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Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Paper Sleeve Collection)

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Publisher: Mercury
Reference :UICY-9107
Date :2001
Made In :Japan
Quality :stereo
Booklet & packaging :Card sleeve that replicates the original LP packaging in every way, including the trifold sleeve. It also includes liner notes, lyric sheet in English/Japanese and an obi.
Total duration: 76:12

Comments
Produced by: Gus Dudgeon
Engineered by: David Hentschel
Assistant Engineer: Andy Scott
Assistant Engineer (Trident): Peter Kelsey
Coordinated by: Steve Brown
Orchestral Arrangements: Del Newman

Piano, Organ, Farfisa Organ, Electric Piano, Mellotron, Leslie Piano and Lead Vocals: Elton John
Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals: Dee Murray
Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Leslie Guitar, Slide Guitar, Steel Guitar, Banjo and Backing Vocals: Davey Johnstone
Drums, Congas, Tambourine and Backing Vocals: Nigel Olsson
A.R.P. Synthesizer: David Hentschel
Vocal Interjections (on "Jamaica Jerk-Off"): Prince Rhino
Leroy Gomez: Saxophone

Recorded at Strawberry Studios, Chateau D'Hierouville, France

Re-mixed at Trident Studios, London, England

All compositions by Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Recorded May 1973

These tracks were remastered by Gus Dudgeon in 1995

"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" has become synonymous with Elton John. The double album is a classic, widely considered the plateau of his career. Originally to be recorded in Jamaica, it had two working titles: "Vodka And Tonics" and "Silent Movies, Talking Pictures". Taupin wrote the lyrics in two and a half weeks. Elton composed most melodies in three days at the Pink Flamingo Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica, during the time of the famous Joe Frazier/George Foreman boxing match on January 22, 1973. The fight combined with political turmoil to make Jamaica an uncomfortable place for Elton and the band. Though the Rolling Stones had just recorded "Goat's Head Soup" at Dynamic Sounds Studios in Kingston, Elton and his entourage found the production equipment inadequate. Struggling for three days with a bad piano and poor sound system, the group abandoned Jamaica for the familiarity of Chateau d'Hierouville in France, the recording site of two earlier albums. Completed in two weeks, the album offered a rollicking, rocking taste of American culture, with lyrics touching on icons like Marilyn Monroe and Roy Rogers and alluding to gangsters and classic movies. Melodies flaunted the influences of the Beach Boys, The Everly Brothers, Frankie Valli, and Freddie Cannon. In all, twenty-two songs were written and recorded specifically for the release. Two were outtakes from the earlier album and three were written for future projects. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" not only produced several hit singles, but tracks that remain rock standards, like the title release, "Bennie And The Jets," "Candle In The Wind," Funeral For A Friend," and "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)." Critics raved about the album, and nearly all of the songs received airplay. Fans and rock historians alike regard it as the John-Taupin masterpiece. "We could have taken singles off that album for years to come," Elton told BBC disc jockey Andy Peebles. The album excelled in many areas, including packaging, with illustrations accompanying the lyrics. The technical production shone as well, with impeccable attention to detail. Unobtrusive song arrangements (by Del Newman) and background vocals added to the fullness of sound. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" succeeded in helping Elton recapture early fans who felt abandoned by the pop nature of his previous two albums. Those releases expanded his audience but were viewed as less musical than their predecessors. "This album's got to be good," said Elton in 1973. "It's an important album for me and my career at this point." He couldn't have hoped for more. "Yellow Brick Road" anchored the number one spot on the U.S. for eight weeks and spent forty-three weeks among the forty best-selling albums. None of his studio albums was more successful. Across the Atlantic, it performed as well. "It's only in these later years," said bass player Dee Murray in 1991, "that I'm realizing the full impact of it. People come up and tell me they were influenced in high school by "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"." Elton's band now includes members like keyboardist Guy Babylon and bass player Bob Birch who as teens were inspired by this album. Unfortunately, many music critics used "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" as the standard by which to judge most later Elton John albums. The comparison was unfair. Elton has been a consistently good songwriter, but albums of this quality are rare. Still, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" cemented his place in rock history - and made fans think, erroneously, that band members Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson and Dee Murray would always be part of the musical equation. (excerpted from "Rocket Man-Elton John From A-Z" by Claude Bernardin and Tom Stanton)

Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   
1.
Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding(John/Taupin)
11:09
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
May 1973
Elton John
2.
Candle In The Wind(John/Taupin)
3:49
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
May 1973
Elton John
3.
Bennie And The Jets(John/Taupin)
5:23
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
May 1973
Elton John
4.
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road(John/Taupin)
3:13
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
May 1973
Elton John
5.
This Song Has No Title(John/Taupin)
2:23
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
May 1973
Elton John
6.
Grey Seal(John/Taupin)
4:00
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
Remake
May 1973
Elton John
7.
Jamaica Jerk Off(John/Taupin)
3:38
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
May 1973
Elton John
8.
I've Seen That Movie Too(John/Taupin)
5:58
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
May 1973
Elton John
9.
Sweet Painted Lady(John/Taupin)
3:54
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
May 1973
Elton John
10.
The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34)(John/Taupin)
4:23
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
May 1973
Elton John
11.
Dirty Little Girl(John/Taupin)
5:01
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
May 1973
Elton John
12.
All The Girls Love Alice(John/Taupin)
5:09
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
May 1973
Elton John
13.
Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'N' Roll)(John/Taupin)
2:42
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
May 1973
Elton John
14.
Saturday Night's All Right (For Fighting)(John/Taupin)
4:53
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
May 1973
Elton John
15.
Roy Rogers(John/Taupin)
4:08
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
May 1973
Elton John
16.
Social Disease(John/Taupin)
3:43
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
May 1973
Elton John
17.
Harmony(John/Taupin)
2:46
Song
Lyrics available
Regular
May 1973
Elton John
Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   


Song Song Studio chat Studio chat
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Cover by another artist Cover by another artist Film Music/Orchestral Film music/orchestral
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Song by another artist Song by another artist Medley title Medley title
Book chapter Book chapter
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Reviews

Review by: peerkeOn 15 Jul 2004 at 10:21 CEST
Even if you think the music Elton makes today is muzak, you've only have to listen to this album once and you're sold.
This is one hell of an album.
Review by: BixxOn 22 Jul 2006 at 23:30 CEST
A rock solid double album! This was the peak of the mountain for Elton(and Taupin) although I like Westies best, 17 traxs and not a bad one in the bunch. Back in the day when it first came out it blew me away, and it's still a fav now. This was Elton. Pay no attention to the guy who still sez he's Elton now!
Review by: NobBoffinOn 15 Dec 2011 at 19:52 CEST
My favorite Elton album.


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