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Elton John - Madman Across the Water RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum! Click here to see this CD at!

By Steve Gdula

Named for a cut that originally appeared on his Tumbleweed Connection album, Madman Across the Water yielded some of Elton John's earliest AOR staples. "Tiny Dancer," like the previous "Your Song," was introduced and carried by John's masterful piano composition. The song's sense of longing also employed the falsetto chorus that would become as much of a trademark as his costumes. "Levon," another entry into the John/Taupin "ballad of" category, is one of their finest pieces. The orchestration gives the song not only its sense of foreboding, but also its release of tension as the song ends. "Rotten Peaches" became a favorite, as did "Holiday Inn." There's also a different interpretation of the title track than appeared on Tumbleweed Connection.

1. Tiny Dancer6. Holiday Inn
2. Levon7. Rotten Peaches
3. Razor Face8. All the Nasties
4. Madman Across the Water9. Goodbye
5. Indian Sunset


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"Madman across the water was one of the last Elton John albums I obtained. It is the best album (discounting compilations) I believe he has relaeased, the feeling and warmth exuded through the lyrics is the mostheartfelt and "real" I believe he has ever written. Although, he is the master of the ballad and has a string of successes as long as you'd care to mention,I personally believe Elton has really put himself into this album more than any other thus far. Bought on the strength of "Tiny dancer", which I first heard on the "unplugged" series and still remains a firm favourite to this day, it has been one of, if not the, greatest additions to my record collection to date. "Hold me closer, tiny dancer", pure magic.."


"A fabulous album, great to listen to in the dark... next on the turntable was Blue by Joni Mitchell. What a twosome!"


"The first time I heard "Madman" was in a car while my friend was driving over 100 mph. When this scary ride was over I remember saying "Wow! I don't know if it was your driving or if it is this album! Who is this? Elton who? Madman still hold it's place in my heart of one of the best of Elton's.

I still play this for people sometimes and they are taken by it because this album should be played in it's entirety to appreciate the full impact."


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Artist: Elton John

Released: November 6, 1971

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum (2)

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