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Peachtree Road is the twenty-eighth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 2004. It was named after Peachtree Road, the northern part of Peachtree Street in Atlanta, where one of John's four homes is located. This is the only album during his long career on which John alone has sole credit as producer. On previous projects, he was listed as a co-producer, joined by Clive Franks or Greg Penny; Franks on A Single Man, 21 at 33 and parts ofThe Fox; Penny on Duets and Made in England.
- 2 Debut performance
- 3 Chart performance
- 4 Additional performers
- 5 Other information
- 6 Track listing
- 7 B-sides
- 8 Songs
- 9 Personnel
- 10 References
The album art on the front cover is a photograph from a railroad crossing near the Atlanta suburb of Douglasville, taken by London photographer Sam Taylor-Wood. Taken in by the American South and given complete artistic freedom, she shot thousands of photos during her week-long trip. The trip included other towns like Unadilla and Forsyth in Georgia. While she also visited Peachtree Road in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, she thought it was too busy for the album's more mellow nature. She picked several photos to present to him, and John made the final selection. Other photos from the shoot appear on the back of the album cover and in the included CD and SACD booklet.
Songs from the album debuted at The Tabernacle in Atlanta in early November. John also performed at the November 2005 Country Music Association Awards, televised live from Madison Square Garden, duetting with Dolly Parton on "Turn the Light Out When You Leave".
Despite its generally positive reviews, Peachtree Road was one of John's leanest-selling contemporary efforts, reaching No. 17 in the US upon its release, yet only managing No. 21 in the UK, making it one of his rare albums to miss the top ten in his homeland. In the US, it was certified gold in December 2004 by theRIAA.
In addition to Nigel Olsson playing drums on all tracks, once again a permanent member of John's touring and recording band, the album features renown gospel vocalist Adam McKnight, as well as members of Chicago contributing horns and brass arrangements. Guy Babylon was credited with playing Hammond organ and rhodes piano instead of keyboards, which was the case on earlier projects.
The album was re-released in 2005 with three bonus tracks from Billy Elliot the Musical, as well as a DVD featuring nine tracks from the album performed live in Atlanta. The song "Electricity" from the musical was also released as a single in June 2005. It rose to No. 4 in the UK.
It was dedicated to the memory of Gus and Sheila Dudgeon, the former being John's original producer.
Some editions of the album included bonus - two videos for the two first singles ("Answer in the Sky" and "All That I'm Allowed").
- "Weight of the World" – 3:58
- "Porch Swing in Tupelo" – 4:38
- "Answer in the Sky" – 4:03
- "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave" – 5:02
- "My Elusive Drug" – 4:12
- "They Call Her the Cat" – 4:27
- "Freaks in Love" – 4:32
- "All That I'm Allowed" – 4:52
- "I Stop and I Breathe" – 3:39
- "Too Many Tears" – 4:14
- "It's Getting Dark in Here" – 3:50
- "I Can't Keep This from You" – 4:34
Track 8 was titled "All That I'm Allowed" on the original 2004 release of the album, but was titled "All That I'm Allowed (I'm Thankful)" on the 2005 expanded edition.
|"Keep it a Mystery" (4:51)||"All That I'm Allowed" CD (UK)|
|"So Sad the Renegade" (4:49)||"All That I'm Allowed" Maxi-CD (UK)|
|"A Little Peace" (3:56)||"All That I'm Allowed" Maxi-CD (UK)|
|"How's Tomorrow" (5:16)||"Turn the Lights Out When You Leave" (UK)|
|"Peter's Song" (4:35)||"Turn the Lights Out When You Leave" (UK)|
|"Things Only Get Better With Love" (5:12)||"Turn the Lights Out When You Leave" [radio edit] (UK)|
- "The Letter" (John, Lee Hall) – 2:33
- "Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher" (John, Hall) – 3:38
- "Electricity" (John, Hall) – 3:29
All tracks recorded live at the Tabernacle, Atlanta (November 2004).
- "Weight of the World"
- "Porch Swing in Tupelo"
- "Answer in the Sky"
- "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave"
- "My Elusive Drug"
- "They Call Her the Cat"
- "Freaks in Love"
- "All That I'm Allowed"
- "I Can't Keep This from You"
This song was originally supposed to be the only real 'rocker' on the album, but when John and the band recorded it, they found they still had to induct the country influence that the rest of the album had. Notably, the horn section used on the track consists of all three horn players for Chicago. This is not the only cross-pollination with members of Chicago, as Bill Champlin played keyboards and provided backing vocals on the 21 at 33 album and Jason Scheff and Lou Pardini both backed up John on The Union.
SACD 5.1 EDITION Elton John's PEACHTREE ROAD was released as a special remastered SACD (SUPER AUDIO CD) remastered in 5.1, a format which mixed Elton's bare vocal down to the center speaker with the band on the outside. Elton released a handful of 5.1 SACDs; some of which are still in print (Elton John, Tumbleweed Connection, Madman Across The Water, Honky Chateau)while others are not in print anymore (Peachtree Road, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.) However, Peachtree and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in their 5.1 SACD form are more than around on Amazon Used and eBay. The SACD edition of PEACHTREE ROAD features the original CD re-mixed to 5.1 and no bonus songs.
- Elton John – piano, Rhodes, lead and backing vocals
- Davey Johnstone – acoustic, electric, slide, baritone, Leslie and sitar guitars, dobro, mandolin, backing vocals
- Nigel Olsson – drums, backing vocals
- Guy Babylon – Hammond organ, Rhodes, programming, orchestration
- Bob Birch – bass guitar, backing vocals
- John Mahon – percussion, backing vocals
- John Jorgenson – pedal steel guitar
- L'Tanya Shields – choir
- Alecia Terry – choir
- M. Dennis Sims – choir
- Rosalind McKnight – choir
- Mark Ford – choir
- Terrence Davis – choir
- Todd Honeycutt – choir
- Adam McKnight – choir
- Jimmy Pankow – trombone, horn arrangement
- Lee Loughnane – trumpet
- Walter Parazaider – tenor saxophone
- Larry Klimas – baritone saxophone
- Martin Tillman – electric cello
- Matt Still – engineer
- John Holmes – second engineer