Classic Albums

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (2)

  • Davey: Elton wrote so fast. He would look at a sheet of Bernie's lyrics, I would go to the kitchen, make a sandwich, come back, and he'd have a song finished.

  • Elton (On leaving Jamaica hurriedly): They confiscated our gear, and as Bernie and I were being driven to the airport, I thought we wouldn't get out alive.

Notes (7)

  • Ringo Starr's introduction was cut from the repackaged version of the series, that aired on Vh1 Classic in late 2006.

  • A Classic Albums DVD of this episode, with additional footage, was released October 29, 2001.

  • The video release of this episode was expanded and renamed From Anthem To Beauty. It covers three albums; 'Anthem Of The Sun', 'Workingman's Dead', and 'American Beauty'.

  • Bernie Taupin's segment was cut from the US broadcast. In it he describes how he paid homage to The Band by writing 'Levon', about Levon Helm, and 'Tiny Dancer', "..seamstress for The Band". Edit: This segment was added back to the repackaged series, that was run on Vh1 Classic.

  • The entire set of songs, seventeen in all, were written, arranged, and recorded, in two weeks.

  • John Deacon, who was bass player for Queen, retired from music in 1992, and does not choose to participate in interviews and taping sessions.

  • This episode was produced by the BBC in 1999, but as far as we know, it was not licensed for broadcast in the US until the premiere on Vh1 Classic.

Allusions (1)

  • Jim Steinman tells how he envisioned Bat Out Of Hell, the song, as the ultimate car crash song, a la Tell Laura I Love Her, and Leader Of The Pack. Tell Laura I Love Her, written by Jeff Barry and Ben Raleigh, was recorded by Ray Peterson in 1960, and is the tale of a teenager who tragically enters a racing car championship in order to use the prize money to buy 'Laura' a wedding ring. The song was covered in the U.K. by Ricky Valance, and became a #1 hit. Leader Of The Pack, about a girl's crush on a motorcycle gang leader, was penned by producer George Morton, with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, recorded by The Shangri-Las in 1964, and became a world-wide smash hit. Banned by the BBC for its death imagery, it still charted four times in Britain up to 1976, hitting #3 in 1972.