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  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B000V7J7YW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Bitch Is Back
  2. Pinky
  3. Grimsby
  4. Dixie Lily
  5. Solar Prestige A Gammon
  6. You're So Static
  7. I've Seen The Saucers
  8. Stinker
  9. Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me
  10. Ticking
  11. Pinball Wizard
  12. Sick City
  13. Cold Highway
  14. Step Into Christmas

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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Wonderful vinyl, good sound,
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This is a flawed classic from Eltons golden period when he was selling more records than anybody else on the planet. There are a some all-time classic Elton tracks in the "The Bitch is Back" and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" as well as "Pinball Wizard", which is a extra track on this CD.

The main difference with this album over say his other classic albums of the 70's is the addition of the Tower of Power horn section. This adds some umph to the whole proceedings. So very average Elton songs like "Your so Static" and "Stinker" (both of which I love) become much funkier affairs.

Overall then this is an underrated album, that whilst not quite as good as GYBR or Tumbleweed Connection, is far better than its given credit for.
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good 2 May 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
not the best album but very good price and condition
2.0 out of 5 stars I have bought used LPs in the ast which were sold as in good condition but this product missed the mark 31 Oct. 2015
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Product had more pops than expected. I have bought used LPs in the ast which were sold as in good condition but this product missed the mark.
5.0 out of 5 stars classic album 18 Jun. 2014
By sexy dancer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you want to collect elton john greatest albums this is one of it. All songs in this album is pure gold. No filler songs here as in other albums.
4.0 out of 5 stars Rocket Man Getting Through The Static 22 May 2012
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's incredibly unfair that after an such a strong and diverse album as Goodbye Yellow Brick Road that the Elton John/Bernie Taupin team were expected to churn out another full on masterpiece. They'd pretty much been doing that for the past several years. After being dubbed by John Lennon at the beginning of his career as a worthy successor to the sound he and the Beatles had beforehand (Elton would later symbolically return that compliment with a favor to Lennon) the John/Taupin team had churned out one hit single and album after another with a very adept and all encompassing rock sound that blended pop,folk,soul,blues,country and a good does of original style rock n' roll. Actually it wasn't really too far from what the Beatles had done during their long career only fully concentrated right off the bat. It was Elton's gift for melody and Taupin's great story songs that made it distinctive as it was. So on this one there wasn't really much time after the last behemoth of an album to really do anything super new so...Elton just made a great album instead of another instant classic.

As most self aware pop/rocks are known to do Elton started right of the bat with "The Bitch Is Back",one of those great Stonsy type R&B oriented rockers which is an important reminder how great a sound this had production wise-hats off to you Gus Dudgeon! "Pinky" and "Grimsby" actually follow in the same league of bouncy pop where "Dixie Lily" returns to Taupin's fascination with country-western lyricism which Elton always does great with musically on the country rock end of things. "Solar Prestige A Gammon" is something of an elaborate cabaret rock type number sung in French. He delivers another excellent rocker on "Stinker" whereas of the ballads the UFO encounter sendup of "I've Seen The Saucers" is filled with an aweish sense of woner and "Stinkers" gets right into some serious electric blues before "Don Let The Sun Go Down On Me",one of his standards. The album ends with "Tickling,a very epic ballad with a very poignant tale of a young mans tragic fate.

Overall? It's album with several magnificent songs and a half dozen or so very good ones. Not bad for a pair who'd been churning out nearly unbeatable albums for near half a decade by this point. Nothing had really changed much here. Elton John's original 70's sound is still very much intact here. And he was still getting popular songs and albums tracks as well. Sometimes when an artist gets too comfortable in a certain sound,the audience doesn't react well to it because the artist comes off as board. Elton and Bernie just found this certain style they could do a lot with and flew with it as much as they possibly could. And that's what this albums represents. Basically just another in a succession of well done hit albums during this time. You can put it on,play it from one song to the other and really not skip over anything. It may be nothing Elton hadn't already done. But there's enough variety and more than enough sheer songcraft to keep the music firing on all cylinders.
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4.0 out of 5 stars There is a later remastered version available 22 July 2005
By Lonnie E. Holder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am not sure why this album is still available, because there is a later remaster also available. In any case, the songs are the same, so you may want to seek that one out instead of this one.

This album suffered from a number of problems, the biggest one of which is that when you keep releasing album after album that pushes the edge, what are you going to follow up with? While many people were disappointed with this album because some of the songs are relatively lightweight, the core music here is solid, and there are a couple of gems. Furthermore, this album was one of the few Elton did that was nominated for album of the year. Included in this re-release are four bonus songs, which I'll include in my review.

The songs that are the least serious and closest to being throwaway songs are "Pinky", "Grimsby", and "Solar Prestige a Gammon". Though there are chords that will seem familiar when compared to the music from "Captain Fantastic", these songs are not in the same league.

"You're so Static" and "Bitch is Back" are fast-moving songs in the vein of "Saturday Night's Alright for Fightin'" and "Your Sister Can't Dance" from "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". I have to throw "Pinball Wizard" in this group because it is a fast rocker too, even though it stands out because it was originally a Who song, performed by Elton in the movie "Tommy".

"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" is an Elton John standard, beautiful lyrics and music, every bit as good as anything Elton's ever done.

There are two songs on here that I find personally satisfying, though neither is really pop. I'm not sure where they fit, actually. The first is "I've Seen the Saucers". The subject is just what the title says; it's a slow mellow song about visitors from another planet. I love science fiction, I love the song. It's one of the rare songs with a science fiction flavor that is done well and at least semi-seriously, versus silly songs like "Purple People Eater". The second song is "Ticking", which is incredibly moving and sad. I like to play this song loud, and sink into the lyrics. There is a story to this song that is in a category similar to "Danny Bailey" from "Yellow Brick Road". You can almost see the story of this song as a headline.

I also liked "Step into Christmas". Some people may think it's silly, or unsatisfying, or whatever. Fine. I still like it. There are few rock Christmas songs that are any good, and I personally enjoy this one. Another one that I play loudly because I think it's good.

There are a couple other songs that I missed, such as "Sick City" and "Cold Highway", which were B-sides to something. These songs are fair. Not Elton's best, but nice to have.

While this album was not Elton's best, the production values were very high. There are a number of songs that are very good. Some songs are unique in the Elton John playbook. You must have this album if you are a serious Elton John fan. If you are a casual fan, buy his greatest hits and pass this one over. However, before you pass this one by, I recommend you listen to a copy and decide for yourself whether you like the music. I still rank this album as one of Elton's 10 best out of the dozens that he's done.
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