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

Bass Reginald McBride
Drums Alvin Taylor
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards James Newton-Howard
Percussion Victor Feldman
Background Vocals Carmen Twillie
Background Vocals Stephanie Spruill
Background Vocals Netty Gloud


2 Little Jeannie

Bass Reginald McBride
Drums Nigel Olsson
Guitar Richie Zito
Keyboards James Newton-Howard
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Horn Jim Horn
Trumpet Chuck Findley
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Dee Murray


3 Sartorial Eloquence

Bass Reginald McBride
Drums Alvin Taylor
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards James Newton-Howard
Percussion Victor Feldman
Background Vocals Carmen Twillie
Background Vocals Stephanie Spruill
Background Vocals Netty Gloud


4 Two Rooms At The End Of The World

Bass Reginald McBride
Drums Alvin Taylor
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards James Newton-Howard
Sax Jim Horn
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Trumpet Chuck Findley


5 White Lady White Powder

Bass Dee Murray
Drums Nigel Olsson
Guitar Richie Zito
Keyboards James Newton-Howard
Percussion Lenny Castro
Background Vocals Don Henley
Background Vocals Glen Frey
Background Vocals Timothy B Schmit


6 Dear God

Bass Reginald McBride
Drums Alvin Taylor
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards James Newton-Howard
Organ David Paich
Background Vocals Bruce Johnston
Background Vocals Curt Becher
Background Vocals Joe Chemay
Background Vocals Jon Joyce
Background Vocals Peter Noone
Background Vocals Toni Tennille
Background Vocals Carmen Twillie
Background Vocals Stephanie Spruill
Background Vocals Netty Gloud


7 Never Gonna Fall In Love Again

Bass Reginald McBride
Drums Alvin Taylor
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards James Newton-Howard
Sax Richie Cannata
Percussion Victor Feldman


8 Take me Back

Bass Reginald McBride
Drums Alvin Taylor
Guitar Richie Zito
Keyboards James Newton-Howard
Fiddle Byron Berline
Percussion Victor Feldman


9 Give me the Love

Bass Reginald McBride
Drums Alvin Taylor
Guitar Steve Lukather
Sax Larry Williams
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Trumpet Larry Hall
Percussion Lenny Castro
Background Vocals Carmen Twillie
Background Vocals Netty Gloud
Background Vocals Bill 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