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Madman Across The Water

30 April 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 30 April 2007
  • Release Date: 30 April 2007
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 45:15
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  • ASIN: B001KEHLE8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,804 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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19 of 19 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 28 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
One of Elton's finest works. It contains some of the best lyrics Taupin ever produced, and they were crafted by Elton into musical gems not crass commercial pop music.
'Tiny Dancer' is a wonderful tribute to Bernie's then wife, Maxine. A song so simple and beautiful that it will stay forever as one of Elton's very best.
This is not a pop album, but it's far better than the more successful albums that followed, though maybe not always easy to listen to.
Not until 'Blue Moves' would Elton and Bernie write such beautiful music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 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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9 of 9 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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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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pete Walker on 10 Aug 2001
Format: Audio CD
'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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