As a reasonably young and recent newcomer to Elton John's music I admit I didn't have very high expectations. Well what can you expect when all you'd hear for 6 months was the insipid "Candle In The Wind '97"? I'm delighted to have been proven wrong about the man, particularly with respect to the jewel in his crown - this album.
From it's barnstorming 11 minute opener, to the appropriate group vocals of the closing track, the album is a delight. Whilst it's probably too much to expect that all 17 tracks will be perfect - I believe there are a couple of duffers (Jamaica Jerk-off, All The Girls Love Alice), the magnificent quality of the rest easily offsets them - heck, even the "duffers" aren't that bad and still have me singing along in my car. Particular highlights are the aformentioned opener - "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding", the title track, "Danny Bailey", "Roy Rogers" and "Harmony". It's definately a classic & well worth owning.
And in case your wondering - I love the original "Candle In The Wind".