- Blu-ray Audio (March 25 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B00I48RA76
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | DVD Audio | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 155 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (HD Blu-ray Audio)
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LP Record, Original recording remastered, Mar 25 2014
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Blu-ray Audio, Mar 25 2014
UK 2 x LP pressing. Contains a voucher enabling the purchaser to download MP3 versions of the songs within. Tracks, LP1 - Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding (Album Version); Candle In The Wind (Album Version); Bennie & The Jets (Live); Goodbye Yellow Brick Road; This Song Has No Title; Grey Seal (Version 1973); Jamaica Jerk-Off; I've Seen That Movie Too. LP2 - Sweet Painted Lady; The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-1934); Dirty Little Girl; All The Girls Love Alice; Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Rock n' Roll; Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting; Roy Rogers; Social Disease and Harmony.
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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From the powerful, epic, eleven-minute opening that is Funeral for a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding) to the somber homage to Marilyn Monroe (a figurehead used metaphorically) in Candle in the Wind to the wildly successful, semi-quirky track Benny and the Jets to the absolutely phenomenal title track and everything in between, this album tells a series of fantastic stories. The writing from Taupin was at its absolute peak at this point and I would argue that Elton himself was at his most creatively inspired time.
Hitting notes that are, for many average singers, impossible to hit, Elton delivers a performance on this record that is second-to-none. And perhaps one thing that stands out particularly about this record is the way it holds your attention from start to finish. Filled with so much substance and virtually devoid of fillers, Elton doesn't allow the listener a chance to get bored with the music and the album is unpredictable from track to track in the sense that, when you think you know what direction the songs are going and you think you know where the story is headed, Elton takes it off on a wildly interesting new course.
Of all his albums, this is the one that has entertained me most and has given me the most joy. I think all of his albums have good aspects about them - every single one of them - but this is the only one that is virtually flawless.
This box is a bit different than the other releases, though. To begin with, there's the remastered tracks from the double album now on one CDs The engineers went back to the original analog tapes and reengineered the sound using oversampling bit rates, resulting in a sound that is much better than the earlier CD reissues. For that alone, this box is worth the money. There's also a CD of other stars performing songs from the LPs, and these vary between good and great )(and the stylistic differences are interesting to note). I happily went through both CDs, both bringing back memories of been much, much younger the first time I heard those songs, and also being impressed with how good the remastering is, especially through a decent high-end system. But then there's the extras which round out this anniversary release. The two-CD release of their Christmas 1973 performance live on the BBC shows how Elton could rock in a live environment, and while the recording isn't up to par with the studio tracks, it's not bad at all. There's also a DVD of a documentary produced back in the same era about Elton and Taupin and the hits they were generating. Again, the quality is not great, but as a historical video it is worth watching. Having seen Elton on his tour this year, it's amusing to see how some things have changed, and some haven't!
The box contains four CDs, one DVD, and a nice book that covers the star and the era in his musical life. The hard-cover digest-size book is quite interesting, and contained some information I wasn't aware of despite reading most of the content released over the years about Elton. In truth, I found the CD and DVD slip covers in the box to be a bit tacky in appearance, but this is a minor quibble.
In the end, what do we have? A superbly engineered remastering of probably the most important album Elton put out in the early years (and perhaps even his entire career). The remastered CDs are worth the box price themselves; they are that good! The accompanying two live performance CDs and DVDs are nice filler, something most people will listen to or watch once, but for collectors they provide previously hard-to-get content. There's a lovely book with lots of information and photos. And there's the feeling that when you work through this box, you're celebrating the anniversary of one of rock's masterpieces, done by a man who defined rock music at the time (and for years to come), and who has had a remarkable career through the decades. A worthy investment all the way around.
Over all great box set. Where $70 is a little Picey it is a good deal for what you get. Oh there is also a hard covered book with Pic's and Liner Notes. Again, very glad I bought this however a 5.1 mix would have been nice. I have the sacd version and it sounds great but it would sound better on Blu ray!!
A week later....
Well I received my G.B.Y.R. Blu ray yesterday. Yes this blue ray has a 5.1 mix however it's the mix from 2003. The sound has improved greatly at DTS -HD 96/24 transfer. The stereo master has never sounded better. Nice full sound but not overly bassie like a lot of 5.1 mix. If you already have the SACD or DVD-A from the early 2000 this is not a must have but the 5.1 transfer does sound better and there is no contest the stereo version sounds best here.
Not bad $20! Lots cheaper then the SACD was and it's all on one disc!
Layered, detailed, cohesive soundfield, which is unusual in a multitrack mixed recording.
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