Daniel (1/20/73) #2 US, #4 UK, #1 AC. Gold single.
Notes: A CD reissue added three B-sides from singles that supported the next album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. “Whenever You’re Ready (We’ll Go Steady)” and “Jack Rabbit” were both from the “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” single while “Screw You (Young Man’s Blues)” was on the flip of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” Also on the reissue is a piano version of “Skyline Pigeon,” a song first on Elton John’s debut album, Empty Sky.
Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player
“One of the best entries from Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s remarkably successful mid-'70s run, this album still holds up well over a quarter of a century after its release. Even casual fans will recognize Daniel, Elderberry Wine, and Crocodile Rock, but Teacher I Need You, Have Mercy on the Criminal and I’m Going to Be a Teenage Idol are equally good” (Epstein).
“Elton’s backing band at the time (guitarist Davey Johnstone, bassist Dee Murray, and drummer Nigel Olsson) was easily his best, and producer Gus Dudgeon and orchestral arranger Paul Buckmaster bathed the tracks in a warm and enticing glow. The only complaint is that, due to its size, the CD reissue doesn’t remotely do justice to the colorful packaging of the original album” (Epstein).