Madman Across the Water

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Trading the cinematic aspirations of Tumbleweed Connection for a tentative stab at prog rock, Elton John and Bernie Taupin delivered another excellent collection of songs with Madman Across the Water. Like its two predecessors, Madman Across the Water is driven by the sweeping string arrangements of Paul Buckmaster, who gives the songs here a richly dark and haunting edge. And these are songs that benefit from grandiose treatments. With most songs clocking in around five minutes, the record feels like a major work, and in many ways it is. While it's not as adventurous as Tumbleweed Connection, the overall quality of the record is very high, particularly on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Trading the cinematic aspirations of Tumbleweed Connection for a tentative stab at prog rock, Elton John and Bernie Taupin delivered another excellent collection of songs with Madman Across the Water. Like its two predecessors, Madman Across the Water is driven by the sweeping string arrangements of Paul Buckmaster, who gives the songs here a richly dark and haunting edge. And these are songs that benefit from grandiose treatments. With most songs clocking in around five minutes, the record feels like a major work, and in many ways it is. While it's not as adventurous as Tumbleweed Connection, the overall quality of the record is very high, particularly on character sketches "Levon" and "Razor Face," as well as the melodramatic "Tiny Dancer" and the paranoid title track. Madman Across the Water begins to fall apart toward the end, but the record remains an ambitious and rewarding work, and John never attained its darkly introspective atmosphere again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/1996
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731452816122
  • Catalog Number: 528161
  • Sales rank: 2,843

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tiny Dancer (6:18)
  2. 2 Levon (5:22)
  3. 3 Razor Face (4:44)
  4. 4 Madman Across the Water (5:58)
  5. 5 Indian Sunset (6:47)
  6. 6 Holiday Inn (4:18)
  7. 7 Rotten Peaches (4:59)
  8. 8 All The Nasties (5:10)
  9. 9 Goodbye (1:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elton John Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Rick Wakeman Organ, Keyboards
Chris Spedding Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Terry Steele Vocals, Background Vocals
Roger Cook Vocals, Background Vocals
Lesley Duncan Vocals, Background Vocals
Herbie Flowers Bass, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Sue Glover Vocals, Background Vocals
Davey Johnstone Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Sitar, Vocals
Sunny Leslie Vocals, Background Vocals
Sue & Sunny Background Vocals
Brian Dee Harmonium
Paul Buckmaster Conductor
Tony Burrows Vocals, Background Vocals
B.J. Cole Steel Guitar
Ray Cooper Percussion, Tambourine
Terry Cox Drums
David Katz Violin
Jack Emblow Accordion
Dave Glover Bass
Robert Kirby Choir Director
Chris Laurence Bass, Acoustic Bass
Diane Lewis-Steinberg Synthesizer
Barry Morgan Drums
Dee Murray Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Brian Odgers Bass, Bass Guitar
Nigel Olsson Drums, Background Vocals
Alan Parker Guitar
Roger Pope Drums
Caleb Quaye Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Barry St. John Vocals, Background Vocals
Liza Strike Vocals, Background Vocals
Sue Background Vocals
Les Thatcher Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Diana Lewis Synthesizer, ARP
Sunny Background Vocals
Dave Glover Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Ken Scott Engineer, Remixing
Paul Buckmaster Arranger
Robin Geoffrey Cable Engineer
Tony Cousins Remastering
Gus Dudgeon Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Robert Kirby Director
Bernie Taupin Contributor
Gill Artwork
John Tobler Liner Notes
David Larkham Art Direction, Illustrations, Cover Design, Cover Photo
Steve Brown Contributor
Yanis Artwork
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Another great album

    This time John/Taupin don't take us to the Old West but rather to the west of the Hippie Commune. An excellent assortment of big radio hits that fit together wonderfully as a cohesive album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Ever Miss this Album!

    A wonderful album with great tracks, specially ''Tiny Dancer'' (a jewel in Elton's discography), ''Levon'' (with unforgettable music and lyrics) and ''Madman Across the Water'' (one of the best songs ever written) You just can't continue without listening this incredible CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elton Sings Great

    This album is simply great. It has all different types of songs, from the beautiful Tiny Dancer, to the bouncy Levon, to the hillbilly Rotten Peaches, to the melancholic Good Bye

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    VINTAGE ELTON

    GREAT EARLY ELTON CD

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