| MCA (US)
22 June 1992
| 22 June 1992 (1992-06-22)|
November 1991 – March 1992
Greatest Hits 1976–1986
Rock music, Pop music, Pop rock
Brit Award for MasterCard British Album of the Year
Elton John albums, Rock music albums
The One is the twenty-third studio album by the English singer-songwriter Elton John, released on 22 June 1992. It was recorded at Studio Guillame Tell in Paris, produced by Chris Thomas and managed by John Reid. The album was dedicated to Vance Buck, and its cover artwork was designed by Gianni Versace.
The One spent three consecutive weeks at #2 without ever reaching #1 in the UK, being kept off the top spot by Lionel Richie's Back to Front compilation. However, it was John's biggest selling album in the US since 1975. The One was certified 2x platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Olle Romo collaborated with John and lyricist Bernie Taupin on one song, "Runaway Train", on which Eric Clapton sings a duet with John. Pink Floyd's David Gilmour makes an appearance playing guitar on "Understanding Women". John's former drummer, Nigel Olsson and female backing vocalist Kiki Dee (who along with John had a duet with the song "Don't Go Breaking My Heart") and longtime guitarist Davey Johnstone provided backing vocals on a few songs.
This was John's first album project since his rehabilitation from drug and alcohol addictions and bulimia in 1990. This is the last studio album to feature his Roland RD-1000 digital piano. John started playing a Yamaha Disklavier piano shortly after.Produced by Chris Thomas
Recorded and engineered by David Nicholas
Assistant engineers: Alex Firla and Andy Strange
Assistant engineer on "Runaway Train": Andy Bradfield
Tracks #1-3, 5-9 & 11 recorded at Studio Guillaume Tell (Paris, France).
"Runaway Train" recorded at Studio Guillaume Tell and The Town House (London, England).
"Understanding Women" recorded at Air Studios (London).
Mixed at Air Studios
Cutting at The Hit Factory London
Album coordination: Steve Brown
Studio coordination: Adrian Collee and Sam Stell
Technician to Eric Clapton: Lee Dixon
Technician to Mark Taylor: Vince Barker
Photography: Patrick Dermarchelier
Cover design concept: Gianni Versace
Management: John Reid
All songs composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, except "Runaway Train", co-written by Olle Romo.
- "Simple Life" – 6:25
- "The One" – 5:53
- "Sweat It Out" – 6:38
- "Runaway Train" – 5:23 (Duet with Eric Clapton)
- "Whitewash County" – 5:30
- "The North" – 5:15
- "When a Woman Doesn't Want You" – 4:56
- "Emily" – 4:58
- "On Dark Street" – 4:43
- "Understanding Women" – 5:03
- "The Last Song" – 3:21
Elton John: keyboards, vocals
Davey Johnstone: guitar (2-5, 7-9, 11), backing vocals (7, 9)
David Gilmour: guitar on "Understanding Women"
Olle Romo: drums, percussion, drum programming
Pino Palladino: bass guitar (1-8, 10, 11)
Mark Taylor: keyboards (1-3, 6, 7)
Guy Babylon: keyboards and programming (2-5, 7-11)
Adam Seymour: guitar (1, 2, 6, 7)
Eric Clapton: guitar and vocals on "Runaway Train"
Nigel Olsson: backing vocals (7, 9)
Kiki Dee: backing vocals (7, 9, 10)
Jonice Jamison: backing vocals (4)
Carole Fredericks: backing vocals (4)
Beckie Bell: backing vocals (4)
- "Suit of Wolves" – 5:37
- "Fat Boys and Ugly Girls" – 4:13
1Simple Life6:26The One (Elton John album) Wikipedia
3Sweat It Out6:39