1980 Elton John – 21 at 33

John, Elton 198021 at 33 is the fourteenth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released on 13 May 1980. It was recorded at Super Bear Studios, Nice, France, in August 1979, and Rumbo Recorders and Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, California between January to March 1980.

Two of John’s “classic” bandmates, drummer Nigel Olsson and bass player Dee Murray, reunited with him for one song. His backup keyboardist James Newton-Howard returned and performed on almost every track as was the case on Rock of the Westies and Blue Moves. Other musicians included members of The Eagles and Toto as well as Peter Noone from Herman’s Hermits.

The title comes from the fact that this was 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 three-song, 12-inch EP The Thom Bell Sessions and the UK-only “rarities” collection Lady Samantha. The album sold over 900,000 copies in the United States, narrowly missing a Platinum certication.

John has not played any of the material in concert since touring in 1980, with the exception of “Little Jeannie”, “White Lady White Powder” and “Sartorial Eloquence”. Even “Little Jeannie”, which was a huge North American hit (#3 Pop and #1 Adult Contemporary in the United States, and #1 in Canada) is rarely performed, although it was included in the two One Night Only concerts in 2000.

Tracks

1  Chasing The Crown (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) 5:38
Little Jeannie(Elton John, Gary Osborne) 5:17
Sartorial Eloquence(Elton John, Tom Robinson) 4:42
4  Two Rooms At The End Of The World (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) 5:38
5  White Lady White Powder (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) 4:35
6  Dear God (Elton John, Gary Osborne) 3:46
7  Never Gonna Fall In Love Again (Elton John, Tom Robinson) 4:07
8  Take me Back (Elton John, Gary Osborne) 3:51
9  Give me the Love (Elton John, Judie Tzuke) 5:23

Musicians

1 Chasing The Crown

BassReginald McBride
DrumsAlvin Taylor
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
Background VocalsStephanie Spruill
Background VocalsNetty Gloud


2 Little Jeannie

BassReginald McBride
DrumsNigel Olsson
GuitarRichie Zito
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard
TrumpetJerry Hey
HornJim Horn
TrumpetChuck Findley
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsDee Murray


3 Sartorial Eloquence

BassReginald McBride
DrumsAlvin Taylor
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
Background VocalsStephanie Spruill
Background VocalsNetty Gloud


4 Two Rooms At The End Of The World

BassReginald McBride
DrumsAlvin Taylor
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard
SaxJim Horn
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetChuck Findley


5 White Lady White Powder

BassDee Murray
DrumsNigel Olsson
GuitarRichie Zito
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsDon Henley
Background VocalsGlen Frey
Background VocalsTimothy B Schmit


6 Dear God

BassReginald McBride
DrumsAlvin Taylor
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard
OrganDavid Paich
Background VocalsBruce Johnston
Background VocalsCurt Becher
Background VocalsJoe Chemay
Background VocalsJon Joyce
Background VocalsPeter Noone
Background VocalsToni Tennille
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
Background VocalsStephanie Spruill
Background VocalsNetty Gloud


7 Never Gonna Fall In Love Again

BassReginald McBride
DrumsAlvin Taylor
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard
SaxRichie Cannata
PercussionVictor Feldman


8 Take me Back

BassReginald McBride
DrumsAlvin Taylor
GuitarRichie Zito
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard
FiddleByron Berline
PercussionVictor Feldman


9 Give me the Love

BassReginald McBride
DrumsAlvin Taylor
GuitarSteve Lukather
SaxLarry Williams
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetLarry Hall
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
Background VocalsNetty Gloud
Background VocalsBill Champlin

Liner Notes

Producer – Clive Franks, Elton John

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sackville Productions Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Sackville Productions Ltd.
Marketed By – Phonogram
Produced For – Frank N. Stein Productions Ltd.
Published By – Big Pig Music Ltd.
Published By – EMI Music Publishing
Published By – Rocket Music Ltd.
Recorded At – Super Bear Studios
Recorded At – Rumbo Recorders
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Mixed At – Sunset Sound
Mastered At – A&M Studios