Elton John ‎- Friends (1971) US 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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Elton John ‎- Friends (1971) US 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Elton John ‎- Friends
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz | 900mb
Label: Paramount Records/PAS 6004 | Released: 1971 | Genre: Soundtrack / Pop-Rock

A1 Friends
A2 Honey Roll
A3 Variations On "Friends"
A4a Theme (The First Kiss)
A4b Seasons
A5 Variations On Michelle's Song (A Day In The Country)
A6 Can I Put You On
B1 Michelle's Song
B2 I Meant To Do My Work Today (A Day In The Country)
B3 Four Moods
B4 Seasons Reprise

Pressed By – Monarch Record Mfg. Co.
Arranged By, Composed By [Additional Music] – Paul Buckmaster
Backing Vocals – Lesley Duncan, Liza Strike, Madeline Bell
Composed By – Elton John And Bernie Taupin* (tracks: A1 to B2, B4)
Engineer – Robin Geoffrey Cable
Executive Producer – John Gilbert
Producer – Gus Dudgeon
Vocals, Keyboards – Elton John
This version has the Paramount Records logo displayed on the front and back of sleeve.
There also exists a version without the logos displayed on the sleeve.

Full title on labels:
Original Soundtrack Recording From The Paramount Picture "Friends"

Tuesday Productions Ltd.
Album recorded at Trident Studios, London.
Track A4 consists of two songs: 'Theme (The First Kiss)' and 'Seasons'.

Catalog# on sleeve: PAS 6004
Catalog# on labels: PAS-6004

Additional numbers on label:
Side A: LPS-6004-A
Side B: LPS-6004-B

Copyright © 1971 by Paramount Pictures Corporation.
A product of Paramount Records, a division of Famous Music Corporation, a G+W Company, New York, New York 10023
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Etched): PAS-6004-A-11 Δ15700 VA)
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Etched): PAS-6004-B-9 Δ15700-X (4)
Matrix / Runout (Alternate: Runout Side A, Etched): PAS-6004-A-10 Δ15700 (4)
Matrix / Runout (Runout, Both Sides, Stamped): (MR)

Elton John ‎- Friends (1971) US 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Elton John ‎- Friends (1971) US 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Elton John ‎- Friends (1971) US 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

This Rip: 2015
• Cleaning: RCM Moth MkII Pro Vinyl
• Direct Drive Turntable: Marantz 6170
• Cartridge: SHURE M97xE With JICO SAS Stylus
• Amplifier: Marantz 2252
• ADC: E-MU 0404
• DeClick with iZotope RX4: Only Manual (Click per click)
• Vinyl Condition: EX+
• This LP: From my personal collection
• LP Rip & Full Scan LP Cover: Fran Solo

A movie soundtrack that's about half instrumental, but it's not a tossoff: the vocal tracks are as carefully produced and enjoyable as Elton's "real" albums. Highlights include the gentle title track (a Top 40 single), the rocking "Honey Roll," and the anthemic "Can I Put You On." Taupin's lyrics are unusually direct meditations on love and friendship; if you like his more intellectual lyrics, you'll be disappointed, but if you find them annoying, this is an improvement. The low point is a syrupy Mantovani-like stringfest, "Seasons."
Paul Buckmaster contributes an 11-minute neoclassical opus ("Four Moods").
- I basically agree; the five vocal tracks are solid, classic-period Elton, with quality tunes like the irresistable ballad "Michelle's Song" that would have fit in fine on the eponymous record. The title track is a little sappy, and the Stones-like "Honey Roll" veers toward R & B parody, but the explosively funky "Can I Put You On" more than makes up for it. It is distracting to have Elton's stuff interrupted by Buckmaster's orchestrated numbers, which waste time with repeated variations and even a grating spoken poem ("I Meant To Do My Work Today"). Still, though, Buckmaster was at the height of his powers by now, and "Four Moods" is as interesting as any stand-alone classical music I've ever heard on a rock record; plus the orchestral "Seasons" is harmless and relaxing (there's also an enjoyable vocal version). (JA)
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