“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John - album review

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TJR says

The eighth Elton John album arrived in October '73 which, to be fair, is some going for a 23-year-old. It was his second album of the year and the third-in-a-row to be recorded at Château d'Hérouville, an 18th century castle near Paris. Team Elton felt they had an abundance of fruits in their basket, and the decision was taken to make this one a double. Oh good. The album's identity lies with the four singles; sentimental ballad “Candle In The Wind” pays a nice tribute to Marilyn Monroe, “Bennie And The Jets” is a glam-rock piss-take (oh the irony), the power ballad “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” alludes to the Wizard of Oz and pines for simpler times and the rocking “Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting” evokes real life memories of a Market Rasen pub. Widely regarded as Elton's best work. Keep me away from these people.

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A1 [11:09] 0.4.png Elton John - Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Prog
A2 [03:49] 5.1.png Elton John - Candle In The Wind [single version ’73] (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Songwriter
A3 [05:23] 1.6.png Elton John - Bennie And The Jets [live] (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B1 [03:13] 1.0.png Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Pop Ballad
B2 [02:23] 1.7.png Elton John - This Song Has No Title (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Songwriter
B3 [04:00] 2.9.png Elton John - Grey Seal (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B4 [03:38] 1.5.png Elton John - Jamaica Jerk-Off (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Pop
B5 [05:58] 2.5.png Elton John - I’ve Seen That Movie Too (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Pop Ballad
C1 [03:54] 2.8.png Elton John - Sweet Painted Lady (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Songwriter
C2 [04:23] 2.6.png Elton John - The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34) (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Songwriter
C3 [05:01] 3.0.png Elton John - Dirty Little Girl (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
C4 [05:09] 2.1.png Elton John - All The Girls Love Alice (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Pop
D1 [02:42] 3.6.png Elton John - Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock ‘n’ Roll) (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
D2 [05:24] 3.8.png Elton John - Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Rock
D3 [04:08] 2.7.png Elton John - Roy Rogers (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Folk Rock / Americana
D4 [03:43] 2.2.png Elton John - Social Disease (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Folk Rock / Americana
D5 [02:46] 0.7.png Elton John - Harmony (Reginald Dwight, Bernie Taupin) Pop Ballad

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