Friends (Marbled Pink Limited Edition)
As Elton had suddenly been propelled to stardom in the US following his Troubadour shows in LA (as lovingly fictionalized in Rocketman), then-manager Ray Williams connected Elton & lyricist Bernie Taupin with director Gilbert through his son, John, who was the manager of the British rock group, Family. Although the film – starring Sean Bury & Anicée Alvina – was to spawn a 1974 sequel, it was not a great commercial or critical success. Like the film, the album, which is mainly instrumental, has a dedicated cult following. One of the main vocal tracks, "Can I Put You On", was in Elton’s live set for most of 1971.
Overseen with customary forensic attention to details by Elton’s archive team, Friends is an absolute feast for fans of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Mastered in stereo at Abbey Road by Sean Magee, the album is presented in marbled colored pink vinyl, to match its sleeve.