Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Rm) Original recording remastered
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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 BennunSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The few superlative songs that the first time you hear them, you must ask, "What was THAT?"
Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, Bob Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone, and surely Elton John's Funeral For A Friend are among the candidates for mention in the above category of history and genre making music.
So, if you are recalling the first time, probably late in 1973, that you heard the wind howl and the bell toll and Funeral For kick off John's double LP, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and perhaps would like to relive that moment, here's your best chance.
Because the music-17, very good to great songs including the mega-hit Candle In The Wind-has been given an excellent 2014 remaster and now probably sounds as good as your memory recalls it being 40 years ago. Maybe/probably even better.
The box set packaging is first rate, with a 100 page hard cover bound book, with lyrics, a history of the music and times, and dozens of sumptuous colour photographs that surely have rarely, or even never been seen before.
Springing for the Super Deluxe also gets you an essential two CD Christmas Eve '73 live, rollicking BBC performance of many of the tracks from the album as well as a very dated yet absolutely fascinating 45 minute DVD documentary of Elton and the gang done in the 70s at the height of EJ's fame. A covers CD, some B sides, X-Mas tunes, and a few unreleased demos round out the package.Read more ›
For my rating system a 5 star mark is almost impossible as that would represent a perfect recording. 4 stars means a must have.
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).Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Goodbye Yellow Brick road is largely regarded as Elton John's best album to date. I honestly would have to agree with that claim. Read morePublished 5 days ago by BC
Sir Elton is by far the best, but product received with a cracked case!!!Published 2 months ago by Sherri
When I think of classic or landmark albums, I think of records like Pink Floyd's The Wall, Led Zeppelin's Zoso, The Beatles' White album, AC/DC's Back In Black and Michael... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best by Sir Elton, listened to this as a teen ager some 40 tears ago, forgot how good it was. Complex melodies, and strong vocals. Read morePublished 2 months ago by TheChief
Pretty much anything sounds great in 5.1 including this disc. 5.1 definitely gave it a different sound.Published 5 months ago by Emerstonian
Sound great, disappointed in the corner damage to the cover thoughPublished 6 months ago by Steven Stramba
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