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21 at 33
Studio album by Elton John
Released 13 May 1980
Recorded August 1979, January-March 1980
Genre Soft rock, piano rock
Length 42:51
Label MCA Records
Rocket Records
Producer Elton John and Clive Franks
Professional reviews
Elton John chronology
Lady Samantha
21 at 33
The Fox

21 at 33 is the fourteenth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1980. It was recorded at Superbear Studios, Nice, France, in August 1979.

The title comes from the fact that this was Elton John's 21st album in total at the age of 33. According to the liner notes in the remastered edition of the album, the count includes all standard albums, two "Greatest Hits" compilations, two live albums, as well as the Friends soundtrack, the 3-song, 12-inch EP The Thom Bell Sessions and the UK-only "rarities" collection Lady Samantha.[1]

John has not played any of its material in concert since its initial tour in 1980, with the exception of "Little Jeannie", which was performed at the two One Night Only concerts in 2000[2]. Even "Little Jeannie", which was a big North American hit, (#3 in the U.S. and #1 in Canada), is rarely performed. Two of Elton's "classic" bandmates, drummer Nigel Olsson and bass player Dee Murray returned to the lineup at this time. Only Dee provided backing vocals.


Track listing


Side one

  1. "Chasing the Crown" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 5:31
  2. "Little Jeannie" (John, Gary Osborne) – 5:18
  3. " Sartorial Eloquence" (John, Tom Robinson) – 4:44
  4. "Two Rooms at the End of the World" (John, Taupin) – 5:39

Side two

  1. "White Lady White Powder" (John, Taupin) – 4:31
  2. "Dear God" (John, Osborne) – 3:44
  3. "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" (John, Robinson) – 4:06
  4. "Take Me Back" (John, Osborne) – 3:51
  5. "Give Me the Love" (John, Judie Tzuke) – 5:22


Song Format
"Conquer the Sun" Little Jeannie 7" (US/UK)
"Cartier" Sartorial Eloquence 7" (US/UK)
"White Man Danger" Sartorial Eloquence 7" (US/UK)
"Tactics" Dear God 7" (UK)
"Steal Away Child" Dear God 7" (double) (UK)
"Love So Cold" Dear God 7" (double) (UK)


  • Elton John (vocals, piano)
  • Steve Lukather, Steve Wrather, Richie Zito (guitar)
  • Byron Berline (violin)
  • Larry Hall, Jerry Hey (winds)
  • Jim Horn, Richie Cannata (saxophone)
  • Bill Reichenbach (trombone)
  • David Paich (keyboards)
  • Dee Murray (bass)
  • Nigel Olsson, Alvin "Red" Taylor (drums)
  • Clive Franks (percussion, background vocals)
  • Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit, Bill Champlin, Venette Gloud, Carmen Twillie (background vocals).


  1. ^ Liner notes to remastered 21 at 33 album
  2. ^ One Night Only: The Greatest Hits DVD, 2000.


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