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Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin [042284575027]

  • 1. Border Song - Eric Clapton
    2. Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time) - Kate Bush
    3. Come Down in Time - Sting
    4. Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting - The Who
    5. Crocodile Rock - The Beach Boys
    6. Daniel - Wilson Phillips
    7. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word - Joe Cocker
    8. Levon - Jon Bon Jovi
    9. Bitch Is Back, The - Tina Turner
    10. Philadelphia Freedom - Hall & Oates
    11. Your Song - Rod Stewart
    12. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me - Oleta Adams
    13. Madman Across the Water - Bruce Hornsby
    14. Sacrifice - Sinad O'Connor
    15. Burn Down the Mission - Phil Collins
    16. Tonight - George Michael
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 422-845750-2

  • Credits
    ProducerBilly Nicholls; Chris Lord-Alge; Daryl Hall; David Tickle; Truman Stiles; Eric Clapton; George Michael; Glen Ballard; Gus Dudgeon; Hugh Padgham; John Oates; Jon Astley; Jon Bon Jovi; Kate Bush; Aldo Nova; Obie O'Brien; Phil Collins; Roger Davies; Roland Orzabal; Sinead O'Connor; T-Bone Wolk; Tina Turner; Trevor Horn; Bruce Hornsby
    EngineerChris Lord-Alge; Chris Porter; Curt Frasca; Dave O'Donnell; David Tickle; Del Palmer; Richard Arnold; Francis Buckley; Stephen Chase; Tuffy; Hugh Padgham; Ian Lynne; Jeff Peters; John Reynolds; Larry Millas; Obie O'Brien; Andy MacPherson; Peter Moshay

    Full title: Two Rooms: Celebrating The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin.
    TWO ROOMS is a tribute to Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
    Personnel: Eric Clapton, Gene Black, Roland Orzabal (vocals, guitar); John Oates (vocals, electric guitar); Nancy Treadlight (vocals, strings); Timmy Cappello (vocals, saxophone, horns, organ, tambourine); Phil Collins (vocals, piano, drums); Kenny Moore, Oleta Adams, Bruce Hornsby (vocals, piano); Daryl Hall, Ollie Marland, Kate Bush (vocals, keyboards); Bob Feit (vocals, bass guitar); Billy Nicholls, Bruce Johnson, Ian Wilson, Adrian Baker, Jeff Peters, Jon Bon Jovi, Al Jardine, Mike Love , Sinad O'Connor, Tessa Niles, Tina Turner, Carl Wilson , Carol Kenyon (vocals); Phil Grande, Daryl Stuermer, Chrissy Shefts, Jerry Stevenson, Jeff Golub, Alan Murphy, Aldo Nova, Michael Landau, Phil X. , George Marinelli Jr. (guitar); Elliot Easton (electric guitar); Don Teschner (mandolin); Richard Greene (violin); Chris Cameron (strings, piano); David Clayton (strings); Davy Spillane (Uilleann pipe); Alistair Anderson (concertina); Danny Jacobs (oboe); Andy Hamilton (woodwinds, French horn); Dan Higgins, Deric Dyer (saxophone); George Young (alto saxophone); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Ronnie Cuber (baritone saxophone); Alan Rubin (trumpet); Dave Bargeron (trombone); Pheonix Horns (brass); Greg Phillinganes, John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Randy Kerber (piano); Glen Ballard (electric piano, synthesizer); Steve Winwood (organ); Ian Lynne (keyboards, programming); Chris Stainton, Lyndon Connah, David Bryan, Howie Bertolo, Kevin Savigar, T-Bone Wolk, John Thomas , Bob Mayo (keyboards); Robbie Konor, John Miles, Alan Clark, Michael Boddicker (synthesizer); Kasim Sulton (bass guitar); John Cushon, David Palmer , Michael Braun, John Molo, Steve Holley, Charlie Morgan , Jack Bruno, Tico Torres, Steve Ferrone (drums); John "J.R." Robinson (cymbals); Carol Steele (tambourine); Sammy Figueroa (percussion); Jon Astley (programming).
    Audio Mixers: Chris Lord-Alge; David Tickle; Francis Buckley; Gus Dudgeon; Hugh Padgham; Rob Eaton; Brian Malouf.
    Audio Remixer: Gus Dudgeon.
    Photographers: Lynn Goldsmith; Chalkie Davies; Diego Uchitel; Greg Gorman; Neal Preston; Tim White ; Kevin Westenberg; Paul Cox; Phil Dent; Randee Saint Nicholas; Dave Morgan; Alan Bergman.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Orion Crawford; Rev. Timothy Wright.
    Two Rooms is a wildly uneven star-studded tribute to a wildly uneven superstar songwriting team. Though Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote many of the best pop songs of the '70s and '80s, they have written more than their fair share of clunkers as well. Some of them were chosen for this collection. Tina Turner, for example, tackles the ludicrously juvenile "The Bitch Is Back" and somehow manages to make it even worse. Daryl Hall and John Oates don't fare any better with the embarrassingly outdated disco anthem "Philadelphia Freedom." But most of the songs on Two Rooms are drawn from Elton and Bernie's A-list and some of them really illustrate the depth of their songwriting abilities. Sinad O'Connor finds the tortured soul of the 1989 divorce song "Sacrifice" in a way that the original recording never did. George Michael's radiant tenor lights a fire under "Tonight," another song about a disintegrating relationship. Sting gives the album's most memorable performance, bringing haunted melancholy to the seldom heard "Come Down in Time." Unfortunately, many of the artists are not that sensitive to their chosen songs. Wilson Phillips makes a chipper dentist's office ballad out of the heart-rending elegy "Daniel," while Jon Bon Jovi brings unwanted screech rock bluster to "Levon" and Rod Stewart turns the gentle, charming sap of "Your Song" into noxious, gooey sap. The record succeeds in conveying the enormous influence and productivity of the collaboration between John and Taupin. But it sometimes makes you think they've been just a bit too prolific and that their influence might not always be a good one. ~ Evan Cater

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