This review is for the Deluxe CD version of Tumbleweed Connection.
Perhaps it was the slightly austere 'old americana' cover (actually shot here in Britain) that slightly put me off when this first came out in 1970, but Tumbleweed Connection has - for me - been an album that got lost in the deluge of Elton John albums that followed as he became one of pops superstars. My stupidity is my loss. Having recently bought his eponymous 'Elton John' album in the Deluxe version, I decided that now (2013!) might be a good time to investigate 'Tumbleweed'. In a word, it's gorgeous. So much so, you wonder how his career might have developed had fame not grabbed him by the shirt collar in the way it did.
As with the 'Elton John' and 'Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Cowboy' Deluxe packages, the new transfers are beautiful representations of the original master tapes, warm, mellow and resonant. The original CD transfers often sound thin and constricted in comparison - these Deluxe versions are getting closer to the warmth of vinyl. So, though I am new to the music on this album, you can only sit and wonder at the sounds and emotions coming out of your speakers. If nothing else, Elton John albums are quality recordings, and this Deluxe version does it justice. This is a textbook lesson in how to re-release an album in expanded packaging while remaining faithful to the original, and the project pays off handsomely here. It's a very well produced piece and a lovely listen.