Elton John Announces New Album 'The Diving Board' To Be Released September 16th 2013

Elton John Announces New Album 'The Diving Board' To Be Released September 16th 2013

Elton John Announces New Album 'The Diving Board' To Be Released September 16th 2013

On September 16, 2013, Elton John will release one of the most distinguished records of his unparalleled career. The Diving Board is set to be hailed as both a sophisticated new chapter in his unique songbook, and a work of old-school sonic clarity.
A return to the piano-bass-drums construction of Elton's early years, and a celebration of his brilliance not just as a song craftsman but as a world-class pianist, The Diving Board will evoke memories of the groundbreaking albums that established him in the early 1970s.
The lead track from the album, Home Again, makes its radio debut on June 24. On its release in September, The Diving Board will be available in a 15-track edition on CD, vinyl and download; a 19-track super deluxe version on CD and download, adding the extra studio track Candlelit Bedroom and three songs performed live earlier this year at Capitol Studios; and a Super Deluxe box set featuring the extended CD, gatefold vinyl, book and bonus DVD.
All of the songs on The Diving Board were written by John and his career-long lyrical collaborator, Bernie Taupin. It was recorded at The Village in Los Angeles and produced by T-Bone Burnett, the storied helmsman of countless landmark records including The Union, John's acclaimed 2010 collaboration with Leon Russell.
In a break with tradition, the recordings feature the minimalist accompaniment of a crack team of musicians, namely guitarist Doyle Bramhall, R&B singer-producer Raphael Saadiq on bass, Keefus Ciancia on keyboards and drummer Jay Bellerose. As another nod to John's devotion to vintage soul, there's also an appearance by Jack Ashford, the legendary percussionist of Motown's Funk Brothers heyday. The percussion block that Ashford plays onA Town Called Jubilee is the very one he used for Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. 
For all of his global celebrity, the album is yet another reminder that Elton's chief professional responsibility is always to his music, and to helping the careers of young artists via his Rocket Music company. Soon-to-explode Irish band the Strypes are the latest act to be added to their roster, which includes Ed Sheeran, James Blunt, Lily Allen and many others.
The Diving Board follows John's latest collaboration, on Queens Of The Stone Age's chartbusting .Like Clockworkalbum and his recent work with Fall Out Boy.
It's only a year since he topped the UK album chart with Good Morning To The Night, which saw Australian dance production duo Pnau reinhabiting his classic catalogue. But The Diving Board is Elton's first studio recording of all-new solo material since 2006's The Captain & The Kid, and when the sessions started, he came roaring out of the traps.
"On the first three days of recording, in 2012, [Bernie and I] wrote 11 songs," he says. "All the tracks on the first session were done in five days. We went back this year and Bernie wrote some additional lyrics. I chose four and they were written and recorded in two days."
The John-Taupin team has been in partnership for so long, it's easy to underestimate the telepathic symbiosis of their creative process. "The great advantage of having Bernie as a lyricist is he's a very cinematic writer," says Elton. "I get a piece of paper [from him] and it has as story on it. Then I sit down at the keyboard.and because the story he's telling affects what I'm hearing.something comes out. I don't know what it is. It's as exciting as it was when I wrote the first melody to his first lyric, way back in 1967."
The spirit of spontaneity extended into the performances, just like old times. "When you've got musicians like these guys behind you, it's so exciting," Elton enthuses. "This was done, more or less, live. That's the way I used to record. In the old days, with the Elton John album [1970] we were recording live with an orchestra, and I was terrified. But it's the way to do it. And that's the way T-Bone does it, he assembles this great group of musicians, and hence things don't take five or six months."
As on those formative albums, these new John-Taupin creations have echoes of the gospel, blues and country of the great American outdoors that always inspired them. Every track is a highlight, but they include intricate, engrossing narratives such as Ballad of Blind Tom, the introspective ballad My Quicksand, the irresistibly catchyCan't Stay Alone Tonight and The Diving Board itself, Elton's "saucy" examination (his description) of the price of fame, through the prism of modern-day reality TV.
"It's a very musical album," says Elton. "There's a lot to take in. I'm not going to be chasing One Direction up the charts. I'm just making music I feel good about."   



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hello Russia, country. Please listen. Sir or Elton John, how would you address hyim? please note body guard David, what is inside closed doors, is not a matter of our or anyone's business. FIrst of all, Elton John is a great singer, a great musician a great piano player. Don't boycott this man's music. He's too wonderfully talented as a Bach, Bethovan, Chevchoskivie,vi, hey come now, I'm pure Ukrainain, we listen to elton john's music. he's not gay. e's the word. God loves elton john! he is there for him anytime, anywhere! I know this for a fact. I am very religious. Church Orhtodox every sunday however when I can Catholic also church every sunday, mostly every sunday except now, I got hurt at work, so I am walking on crutches. Why I got hurt I don't know. argued someone did with the boss, I slipped and fell down off the ladder. I am much better now. But please appreciate this wonderful awesome talent of El;ton JOhn's please.! he's too great of a man! I'll tell you a secret5, he has more than 5 I bet, but one I know, or two, he's think's he 's something big, my father John said, in his home, now he's passed on at 94 3 months, I thought to myself yeah dad I know why you said that now, cuz all I do is think of my family, my friends, and my elton john the musicians' we really love, me and the kids. and no my kids aren't with me, they're with bad dad. well, thats' not the best, but they know I made it for them. so then the secret is this thinking is lowest style of singing, playing, like Cosby, Dean Marten, the greatest black singers, he does so wonderfully sining that I know for a fact he's among the highest singers in the world, BArry Manilow, Tom Jones, all singing so great! Liberace, My God take a good look Russia you will not miss out on this talent of Sir Elton John! he's got to bring on keep bringing on his piano, his style of music, and his career is too awesome! His music is for us! normal farmers, anyone, who loves his music, there is nothing to do with a wrong word in his music, he's got no words withiout God. he's not gay. he's only pretending. we have to sometimes mind our own business in other people's safety. God is the judge of all mankind. As for me, I can't wait to play his record album of The Diving Board.! I know I heard some of it, I just lvoe it! it makes me happy, god 's how did he think of such a beautiful style of this album? wow I think. I lov ethis man you know Russia to Russia, all the best only for him, when he goes to concerts to play everyone should go see how beautiful he is, he is good looking, how he sings, talent like this, how he plays what? how can anyone play such melodies in his piano music, like also Paul McCartney, but a England's people this is too awesome, I know I appreciate it, when I hear, it, Andy Williams was singing, look how sweet he left his music singing we just watched the tube back then. No, he's too awesome folks in Russia, so please just buy the ticket, go to the concert and watch the awesome once in a lifetime gift of elton john. I have to say something, I have to write. my friend a freind, she's let me stay at her place, she has her own family, she invited me, I ended up in Vancouver cuz I was scared how am I going to fix this sprain, but I returned and she was there for me, I'll pay her the rent, I'm stuck in Okanagan Valley, West Bank isn't too far out, but I know I am walking carefully again slowly getting back to with and pretty soon without crutches, hope to god you people concentrate on health of walking eating, living, everday beautiful health,? remember this, when our mom and dad used to say you have your health, and people neibhbours would comment too you have your health, thats' the most important thing we all have. As blessed as we are, the white cross and Jesus did show up, today was the first time I shared that with someone lumber jack in McDs over coffee, cuz he fell , so don't let it happen to you. when a great man comes into our lives, Like my daddy too, we accept this gift of God's lovely human creation, and how talent, character is too awesome, for us not to want. !! so take care, thanks, trains and buses I even received a bus pass from the employment office today, isn't that nice, and someone's boss's son gave me some money to carry me through, I gave my freind $45.00 + $5.00 + $10.00 + $5.00 + $5.00 under the scope, and I gave my friend $20.00 for her birthday present so not too bad I don't not give back. I didn't borrow!! nothing!! Elton John is for concert playing, don't you dare ever tell me or anyone that he's going to jail. just leave him alone. and don't pick on people. God has us for each other. I think how lucky it is to have the blessings of some people coming and going, I'm missing my father, my daddy, but boy people in Russia they certainly went have after him for his wealth of what he made, and me too, my pickups, car, I deserve at least one. so take careful care of yourselves first. And God can you imagine to shack that hand of Elton John? or speak to him, thats' how you guys should be taken on to Sir Elton John. I just love that man to pieces. And yes I seen him with my own eyes in MTS Centre in May 2008. Isn't that something! God bless.

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