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21 at 33, released May 1980, is an album by Elton John. It is his fourteenth studio album. Including other releases (three compilation albums, two live albums, one film soundtrack and one EP) it is the 21st official release, and was released when Elton John
Elton John
was 33 years old; hence the title.[4][5] It was recorded at Super Bear Studios, Nice, France, in August 1979, and Rumbo Recorders and Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, California between January to March 1980. The album sold over 900,000 copies in the United States, narrowly missing a Platinum certification.[6]

Contents

1 Background 2 Track listing

2.1 Side one 2.2 Side two

3 B-sides 4 Personnel 5 Production 6 Certifications 7 Charts

7.1 Weekly charts 7.2 Year-end charts

8 References

Background[edit] The two other founding members of the original Elton John
Elton John
Band (active 1969-1975), drummer Nigel Olsson
Nigel Olsson
and bass player Dee Murray, reunited with him for one song. His backup keyboardist James Newton-Howard returned and performed on almost every track as was the case on Rock of the Westies and Blue Moves. Other musicians included members of the Eagles and Toto as well as Peter Noone
Peter Noone
from Herman's Hermits, Bill Champlin and Toni Tennille
Toni Tennille
of Captain & Tennille fame. The title comes from the fact that this was John's 21st album in total at the age of 33. According to the liner notes in the remastered edition of the album, the count includes all standard albums, two greatest hits compilations, two live albums, as well as the Friends soundtrack, the three-song, 12-inch EP The Thom Bell Sessions
The Thom Bell Sessions
and the UK-only "rarities" collection Lady Samantha. John has not played any of the material in concert since touring in 1980, with the exception of "Little Jeannie", "White Lady White Powder" and "Sartorial Eloquence". Even "Little Jeannie", which was a huge North American hit (#3 Pop and #1 Adult Contemporary in the United States, and #1 in Canada) has never been performed since 1980, although it was included in the two One Night Only concerts in 2000, and the warm up gig for the 2 Madison Square Garden shows in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.[7] Track listing[edit] Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "Chasing the Crown" Elton John, Bernie Taupin 5:36

2. "Little Jeannie" John, Gary Osborne 5:14

3. "Sartorial Eloquence" John, Tom Robinson 4:45

4. " Two Rooms
Two Rooms
at the End of the World" John, Taupin 5:40

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length

5. "White Lady White Powder" John, Taupin 4:34

6. "Dear God" John, Osborne 3:47

7. "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" John, Robinson 4:09

8. "Take Me Back" John, Osborne 3:52

9. "Give Me the Love" John, Judie Tzuke 5:30

Eleven more songs, excluding the B-sides, were recorded during these sessions: Five of which were "Heart in the Right Place", "Carla/Etude", "Fanfare", "Chloe" and "Elton's Song"; these would appear on John's next release, The Fox. Two songs recorded were French-language duets with France
France
Gall, entitled "Les Aveux" and "Donner Pour Donner", which were released in France
France
as the A-Side and B-Side of a 7" single respectively. One song was "The Retreat" which was B-side of the single "Princess" in 1982 and later was included as a bonus track on remastered version of the Too Low for Zero album. The other three songs were the B-sides for singles released out of "The Fox" album in 1981. The Yugoslavian release, released one year later in 1981, did not include "White Lady White Powder" and "Dear God". These were replaced with "Conquer the Sun" and "White Man Danger", otherwise only available as 7" B-sides to "Little Jeannie" and "Sartorial Eloquence", respectively. This pressing is their only availability on 33 RPM.[8]

In 2003, Mercury/Universal and The Rocket Record Company
The Rocket Record Company
reissued the album on CD, remastered by Gary Moore. The lineup contained no bonus tracks. B-sides[edit]

Song Format

"Conquer the Sun" "Little Jeannie" 7" (US/UK)

"Cartier" "Sartorial Eloquence" 7" (US/UK)

"White Man Danger" "Sartorial Eloquence" 7" (US/UK)

"Tactics" "Dear God" 7" (UK)

"Steal Away Child" "Dear God" 7" (double) (UK)

"Love So Cold" "Dear God" 7" (double) (UK)

Personnel[edit]

Curt Becher – choir vocals (6) Byron Berline – fiddle (8) Richie Cannata – alto saxophone (7) Lenny Castro
Lenny Castro
– congas (5, 9) Bill Champlin
Bill Champlin
– backing vocals (2, 9) Joe Chemay – choir vocals (6) Victor Feldman
Victor Feldman
– tambourine (1, 3, 5, 9) Chuck Findley – trumpet (2, 4), trombone (2, 4) David Foster
David Foster
– string arrangements (9) Clive Franks – tambourine (4, 6), cowbell (4) Glenn Frey
Glenn Frey
– backing vocals (5) Venette Gloud – backing vocals (1, 3, 6, 9) Max Gronenthal – backing vocals (2) Larry Hall – trumpet (9), flugelhorn (9) Don Henley
Don Henley
– backing vocals (5) Jerry Hey – flugelhorn (2, 9), trumpet (4, 9), brass arrangement (9) Jim Horn – brass arrangement (2, 4), piccolo flute (2), alto saxophone (2), tenor saxophone (4) James Newton Howard
James Newton Howard
– Fender Rhodes (2, 6, 7), Yamaha CS-80
Yamaha CS-80
(2), electronic keyboards (3, 7), acoustic piano (9) Elton John
Elton John
– lead and backing vocals, overdubbed piano, acoustic piano (1, 3, 5, 6, 8), Yamaha electric piano (4), Wurlitzer electric piano (8) Bruce Johnston – choir arrangement (6), choir vocals (6) Jon Joyce – choir vocals (6) Steve Lukather
Steve Lukather
– electric guitar (1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9) Reggie McBride – bass guitar (1-4, 6-9) Dee Murray
Dee Murray
– backing vocals (2), bass guitar (5) Peter Noone
Peter Noone
– choir vocals (6) Nigel Olsson
Nigel Olsson
– drums (2, 5) David Paich
David Paich
– organ (6) Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trombone (9) Timothy B. Schmit
Timothy B. Schmit
– backing vocals (5) Stephanie Spruill – backing vocals (1, 3, 6, 9) Alvin Taylor – drums (1, 3, 4, 6-9) Toni Tennille
Toni Tennille
– choir vocals (6) Carmen Twillie – backing vocals (1, 3, 6, 9) Larry Williams – tenor saxophone (9) Steve Wrather – electric guitar (7) Richie Zito – acoustic guitar (2, 7), electric guitar (5, 8)

Production[edit]

Produced by Clive Franks and Elton John Engineers: Clive Franks, Steve Desper (Track 6), Patrick Jaunead (Tracks 1-4, 6-9). Second Engineers: David Burgess (Tracks 1-4, 6-9), David Leonard, Peggy McCreary and Stephen McManus. Recorded at Super Bear Studios (Berre-les-Alpes, France); Rumbo Recorders and Sunset Sound Recorders
Sunset Sound Recorders
(Los Angeles, CA). Mixed at Sunset Sound Recorders Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M Mastering Studio (Los Angeles, CA). Studio Coordinatior: Adrian Collee Art Direction: George Osaki Design and Concept: Norman Moore Photography: Jim Shea Management: John Reid Management, LTD.

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Canada (Music Canada)[9] Gold 50,000^

France
France
(SNEP)[10] Gold 175,500[11]

United States
United States
(RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak position

Australian Kent Music Report
Kent Music Report
Albums Chart[13] 7

Canadian RPM Albums Chart[14] 10

Dutch Mega Albums Chart[15] 41

French SNEP Albums Chart[16] 3

Italian Albums Chart[17] 25

Japanese Oricon
Oricon
LP Chart[18] 56

New Zealand Albums Chart[19] 3

Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[20] 6

Swedish Albums Chart[21] 16

UK Albums Chart[22] 12

U.S. Billboard 200[23] 13

West German Media Control Albums Chart[24] 21

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Position

Australian Albums Chart[13] 25

Canadian Albums Chart[25] 42

French Albums Chart[26] 58

Italian Albums Chart[17] 73

References[edit]

^ 21 at 33 Elton John
Elton John
Allmusic.com Lindsay Planer ^ "21 at 33". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2015-02-12.  ^ Cranna, Ian. "Albums". Smash Hits
Smash Hits
(June 12–25, 1980): 31.  ^ Judy Parkinson (2003). Elton Made In England. Michael O'Mara Books. p. 117.  ^ Lindsay Planer. " AllMusic
AllMusic
Review". AllMusic.  ^ Liner notes to remastered 21 at 33 album ^ One Night Only: The Greatest Hits DVD, 2000. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Elton-John-21-At-33/release/3365202 ^ "Canadian album certifications – Elton John
Elton John
– 21 at 33". Music Canada.  ^ "French album certifications – Elton John
Elton John
– 21 at 33" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select ELTON JOHN and click OK ^ "Les Albums Or". infodisc.fr. SNEP. Archived from the original on 18 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-18.  ^ "American album certifications – Elton John
Elton John
– 21 at 33". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book
Book
1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-29 ^ " Elton John
Elton John
- 21 at 33". Dutch Charts (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-02-29.  ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste : Elton John" (in French). infodisc.fr. Archived from the original (PHP) on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-29.  Note: user must select 'Elton JOHN' from drop-down ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia – Gli album più venduti del 1980" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2012-02-29.  ^ Oricon
Oricon
Album
Album
Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon
Oricon
Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.  ^ "charts.org.nz Elton John
Elton John
– 21 at 33" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-02-29.  ^ "norwegiancharts.com Elton John
Elton John
– 21 at 33" (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved 2012-02-28.  ^ "swedishcharts.com Elton John
Elton John
– 21 at 33" (ASP). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 2012-02-29.  ^ "Chart Stats - Elton John
Elton John
– 21 at 33" (PHP). UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 2012-02-28.  ^ "allmusic ((( 21 at 33 > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-02-28.  ^ " Album
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– 21 at 33" (ASP) (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 2012-02-28.  ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1980". RPM. Retrieved 2011-10-03.  ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1980 par InfoDisc" (in French). infodisc.fr. Archived from the original (PHP) on 9 January 2016. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 

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Elton John

Discography Albums Singles Videography Awards

Studio albums

Empty Sky Elton John Tumbleweed Connection Madman Across the Water Honky Château Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano
Piano
Player Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Caribou Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy Rock of the Westies Blue Moves A Single Man Victim of Love 21 at 33 The Fox Jump Up! Too Low for Zero Breaking Hearts Ice on Fire Leather Jackets Reg Strikes Back Sleeping with the Past The One Duets Made in England The Big Picture Songs from the West Coast Peachtree Road The Captain & the Kid The Union The Diving Board Wonderful Crazy Night

Live albums

17-11-70 Here and There Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Elton John
Elton John
One Night Only – The Greatest Hits Elton 60 – Live at Madison Square Garden

Soundtrack albums

Friends The Lion King The Muse Elton John
Elton John
and Tim Rice's Aida The Road to El Dorado Gnomeo & Juliet

Compilation albums

Greatest Hits Greatest Hits Volume II The Thom Bell Sessions Lady Samantha Greatest Hits Vol. 3 The Complete Thom Bell Sessions To Be Continued The Very Best of Elton John Rare Masters Greatest Hits 1976–1986 The Superior Sound of Elton John Chartbusters Go Pop Classic Elton John Love Songs Prologue Greatest Hits 1970–2002 Elton John's Christmas Party Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits Diamonds

Other albums

Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John
Elton John
& Bernie Taupin Good Morning to the Night Revamp & Restoration

Video albums

The Afternoon Concert The Night Time Concert Night and Day Concert Live in Australia The Very Best of Elton John Live in Barcelona Love Songs Elton John
Elton John
One Night Only – The Greatest Hits Dream Ticket Elton 60 – Live at Madison Square Garden The Red Piano

Concert tours

1970 World Tour West of the Rockies Tour Louder Than Concorde Tour 1980 World Tour Jump Up Tour Too Low for Zero Tour European Express Tour Breaking Hearts Tour Ice on Fire
Ice on Fire
Tour Tour De Force Reg Strikes Back
Reg Strikes Back
Tour Sleeping with the Past Tour The One Tour Face to Face 1994 Face to Face 1995 Made in England Tour Big Picture Tour Face to Face 1998 An Evening with Elton John Medusa Tour Stately Home Tour Face to Face 2001 Songs from the West Coast Tour Face to Face 2002 A Journey Through Time 2003 Tour Face to Face 2003 2004 Tour Peachtree Road Tour 2006 European Tour The Captain and the Kid Tour Rocket Man: Greatest Hits Live Face to Face 2009 Face to Face 2010 2010 European Tour Greatest Hits Tour 40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man The Diving Board
The Diving Board
Tour Follow the Yellow Brick Road Tour All the Hits Tour The Final Curtain Tour Wonderful Crazy Night
Wonderful Crazy Night
Tour Farewell Yellow Brick Road

Concert residencies

The Red Piano The Million Dollar Piano

Miscellaneous performances

List of Elton John
Elton John
and Ray Cooper concert tours The Union Tour

Musicals

The Lion King

animated live-action musical

Billy Elliot the Musical Aida Lestat The Devil Wears Prada

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