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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Elton JohnAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (392 customer reviews)

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(Hollywood CA) JUNE 24, 2013 - Capitol Records is proud to announce the release of Elton John’s The Diving Board, the artist’s first solo studio album in seven years, on Tuesday, September 24. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album features 12 new songs written by Elton and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as three piano interludes composed by the artist.

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  • Audio CD (February 20, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001DQI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (392 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Funeral For A Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)
2. Candle In The Wind
3. Bennie And The Jets
4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
5. This Song Has No Title
6. Grey Seal
7. Jamaica Jerk-Off
8. I've Seen That Movie Too
9. Sweet Painted Lady
10. The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34)
11. Dirty Little Girl
12. All The Girls Love Alice
13. Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'N Roll)
14. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
15. Roy Rogers
16. Social Disease
17. Harmony

Editorial Reviews

Rarely mentioned as one of the great double albums, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road had to settle for ending up in a few million record collections. So sprawling that it doesn't quite measure up to the earlier, more laid-back Honky Chateau or the later, pushy Rock of the Westies, this still holds claim to a lot of brilliant, very pop-savvy music: the winking rebellion of "Bennie and the Jets" and "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," the ready-made nostalgia of "The Ballad of Danny Bailey," the downbeat melodicism of "Harmony." --Rickey Wright

Product Description

The hit title track; Bennie and the Jets; Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting , and more.

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104 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! November 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Since I purchased a Super Audio CD player (SACD) about six months ago, I've been disappointed by most of the surround sound mixes I've heard. It's true that remixing a recording that was originally prepared for two-channel stereo into 5.1 surround does create a different performance. So? The original stereo mix is still available (and with the two-layer "hybrid" format used here, it's readily accessible). As a result, most multi-channel mixes are fairly timid, placing the voice in the center speaker and perhaps daintily tossing a few stray ambient sounds into the rear speakers. When I buy a SACD, I want to hear something daring, something adventurous, in other words... something I haven't heard before.

On this new mix of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", the producer has pulled out all the stops and created a powerful, knock-your-socks-off reinterpretation that really deserves to be called "surround sound." Bold, vibrant music surges into all five speakers from the opening organ notes of "Funeral For A Friend", and the action never lets up until the last note of "Harmony."

This demonstrates the advantages and disadvantages of surround sound re-mixes. On the plus side, you hear details that were buried before; backing vocals, guitar parts, and other dynamics leap out at you. This was always a lush recording, but you can now appreciate some of the ingredients more fully.

The downside, of course, is that some passages sound quite different from what you're used to. The opening of "I've Seen That Movie, Too," for example, is almost unrecognizable, as the guitars are much more prominent and even threaten to drown out Elton's piano. Perhaps the producer went a bit too far... but the original stereo mix is right there (and plays on SACD or ordinary audio CD players).
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even hardcore Elton fans will agree, this is his topper October 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
By 1973, Elton John & Bernie Taupin had already logged enough hits to become a part of rock history, but even as their fanbase continued to grow, they hadn't yet reached their peak. When HONKY CHATEAU became Elton's first #1 album in 1972, it proved that he was not just someone FM radio played all the time, even AM listeners (and the biggest single-buyers) had taken notice as well. Continuing with the breakneck pace of his early `70s days, Elton turned up DON'T SHOOT ME I'M ONLY THE PIANO PLAYER early in '73 & won his first #1 single with "Crocodile Rock". Whether or not, Elton & Bernie had a sudden burst of creativity or wanted to give their fans more bang for their buck, they decided to make the next LP a double, which as rock history has dictated many times before, is almost a no-win situation. Rarely has a double album been great with every single song & needless to say, Elton & Bernie's certainly wasn't. But even their lesser songs were still darn good, making GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD not only their crowning achievement, but a good example of how a double album should be made.
Right from the grandiose opener, Elton & Bernie certainly did their homework on the ways of a double album. "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" shows the influence of progressive rock on music of the time with its spacey synthesizer intro (not done by Elton) before leading into the piano-pounding rocker that details the end of a love affair in musical terms. Naturally, this had to have made one hell of an opener in Elton's concerts of this period & even when you just listen to it now, you can almost hear the possibilities for a stage performance of this song.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Benchmark 5.1 SACD April 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was the first album I bought when I was 8 years old, and started me on a 30 year journey of music exploration. Amazingly, this album has stayed with me all these years, through worn-out vinyl to target double-CD to remastered CD to MFSL Cd and now, finally, to hybrid SACD. I say finally, because without a doubt this is the definitive version of this classic. To my ears, this is a benchmark multichannel SACD to which all others should be compared.
I'll skip right over the CD and SACD stereo layers and move right to a review of the 5.1 mix. This is an extraordinary mix. EJ's vocal is anchored in the center channel, with some bleed into the FL and FR, and unlike a lot of the early 5.1 mixes I've heard, his voice isn't overwelmed by the other speakers, but instead stands at the front of the mix just as it should. Davey Johnstone's legendary guitar sound is given a lot of space through the fronts and surrounds, Nigel Olsson's drums are more distinct and real than previous releases and the late, great Dee Murray gives the LFE channel a work out with his fluid bass lines. Add to that the ambient crowd noise on Bennie & the Jets and the until now indecipherable Jamaican dialogue on Jamaican Jerk-Off, and all-in-all you have a magnificent example of what 5.1 SACD can bring to the table.
I use this disc to show off my 5.1 system, especially for folks who are familiar with the album, and I have yet to find anyone who isn't impressed with the sound of the SACD. Buy it!!!
p.s. I have the version with the bonus DVD. It's interesting, but not worth the extra [money]. Only for the real EJ freaks like me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Just wasn't as many memorable songs as I had hoped to be on it.Elton John has so many more songs that could've been added to make us "older" folks happy.
Published 7 hours ago by Ms Terri
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blu-Ray is great. Free download not so much
I finally received my order yesterday. Tried to retrieve my free download and got an error saying the code had already been used. Got another order from Amazon today. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by C. Molash
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic CD. Good sound. Some tracks not keepers.
I actually never heard this album all the way through until I recently bought a used CD at Goodwill.

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Published 2 days ago by Roy F. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars An Audiophile Wet Dream
This review is not about the actual recording of GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD. I will go that most people, if not all, have some form of this recording, be it vinyl, cassette, CD or... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Ex-Buyer
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
One of the first vinyls I bought. It disappeared years ago so I got the CD. Classic Elton in the early years. A must for every collection. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Soozie
5.0 out of 5 stars "And each day, I learn just a little bit more."
I gave this 5 stars for the original album with its 17 tracks. Although I haven't checked out absolutely everything (extras et al, of which this collection has plenty and then... Read more
Published 4 days ago by take403
3.0 out of 5 stars Made in the Czech Republic??? WTF!
Wow! I was expecting to get a U.S. pressing, and when my 2 copies arrived, "Made in the Czech Republic"????? WTF. Read more
Published 4 days ago by jukeboxexpress
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is a classic work of art. Recognized by music lovers for over 40 years as an album that has great lyrical melodies... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Rove
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge fan - this was a must have
I will try not to gush but I think this is a good value for what you get. The remastered album, the live concerts and interview, the picture book etc - all and all a good buy for... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Michelle Dill
5.0 out of 5 stars 40th Anniversy 2014
Super great box set, even though just one album. The sound quality is great, only one version of sound offered at time of my purchase. The book and DVD are very fun to watch/read. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mark D Powers
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