Equipment Technician
Jason Wormer   Engineer
Mat Maitland   Art Direction
Gabriel Witcher   Horn Arrangements
Rick Salazar   Equipment Technician

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