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Tumbleweed Connection Original recording remastered
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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|
|9. Talking Old Soldiers|
|10. Burn Down The Mission|
|11. Into The Old Man's Shoes|
|12. Madman Across The Water (Original Version)|
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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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As I listen to these early songs, which I have owned in various media forms over the years, I am taken back to the days of my youth... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is an unusual Elton John album, as it is much more along the lines of American folk than the then current "pop". Read morePublished 20 months ago by Denise Grieve
very good cd and lot of good songs on it it rememberes me a lot of good souvenirs about itPublished 23 months ago by Claude Couillard
Includes: "Country Comfort" and "Love Song" two of the best tracks.
This is a very good CD. You will like it for sure. It's fun to listen to early EJ!!
Simply a must own. From start to finish, his best, and my favorite. I don't want to say he peaked this early, there's lots of good stuff later in his career, but this album NEVER... Read morePublished on May 7 2004 by Daniel J. Navarro
What a delightful and complete work!The lack of commercial singles did not keep this album form becoming a million seller in 1970. Read morePublished on March 26 2004 by Antonio M Vazquezpausa
Love song is my second favourite track, with it's mezmerizing and hipnotic acoustic riff that's very relaxing. His vocals are honest on that one, too. It's a great song. Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by Tnahpellee