Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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by Elton John
     
 

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Elton John's most extravagant creation is a 17-song workout of seamless '70s pop rock. Despite its ambition and breadth, the album is unpretentious and endearing, as John and lyricist-partner Bernie Taupin seemingly aim to provide nothing but pleasure for their listeners. You can thrill to the grand synth washes of "Funeral for a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)"; croon to… See more details below

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Elton John's most extravagant creation is a 17-song workout of seamless '70s pop rock. Despite its ambition and breadth, the album is unpretentious and endearing, as John and lyricist-partner Bernie Taupin seemingly aim to provide nothing but pleasure for their listeners. You can thrill to the grand synth washes of "Funeral for a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)"; croon to ballads like "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Candle in the Wind," and "Harmony"; rock to stunners like "Bennie and the Jets" and "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"; and, yes, scratch your head over the lyrical excesses of "Grey Seal" ("Your roots were formed by twisted roots/Your roots were twisted then"). Pure pop at its finest.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was where Elton John's personality began to gather more attention than his music, as it topped the American charts for eight straight weeks. In many ways, the double album was a recap of all the styles and sounds that made John a star. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is all over the map, beginning with the prog rock epic "Funeral for a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)" and immediately careening into the balladry of "Candle in the Wind." For the rest of the album, John leaps between popcraft ("Bennie and the Jets"), ballads ("Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"), hard rock ("Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"), novelties ("Jamaica Jerk-Off"), Bernie Taupin's literary pretensions ("The Ballad of Danny Bailey"), and everything in between. Though its diversity is impressive, the album doesn't hold together very well. Even so, its individual moments are spectacular and the glitzy, crowd-pleasing showmanship that fuels the album pretty much defines what made Elton John a superstar in the early '70s.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/1996
Label:
Island
UPC:
0731452815927
catalogNumber:
528159
Rank:
23054

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elton John   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Mellotron,farfisa organ
Kiki Dee   Background Vocals
Davey Johnstone   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Guitar (Leslie)
Leroy Gomez   Saxophone
Ray Cooper   Percussion,Tambourine
David Katz   Violin
David Hentschel   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Dee Murray   Bass,Electric Bass,Background Vocals
Del Newman   Performing Ensemble
Nigel Olsson   Conga,Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Tamboura
Prince Rhino   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part

Technical Credits

David Costa   Contributor
Gus Dudgeon   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
David Hentschel   Engineer
Del Newman   Arranger
Bernie Taupin   Lyricist
John Tobler   Liner Notes
David Larkham   Artwork,Art Direction,Illustrations
Michael Ross   Artwork,Art Direction,Illustrations

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