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Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum! Click here to see this CD at Amazon.com!

By Rickey Wright

Rarely mentioned as one of the great double albums, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road had to settle for ending up in a few million record collections. So sprawling that it doesn't quite measure up to the earlier, more laid-back Honky Chateau or the later, pushy Rock of the Westies, this still holds claim to a lot of brilliant, very pop-savvy music: the winking rebellion of "Bennie and the Jets" and "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," the ready-made nostalgia of "The Ballad of Danny Bailey," the downbeat melodicism of "Harmony."

Tracks
1. Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding10. Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909-34)
2. Candle in the Wind11. Dirty Little Girl
3. Bennie and the Jets12. All the Girls Love Alice
4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road13. Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock & Roll)
5. This Song Has No Title14. Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
6. Grey Seal15. Roy Rogers
7. Jamaica Jerk Off16. Social Disease
8. I've Seen That Movie Too17. Harmony
9. Sweet Painted Lady

 

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"I my opinion this album is his best as it demonstrates more than any other, his diversity of musical style. Love lies bleeding, Candle in the wind and Roy Rogers are pretty fantastic examples of how he can pull off more or less any genre he wants. He can do country, rock and soulful stuff without it being affected or insincere. It goes on and on! Inexhaustible talent! And without a single duff track. Whilst my friends were in to Wham and Duran Duran in the early Awesome80s I stumbled upon it by accident. It doesn't date and sounds even better now to me than it did 20 years ago."

--Izzy

"This album is a must for any fan of Super70s great rock. I put this album in the same category of Dark Side of the Moon and other greats. A nicely diversified and melodic album and shows both Elton and Bernie's talents at its best. One of Captain Fantastic's best!!"

--Anonymous

"Possibly the greatest album, double or otherwise, ever recorded. A sprawling mosaic of styles and images. Something for everyone. The epic Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding is an immortal rock staple. For as many recognizable songs as it contains it could have easily spawned several more hits. An embarrassment of riches. The documentary on the making of the album is also a gem."

--Zappp

"I agree that this album has never received the credit it deserved. Songs like Grey Seal, All the Girls Love Alice and Roy Rogers are really classics that I never get tired of listening to. Also, the Classic Funeral for a Friend/Loves Lies Bleeding, Candle in the Wind still gives me goosebumps when ever I play it. These songs will stand the test of time like the Moody Blues Nights in White Satin."

--Tim C

"First of all I'm only 17 years old. I never lived through the seventies nor was I born around that time. My parents especially my mom played 60s and Super70s music non-stop. As I grew around it I fell in love with the that particullar culture; officialy renouncing any other music from the 90's-present to this day. I experimented with many bands in total controvirsing trying to satisfy my craving for the best music to please me such as the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bob Seger, Fleetwood Mac and others. Until one day I heard Bennie and The Jets on my uncle's record player. I just had to find that album that had that song. He told me its by none other than ELTON JOHN. Elton John, I've heard that name here and there but I had absolutely no idea how great and such a legend that ruled part of the Super70s decade. Anyway I hunted and scraped for that album which to my further knowledge I discovered the title "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" Anyhow ignoring my mom's warning about supporting gay men and the risk of my social life crumbling, although I didn't have much of a social life anyway because of my interest in different things. I set out two days after I turned 16 to Wal-Mart and purchased which was going to be a musical treasure for life. (Who cares if he's faggot. That's not going to stop me from listening to Bennie and The Jets.) I payed about $18.15 including tax since it was on CD and it had 18 songs on it. I got home and opened it up. I was astounded by its contents. The record lable was my favorite color orange. I took off the CD and underneath revealed the other EJ albums available. The front of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road shows EJ standing in red platform shoes white pants and pink jacket with the album title on the back. It reminded me of the Mona Lisa because you can't tell what face she's making at you. Elton looks like he's stepping up into the brick road or leaving it. The brick road is kind of an optical illusion that makes you wonder if the wall is real or if its made of wrapping paper. Pretty cool, huh? Anyway I put the disk into my player and started listening to it. The first song is called "Funneral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" It starts off as an instrumental that changes tempos. One word; mesmerising. Then it moves into "Love Lies Bleeding" It's a ripping rocker that fits with Saturday Nights Alright for fighting, curtisy of the EJ band. "Candle in the Wind" is a song about Marylan Monroe It's moving and tells about her tragic end. "Bennie and the Jets" is my all time favorite EJ song. It's about a girl named Bennie and her band the Jets. Here Elton shows how high he could sing by that time. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is about a guy who's leaving the city life. "This Song Has No Title" The name sums it up with poetry. "Grey Seal" is a fast paced shaker talking about normal situations. "Jamacan Jerk Off is silly but entertaining. "I've Seen That Movie Too" Is a touching song guy that's pulling apart his girlfriend's scam. "Sweet Painted Lady" A soft tale about a prostitute sleeping with sailors. "The Ballad of Danny Baily" A orcastrated song about contraband. "Dirty Little Girl" A homeless girl who's down on her luck. "All the Girls Love Alice" A chilling song about the downsides of being a lesbian. "Your Sister Can't Twist But She Can Rock and Roll" A song about guy that gives up old records for girls. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" A tale about what goes on during Satuday Nights. "Roy Rodgers" A layedback tune about a guy who watches a cowboy show. "Social Disease" A song about hibilies passing time. "Harmony" A short tune about a guy who never will leave his girlfriend. All in all for a *double album* this a keepsake for anybody who likes the Super70s. The only drawback; When "Social Disease" begins the volume tone is low and doesn't pick till the begining of the chorus. Other than that its a perfect album. Please add it to collection of treasures!"

--Space Cabbit 15

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MUSICAL NOTES

Artist: Elton John

Released: October 16, 1973

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum (7)


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