Elton’s new album Wonderful Crazy Night now available for pre-order
Prolific performing artist Elton John will release his 33rd studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night, worldwide on February 5, 2016.
The album was co-produced by Elton and T-Bone Burnett and reconvenes Elton’s core band of drummer Nigel Olsson, from his original three-piece group, and guitarist Davey Johnstone, with whom he first worked in 1971.
They are joined by bassist Matt Bissonette, keyboard player Kim Bullard and percussionist John Mahon. Five tracks feature another time-honored associate, percussionist Ray Cooper.
Wonderful Crazy Night also marks the continuation of Elton’s incredible, inexhaustible songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin. These outstanding and evocative new co-writes represent the latest fruits of a friendship that now dates back 48 years.
According to Dave Lifton, writing in UltimateClassicRock.com, it took John less than three weeks to make Wonderful Crazy Night.
John told UDiscoverMusic.com in an interview, “The new album is all one or two takes, and that's it. We did a song a day, wrote a song, finished it, did the backing vocals and then went onto the next track. So in 17 days we did 14 songs, ten of which ended up on the album.”
According to the website, “The singer-songwriter adds that the album's upbeat mood reflects his current state of mind. ‘ For me, it's a joyous record,’ he added. ‘It's like going back to the '70s, there's a lot of '70s-influenced things in there, but it's a record that's been made in 2015.’
“Asked about his expectations for Wonderful Crazy Night, he said simply: ‘That people like it. That's all I can hope for.’"
Sir Elton John, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. He has achieved 37 gold and 27 multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time. Over the five decades since his career began in 1969, Elton has played more than 3,500 concerts in over 80 countries.
Elton entered into a civil partnership with David Furnish on December 21, 2005, the first day it was possible to do so in Britain. The couple has two sons, Zachary and Elijah, both born by surrogacy. Elton and David were married at their home in England December 21, 2014.
Wonderful Crazy Night is available to pre-order now on CD, Deluxe CD, Vinyl, and a special limited-edition Super-Deluxe package containing two CDs, 180g heavyweight vinyl, a 20-page oversized super-glossy photo magazine featuring a portfolio of specially commissioned Juergen Teller photographs of Elton, along with lyrics and studio photography, all packed in a full-color deluxe box.
Digital pre-orders and all pre-orders from EltonJohn.com will also come with an instant download of the new single, Looking Up.
Wonderful Crazy Night track listing
1. Wonderful Crazy Night
2. In The Name Of You
3. Claw Hammer
4. Blue Wonderful
5. I’ve Got 2 Wings
6. A Good Heart
7. Looking Up
8. Guilty Pleasure
10. The Open Chord
Deluxe Bonus Tracks
1. Free And Easy
2. England And America
Super-Deluxe Bonus Tracks
1. Free And Easy
2. Children’s Song
3. No Monsters
4. England And America
The Gayly – December 29, 2015 @ 12:15 p.m.