Here’s where I admit that my Elton John deep dive become a lot more like dipping my toe in the pool once I got past 1974. John has released 22 albums since Caribou and only three of them are represented on my playlist.
Did I listen to all 22? No, I did not. Taking my cue from Rocketman, I stopped with ‘I’m Still Standing’ and the 1983 album Too Low For Zero on which it appears. If he found nothing in the 13 albums that followed worth putting on screen, who am I to argue?
I didn’t fully listen to the eight albums between Caribou and Too Low For Zero either. Some of those are considered his worst efforts, including the albums he wrote without Bernie Taupin.
I did find room for ‘Someone Saved My Life Tonight’ from 1975’s Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy and ‘Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word’ from 1976’s Blue Moves. But that’s it.
Too Low For Zero, released in 1983, made for a nice comeback. Not only did it produce the hits ‘I’m Still Standing’ and ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues,’ but the whole album has a distinct sound and energy that set it apart.
Those two singles made my playlist, along with the title track, and one other song: ‘Crystal.’ Of all the deep cuts on Too Low For Zero, this is the one that captured me immediately and begged for additional listens.
Thanks for following along on this two-week Elton John appreciation. Please comment with any additional songs you think are worth checking out, especially if they come from the 19 albums I ignored.
We’re caught up in a web, you and I
Since Crystal came between us
The knots of friendship seem to be untied
And it hurts me most to cheat and that’s no lie
She can swing us both forever
In the long run she’s the one who must decide
And if she leaves me handle her with care
Don’t hurt little Crystal
And if she calls you long distance just be there
The world is your oyster, you’re a pearl
But he’s a jewel and my friend
I’m sure that in the end, Crystal you’ll be his little girl
You’re stronger than me but I’m sure
That the fight would fall to no one
The cold hard truth is stronger than us all
And it breaks my heart to see us go this far
We’re just captives in our separate cells
And without her there’s no peace behind these bars