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Tumbleweed Connection Original recording remastered
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|1. Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun|
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|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.
Burn Down the Mission is possibly the greatest Elton John epic he ever wrote, while Where to Now St. Peter? shows Elton delving in to some of the psychadelic tinges that were so very dominant in 1970. Ballad of a Well-Known Gun is a infectiously catchy (and fairly funky)leadoff track, and My Father's Gun is an excellent gospel rock tune. Love Song sounds like it could be off of CSNY's "Deja Vu", while Country Comfort is an obvious gem. I could go on forever about the perfection of the tunes.
Elton's voice sounds wonderful here, considering that he was very young to record a record of this caliber. It's one of the few times fans can see Elton getting in touch with his psychadelic side, but it works out wonderfully. This album was so influential that it went on to inspire Billy Joel's "Piano Man", though "Piano Man" is not nearly as good as Tumbleweed Connection.
I cannot say enough about this album. It is so exquisitely crafted, the songs are so complex yet so catchy, and it makes for perhaps the greatest record any solo singer/songwriter has ever created.
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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 8 months 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 on May 23 2014 by Denise Grieve
very good cd and lot of good songs on it it rememberes me a lot of good souvenirs about itPublished on Feb. 23 2014 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!!
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. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by pat