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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
Elton John - The One cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released22 June 1992 (1992-06-22)
RecordedNovember 1991 – March 1992
StudioStudio Guillame Tell, Paris, France
GenreRock
Length58:07
Label
ProducerChris Thomas
Elton John chronology
The Very Best of Elton John
(1990)
The One
(1992)
Greatest Hits 1976–1986
(1992)
Singles from The One
  1. "The One"
    Released: 25 May 1992
  2. "Runaway Train"
    Released: 20 July 1992
  3. "The Last Song"
    Released: 26 October 1992
  4. "Simple Life"
    Released: 10 May 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauC+[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[4]
Q3/5 stars[6]

The One spent three consecutive weeks at #2 without 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.

Contents

BackgroundEdit

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 long-standing drummer, Nigel Olsson and female backing vocalist Kiki Dee (who had dueted with John on the hit 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.

Track listingEdit

All songs composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, except "Runaway Train", co-written by Olle Romo.

  1. "Simple Life" – 6:25
  2. "The One" – 5:53
  3. "Sweat It Out" – 6:38
  4. "Runaway Train" – 5:23 (Duet with Eric Clapton)
  5. "Whitewash County" – 5:30
  6. "The North" – 5:15
  7. "When a Woman Doesn't Want You" – 4:56
  8. "Emily" – 4:58
  9. "On Dark Street" – 4:43
  10. "Understanding Women" – 5:03
  11. "The Last Song" – 3:21

Bonus tracks (1998 Polygram International reissue)Edit

  1. "Suit of Wolves" – 5:37
  2. "Fat Boys and Ugly Girls" – 4:13

PersonnelEdit

ProductionEdit

  • 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

B-sidesEdit

Song Format
"Suit of Wolves" "The One" 7"/CD (US/UK)
"Fat Boys and Ugly Girls" "The One" CD (US/UK)
"Understanding Women" (Remix) "Runaway Train" CD (US/UK)
"The Man Who Never Died" (Remix) "The Last Song" 7"/CD (UK)
"Song for Guy" (Remix) "The Last Song" CD (UK)
"Simple Life" (Hot Mix) "Simple Life" 7"/CD (US)
"Simple Life" (Original Mix) "Simple Life" CD (US)

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[30] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[31] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[32] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[34] Platinum 510,100 [33]*
Germany (BVMI)[35] Gold 250,000^
Italy (FIMI)[36] 6× Platinum 600,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[37] Gold 100,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[38] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[39] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[41] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

ReferencesEdit

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