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Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection RIAA Certified Gold! Click here to see this CD at!

By Steve Gdula

Tumbleweed Connection is part of the early catalog of Elton John's work that Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose reportedly once said he would love to own the publishing rights to as a work of art. Indeed, it does contain some of John's most expressive work as an artist, but with the showy stage presence and pop melodicism still under construction. Tumbleweed is characterized by John's balladeer approach, with John at his storyteller best on songs like "Burn Down the Mission." Even if the lyrics were generally written by Bernie Taupin, John's voice and inflection made every song seem deeply personal. The beautiful "Come Down in Time" displays the subtleties and sophistication of his talent, with the piano not yet serving as the instrumental focal point it would later become. The album also features the favorite "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" and "Where to Now St. Peter?"

1. Ballad of a Well-Known Gun7. Love Song
2. Come Down in Time8. Amoreena
3. Country Comfort9. Talking Old Soldiers
4. Son of Your Father10. Burn Down the Mission
5. My Father's Gun11. Into the Old Man's Shoes
6. Where to Now St. Peter?12. Madman Across the Water [Original Version]


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"One of ej's best. Before he became Elton John so to speak. "Burn Down the --Anonymous

""Tumbleweed Connection" ranks as one of the best-produced and artistically pure albums of the greatest works of the rock era. From the opening track, "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" through the B-side tracks, the lyrics provoke thought, anguish, sadness and perfectly fit Elton John's amazingly original tunes. Unfortunately the remastered CD does NOT do the original album justice. Elton's toe-taps on "Come Down in Time" have been transformed into stilted electronic clicks. Many of the fine points of echo present on the original vinyl album have been lost. This is Taupin and John at their best. On a scale of 1-10 the original ranks a 10 and the remastered CD a strong 9."


"Oh yes this album is what rock music is all about. Mr John and his crew were at the peak of their musical genius with this beauty. Check out the guitaring of Caleb Quaye and the Orchestral Arrangements on Come Down in Time and Burn Down the Mission by Paul Buckmaster. Only Madman Across the Water - his next album, gets near this one. Both are truly great recordings"

--70's Rocker

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Artist: Elton John

Released: January 14, 1971

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Gold

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