“Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player” by Elton John - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1973Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

“Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player” pleads the 22-year-old; did he think we wouldn't notice that he sung and wrote them all too? Features his core band of himself on pianos and keyboards, Davey Johnstone on guitars, Dee Murray bass and Nigel Olsson on drums. It was recorded in the same French castle as the preceding “Honky Château”, and was bolstered by a number of the local horn players. His blandness irritates me greatly - I think it's the fact that he's so popular and successful that makes it ten times worse. The LP reached number one in the UK, the US and Australia, among other countries, and housed two major hit singles; the borderline novelty “Crocodile Rock” had been climbing the charts in the 4 weeks prior to the album's January '73 release, and the utterly drippy “Daniel” would soon begin it's Top 40 ascent in the springtime. Now, Colt 45 or Magnum Sir?

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A1 [05:32] 1.4.png Elton John - Daniel (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Pop Ballad
A2 [04:10] 2.0.png Elton John - Teacher I Need You (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Pop
A3 [03:33] 3.8.png Elton John - Elderberry Wine (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Pop
A4 [05:42] 1.5.png Elton John - Blues For My Baby And Me (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Pop Ballad
A5 [03:55] 2.0.png Elton John - Midnight Creeper (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B1 [05:57] 3.2.png Elton John - Have Mercy On The Criminal (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B2 [03:55] 2.4.png Elton John - I’m Gonna Be A Teenage Idol (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Pop
B3 [03:33] 2.5.png Elton John - Texan Love Song (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Pop Ballad
B4 [04:58] 2.7.png Elton John - Crocodile Rock (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Pop
B5 [04:12] 0.6.png Elton John - High Flying Bird (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Pop Ballad

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