Goodbye Yellow Brick Road [Deluxe Edition]

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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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

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. [A deluxe edition was released in 2003.]
Rolling Stone - Bud Scoppa
The original LP seems even more monumental thirty years on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602498132067
  • Catalog Number: 000157036
  • Sales rank: 12,609

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 Synthesizer
Nigel Olsson Conga, Drums, Tambourine, Background Vocals
David Lee Murphy Bass, Background Vocals
Prince Rhino Vocals
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer
Gus Dudgeon Original Album Producer
David Hentschel Engineer
Del Newman Orchestral Arrangements
Greg Penny Producer, Remix Direction
Bernie Taupin Composer, Contributor
John Tobler Liner Notes
Chris Bellman Mastering
David Larkham Art Direction, Lyric Illustration
Michael Ross Art Direction, Lyric Illustration
Ian Beck Cover Illustration
David Scutt Illustrations
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