This melancholy 1976 release includes what would be EJ's last Top 10 hit for three years ("Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word") and is loaded with numbers reflecting the ennui and burnout both John and Taupin were experiencing at the time ("Between Seventeen And Twenty," "If There's a God in Heaven [What's He Waiting For?]"). Elsewhere, John and Taupin write songs in tribute to Edith Piaf ("Cage the Songbird") and a depressingly debilitated Elvis Presley ("Idol"). Despite the inclusion of these and other heart wrenching compositions like "Tonight," John's irrepressible upbeat attitude comes to the fore on tracks such as the Caleb Quaye instrumental "Your Starter For..." and "One Horse Town," a peppy song about life in the rural South. Most gratifying is a collaboration with the Reverend James Cleveland and his Southern California Choir on the funky "Boogie Pilgrim. Mercury. 2004.
1. Between Seventeen And Twenty
2. Bite Your Lip (Get Up And Dance!)
3. Boogie Pilgrim
4. Cage The Songbird
6. Crazy Water
8. If There's A God In Heaven (What's He Waiting For?
9. One Horse Town
10. Out Of The Blue
11. Sholder Holster
12. Someone's Final Song
13. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
14. Wide-Eyed And Laughing, The
15. Theme From A Non-Existent Tv Series
17. Where's The Shoorah?
18. Your Starter for