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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (HD Blu-ray Audio)

Elton John Blu-ray Audio
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
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Even those who customarily dismiss Elton John as a somewhat bland and sentimental balladeer would find much to admire in Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, the best album he has ever made. The track listing reads like an early Greatest Hits collection; it contains not only the original version of "Candle In The Wind" but such raucous and gleeful songs as "Bennie And The Jets", "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" and "Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n' Roll)". From the impassioned opening medley of "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" to the gentle closer, "Harmony", there are few duff moments among these 17 tracks. "All The Young Girls Love Alice" is a savage but wry tale of lesbian exploitation, and the title song is just short of lovely. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is both a joy for fans and a genuine surprise for the uninitiated. --David Bennun --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Rock's Greatest Albums Oct. 19 2001
By Barry
Format:Audio CD
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has to be the most quintessential Elton John album. It's the one mentioned and talked about the most. It should be. It is the best double album. Although, in today's world, this 17 song collection probably wouldn't be considered a double album. It starts off with one of the greatest album openers ever, "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding". A classic all the way. This album has a number of Elton's most recognized hits - "Bennie And The Jets", The great "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", and the original, and still best, version of "Candle In The Wind". There are more great tracks here that are just as good. You get "Sweet Painted Lady", which is about prostitutes. Then you have the storysong "The Ballad Of Danny Bailey", which you wish Elton would play in concert. You get a number of great rockers like "Dirty Little Girl", "All The Young Girls Love Alice", and "Your Sister Can't Twist(But She Can Rock And Roll)", among others. But, the crowning jewel, is the highly underrated and horribly overlooked gem, "Harmony". It's the closing track and, without a doubt, the greatest Elton John song that was never a single. That's a crime if ever there was one. It's a great piece of music. The album also includes the rousing up tempo number "Grey Seal". The silliest track is a song called "Jamaica Jerk Off". It's fun and catchy, but silly. There you have it. The perfect Elton John album. The perfect rock album. This is Elton's Sgt. Pepper. A classic in every sense of the word.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Super Deluxed March 25 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In the classic rock era, there are perhaps only a handful of especially iconic, form-shifting rock/pop performances.

The few superlative songs that the first time you hear them, you must ask, "What was THAT?"

Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, Bob Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone, and surely Elton John's Funeral For A Friend are among the candidates for mention in the above category of history and genre making music.

So, if you are recalling the first time, probably late in 1973, that you heard the wind howl and the bell toll and Funeral For kick off John's double LP, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and perhaps would like to relive that moment, here's your best chance.

Because the music-17, very good to great songs including the mega-hit Candle In The Wind-has been given an excellent 2014 remaster and now probably sounds as good as your memory recalls it being 40 years ago. Maybe/probably even better.

The box set packaging is first rate, with a 100 page hard cover bound book, with lyrics, a history of the music and times, and dozens of sumptuous colour photographs that surely have rarely, or even never been seen before.

Springing for the Super Deluxe also gets you an essential two CD Christmas Eve '73 live, rollicking BBC performance of many of the tracks from the album as well as a very dated yet absolutely fascinating 45 minute DVD documentary of Elton and the gang done in the 70s at the height of EJ's fame. A covers CD, some B sides, X-Mas tunes, and a few unreleased demos round out the package.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sonics from this SACD Aug. 6 2010
Format:Audio CD
Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is a classic album from the 70's and one of the peaks of his musical output along with Madman Across the Water. The SACD version of this recording is sonicaly superb. It is one of the best sounding cds I own.
For my rating system a 5 star mark is almost impossible as that would represent a perfect recording. 4 stars means a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Great Double Albums Of All-Time May 4 2009
By Dave_42 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is, for many people, the best Elton John album ever released. A double album gave his fans plenty of tracks to listen to, and he and Bernie Taupin were at the peak of their collaborative efforts. Even now when looking back at Elton's entire career up to now, this album stands out as one of the high-points, if not the high point of his long and tremendous career.

The album has a tremendous start as "Funeral for a Friend" is a great opening for the album, building to a magnificent crescendo and then transforming into "Love Lies Bleeding" which is the other part of the first track. "Candle in the Wind" is a piece which seems to get more and more popular as time goes on, and of course Elton reworked it when Princess Diana passed away in a tribute to her. Though I was never a huge fan of "Bennie and the Jets", one can appreciate the diversity it brings to the album as well as its reaching number one on the charts. Oddly enough Elton didn't want it on side one of the album, nor did he want it released as a single. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is of course the title track and was the opening track on side two of the double album and is one of Elton John's best songs of all time. "This Song has No Title" is the next piece, and not surprisingly it is a step down in quality from the first four tracks, though still very pleasant as is "Grey Seal" which follows. "Jamaica Jerk-Off" is an enjoyable light piece leading into the more somber "I've Seen That Movie Too", which is a strong finish to the first half of the double album.

"Sweet Painted Lady" is a fairly weak start to the second half of the album, as it is one of my least favorite tracks on the album. It is not horrible, but fairly average in my view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great one ... no warpage like the previous release. 180g thick is better.
Published 1 month ago by Bill Boudsamad
5.0 out of 5 stars Meilleur qu'avant! Cet album a toujours été...
Meilleur qu'avant! Cet album a toujours été spécial pour moi, mais je ne l'avais pas écouté depuis longtemps. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pierre Léger
5.0 out of 5 stars greatest album of all time
This is my favourite album of all time and i have loved it for 40 years. Was thrilled to get it at such a great price.
Published 4 months ago by Debbie Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent remastering of a classic album, and the extras are worth the...
Of all Elton John's albums, none defined his career quite like Yellow Brick Road (somewhat surprising because double albums were not very popular then). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dr. Tim Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars HD Audio version
The HD Audio version contains 3 different version. Two stereo version with different encoding and a multi-channel
version. Read more
Published 5 months ago by AV_Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
For those Elton fans! great recording, you can always play this one and make yourself feel good, remember the old days when you first bought the lp, and played it on your dads dual... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mystro one!
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Bye Yellow Brick Road
The music cd's were good sound but the dvd (the reason why I bought the package) was bad quality so be prepared for the best part of the package to be the worst... Read more
Published 5 months ago by dave morrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Elton Tastefully Done In Anniversary Issue
The 40th anniversary edition of Elton John's classic "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is pure joy both sonically and with its extra CDs, DVD and booklet. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scott Holland
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in Vinyl
The re-master of this album was very well done. The sound is terrific. Strongly recommended. Nice to get all the original words and pictures that come with an LP.
Published 5 months ago by Jim Arnone
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Elton John Fans!
Excellent box set of these Elton John Classics! Bought it for my sister-in-law who is a die-hard Elton John fan. She absolutely loves it! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Yvonne
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