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Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Studio album by various artists
Released October 22, 1991
Recorded various
Genre Rock
Length 78:54
Label Polydor Records
Producer many
Professional reviews

Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin is a 1991 tribute album consisting of interpretations of sixteen songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The title refers to the song on Elton John's album 21 at 33 "Two Rooms At The End of The World", to the duo's unusual collaborative style and is also that of a 1991 movie documenting their collaboration. The album gained an uneven reception,[1] with Sinéad O'Connor's interpretation of "Sacrifice" generally coming in for the most praise[2]

Kate Bush's reggae-inflected version of "Rocket Man" was released as the lead single and peaked at #12 in the UK and #7 in Australia (where it beat the original version's chart position by six places). In 2007 the track won The Observer readers' award for Greatest Cover of all time. [3]

The second single was Oleta Adams' version of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", which peaked at #33 in the UK charts. Wilson Phillips' cover of "Daniel", while not released as a single, peaked at #7 in the US Adult Contemporary chart due to strong radio airplay.

Track listing

  1. "Border Song" - Eric Clapton 4:21
  2. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)" - Kate Bush 4:57
  3. "Come Down in Time" - Sting 3:38
  4. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" - The Who 4:32
  5. "Crocodile Rock" - The Beach Boys 4:21
  6. "Daniel" - Wilson Phillips 4:03
  7. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" - Joe Cocker 3:57
  8. "Levon" - Jon Bon Jovi 5:27
  9. "The Bitch is Back" - Tina Turner 3:38
  10. "Philadelphia Freedom" - Hall & Oates 5:12
  11. "Your Song" - Rod Stewart 4:49
  12. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" - Oleta Adams 6:02
  13. "Madman Across the Water" - Bruce Hornsby 6:10
  14. "Sacrifice" - Sinéad O'Connor 5:12
  15. "Burn Down the Mission" - Phil Collins 6:58
  16. "Tonight" - George Michael 7:23

In the same year as this album's release, John and Michael reworked the former's song "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" at a concert. This version was released as a charity single, and hit #1 in many countries.

References

  1. ^ Rolling Stone, "Elton by Others is an Uneven Enterprise", October 2, 1991.
  2. ^ People Magazine, "Two Rooms But One Great Songbook", September 23, 1991.
  3. ^ http://observer.guardian.co.uk/omm/ttremastered/story/0,,2166706,00.html The Observer, UK 2007.
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