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Tumbleweed Connection Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 23 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001EG4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
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1. Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun
2. Come Down In Time
3. Country Comfort
4. Son Of Your Father
5. My Father's Gun
6. Where To Now St. Peter?
7. Love Song
8. Amoreena
9. Talking Old Soldiers
10. Burn Down The Mission
11. Into The Old Man's Shoes
12. Madman Across The Water (Original Version)

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Elton's soulful mix of country, blues and rock and killer tunes like Country Comfort; Son of Your Father , and Ballad of a Well-Known Gun made this concept LP a #5 hit in '71 (bonuses: Into the Old Man's Shoes and the original version of Madman Across the Water )!


Tumbleweed Connection is part of the early catalogue of Elton John's work that Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose reportedly once said he would love to own the publishing rights to as a work of art. Indeed, it does contain some of John's most expressive work as an artist, but with the showy stage presence and pop melodicism still under construction. Tumbleweed is characterized by John's balladeer approach, with John at his storyteller best on songs like "Burn Down the Mission." Even if the lyrics were generally written by Bernie Taupin, John's voice and inflection made every song seem deeply personal. The beautiful "Come Down in Time" displays the subtleties and sophistication of his talent, with the piano not yet serving as the instrumental focal point it would later become. The album also features the favourite "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" and "Where to Now St. Peter?" --Steve Gdula

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I tend to like "Tumbleweed Collection" more than most Elton John albums, simply becuase it is his most relaxed, sparse and versatile productions of his earlier years, before he scored hit after hit throughout the '70s. "Tumbleweed Connection" was inspired by Americana, the landscape of the U.S. providing the blueprint for the songs on this album.
Kicking off with the rocker "Ballad Of A Well - Known Gun", Elton seems to be having fun here, joining in on harmonies and providing some intricate piano ticklings. "Come Down In Time" is one of the most finely woven ballads I've ever heard. Elton's vocal on this track is eerily beautiful and the harp accompaniment is equally haunting. "Country Comfort" is a true classic. Lilting and warm, it sways effortlessly and features one of Elton's most gentle lead vocals. "Son Of Your Father" is funny little rocker with a nice harmonica in the mix. "My Father's Gun" is a Civil War - inspired number that while long somehow works.
By the time we get to track six, the album starts to get a little darker. "Where To Now, St. Peter" has Elton singing from the perspective of a dying soldier debating whether he is going to Heaven or Hell and ends with a scary, echoing falsetto wail from Elton. Next comes the simple but deep "Love Song", a duet with a woman named Leslie duncan which sounds rather dull at first but becomes very effective with repeated listens. "Amoreena" sheds some light on this half of the album. This song has much of the same swagger and charm that "Country Comfort" possessed, and becomes an enduring classic.
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Tumbleweed Connection doesn't have a lot of Elton John songs that you hear on the radio, but I think it's his best album as a whole. Admittedly, I have a slight bias towards singer-songwriter albums where the focus is the singer's voice and the instrumentation supports the voice rather than hides it. That's exactly what you get here. Tumbleweed connection doesn't have the showiness or dated sounds of Elton's later work (although I still like individual songs off the later albums). All of the songs on Tumbleweed Connection work together as a whole. In fact, I rarely listen to just one song on this album; rather, I listen to it when I can hear the whole album in a single sitting. It feels a little like sitting down with a good storyteller and just enjoying the reflective and sometimes funky mood. When you listen to this album, you can see why Elton John was such a sensation when he came to the United States: his piano playing is fresh, his voice is expressive, and his blend of rock/country/blues is innovative. In many ways, this album sounds very American.
There are several songs on this album where Elton jams on the piano like a funky blues musician: Ballad of a Well-known Gun, Country Comfort, Son of Your Father, and Amoreena. The other half of the songs are basically acoustic ballads. Love Songs is just Elton and the acoustic guitar and it's very moving. It's one of my favorite songs. Talking Old Soldiers is just Elton and the piano. Songs with mostly the piano, acoustic guitar, and drums are: My Father's Gun, Where to now St. Peter?, and Come Down in Time (adds harp and oboe). In Burn Down the Mission, he sort of combines the two sounds like the finale of a concert.
If you've ever wanted to hear an Elton John unplugged album, this may be as close as you'll get to it (short of going to his concerts). This album is in my top 10 favorites of all time.
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Great CD! The album didn't only meet my expectation but it exceeded it. I love the country feel mixed with the abstract and dark lyrics. It's a nice alternative to the cliché love songs. Amoreena and Burn Down the Mission are my favorite tracks on the album but the rest of the songs are great too. If you don't own this album you're really missing out, the reviews speak for themselves!
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After being an Elton fan for over 30 years, I had forgotten how absolutely wonderful this albumn was. I just purchased this CD and have played it at least 15 times in the past day. "My Father's Gun" is on now, for the 10th time in a row, and what a wonderful tribute it is to all that Elton loved as a kid. He frequently talked about his love for American music especially blues and real early rock n'roll music. This CD takes me back to seeing him in concert in the early 70's when his music was really music and not just commercial successes. Empty Sky was his first entry heard on the rock stations but it wasn't until the hauntingly yet popular "Your Song" that we became familiar with the quality of Elton and Bernie Taupin's work.
But THIS albumn was when you could clearly hear the strength of Elton's voice and the incredible background musicians (what ever happened to Caleb Quaye?). Even the background vocalists are superb,including Dusty Springfield who could really belt it out (listen to her on "Pulp Fiction for those who think she is an old timer). If you are anything of an Elton John fan, then you MUST own this CD. This is the EJ that we know who later became such a commercial success. I just wish that I could go back to the 12 times I saw him in the 70's when he actually sang these songs(he does sing Burn down the mission on "11-17-70 live).
If you have teenagers or know anyone who is now "discovering" music of the 60's, have them listen to this. Really terrrific music, lyrics and I dare you to keep still while you are listening to some of these songs(yes, I have listened to "my father's gun again!!). Oh how I long for these music days! Enjoy!
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