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From Island Records comes Revamp — Reimagining The Songs of Elton John And Bernie Taupin. Some of the world's biggest pop, rock and country artists are celebrating Elton John's most beloved and legendary catalogue of hits with two albums Revamp (Island Records) and Restoration (Universal Music Group Nashville).
The superstar lineup features artists both new and iconic reinterpreting the timeless songs of the more than 50-year writing partnership that Elton and Bernie Taupin share. These renditions and artists show the depth of the catalog these two icons have created, which can easily cross musical genres and their unparalleled influence across popular music of all styles.
Restoration highlights countries biggest stars with thoughtful interpretations by Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris, Miley Cyrus, Vince Gill and Don Henley, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton and Lee Ann Womack.
"'It's always a huge compliment when an artist loves your song enough to take the time and effort to rework it," adds Elton John. "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," said Bernie Taupin.
"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 symbolizes 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."
"We have two completely different albums; Revamp being the pop one and Restoration being the country one and God we have so many great artists doing our songs, it's quite incredible," said Elton John. "Restoration was Bernie's project and he's a huge country fan. The Revamp was more my project. He came up with an astonishing list of country performers both new and legendary. On Revamp I wrote out a wish list of people that I would love and asked them and to my surprise most of them said yes and we have quite an astonishing eclectic crew."
Elton John is a six-time Grammy Award-winning superstar and has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. After more than half a century on the road and an unparalleled career that has redefined the global landscape, Elton will embark on his final tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, commencing in September 2018.
|1. Elton John, P!nk, Logic - Bennie and the Jets (2018 version)
|2. Coldplay - We All Fall In Love Sometimes
|3. Alessia Cara - I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
|4. Ed Sheeran - Candle In The Wind (2018 Version)
|5. Florence + The Machine - Tiny Dancer
|6. Mumford & Sons - Someone Saved My Life Tonight
|7. Mary J. Blige - Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
|8. Q-Tip (feat. Demi Lovato) - Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
|9. The Killers - Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
|10. Sam Smith - Daniel
|11. Miley Cyrus - Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me
|12. Lady Gaga - Your Song
|13. Queens of the Stone Age - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road