Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In many ways, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was a recap of all the styles and sounds that made John a star. The double album 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. Its best moments are spectacular: glitzy, crowd-pleasing showmanship that defines what made ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In many ways, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was a recap of all the styles and sounds that made John a star. The double album 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. Its best moments are spectacular: glitzy, crowd-pleasing showmanship that defines what made Elton John a superstar in the early '70s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/1996
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731452815927
  • Catalog Number: 528159
  • Sales rank: 19,646

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, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A true classic

    Wide ranging collection from a top talent. My, how it does endure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Although I knew the 'radio' songs, the entire 2-disc set was awesome. Having just seen Elton in concert, I HAD to get Funeral for a Friend. Rest of discs were bonuses!

    Excellent!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    John/Taupin's greatest album

    This is the best album made by the team of John and Taupin. There is not weakness anywhere in this album. Each song is terrific and each song easily leads to, and supports, the next. This is the greatest masterpiece from two guys who had already given us several great albums in the seventies. This was the high point for the team of John/Taupin. Unfortunately it would be all down hill from here but, for the moment, they were on top of the world and every hearing of this great album brings us back to that amazing high point.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elton John is the REAL Piano Man

    Elton John and Billy Joel have often been compared. This album proves that Elton John can still be a successful artist and use the piano as a real rock instrument. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is the foundation for Elton John's most well-known songs and still makes this an art form. Candle in the Wind is one of the most emotional songs that I've ever heard, and hearing it LIVE makes it even more beautiful and heartbreaking than before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Captain Fantastic's Definitive Album

    "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is the definitive Elton John album. This is where the experimental Elton John era came into place, as he explored early techno (the stunning "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"), pure pop ballads (the sleepy seaside "Sweet Painted Lady", the classic "Candle In The Wind"), and R&B ("Bennie And The Jets"). Other great tracks are here, too. "Grey Seal" is an esoteric number with exciting piano appregios at the end. "Harmony" is a beautiful Beach Boys-inspired ballad with excellent harmonies. "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" and "You're Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n' Roll) are excellent rockers, as is "All The Girls Love Alice. the second one even has several wild organ solos. "Dirty Little Gitrl" has mysoginist, Mick Jagger-inspired lyrics and a bluesy, midtempo beat. The title track is an excellent teack that is a perrenial favorite in Elton's live shows. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" paved the way to superstardom for Elton. The then 26-year old upstart didn't know what to expect next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It is a wonderful song for adult and children

    Elton John Usually produces good music that sends a message to both adults and children-Profanity free-easy listening.

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