Parts Are Better Than The Sum
Blue Moves, produced by Gus Dudgeon, is Elton’s second double album within 3 years. Blue Moves is not quite the majestic journey of 1973’s double album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album but at times, it comes close.
This is the second album with the band that created ’75′s Rock Of The Westies album; and it sounds nothing like that album in tone, spirit or anything else for that matter. One of the chief reasons is that Bernie Taupin was going through some tough times and that was starting to show in his lyrics, which on Blue Moves are often full of despair and often times just downright bleak.
But that also enables Elton to offer up some of his most heartbreaking vocals on songs like Tonight, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word and Someone’s Final Song. It’s not all necessarily dour. There are some uptempo tracks including the fun One Horse Town, Boogie Pilgrim (a Bee Gees meets Earth Wind and Fire exercise that really should have been a b-side) and Crazy Water, a rave up catchy tune. Blue Moves also has some unique musical experiments that sometimes work, like on The Wide-Eyed And Laughing (complete with sitar) but misses on gospel track Where’s The Shoorah?
Throw in three (yes, three) instrumentals and a handful of other songs, and you get quite a large effort that sadly, is better enjoyed in parts rather than the sum. Some of the best moments, like Chameleon, Cage The Songbird and Idol are lost in the big shuffle of material here but when you get to them, they are excellent.
The last track, Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance) has always puzzled me. The track clocks in at nearly 8 minutes and for all the heat the song tries to muster, it’s basically one long jam session.
Hardly an appropriate way to end an album as moody as Blue Moves.
I'm a twenty year old. Recently married, and I'm an Elton John fan.
I'm working toward having every Elton album on cd. I bought this album and I have to say fantastic (I'm used to Elton's music rocking my world.). The reviews I read we're just saying "it's his saddest.." "Darkest" nonsense.
It's a beautiful album, some songs got alittle too much work done to them but Elton I have to say.
Get the double album version.
Beautiful Blues Album!
We know how much went into making this Wonderful Album ~ Blue Moves ~ and it shows! All Elton and Bernie fans Love this album.
Elton is a musical genius in so many ways and his voice is very bluesy here. 'Where's The Shoorah?' We have discussed this in
groups and it is an exquiste song. We all know who has found the Shoorah. ;-) An album that many very young people love too!
The album cover has been used as artwork in many ways as well. Elton and Bernie fans are ageless.
A Lifetime Elton and Bernie fan. xxx
He is an amazing artist and his music is beautiful. All his albums are amazing, and I particularly like this one.
This album was tedious when it was originally released, and it remains so. The abject dividing line of John's career.
Elton at his BEST!!!!!!
By Duke Mahalo
Elton displays his virtuosity of the keyboards here in this album. A true modern master!! This is my favorite album of Elton John. And I saw the GYBR tour in '73. Which of course his greatest commercial success. But creatively and musically, this is his best.
Grows on you
When I bought this at its release, I wasn't wowed but at the same time found myself listening to it over and over. I like the change in style and find it's one of my favorites of his now. It's great "mood music" -- you won't rock to it but you can light a candle and really take it in! Great album.
By MSG Bush
I bought Blue Moves in Japan in 1976. I lost all my vinyls, and I once bought the CD, but it was defective. This completes the journey. Cage the Songbird is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. It made me want to watch the movie about Edith Piaf. I like how they played the song by her in Shawshank Redemption. Elton taught the world to appreciate good music. He even turned many of us on to the late Rev. James Cleveland. Elton is the man. You're better off dead if you haven't heard Elton!
SO - as a spotty youth, elton was the man - i had this as an album, lost it, moved - usual stuff - BUT now it on iTunes - excellent, one of the best Elton albums ever..... and yes he is the "Queen of England" and proud of it, i hope...... :-)
The last great Elton John album.
I don't think I could add much to the list of reviews that hasn't already been said. But I will say that vocally Elton is in top form here, and the diversity of melodies is really something to admire. I've always appreciated the risks he and the band took with instrumental numbers here and there as well. As others have written, this album signaled the end of an era - when Elton ruled pop radio. "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" was the last of the teary ballads that would get airplay, and was the only hit single off the double album in the U.S. That said, there are many gems on this collection of songs, and if you're a fan then this should be part of your EJ library.