Several of the extraordinary array of musical guests on Live From Daryl’s House have blissfully rendered compositions from Sacred Songs with their esteemed host– and with good reason: it stands among the seminal slabs of its era!
Go figure why RCA shelved it for three years fearing its lack of commercial potential.
Produced by Robert Fripp who also renders his signature sonic guitar soundscapes, Sacred Songs prominently features the core of Sir Elton’s most dexterous ensemble on the original vinyl edition: guitarist Caleb Quaye, drummer Roger Pope, and bassist Kenny Passarelli.
The tracks, which were recorded in 1977, burst forth with the vibrancy a concert performance – even though they never played ‘em on stage!
Kenny works his gritty soul influences into “Survive” and the title cut, and keeps the pocket percolating by reinforcing Daryl’s left-hand keyboard motifs throughout.