On September 16, 2013, Elton John will release one of the most distinguished records of his unparalleled career. The Diving Board is set to be hailed as both a sophisticated new chapter in his unique songbook, and a work of old-school sonic clarity.
A return to the piano-bass-drums construction of Elton’s early years, and a celebration of his brilliance not just as a song craftsman but as a world-class pianist, The Diving Board will evoke memories of the groundbreaking albums that established him in the early 1970s.
The lead track from the album, Home Again, makes its radio debut on June 24. On its release in September, The Diving Board will be available in a 15-track edition on CD, vinyl and download; a 19-track super deluxe version on CD and download, adding the extra studio track Candlelit Bedroom and three songs performed live earlier this year at Capitol Studios; and a Super Deluxe box set featuring the extended CD, gatefold vinyl, book and bonus DVD.
All of the songs on The Diving Board were written by John and his career-long lyrical collaborator, Bernie Taupin. It was recorded at The Village in Los Angeles and produced by T-Bone Burnett, the storied helmsman of countless landmark records including The Union, John’s acclaimed 2010 collaboration with Leon Russell.
“It’s a very musical album,” says Elton. “There’s a lot to take in. I’m not going to be chasing One Direction up the charts. I’m just making music I feel good about.”
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