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Made in England
Studio album by Elton John
Released March 20, 1995
Recorded February-April 1994
Genre Rock, pop
Length 52:39
Label Rocket Records
Island Records (US)
Producer Greg Penny and Elton John
Professional reviews
Elton John chronology
The Lion King
(1994)
Made in England
(1995)
Love Songs
(1996)

Made in England is the twenty-fifth studio album by English singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1995. It was dedicated to Elton's boyfriend and future civil partner David Furnish. It was also dedicated to the memory of Denis Gauthier and Peter Williams. This is the last album to date to feature percussionist Ray Cooper. Bob Birch became Elton's Bass player for this album and many more to come.

While still promoting his work for The Lion King soundtrack, in September of 1994, five months before its release as a single, the first track from Made in England, "Believe", was played live by Elton John at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. "Believe" reached #15 in the UK and #13 in the U.S., and was the only American hit from the album to reach the Top 20. During November, Elton John toured France, Italy, and the United Kingdom, and Japan two months later.

An interesting peculiarity is that, much unlike his previous works, and with the exception of the title track, all of the album's songs have one-word titles.

Contents

Singles

UK release date Single Notes Peak positions
20 February 1995 "Believe" Worldwide release #15 UK, #13 US, #1 CAN
8 May 1995 "Made in England" Worldwide release #18 UK, #52 US
18 December 1995 "Blessed" Not released in the UK #34 US, #3 CAN
22 January 1996 "Please" Released in the UK #33 UK

Track listing

All songs by Elton John/Bernie Taupin.

  1. "Believe" – 4:55
  2. "Made in England" – 5:09
  3. "House" – 4:27
  4. "Cold" – 5:37
  5. "Pain" – 3:49
  6. "Belfast" – 6:29
  7. "Latitude" – 3:34
  8. "Please" – 3:52
  9. "Man" – 5:16
  10. "Lies" – 4:25
  11. "Blessed" – 5:01

B-sides

Song Format
"The One (Live)" Believe 7"/CD (US/UK)
"The Last Song (Live)" Believe CD (US/UK)
"Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word (Live)" Believe CD (US/UK)
"Believe (Live)" Believe CD (US/UK)
"Believe (Urban Turban Version)" Believe CD (US)
"Believe (Hardkiss Mix)" Made in England 12"/CD (US)
"Made in England (Junior's Sound Factory Mix)" Made in England 12" (US/UK), CD (US) / Blessed CD (UK)
"Made in England (Junior's Factory Dub)" Made in England 12" (US/UK), CD (US)
"Made in England (Junior's Joyous Mix)" Made in England 12" (US/UK), CD (US) / Blessed CD (UK)
"Made in England (Junior's Big House Mix)" Made in England 12" (US)
"Made in England (Junior's Jungle Mix)" Made in England 12" (US)
"Made in England (Junior's Big House Dub)" Made in England 12" (US)
"Made in England (Junior's Massive House Dub)" Made in England 12" (US)
"Made in England (Junior's Jungle Dub)" Made in England 12" (US)
"Your Song (Live)" Made in England CD (UK)
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me (Live)" Made in England CD (UK)

Outtakes

There are many outtakes from Made in England. These songs include "Building a Bird", "Leaves", "Hell", "Skin", "Tick-Tock", "Red", "Live Like Horses", an alternate version of "Belfast", and an alternate version of "Believe". "Red" was later released on the French compilation Sol En Si, and a version of "Live Like Horses" was later released on The Big Picture. "Building a Bird" was recorded by Nigel Olssen for his 2001 Move the Universe CD, released only in Japan. The remaining outtakes have yet to see official release.[1]

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1995 The Billboard 200 13

Believe

Year Chart Position
1995 The Billboard Hot 100 13
1995 Adult Contemporary 1
1995 Adult Top 40 31
1995 Top 40 Mainstream 21

Blessed

Year Chart Position
1995 The Billboard Hot 100 34
1995 Adult Contemporary 2
1995 Adult Top 40 4
1996 Top 40 Adult Recurrents 2

Made In England

Year Chart Position
1995 The Billboard Hot 100 52
1995 Adult Contemporary 12
1995 Top 40 Mainstream 39
1995 Hot Dance Music/Club Play 13
1995 Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales 29

Personnel

References

  1. ^ Rocket Man: Elton John from A-Z (ISBN 9780275956981)
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