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Madman Across The Water [Original recording remastered]

Elton John Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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Madman Across The Water + Honky Chateau + Tumbleweed Connection
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1. Tiny Dancer
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5. Indian Sunset
6. Holiday Inn
7. Rotten Peaches
8. All The Nasties
9. Goodbye

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Named for a cut that originally appeared on his Tumbleweed Connection album, Madman Across the Water yielded some of Elton John's earliest AOR staples. "Tiny Dancer", like the previous "Your Song", was introduced and carried by John's masterful piano composition. The song's sense of longing also employed the falsetto chorus that would become as much of a trademark as his costumes. "Levon", another entry into the John/Taupin "ballad of" category, is one of their finest pieces. The orchestration gives the song not only its sense of foreboding, but also its release of tension as the song ends. "Rotten Peaches" became a favourite, as did "Holiday Inn". There's also a different interpretation of the title track than appeared on Tumbleweed Connection. --Steve Gdula

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With the Hit title track, plus Levon; Tiny Dancer , and more. From 1971.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Masterpiece Feb. 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
My favourites from this were 'Indian Sunset', 'Holiday Inn', 'All the nasties' and 'Madman across the water'. This album is so serious and serious sounding. At times I find it boring but honestly I find most of the album to be breath-taking. Those strings really are excellent. 'Indian sunset' an ode to Native Americans, is wonderful with it's classical music style of ever changing volume and the way Elton sings it is spot on. All the nasties is up there with it. The guitaring on 'Holiday Inn' was wonderful and then the title track is the only rocker on the album. 'Tiny Dancer' is the most romantic sounding song and I really like it too. Rotten Peaches is alrgiht, it's about some guy in jail. Levon doesn't really set me on fire, and I have no idea what it's about, perhaps a sling at Religion? 'Razor face' isn't anything exciting for me but it is an intruiging lyric and I don't min the accordion either. But who is Razor Face? With all the Biblical references I thought it migth be a mockery of a returned Jesus but it's probably most likely an old man they met in rural America. I could say the same fro 'Goodbye', which says it a lot in a little time. Anyway a few greats and a few songs that are serious if not boring, thankfully he pulled something as lovable as 'Hinky Cat' out of the bag!
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I have been going through my 1000+ CDs for the Popular Culture class I teach and I have come to the conclusion that "Madman that was the only place to hear "Levon," which was my favorite song for about half a year (I believe it was replaced by "Knife's Edge" by Emerson, Lake & Palmer). Consequently, the shift in my musical appreciation from Top Forty to more sophisticated musical forms can be traced to this particular song and this special album.
Of course, once I had enough loose change I bought the album and promptly proceeded to play the first side about five times as often as I flipped it over and played side two; having the CD Across the Water" was a seminal album in my life. I seriously started listening to FM radio in the early Seventies because means I tend to listen to the whole thing all the way through. I would argue that "Tiny Dancer," "Levon," "Razor Face," and "Madman Across the Water" equals the best side of any Elton John record. I also used the title track as part of a poetry unit for English class (ah, those liberal days of yore). The movie "Almost Famous" has made "Tiny Dancer" popular again, but anybody who listens to this CD is going to find out there are some other great songs too, from the somber "Indian Sunset" to the catchy "Rotten Peaches."
Ironically, "Levon" made its way onto the third volume of Elton John's greatest hits collection. Just another example of the cherished memories of our youth exploited by the commercial interests of some soulless giant company.
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4.0 out of 5 stars John and Tauplin at their strangest May 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
An anything goes attitude is the defining feature of Elton John's forth studio album, Madman Across the Water. A folk song about a hotel chain. A narrative about an Iroquois warrior. An eight-minute rock epic about who-knows-what. The next track could be anything. Of coarse such an approach means at least a few missteps, (The aforementioned "Indian Sunset," which references tomahawks and Geranimo, is just ridiculous), but ultimately John and lyricist, Bernie Tauplin, create some compelling music. Take "Levon," a character sketch of a cold-hearted business-man and his dreamer son, Jesus (named so because Levon "liked the sound") for example. With its pungent imagery, winding violins and passionate vocals, it's an outstanding rock epic if there ever was one. The album's best track, though, is its most normal, "Tiny Dancer," which was revived in 1999 by Cameron Crowe's outstanding, rock and roll-themed coming-of-age film, Almost Famous. The ballad, about a free-spirited groupie, is the John/Tauplin team at its most charmingly amorous and effortlessly gorgeous. More common, though, are idiosyncratic moments like "All the Nasties," in which an urbanite assets his manhood in front of a towering choir and "Goodbye," in which a poet, who feeds lambs wine that flows from his hands (Yeah, you read that right) throws a fit. Elaborate, individualistic and unpredictable, all to an extreme, there are few albums quite like Madman Across the Water and of them, very few as pleasing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elton's best work March 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
The magical period of 1970-1978 now known as Elton John's "Classic Years" yielded many wonderful albums in a short frame of time. Many people seem to single out "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" as his best. This may be because of the fact that Sir Elton was at his most popular by that time.
In my opinion, "Madman Across the Water" is his best. Recorded in 1971, it contains some of the most soulful songs Elton John and Bernie Taupin ever created.
Yes, it contains the commercial hits "Tiny Dancer" and "Levon" but unlike some of Elton's late 70s albums, this one goes a bit deeper than that. The title track is a haunting epic that evokes frightening images while leaving a melody in your head that urges to sing along. "All the Nasties" and "Goodbye" also stand out as favorites, but as a whole this album works better than any other EJ recording.
One major reason is the overall sound. On many of the songs, orchestration is used to intensify the emotional anthems to higher levels than a piano will allow. Also, the album gives some room to breathe between the more serious songs like "Indian Sunset" with transitions to more fun songs like "Razorface" and "Rotten Peaches", which are all great tunes in their own right.
This was the album that really got me rolling on my Elton John collection. I would also highly reccommend "Tumbleweed Connection", "Honky Chateau", and "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy". But start here. You won't stop.
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Published on June 8 2004 by J. McAndrew
4.0 out of 5 stars A John/Taupin Staple
This recording is one of the must have John/Taupin collaborations! There really isn't a bad track. The musicianship and orchestrations are outstanding, and Elton's voice is... Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by Damian P. Gadal
5.0 out of 5 stars this album sowed the seed of popmusic in me
When I was 13 years-old,I saved my pocket-money to buy something new,maybe I wanted to make sure of that I finished my childhood. Read more
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Published on Feb. 1 2004 by Bill Slocum
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of Mama
My mother LOVED Elton John, and this album in particular. My memories of her are so wrapped up with Elton's music that I can hardly separate the two. Read more
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