Really Bad, But Also Really Good
While looking for something else on the internets, I stumbled onto the songs below.
In the late 60s and early 70s, before he became known as a singer-songwriter (and then a pop superstar), Elton John had an interesting day job.
He was part of a group of anonymous singers and musicians who re-recorded popular songs (mostly with very faithful arrangements) that were packaged into albums and rush-released to supermarkets (where they were available at bargain prices because... well, they weren't the originals).
The technical quality of these tracks is fairly high (especially given how low-rent the operations were), but some of them will make you scratch your head in wonder.
I mean, what the hell is a Honky Cat like Elton John doing singing a song about being Young, Gifted, and Black?
And did he cringe at the cheestastic lyrics or tell himself that the arrangements, if you squinted a bit, were kind of cool?
I'm guessing that Elton John never thought much about these tracks after he recorded them. And he probably expected they'd soon be forgotten.
But nothing ever really goes away in cyberspace... so enjoy these glimpses of Elton John, before he became Captain Fantastic:
One Chart Dig: February 1976
38 minutes ago