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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Elton John Audio CD
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A former student of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, the man born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in 1947 left school and immediately began his path in the music industry. His first band, Bluesology, was formed in 1961. He would later take his stage name from the Bluesology saxophonist Elton Dean and their charismatic frontman, Long John Baldry. Elton John was introduced to Bernie Taupin ... Read more in Amazon's Elton John Store

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  • Audio CD (10 May 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000001DQI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding
2. Candle In The Wind
3. Bennie And The Jets
4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
5. This Song Has No Title
6. Grey Seal
7. Jamaica Jerk-Off
8. I've Seen That Movie Too
9. Sweet Painted Lady
10. The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-1934)
11. Dirty Little Girl
12. All The Girls Love Alice
13. Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock'n Roll)
14. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
15. Roy Rogers
16. Social Disease
17. Harmony

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THE CLASSIC YEARS-MADE IN GERMANY-MERCURY CD-1995-EAN 731452815927

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Even those who customarily dismiss Elton John as a somewhat bland and sentimental balladeer would find much to admire in Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, the best album he has ever made. The track listing reads like an early Greatest Hits collection; it contains not only the original version of "Candle In The Wind" but such raucous and gleeful songs as "Bennie And The Jets", "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" and "Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n' Roll)". From the impassioned opening medley of "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" to the gentle closer, "Harmony", there are few duff moments among these 17 tracks. "All The Young Girls Love Alice" is a savage but wry tale of lesbian exploitation, and the title song is just short of lovely. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is both a joy for fans and a genuine surprise for the uninitiated. --David Bennun

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 40th Anniversary Edition 25 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Unquestionably a five star album, we should all know by now just how good it is. Obviously some of Elton's finest work on the labum, Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding is an epic song worthy of inclusion on any classic rock list and this lengthy double album just rolls out great song after great song. Some people claim some tracks on this album are just 'fillers' which is complete nonsense. The album flows beautifully and a particular favourite moment comes when Your Sistser Can't Twist blasts straight into Saturday Night's Alright. Just brilliant.

Anyway, this 40th Anniversary edition has been nicely remastered (and while not in this package the new vinyls also sound fab) and comes beeutifully presented in a VHS kinda sized box, with a glorious hardback book. The CDs and DVD are all in slim card sleeves with nice artwork for each. Great to have the 70s docu on DVD and the Live discs are fantastic. The only downside to the bonus content is the revisited section, most of the covers are distinctively average at best with only John Grant, Imelda May and the Zac Brown Band standing out, struggled to listen to the rest. However the other bonus material on this disc is great concluding with Elton's brilliant version of The Who's Pinball Wizard. All in all a fantastic package commemoration 40 years of a true classic album.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton's Versitility Shines 13 April 2007
By Jervis VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
While it is possible to argue that there are perhaps a couple of Elton John albums which may rival (or even better) 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' in terms of song quality, there aren't any that have managed to match it in stylistic range. In other words 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' successfully manages to encompass every facet of Elton's musical styles in a double album package that is sharp and bright in tone with enough variety to never seem boring. It also makes a strong case against those who feel Elton's forte is in being a bland balladeer.
Rock 'n' roll - ' Your Sister Can't Twist ..', 'Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting', reggae - 'Jamaica Jerk Off', and soul - 'Bennie And The Jets', sits perfectly alongside Elton's more traditional ballads such as the well known 'Candle In The Wind' and 'Harmony' in an album that works on every level.
Bernie Taupin's lyrics are also varied in terms of theme ranging from his tribute to Marilyn Monroe - 'Candle In The Wind', prostitution - 'Sweet Painted Lady', cowboys - 'Roy Rogers', the film 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' and the unusual, futuristic 'Bennie And The Jets'.
Not every song is prime Elton though - 'Social Disease' and 'All The Girls Love Alice' aren't particularly striking but to be fair they're not exactly bad either.
Versitility is the key to the greatness of 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', whether musically, lyrically and also in Elton's vocal performance. In fact it's refreshing to hear what a really fine and versitile voice Elton had in his youth and it's an album like this that blows away any hint of the personality driven Elton in more recent years who's forte when he does record tends to be more often than not, boring and overblown ballads.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant absolutely brilliant 27 Mar 2014
Format:Blu-ray Audio|Verified Purchase
Just got this at £14 ish as I ordered it early. Its in 5.1 and the sound is amazing. I have loved this album since my brother used to play it on cassette on his mono cassette player under his pillow till we fell asleep, he also played it on his record player.
I bought it on all formats when I left home and now on bluray audio format which if you have 5.1 you will hear things you have never heard before. A must to get. You will not be dissapointed at all.
Tried to let people know what it sounds like, not great like this but it is a great sound when your in the room.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic, no style left unturned! 18 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
It's rare to find an album, let alone a double album, where one cannot find a bad track but Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is that album. From the sweeping and atmospheric 'Funeral for a Friend' to the heartbreaking 'Harmony' (it was special to me way back in the 70's!) via 'Roy Rogers' cod country (check out Eltons twang!)and the rocky little 'Your Sister can't twist' and 'Dirty Little Girl' all the bases are covered, no style left unturned. Even if I wasn't such a fan (and I own EJ albums that only his mum bought!)this one would be in my collection. It should be in yours.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic ! 21 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
One of the very first albums I ever purchased, when still a young whippersnapper ! And still a regular on my playlist.Elton really rocked back then, his voice could comfortably hit those high notes that are so familiar to him.The singer/songwriter partnership with Bernie Taupin is one of the all time great combos in my opinion.Elton seems to be able to go from pulsey rock to slow, melodic tunes with ease. This album has them all, from the outstanding "Funeral for a friend/Love lies bleeding that kicks the album off to beautiful slowies such as "Candle in the wind " and "I've seen that movie too".If you've never heard this album (which I doubt !),then do yourself a favour and go buy it !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece? Definately. 6 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
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".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 days ago by Balihainursery
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite double album
Generally speaking I am not a fan of double albums. Usually I find that there are too long, too much filler and too many styles. Read more
Published 4 days ago by H.E.Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
everything was fine no complaints
Published 5 days ago by Anne Fleming
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a cracker album
Now in my mid-sixties, I heard Goodbye Yellow Brick Road a couple of weeks ago and re-remembered what a cracker album it was. Read more
Published 6 days ago by C. Ellison
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF 'ELTON'S' ''GREAT'' EARLY ALBUM RELEASES
I owned this on 'Vinyl' when first released way back in the Seventies, brings back a memory or two in truth.
Since when it became lost, always meant to replace it... Read more
Published 12 days ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album and a real treat to hear in 5
Great album and a real treat to hear in 5.1, especially dts. The stereo and surround mixing was very good throughout the entire album.
Published 20 days ago by Mike KLiP
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarity and depth of sound
I have several copies of this album including the SACD. I like this the best so far. Clarity and depth of sound & still has the warmth of the original analogue version with the... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mr. Thomas G. Appleford
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must have for all Elton John fans.
Published 23 days ago by Simeao Veras
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just a class album.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. J. R. Gargrave
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
always thought this is his best work.thanks for the prompt delivery.
Published 1 month ago by Philip Hammond
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