Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

by Elton John Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

by Elton John Elton John


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It was designed to be a blockbuster and it was. Prior to Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John had hits -- his second album, Elton John, went Top 10 in the U.S. and U.K., and he had smash singles in "Crocodile Rock" and "Daniel" -- but this 1973 album was a statement of purpose spilling over two LPs, which was all the better to showcase every element of John's spangled personality. Opening with the 11-minute melodramatic exercise "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" -- as prog as Elton ever got -- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road immediately embraces excess but also tunefulness, as John immediately switches over to "Candle in the Wind" and "Bennie & the Jets," two songs that form the core of his canon and go a long way toward explaining the over-stuffed appeal of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. This was truly the debut of Elton John the entertainer, the pro who knows how to satisfy every segment of his audience, and this eagerness to please means the record is giddy but also overwhelming, a rush of too much muchness. Still, taken a side at a time, or even a song a time, it is a thing of wonder, serving up such perfectly sculpted pop songs as "Grey Seal," full-bore rockers as "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" and "Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock & Roll)," cinematic ballads like "I've Seen That Movie Too," throwbacks to the dusty conceptual sweep of Tumbleweed Connection in the form of "The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909-34)," and preposterous glam novelties, like "Jamaica Jerk-Off." This touched on everything John did before, and suggested ways he'd move in the near-future, and that sprawl is always messy but usually delightful, a testament to Elton's '70s power as a star and a musician.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2014
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0602537585892
catalogNumber: 002028702
Rank: 1661


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

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elton John   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Electric Piano,Mellotron,farfisa organ
Kiki Dee   Background Vocals
Davey Johnstone   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Guitar (Leslie)
Leroy Gomez   Saxophone
Ray Cooper   Tambourine
David Hentschel   ARP
Dee Murray   Bass,Background Vocals
Nigel Olsson   Conga,Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Elton John   Composer
Gus Dudgeon   Producer
David Hentschel   Engineer
Del Newman   Orchestral Arrangements
Bernie Taupin   Composer
David Larkham   Lyric Illustration
Michael Ross   Lyric Illustration
Ian Beck   Cover Illustration
David Scutt   Lyric Illustration

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