21 at 33

21 at 33

by Elton JohnElton John

CD(Remastered / Enhanced)

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Elton John entered the second decade of his pop music career releasing his 21st long-player during the 33rd year of his life, hence the album's title. It also marked the tentative return of former writing partner Bernie Taupin after a four-year sabbatical. Although the reunion yielded a trio of tunes, "Chasing the Crown," "Two Rooms at the End of the World," and "White Lady White Powder," unfortunately they all suffer from the same nauseating disco vibe that made John's previous effort, 1979's Victim of Love, so thoroughly dismissible. However, the following year's 21 at 33 is far from a complete washout. Building on the strength of his relationship with Gary Osborne -- with whom John had created A Single Man (1978) -- the pair wrote the standouts "Dear God" and "Take Me Back" as well as the hit single "Little Jeannie." "Sartorial Eloquence" harks back to the classic "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," thanks to the all-star backing vocals from Eagles Glenn Frey and Don Henley as well as Toni Tennille, Bruce Johnston, and Peter Noone (from Herman's Hermits). Interestingly, John briefly reassembled his 1970s core band of Davey Johnstone (guitar), Dee Murray (bass), and Nigel Olsson (drums), although their contributions sound more like an afterthought when compared to those of studio stalwarts Richie Zito (guitar), Steve Lukather (guitar), Lenny Castro (percussion), and an all-star horn section of Chuck Findley (trumpet), Jim Horn (sax), and Jerry Hey (trumpet). The scattered nature and lack of cohesion on 21 at 33 would translate onto John's next few albums such as The Fox (1981) and Jump Up! (1982). Not until the full-fledged reunion with Taupin and backing quartet on Too Low for Zero (1983) would John begin to reestablish himself as a central pop music figure.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2003
Label: Universal I.S.
UPC: 0044007711422
catalogNumber: 771142
Rank: 17576

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elton John   Primary Artist,Piano,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Overdubs,Wurlitzer
Toni Tennille   Choir, Chorus
Don Henley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Tambourine
James Newton Howard   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes,CS-80
Bill Champlin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bruce Johnston   Choir, Chorus
Peter Noone   Choir, Chorus
Joe Chemay   Choir, Chorus
Curt Becher   Choir, Chorus
Byron Berline   Fiddle,Violin
Richie Cannata   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Conga
Chuck Findley   Trombone,Trumpet,Horn
Clive Franks   Percussion,Tambourine,Vocals,cowbell
Glenn Frey   Vocals
Venette Gloud   Vocals,Background Vocals
Glenn Grey   Background Vocals
Max Gronenthal   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Wind
Jim Horn   Piccolo,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jon Joyce   Choir, Chorus
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Reggie McBride   Bass
Dee Murray   Bass,Background Vocals
Nigel Olsson   Drums
Gary Osborne   Background Vocals
David Paich   Organ,Keyboards
Timothy B. Schmit   Vocals,Background Vocals
Stephanie Spruill   Background Vocals
Alvin "Red" Taylor   Drums
Carmen Twillie   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Wrather   Guitar
Richie Zito   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Alvin Taylor   Drums
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Richie Zotto   Acoustic Guitar
Larry Hall   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Wind
Larry Williams   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Little Walter   Composer
Eric Carmen   Composer
Elton John   Producer
David Foster   String Arrangements
Bruce Johnston   Arranger,Choir Arrangement
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Andraé Crouch   Composer
Steve Desper   Engineer
Clive Franks   Producer,Engineer
Jerry Hey   Brass Arrangment
Jim Horn   Brass Arrangment
David Leonard   Engineer
Peggy McCreary   Engineer
Patrick Jaunead   Engineer
Steve McManus   Engineer
John Tobler   Liner Notes
Thomas Robinson   Composer
Norman Moore   Artwork,Art Direction,Concept,Cover Design,Original Sleeve Design
George Osaki   Art Direction
Adrian Collee   Studio Coordinator
David Burgess   Engineer
Jane Hitchin   Tape Research
Zoe Roberts   Tape Research
Adrian Colle   Studio Coordinator
Stephen McManus   Engineer

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