Elton John

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - DJM Records - 1973

Tracks: 1. Funeral For A Friend / 2. Love Lies Bleeding / 3. Candle In The Wind / 4. Bennie And The Jets / 5. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road / 6. This Song Has No Title / 7. Grey Seal / 8. Jamaica Jerk Off / 9. I've Seen that Movie Too / 10. Sweet Painted Lady / 11. The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34) / 12. Dirty Little Girl / 13. All the Girls Love Alice / 14. Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock'n'Roll) / 15. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting / 16. Roy Rogers / 17. Social Disease / 18. Harmony

Comments:

1970 was a crazy productive and creative decade of Elton John. 12 album releases, two of which were double albums, speak for themselves. It was also during this decade the vast majority of Elton John's most loved songs were created, and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" from 1973 contains several of these favorites.

Elton John with his band worked at this point like a real band, with tight playing and subtle energy not least on the more rocking numbers.

"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", is probably best remembered for the fantastic title track and his tribute to Marilyn Monroe, "Candle in the Wind". However, there are several other fine songs from the upper end of the Elton John songbook; "Love Lies Bleeding", "This Song has no Title", "Grey Seal," "I've Seen that Movie Too" and "Sweet Painted Ladies" are other favorites among Elton John fans, and personally I think the fine song about TV hero "Roy Rogers" is somewhat overlooked. Some of the many numbers are, like on most double albums, more anonymous and a few individual track today appear somewhat dated.

But definitely an Elton John album from his best and golden period.


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