Some of the world’s biggest pop, rock and country performers are celebrating Elton and Bernie Taupin’s music with two albums Revamp (Island Records) and Restoration (Universal Music Group Nashville) to be released on April 6.
Revamp includes entertainers such as Mary J. Blige; Coldplay; Florence And The Machine; Sam Smith; Ed Sheeran; and Lady Gaga.
Restoration features country stars, ranging from Willie Nelson to Lee Ann Womack. Incidentally, Elton himself has contributed to Bennie And The Jets on Revamp, along with P!nk and Logic. And Miley Cyrus appears on both albums.
'It's always a huge compliment when an artist loves your song enough to take the time and effort to rework it,” Elton states. “As songwriters, Bernie and myself are thrilled when singers we admire and respect as much as those on Revamp and Restoration choose to add their own unique twist in the process. It means that our music is still relevant and ultimately that our songs continue to reach new audiences. We're humbled and thank them all for their generosity.”
“Because of our love of all kinds of music, we’re not stuck in one genre,” says Bernie. “From day one we borrowed from everything that’s good about American music – whether it’s blues, country, gospel, pop, pure rock – everything got thrown in the mix. I think that’s why our music over the years has been so varied. It would be tiring if you just got stuck in one niche your entire career, especially when it’s one as long as ours.”
The album art for Restoration was created by Bernie. The rustic musical instruments and flags from both nations is an extension of his mixed‐media art that’s another form of expression. It symbolises the role that U.S. culture and its native music has played as a driver in the John/Taupin canon.
“For me, there’s an irony about the American flag,” Taupin says. “It’s been battered and beaten and burned, but it’s resilient. It’s always come back. I incorporate it with other things, and lately I’ve done a lot of pieces with deconstructed guitars and other found materials: barbed wire, broken bottles, things that people identify with on an everyday level. If it’s on the floor and it works, I’ll put it into the artwork. But it all goes hand in hand with my belief in America and my interest, I would say obsession, with Americana.”
Revamp has a pop art cover based on the Terry O’Neill photograph of Elton that was recreated in neon. The covers are very different from each other because they represent totally different recordings.
Below are details for Revamp:
1. Bennie and The Jets ‐ Elton John, P!nk, Logic
2. We All Fall In Love Sometimes ‐ Coldplay
3. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues ‐ Alessia Cara 4. Candle In The Wind ‐ Ed Sheeran
5. Tiny Dancer ‐ Florence And The Machine
6. Someone Saved My Life Tonight ‐ Mumford and Sons
7. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word ‐ Mary J. Blige
8. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart ‐ Q Tip feat. Demi Lovato
9. Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters ‐ The Killers
10. Daniel ‐ Sam Smith
11. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me ‐ Miley Cyrus
12. Your Song ‐ Lady Gaga
13. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road ‐ Queens of the Stone Age
Restoration's tracks are as follows:
1. Rocket Man – Little Big Town
2. Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters – Maren Morris
3. Sacrifice – Don Henley and Vince Gill
4. Take Me To The Pilot – Brothers Osborne
5. My Father’s Gun – Miranda Lambert
6. I Want Love – Chris Stapleton
7. Honky Cat – Lee Ann Womack
8. Roy Rogers – Kacey Musgraves
9. Please – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton
10. The Bitch Is Back – Miley Cyrus
11. Sad Songs (Say So Much) – Dierks Bentley
12. This Train Don’t Stop – Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris
13. Border Song – Willie Nelson