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Madman Across The Water Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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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 (31 July 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B000001EGC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  4. Madman Across The Water 5:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  6. Holiday Inn 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Elton John Madman Across The Water [Remastered]

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Named for a cut that originally appeared on his Tumbleweed Connection album, Madman Across the Water yielded some of Elton John's earliest AOR staples. "Tiny Dancer", like the previous "Your Song", was introduced and carried by John's masterful piano composition. The song's sense of longing also employed the falsetto chorus that would become as much of a trademark as his costumes. "Levon", another entry into the John/Taupin "ballad of" category, is one of their finest pieces. The orchestration gives the song not only its sense of foreboding, but also its release of tension as the song ends. "Rotten Peaches" became a favourite, as did "Holiday Inn". There's also a different interpretation of the title track than appeared on Tumbleweed Connection. --Steve Gdula

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This really is one of Elton's finest albums. The beautiful 'Tiny Dancer'opens the album, full of superb orchestrations. It's good to see that this timeless classic is featured on the new 'Greatest Hits 1970-2002' compilation. The title track is also a masterpiece, (hear an early version on the remastered 'Tumbleweed Connection') as is the rarely mentioned 'Indian Sunset'.
This is no pop album, but if you like classic rock with a touch of blues and some classical touches, this is a must.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Being born in 1976 I have to give credit to my Dad for getting me in to Elton John although it was somewhat subliminal as it was played a lot through my childhood during the late seventies and early eighties. However I picked up this little gem one day when I was around 17, 1993, I had never actually heard it. Dad had it on vinyl but I don’t recall him ever playing it, but for some reason it really grew on me. It got me through some bad times, and when I listen to it now it brings back warm memories of my teen years. It is defiantly one of the best albums I have ever heard, touching, magical, warm, and dramatic and an absolute masterpiece. Possibly one of Elton’s finest works of music, although for some reason it is less well known? There is not one song on this album that I don’t like, right from the melodious "Tiny dancer" (which I recently had played on piano at my wedding) to the melodramatic “Indian Sunset", “Levon” and “Razorface” It just has to be listened form beginning to end! If you like Elton just buy this album, you will not be disappointed!!!
Thanks Elton for some warm memories, oh and my Dad:)x
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
Elton John and Bernie Taupin had five albums under their belt before, "Madman Across The Water" and this proved to only solidify their immense talent. Of course, the huge hits, "Levon" and "Tiny Dancer" grace this album, but all the songs carry a strong sense of pop/rock with a minimum of perfect orchestration. After this album, Elton John pushed his style in slightly different directions, but returned to this original fashion with albums like, "Songs From The West Coast" and "Peachtree Road". This album has always been a classic and in SACD format, the sound is absolutely brilliant!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Pete Walker on 10 Aug. 2001
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'Madman across the water', issued in late 1971, is the third and last of the series of three highly orchestrated, dramatic albums produced by Elton John just as his career was taking off in America and before he became well known in Britain. The black 'Elton John' album established him as a major talent and this reputation was consolidated and developed in 'Tumbleweed connection' with its many references to the American 'wild west'. 'Madman' sees Elton consolidating his musical identity, as established in the previous two albums, rather than developing it in new directions, and if it has a theme it is more one of contemporary, rather than 19th century, America. Several songs relate to characters in modern urban settings, and there are two about Elton's recent experiences of life on the road as a musician. By contrast, however, 'Indian sunset' returns to the theme of the 'frontier', whilst the brief closing track contains almost biblical poetic references.
The musical style throughout the record is the archetypal early-period Elton - medium tempo, with piano, bass and drums as the principal instruments, and Paul Buckmaster's grandiose string arrangements very prominent. It could be argued that there is too little variety of style, but the songs are distinctive enough to hold their own, and this very consistency of sound demonstrates Elton and Bernie Taupin's wish to be true to their musical vision and not to compromise for the sake of commercial success.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MigRant on 11 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
Madman across the Water is one of my favourite Elton John albums...... and I've got a good few. It was released at a time when Elton was just starting to be an "international" phenomenon (rather than a one hit wonder) and at a time when his personality (and possibly/probably ego)played second fiddle to the music (no pun intended).
However, it shows Elton and the production team, playing with new-found ideas, (and probably finance) experimenting with orchestration on most of the tracks, and generally looking to produce something that was recognisable as Elton John, but sufficiently different to the previous two albums as to be interesting.
The result is an album of tracks which are instantly recognisable as Elton John, but not the tracks that are played constantly as "Elton in his heyday"!
Ranging from intensely personal (Tiny Dancer) to bizarrely abstract (Indian Sunset, considering the artist)the lyrics and the music withstand the test of time well, and if the new remasters lack the crackles and clicks of my old vinyl copy, then the character and atmosphere of the music, particularly Indian Sunset and Madman, more than make up for the loss.
A must for afficionados of Elton John, and a definite must for music lovers.
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