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Elton John
Studio album by Elton John
Released April 10, 1970
Recorded January 1970 at Trident Studios, London
Genre Rock, Symphonic rock
Length 39:27 (Original release)

50:51 (1995 reissue)

109:18 (2008 deluxe edition)

(Including bonus disc)
Label DJM (UK/world)
Uni (US/Canada)
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Professional reviews
Elton John chronology
Empty Sky
Elton John
Tumbleweed Connection

Elton John is the eponymous second album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1970. It was his first album, however, released in America, thus commonly assumed by many as his debut, as Empty Sky would not be released in the U.S. until 1975. It includes his breakthrough hit, "Your Song", and helped establish his career during what was considered the "singer-songwriter" era of popular music. In 1971 the album was nominated to the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 2003, the album was ranked number 468 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. This was the first of many albums to be produced by Gus Dudgeon.


Track listing

All songs by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

Side one

  1. "Your Song" – 4:02
  2. "I Need You to Turn To" – 2:35
  3. "Take Me to the Pilot" – 3:48
  4. "No Shoe Strings on Louise" – 3:31
  5. "First Episode at Hienton" – 4:48

Side Two

  1. "Sixty Years On" – 4:35
  2. "Border Song" – 3:22
  3. "The Greatest Discovery" – 4:12
  4. "The Cage" – 3:28
  5. "The King Must Die" – 5:04

Bonus tracks (1995 Polygram and MCA reissue)

  1. "Bad Side of the Moon" – 3:15
  2. "Grey Seal" [Original version] – 3:35
  3. "Rock n' Roll Madonna" – 4:17

Bonus tracks (2008 Deluxe Edition)

  1. "Your Song" [Piano demo] – 3:35
  2. "I Need You to Turn To" [Piano demo] – 2:12
  3. "Take Me to the Pilot" [Piano demo] – 2:36
  4. "No Shoe Strings on Louise" [Piano demo] – 3:33
  5. "Sixty Years On" [Piano demo] – 4:21
  6. "The Greatest Discovery" [Piano demo] – 3:58
  7. "The Cage" [Piano demo] – 3:21
  8. "The King Must Die" [Piano demo] – 5:24
  9. "Rock n' Roll Madonna" [Piano demo] – 3:11
  10. "Thank You Mama" – 3:20
  11. "All the Way Down to El Paso" – 2:49
  12. "I'm Going Home" – 3:05
  13. "Grey Seal" [Piano demo] – 3:19
  14. "Rock n' Roll Madonna" [Alternate take] – 2:55
  15. "Bad Side of the Moon" – 3:13
  16. "Grey Seal" [Original Version] – 3:36
  17. "Rock n' Roll Madonna" – 4:17
  18. "Border Song" [BBC session] – 3:21
  19. "Your Song" [BBC session] – 4:01
  20. "Take Me to the Pilot" [BBC session] – 3:33

On the album released in Portugal, a French horn is used in the introduction to "The Greatest Discovery" instead of a cello as is found on all other versions. An extended version of the introduction to "Sixty Years On" is available on 1990 box set "To Be Continued".

When MCA Records re-issued this album on cassette tape in the 1980s, "I Need You To Turn To" and "The Cage" were swapped in the album running order.

The album was remastered as a multichannel Super Audio CD in 2004.


Song Format
"Bad Side of the Moon" Border Song 7" (US)
"Into the Old Man's Shoes" Your Song 7" (UK)



  • Producer: Gus Dudgeon
  • Engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
  • Editing: Gus Skinas
  • Remastering: Tony Cousins
  • Digital transfers: Ricky Graham
  • Surround sound: Greg Penny
  • Lyricist: Bernie Taupin
  • Arranger: Paul Buckmaster
  • Orchestra contractor: David Katz
  • Art direction: David Larkham
  • Liner notes: Gus Dudgeon, John Tobler



Year Chart Position
1970 UK album chart 5
1971 US Billboard Pop Albums 4


Year Single Chart Position
1970 Border Song US Billboard Pop Singles 92
1971 Your Song UK Singles Chart 7
1971 Your Song US Billboard Pop Singles 8

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