Tumbleweed Connection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Instead of repeating the formula that made Elton John a success, John and Bernie Taupin attempted their most ambitious record to date for the follow-up to their breakthrough. A loose concept album about the American West, Tumbleweed Connection emphasized the pretensions that always lay beneath their songcraft. Half of the songs don't follow conventional pop song structures; instead, they flow between verses and vague choruses. These experiments are remarkably successful, primarily because Taupin's lyrics are evocative and John's melodic sense is at its best. As should be expected for a concept album about the Wild West, the music draws from country and blues in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Instead of repeating the formula that made Elton John a success, John and Bernie Taupin attempted their most ambitious record to date for the follow-up to their breakthrough. A loose concept album about the American West, Tumbleweed Connection emphasized the pretensions that always lay beneath their songcraft. Half of the songs don't follow conventional pop song structures; instead, they flow between verses and vague choruses. These experiments are remarkably successful, primarily because Taupin's lyrics are evocative and John's melodic sense is at its best. As should be expected for a concept album about the Wild West, the music draws from country and blues in equal measures, ranging from the bluesy choruses of "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" and the modified country of "Country Comfort" to the gospel-inflected "Burn Down the Mission" and the rolling, soulful "Amoreena." Paul Buckmaster manages to write dramatic but appropriate string arrangements that accentuate the cinematic feel of the album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/1996
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731452815521
  • Catalog Number: 528155
  • Sales rank: 10,670

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elton John Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Dusty Springfield Background Vocals
Madeline Bell Background Vocals
Lesley Duncan Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Herbie Flowers Bass Guitar
Sue Glover Background Vocals
Tony Hazzard Background Vocals
Sunny Leslie Background Vocals
Mick Ronson Guitar
Sue & Sunny Background Vocals
Brian Dee Organ
Paul Buckmaster Conductor
Tony Burrows Background Vocals
Ian Duck Harmonica
Mike Egan Acoustic Guitar
Kay Garner Background Vocals
Dave Glover Bass Guitar
Gordon Huntley Steel Guitar
Karl Jenkins Oboe
Robin Jones Conga, Tambourine
Skaila Kanga Harp
Chris Laurence Bass, Acoustic Bass
Barry Morgan Drums
Dee Murray Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Nigel Olsson Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Roger Pope Percussion, Drums
Caleb Quaye Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Les Thatcher Acoustic Guitar, 12-string Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Johnny VanDerrick Violin
Sunny Background Vocals
Johnny Van Derek Violin
Tammy Hunt Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul Buckmaster Arranger
Robin Geoffrey Cable Engineer
Gus Dudgeon Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Greg Penny Producer
Bernie Taupin Lyricist
John Tobler Liner Notes
David Larkham Artwork, Art Direction, Cover Design
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The first Great John/Taupin album

    This is not exactly country-rock but John/Taupin do take us to the Old West in this brilliant album and lets us know that we are dealing with real artists who, together, can make one of the finest albums ever (and it wouldn't be their last). It is important to remember that these are John/Taupin albums as the music of John with the lyrics of Taupin have always been the key to their success.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I finally get it

    As a child of the 'Eighties, I always believed Elton John was somewhat overrated. That was before I heard Tumbleweed Connection. And now I know why this man is the legend he is. Now I've met Elton the Artist, as opposed to Elton the Entertainer (who's still darn good, mind you). This album blew me away, and still does. An indispensable classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elton and Bernie at their very best.

    A stunning album. I have listened to these cuts countless times and there is still much to explore. The piano work is often driven, with a great funky beat, the lyrics laced with rich imagery. Unbeatable.

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