Taupin is lyricist Bernie Taupin's first solo album (released eponymously in the U.S.). It is a spoken word album of his poetry. Taupin is well known for his collaboration with Elton John writing the lyrics to the vast majority of songs on his albums, and he worked with the same musicians John used on his albums in order to create his own. Gus Dudgeon produced the album and Steve Brown coordinated it.
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All the poems were written by Bernie Taupin.
All songs written by Bernie Taupin, Caleb Quaye, and Davey Johnstone, except where noted.
- "When the Heron Wakes"
- "Like Summer Tempests"
- "Today's Hero" (Taupin, Quaye, Johnstone, Phillips)
- "Sisters of the Cross" (Taupin, Richard Coff, Diana Lewis)
- "Brothers Together Again"
- "Verses After Dark"
- "La Petite Marionette" (Taupin, Coff)
- "Ratcatcher" (Taupin, Phillips)
- "The Visitor" (Taupin, Phillips)
- Bernie Taupin - spoken word
- Ron Chesterman - double bass
- Richard Coff - violin, viola
- Diana Lewis - piano
- Shawn Phillips - sitar, electric guitar, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, koto, spoken word
- Caleb Quaye - piano, organ, acoustic guitar
- Davey Johnstone - sitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, lute
- Chris Karan - tabla, finger cymbals