Album #289 – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Album #289

Many critics have said that this album is too long, too ambtious and too over the place musically. I respectfully disagree. This album is a POP MASTERPIECE. It is no wonder that Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is Elton John’s most popular and biggest selling album. From the opening notes of Funeral For A Friend, I knew I was in for something special. This album actually made me appreciate Elton John so much more and his phenomenal contributions to music. His backing band is also amazing and they are responsible to his sound and the sound on this album. Bassist Dee Murray, Drummer Nigel Olsson and Guitarist Davey Johnstone’s harmonies are phenomenal and set Elton’s music apart. They also played (and still play) with Elton live!!! Sadly, Dee Murray died in 1992 but, his legacy lives on. And let’s not forget the amazing Ray Cooper. Best. Percussionist. EVER!!!! The man can play. I read that John wrote all of the songs in Jamaica and  was originally going to record this album there but, because of events in the country at the time, he returned to the Honky Chateau D’Herouville in France, where he recorded his previous two albums. This period produced some of Elton’s finest work and this album represents the peak of that time. With hit singles: the title track, Candle In The Wind, Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting and Bennie and The Jets and great album tracks like Grey Seal, Jamaica Jerk-Off, All The Girls Love Alice and Roy Rogers; this album is truly one of a kind. Who cares if it’s too long!!! It is amazing and awesome from start to finish!!! Overall, I give this album 5 out of 5.

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