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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road [Super Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 Ten 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 Ten 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 that go a long way toward explaining the overstuffed 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. The 40th Anniversary edition of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road expands the album to a whopping five discs. The first CD is devoted to the album itself, while the second combines nine covers by contemporary acts with B-sides, outtakes, and other stray tracks from the mid-'70s; the third and fourth discs showcase an excellent live show from 1973 at Hammersmith, leaving the DVD to present the 1973 documentary Elton John & Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye to Norma Jean and Other Things. The covers have nothing compelling but are usually pleasant, with the highlights being Band Perry's insistent read of "Grey Seal," John Grant's contemplative "Sweet Painted Lady," Imelda May's swinging "Your Sister Can't Twist," Fall Out Boy's balls-out "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," and Zac Brown Band's "Harmony," which keeps the song rooted in the '70s. The bonus tracks are a weird batch, containing some singles that popped up on the '90s Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player expansion and "Philadelphia Freedom," a non-LP 1975 hit that has nothing to do with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, but they're all good: "Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again)" and "Screw You (Young Man's Blues)" are hard, humorous rockers and "Step into Christmas"/"Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be a Turkey for Christmas)" is one of the great '70s rock Christmas singles, with the flip being one of the rare songs from a superstar that sounds designed for Dr. Demento. The live show is energetic and deep, illustrating how strong John's catalog already was and how good he was in front of an audience. There's not a bad note of music here, and it's worthwhile for the superfans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2014
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 602537534807
  • Catalog Number: 3753480
  • Sales rank: 6,315

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding (11:07)
  2. 2 Candle in the Wind (3:48)
  3. 3 Bennie and the Jets (5:22)
  4. 4 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (3:12)
  5. 5 This Song Has No Title (2:23)
  6. 6 Grey Seal (4:00)
  7. 7 Jamaica Jerk-Off (3:38)
  8. 8 I've Seen That Movie Too (5:57)
  9. 9 Sweet Painted Lady (3:54)
  10. 10 The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909-34) (4:23)
  11. 11 Dirty Little Girl (5:00)
  12. 12 All the Girls Love Alice (5:08)
  13. 13 Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'N' Roll) (2:41)
  14. 14 Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting (4:55)
  15. 15 Roy Rogers (4:07)
  16. 16 Social Disease (3:42)
  17. 17 Harmony (2:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Candle in the Wild - Ed Sheeran (3:20)
  2. 2 Bennie and the Jets - Miguel (5:10)
  3. 3 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Hunter Hayes (3:08)
  4. 4 Grey Seal - The Band Perry (3:38)
  5. 5 Sweet Painted Lady - John Grant (3:56)
  6. 6 All the Girls Love Alice - Emeli Sandé (3:34)
  7. 7 You Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'N' Roll) - Imelda May (2:49)
  8. 8 Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting - Fall Out Boy (3:44)
  9. 9 Harmony - Zac Brown Band (2:58)
  10. 10 Grey Seal (3:21)
  11. 11 Grey Seal (3:35)
  12. 12 Jack Rabbit (1:53)
  13. 13 Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again) (2:57)
  14. 14 Screw You (Young Man's Blues) (4:44)
  15. 15 Candle in the Wind (3:53)
  16. 16 Step Into Christmas (4:32)
  17. 17 Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas) (4:06)
  18. 18 Philadelphia Freedom (5:38)
  19. 19 Pinball Wizard (5:17)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding (11:53)
  2. 2 Candle in the Wind (4:11)
  3. 3 Hercules (9:16)
  4. 4 Rocket Man (5:01)
  5. 5 Bennie and the Jets (6:27)
  6. 6 Daniel (4:17)
  7. 7 This Song Has No Title (2:57)
  8. 8 Honky Cat (7:16)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (3:22)
  2. 2 The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909-34) (6:14)
  3. 3 Elderberry Wine (6:23)
  4. 4 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1:15)
  5. 5 I've Seen That Movie Too (5:45)
  6. 6 All the Girls Love Alice (7:33)
  7. 7 Crocodile Rock (6:34)
  8. 8 Your Song (4:29)
  9. 9 Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting (8:24)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Introduction
  2. 2 An Exceptional Self - Alfred Newman
  3. 3 I'd Like to Become a Legend
  4. 4 Superior Lyrics
  5. 5 Rocket Man
  6. 6 I Was Always Convinced I Was Going to Be Famous One Day
  7. 7 In England They Come to Bop Around
  8. 8 Harmony
  9. 9 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  10. 10 Too Much Flannelling
  11. 11 The Château
  12. 12 Candle in the Wind
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elton John Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals, Mellotron, farfisa organ
Kiki Dee Background Vocals
Davey Johnstone Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar, Guitar (Leslie)
Jim Keltner Drums
Leroy Gomez Saxophone
Ryeland Allison Drums
Peter Asher Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocals
Jason Bonham Drums
Ray Cooper Percussion, Tambourine
David Hentschel ARP
Dee Murray Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Nigel Olsson Drums
Dave Priseman Acoustic Guitar, Trumpet
Waddy Wachtel Guitar, Electric Guitar
Victoria Asher Background Vocals
Graham Sharp Banjo
Prince Rhino Vocals
Darrel Higham Electric Guitar
Nigel Conga, Drums, Tambourine, Background Vocals
Stephen Hilton Synthesizer
Bill Cinque Bass Guitar
Clay Cook Piano, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Mellotron, Hammond B3
Steve Aho Percussion
Ann Marie Calhoun Mandolin, Violin, Viola
Coy Bowles Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Alan Ross Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Mellotron, farfisa organ, Wurlitzer
Steve Rushton Drums
Al Gare Bass Guitar
Jimmy de Martini Violin, Background Vocals
John Driskell Hopkins Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Chris Fryar Drums
Miguel Background Vocals
Ed Sheeran Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Background Vocals, Cajon, Shaker
Hunter Hayes Guitar, Percussion, Wurlitzer
Chris Loco Keyboards
Sam Ellis Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer, Executive Producer
Pete Townshend Composer
Peter Asher Producer, Executive Producer
Paul Buckmaster Arranger
Tom Burns Engineer
Bill Curbishley Executive Producer
Gus Dudgeon Producer
Jeff Griffin Producer
David Hentschel Engineer
Nathaniel Kunkel Engineer
Bob Ludwig Remastering
Del Newman Orchestral Arrangements
Bernie Taupin Composer
David Larkham Art Direction, Illustrations
Ben Robinson Engineer
Robert Rosenberg Executive Producer
Geoff Zanelli String Arrangements
Marguerite Monnot Composer
Sammy Lerner translation
René Rouzaud Composer
Stephen Hilton Programming, Engineer, drum machine, Percussion Programming, Keyboard Engineer, Additional Production
Michael Ross Art Direction, Illustrations
Bryan Forbes Director, Producer
Clay Cook Producer
Matt Mangano Producer, Engineer
Chris Bolster Engineer
Ian Beck Cover Illustration
David Scutt Illustrations
Patrick Stump Producer
Zac Brown Producer
Seth Morton Vocal Engineer
John D. Marks Composer
Freiderich Hollaender Composer
Miguel Producer, Vocal Engineer
Ed Sheeran Producer
Emma Shalless Producer
Chip Madinger Memorabilia
Hunter Hayes Producer
Jeff Gartenbaum Engineer
Chris Loco Programming, Producer, Engineer
Emil Waldteufel Composer
Kevin Wicks Memorabilia
Julie Madinger Memorabilia
David Bodoh Memorabilia
Wes Sideman Engineer
Alfred Newman Composer
Jack Doe Memorabilia
Alexis Fury Essay
Toots Taupin Composer
Reggae Dwight Composer
Meredith Cook Memorabilia
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  • Posted April 8, 2014

    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Super Deluxe Edition is the must-have

    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Super Deluxe Edition is the must-have ultimate box set for Elton John fans of all ages and everywhere.

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