Elton John – Made in England Album

  1. Believe” – 4:55
  2. Made in England” – 5:09
  3. House” – 4:27
  4. Cold” – 5:37
  5. Pain” – 3:49
  6. Belfast” – 6:29
  7. Latitude” – 3:34
  8. Please” – 3:52
  9. Man” – 5:16
  10. Lies” – 4:25
  11. Blessed” – 5:01

Made in England is the thirty-seventh album (the twenty-fifth in the studio) by the British artist Elton John, published March 20, 1995.

Recorded at AIR Studios in London, it is dedicated to the memory of Denis Gauthier and Peter Williams, as well as Elton’s partner and future husband, David Furnish (known in 1993). This album aims to represent a return to the origins: the British star intends to vote for the reuse of classical instruments and the abandonment of the electronics that had dominated much of the world music scene in the eighties and nineties. For this purpose, the producer Greg Penny is recalled and above all the trusty arranger Paul Buckmaster, who had edited the arrangements of albums such as Elton John (1970), Tumbleweed Connection (1970), Madman Across the Water (1971) and Blue Moves (1976). Moreover, many of Bernie Taupin’s texts bear a more reflective mark, already experimented in the 1992 LP The One. As a result, the Eltonian compositions are very articulate, culminating in pieces of decidedly artistic depth such as Believe and Belfast.

In any case, the presence of electronics is limited, but not completely eliminated; Nevertheless, Made in England represents another success for Elton John, especially in Europe, reaching number 3 in the United Kingdom, number 4 in Germany, number 2 in France and number 4 in Italy (on the other part of the Atlantic will get a US number 13). Four singles were also published: the aforementioned Believe, the title track Made in England, Blessed and Please; Pain was published as a single promo exclusively in the USA. Believe was performed in 1994 (premiered) at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles during a concert with Ray Cooper; later, in November of the same year, it was included in the lineup of a tour that touched the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Japan.

Curiously, all the tracks, with the exception of the title track, are formed by a single word.