Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
数ある2枚組アルバムのなかでも最高級のものだという評判があまり広まらなかったのだろう。『GoodbyeYellow BrickRoad』は数百万枚程度のセールスにとどまった。あまりにもいろんな曲に手を広げすぎたので、その前に出したもっと落ち着いた感じの『Honky Chateau』にも、その後に出したノリのいいロック調の『Rock of the Westies』にも、完成度では確かに及ばない。しかし、しかしだ。「Bennie and theJets」や「Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting」といった目の覚めるような軽快な曲や、哀愁漂う「TheBallad of DannyBailey」、ダウンビートの旋律で奏でられる「Harmony」を聴けば、ポップスの真髄を集めたすばらしいアルバムであることに文句なく納得できるはずだ。（David Bennun, Amazon.com）
The hit title track; Bennie and the Jets; Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting , and more.
だからわざわざここで言いたいのは、2曲目のBennie and the Jetsがいかにかっこいいダンスナンバーか、ということのみ！。この少しルーズなリズムと独特のファンキーさとポップ感のブレンドは通常のBlackMusicでもあまり見当たらないし、Eltonの作品群のなかでもちょっと枠からはみ出している感じ。イントロのコードがなる瞬間に何の曲か分る曲の１つ。
To some people, Sir Elton John never bettered this double album from 1973-74. For others, it's a patchy album loaded with hits in the first half and full of filler at the end. For me, it's up there with some of the great entertainer's best work and for the life of me can't see where there is ANY filler or sub-par songs. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", from here abbreviated to the acronym GYBR, marked the merging of all the various styles that Elton and Bernie Taupin had been trying out through the earlier years of their song-writing career. They'd had a few hits along the way but this had not been reflected in sales. This album is where it all gels. Perfect melodies, thoughtful & sometimes controversial lyrics, great production with a solid work ethic. The end result is one of the greatest double albums of popular music ever released. That's enough of my praise and opinions about this album. What's in the Super Deluxe Edition and is it worth the coin?
Disc one is the complete double album which fits on one cd. It's been lovingly remastered by Bob Ludwig. Read his name and say no more. You know this is going to sound like it did 40 years ago if not better. All good so far.
Disc two, "Revisited & Beyond". The first nine tracks of this disc are contemporary re-recordings/interpretations. I think this portion depends on a few variables. Do you like the artist responsible for the cover and their style of music? If you you are partial to a bit of The Zac Brown Band, Ed Sheeran, or Emeli Sandé (which I am) you might enjoy these recordings which, if you believe the blurb, Elton picked out himself. For me it's like a box of all-sorts chocolates and what I like others may not and vice versa. The one that stays closest to the original is Imelda May's take on "Your Sister Can't Twist..". All the other tracks have each artists distinct sound and arrangements with what I would kindly call mixed results. The remainder of disc two consists of some demos, single only releases and b-sides. Do not be deceived. There are some mega hits here such as "Philadephia Freedom", Elton's superb cover of The Who's "Pinball Wizard" for the film Tommy as well as the seasonal favourite "Step Into Christmas".
Discs three & four are the sugar for the fans and if you like live Elton as much as I do you're in for a real treat. Live At Hammersmith Odeon December 1973, recorded for and broadcast by the BBC, features nine tracks from the recently released GYBR album and a selection of EJ's hits of the time including Daniel, Rocket Man and a personal favourite of mine Honky Cat. To date there have only been five commercially released live albums and this is one of a handful of recordings featuring the original five piece EJ Band with Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson, Ray Cooper and the late great Dee Murray on bass. These two discs are almost worth the price of this set. It's such a joy to hear Elton performing these songs (in their original key) before he almost lost his voice for good at the end of the 80's. The master musicians are on fire as well.
Disc five is a dvd featuring the period documentary "Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things". It's vintage stuff and for what it is makes for interesting viewing but not what you'd call essential or fascinating. It's also unfortunately been edited and modified for this release (All images and references to John Reid and Elton's mum have been removed). If you're looking for a great doco on how GYBR came to be click here " Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Classic Albums [DVD] [2001 ]". This very informative documentary was a bonus disc in the 30th Anniversary edition " Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (+DVD) " with the album on two hybrid SACD's featuring a 5.1 surround sound mix which can also be found here " Goodbye Yellow Brick Road " on Blu-ray audio as another part of the 40th Anniversary re-issue series.
If you're a hardcore Elton fan like me and are chasing some rare live stuff this Super Deluxe is what you need. If you are new to this album try the Blu-Ray audio via the link above or the other editions in the 40th Anniversary series " Goodbye Yellow Brick Road " single cd, " Goodbye Yellow Brick Road " 2cd deluxe or you can go old school with " Goodbye Yellow Brick Road " on double vinyl. Whatever your format, it's all here.
"Harmony And Me We're Pretty Good Company..."
There are many hidden gems such as the very catchy Social Disease and the sad but beautiful I've seen that movie too.
I wouldn't quite go as far as to say this is his best album but if your new to Elton this is a great place to start and it has stood the test of time.
Through these 'phones, the sound does come across as very compressed, especially on the opening track. Once I've upgraded again, I'll bring you an update.
Meanwhile, the album. This was one that my Dad introduced to me before I was in my teenage years, so I know what to expect from it and the pleasure each track brings to the serious listener. Funeral for a Friend creeps up on you and suddenly, the synth just blows you away. After that, the delights of every single song thereafter are enough to keep you in your seat, refusing to remove yourself until the album is finished. That's important for an album to be successful, the fact that the songs chosen can keep the listener's interest. I've had copies of this on tape, vinyl and CD. Don't even ask me what happened to the first three of those copies, but they went the way of all good things! Luckily, I saw this delightful album here and couldn't resist it.
This is one of those classic albums that get people arguing over it! That's how good it is. I loved it when I first heard it as a kid and it's one of those habits I've kept again and again - owning a copy!
similar to Deep Purple's Highway Star with all the windows open full tilt out of the middle of nowhere. What away to go. I must admit
it has been over 40 years since i revisited the album, and at first my initial reaction it's just another Elton John album, but gee there are so many classic songs on the cd, even some of the quieter tracks are quite brilliant. To my surprise the live material is excellent along with the remaster of the original, there is so much to get through but it is worth it. On side 2 we have a number of artists covering some of Elton's album in their own interpretation, i guess this is an acquired taste but in the end i think it works quite well, all in all do yourself a favour it is an amazing box set a big thanks to E.J.
The sleeve is heavy and substantial also.
Has good quality inner sleeves.
At £15 its a bargain
as the ones supplied show their age and use , as expect re the low price , but - that said , good service
good post , well packed and shipped , c d plays just fine , that's what counts in my book , so have say
happy and content , will continue to buy from this supplier who offers great prices , and great value for
money , and much cool chilled music to choose from , thanks once again you guys . . . . .
new case with this one - taz
bonus with this is that with auto rip you get the 40th anniversary edition to download and the blu ray comes with a code to download again
well worth it if you have a decent sound system hooked up to your blu ray hope some more classics are realised in this format
It sounded so much richer and bought back memories of the day when I first bought the LP.
Probably one of, if not THE best albums he's ever recorded. Top stuff and a worthy purchase.