Thursday, April 18, 2024

Elton John Getting 2 New Albums of Tribute Covers from Miley Cyrus (Bitch is Back) to Lady Gaga (Your Song)


Elton John is getting two albums’ worth of cover tributes on April 6th– one called “Revamp” and the other “Restoration.” The latter is all country stars interpreting Elton and Bernie Taupin hits– and my guess is that one will really take off fast. Strangely, no one covers one of my favorites of their songs, “Country Comfort.” And there’s no appearance by Leon Russell, with whom Elton and Bernie made a whole (and excellent) album. But there are plenty of big names, like Little Big Town and Lee Ann Womack, to compensate.

I told you about the former album a few weeks ago.   Some of the songs were taken from the April 10th Elton Grammys TV special. Famed producer Peter Asher assembled the tracks. Ed Sheeran’s “Candle in the Wind” was one of his discoveries, I’m told, and not the version that’s been floating around YouTube. All of this is part of Sir Elton’s three year “retirement” plan, and it’s damn good marketing. By the way, yes, there was an Elton tribute album years ago — called “Two Rooms” (1991)– that holds up very nicely.

PS Cool covers for the albums– Taupin designed “Restoration.”


1. Bennie and The Jets – Elton John, P!nk, Logic

2. We All Fall In Love Sometimes – Coldplay

3. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues – Alessia Cara

4. Candle In The Wind – Ed Sheeran

5. Tiny Dancer – Florence And The Machine

6. Someone Saved My Life Tonight – Mumford and Sons

7. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word – Mary J. Blige

8. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Q Tip feat. Demi Lovato

9. Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters – The Killers

10. Daniel – Sam Smith

11. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Miley Cyrus

12. Your Song – Lady Gaga

13. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Queens of the Stone Age


1. Rocket Man – Little Big Town

2. Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters – Maren Morris

3. Sacrifice – Don Henley and Vince Gill

4. Take Me To The Pilot – Brothers Osborne

5. My Father’s Gun – Miranda Lambert

6. I Want Love – Chris Stapleton

7. Honky Cat – Lee Ann Womack

8. Roy Rogers – Kacey Musgraves

9. Please – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton

10. The Bitch Is Back – Miley Cyrus

11. Sad Songs (Say So Much) – Dierks Bentley

12. This Train Don’t Stop – Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris

13. Border Song – Willie Nelson

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