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The Lockdown Sessions

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Forced off the road by the COVID-19 pandemic, Elton John kept himself busy by collaborating with friends, peers, admirers, and new guns. Those collaborations form the core of The Lockdown Sessions, a determinedly eclectic album that touches upon nearly every side of John's musical personality. Occasionally, John specifically dredges up the past, as on "Cold Heart," where Pnau remixes three Elton oldies while Dua Lipa sings the chorus to "Rocket Man," or he makes a sly wink at an old favorite as when he and Eddie Vedder stir up some "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" vibes on "E-Ticket." The fact that The Lockdown Sessions features the Pearl Jam singer along with the British pop sensation Lipa just scratches the surface of the eclecticism. Elton finds space for everyone from hip-hop sensation Lil Nas X to Americana stalwart Brandi Carlile, even resurrecting Glen Campbell for a posthumous duet on "I'm Not Gonna Miss You." Although Campbell released his solo version of "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," that's not one of the many previously released tracks here: "One of Me" shows up on Lil Nas X's debut, the version of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" with Miley Cyrus (and Yo-Yo Ma) shows up on the deluxe edition of The Black Album, Gorillaz put out "The Pink Phantom" on Song Machine, plus he duetted with Olly Alexander of Years and Years on a version of Pet Shop Boys' "It's a Sin" at the Brit Awards, a performance that shows up here. The presence of these records doesn't contribute to the patchwork feel of The Lockdown Sessions: the album was already plenty fragmented without these cuts. Part of the appeal is that it sounds like a shape-shifting, genre-bending playlist, an hour of snazzy modern pop where Elton John is the center of gravity. The record is at its best when it's close to an old-fashioned duet album. Carlile steers Elton back toward his AOR '70s on "Simple Things," he finds sympathetic partners in schmaltz with Charlie Puth and Jimmie Allen, and sounds at ease duetting with Stevie Wonder. Those are the moments where John's personality shines through, whereas some of the modern dance music feels as if he's endorsing the proceedings instead of participating. If Elton occasionally recedes from the spotlight, The Lockdown Sessions demonstrates how he remains a powerful presence in pop even when he's in the midst of a farewell tour.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)
Elton John
00:03:22

Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nicholas Littlemore, Producer, Drums, Drum Programming, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Peter Mayes, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Drum Programming, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Josh Gudwin, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Meecham, ComposerLyricist - PNAU, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Littlemore, Producer, Drums, Drum Programming, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dean Meredith, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dua Lipa, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rafael Fadul, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Schick, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Mercury Records Limited

2
Always Love You
Elton John
00:04:17

Ali Tamposi, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Lamalfa, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Galland, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicki Minaj, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Walsh, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Watt, Producer, Guitar, Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Bell, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Young Thug, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Sonzini, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wotman, ComposerLyricist - Jeffery Lamar Williams, ComposerLyricist - Robin Florent, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Desmarais, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremie Inhaber, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 HST Global Limited

3
Learn To Fly
Surfaces
00:03:31

Elton John, MainArtist - Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Sacco, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Forrest Frank, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Luke Swirsky, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Surfaces, MainArtist - Colin Padalecki, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Surfaces Music / TenThousand Projects

4
After All
Elton John
00:03:28

Magnus Johansson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Elton John, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jacob Kasher Hindlin, ComposerLyricist - Chris Galland, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wojtek Goral, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mattias Bylund, String Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Tomas Jonsson, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mattias Johansson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Puth, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - David Bukovinszky, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robin Florent, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Janne Bjerger, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Noos Johansson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Desmarais, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremie Inhaber, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Atlantic Records Group LLC

5
Chosen Family
Rina Sawayama
00:04:40

Elton John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Schmidt, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonny Lattimer, ComposerLyricist - Tim Rowkins, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rina Sawayama, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Danny L Harle, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Programming, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Dirty Hit

6
The Pink Phantom
Gorillaz
00:04:13

Remi Kabaka, Producer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, Piano, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gorillaz, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Damon Albarn, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Sedgwick, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - 6LACK, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ricardo Valdez Valentine Jr, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Gorillaz Partnership

7
It's a sin (global reach mix)
Elton John
00:04:44

Elton John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart Price, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - NEIL TENNANT, ComposerLyricist - Davide Rossi, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Pet Shop Boys, Producer - Chris Lowe, ComposerLyricist - Toby Alington, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Years & Years, MainArtist - Olly Alexander, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Robinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harpaal Sanghera, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 HST Recording Limited / x2 Recordings Limited

8
Nothing Else Matters
Miley Cyrus
00:06:35

Watt, FeaturedArtist - Robert Trujillo, Bass, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Elton John, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Lamalfa, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yo-Yo Ma, Cello, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Miley Cyrus, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chad Smith, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Hetfield, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, ComposerLyricist - Mike Block, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Watt, Producer, String Arranger, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Caesar Edmunds, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Blackened Recordings Inc.

9
Orbit
Elton John
00:03:28

Elton John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Josh Gudwin, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - SG Lewis, Producer, Drums, Bass, Synthesizer, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sophie Frances Cooke, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Samuel George Lewis, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 HST Global Limited

10
Simple Things
Elton John
00:04:11

Brandi Carlile, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Trucks, Slide Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Hanseroth, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Hanseroth, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Chaney, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Elton John, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Lamalfa, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abe Laboriel Jr., Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - James Poyser, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Watt, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Tis, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Pynn, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Sonzini, Additional Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wotman, ComposerLyricist - Nate Yaccino, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Roman Campolo, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 HST Global Limited

11
Beauty In The Bones
Jimmie Allen
00:03:50

Bruce Roberts, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Stengaard, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Bentley, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Earley, Guitar, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Norris, Engineer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Taylor Bird, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jimmie Allen, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 This Is Hit, Inc. d/b/a Stoney Creek Records

12
One Of Me
Lil Nas X
00:02:41

John Cunningham, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Elton John, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kuk Harrell, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Ward, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Denzel Baptiste, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - David Biral, Vocal Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Ward, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Isley Juber, ComposerLyricist - Jelli Dorman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Roy Lenzo, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lil Nas X, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Montero Hill, ComposerLyricist - Jasper Sheff, Producer, Piano, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - 18yoman, String Arranger, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Drew Sliger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Hopper, String Arranger, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - William K. Ward, String Arranger, Strings, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
E-Ticket
Elton John
00:03:18

Taylor Hawkins, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Elton John, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Lamalfa, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eddie Vedder, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Watt, Producer, Guitar, Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Sonzini, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wotman, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 HST Global Limited

14
Finish Line
Elton John
00:04:24

David Campbell, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Benmont Tench, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Bisharat, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ali Tamposi, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Elton John, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stevie Wonder, Piano, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - STEVE Churchyard, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pino Palladino, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Lamalfa, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josefina Vergara, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mario DeLeon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sara Parkins, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Abe Laboriel Jr., Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Kibble, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rodney Wirtz, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Greenfield, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jacqueline Brand, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - David Walther, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Jessica Guideri, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Evtuhov, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - The Samples, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Watt, Producer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jennifer Takamatsu, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lorand Lokuszta, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Braun, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Sonzini, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wotman, ComposerLyricist - Gabe Burch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charlotte Lawrence, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Zachar Delliger, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Roman Campolo, ComposerLyricist - Naarai Jacobs, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 HST Global Limited

15
Stolen Car
Elton John
00:05:37

Stevie Nicks, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Campbell, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Benmont Tench, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Bisharat, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ali Tamposi, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Elton John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - STEVE Churchyard, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Klinghoffer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Lamalfa, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josefina Vergara, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mario DeLeon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sara Parkins, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Abe Laboriel Jr., Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Rodney Wirtz, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Greenfield, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jacqueline Brand, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - David Walther, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Jessica Guideri, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Evtuhov, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Watt, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jennifer Takamatsu, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lorand Lokuszta, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Braun, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Sonzini, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wotman, ComposerLyricist - Gabe Burch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zachar Delliger, Viola, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 HST Global Limited

16
I'm Not Gonna Miss You
Glen Campbell
00:02:56

Giles Martin, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - STEVE MARCANTONIO, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elton John, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Glen Campbell, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lars Fox, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Willing, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julian Raymond, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Big Machine Records, LLC.

Album Description

Forced off the road by the COVID-19 pandemic, Elton John kept himself busy by collaborating with friends, peers, admirers, and new guns. Those collaborations form the core of The Lockdown Sessions, a determinedly eclectic album that touches upon nearly every side of John's musical personality. Occasionally, John specifically dredges up the past, as on "Cold Heart," where Pnau remixes three Elton oldies while Dua Lipa sings the chorus to "Rocket Man," or he makes a sly wink at an old favorite as when he and Eddie Vedder stir up some "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" vibes on "E-Ticket." The fact that The Lockdown Sessions features the Pearl Jam singer along with the British pop sensation Lipa just scratches the surface of the eclecticism. Elton finds space for everyone from hip-hop sensation Lil Nas X to Americana stalwart Brandi Carlile, even resurrecting Glen Campbell for a posthumous duet on "I'm Not Gonna Miss You." Although Campbell released his solo version of "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," that's not one of the many previously released tracks here: "One of Me" shows up on Lil Nas X's debut, the version of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" with Miley Cyrus (and Yo-Yo Ma) shows up on the deluxe edition of The Black Album, Gorillaz put out "The Pink Phantom" on Song Machine, plus he duetted with Olly Alexander of Years and Years on a version of Pet Shop Boys' "It's a Sin" at the Brit Awards, a performance that shows up here. The presence of these records doesn't contribute to the patchwork feel of The Lockdown Sessions: the album was already plenty fragmented without these cuts. Part of the appeal is that it sounds like a shape-shifting, genre-bending playlist, an hour of snazzy modern pop where Elton John is the center of gravity. The record is at its best when it's close to an old-fashioned duet album. Carlile steers Elton back toward his AOR '70s on "Simple Things," he finds sympathetic partners in schmaltz with Charlie Puth and Jimmie Allen, and sounds at ease duetting with Stevie Wonder. Those are the moments where John's personality shines through, whereas some of the modern dance music feels as if he's endorsing the proceedings instead of participating. If Elton occasionally recedes from the spotlight, The Lockdown Sessions demonstrates how he remains a powerful presence in pop even when he's in the midst of a farewell tour.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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