Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is back as a great, double-disc reissue featuring hybrid Super Audio CD mastering (so playable on regular CD players, too) in 5.1 Surround Sound! And, yes, there are bonus tracks-three B-sides [ Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady); Jack Rabbit, and Screw You [Young Man Blues ]) and an unreleased acoustic mix of Candle in the Wind . An elaborate booklet tells the story behind the making of the album, as does the triple-disc version's accompanying DVD that includes interviews with Elton, Bernie Taupin and album producer Gus Dudgeon. Forever a classic.
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
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