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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 (476 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 (476 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,350 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

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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

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

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120 of 127 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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best, even better! February 19, 2007
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This is a celebration for music fans. The best CD by Elton John, even better. One of the best albums of all times and among my Top 20 favorite albums of all time. The album hit #1 in the Billboard Pop List in 1973. This is the Deluxe edition on SACD Surround Sound. The remaster of the audio is outstanding and will blow you away! This edition comes with a DVD (The Making of GYBR) that lasts about 50 minutes. This is the film that was previously published on DVD in the collection Classic Albums. If you already have this DVD, you can buy the CD SACD separately for $29,00. If you don't, I strongly recommend you to get the "whole package." The film tells the inside story of the making of this classic album with archive footage and interviews from Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson, Gus Dudgeon (producer of the original album), etc. The documentary has many terrific moments. To me, the best one is when Elton John is singing Candle in the Wind in honor of the Princess Diana. GYBR was released as a double album. CD1 contains the first 8 songs of LP1. CD2 contains the other 9, plus 4 bonus tracks, one of them Candle in the Wind acoustic, previously unreleased. The packaging is gorgeous with a booklet that contains a presentation by John Tobler, the original art work with lyrics, and some drafts of some lyrics. I had the original album on CD already, but went ahead and bought this edition and I am completely and absolutely satisfied. No regrets! The only problem is that this is expensive. But honestly, I am a collector and I appreciate the record company for releasing this so beautifully. If we don't buy this gems, record companies will stop doing this and then we'll go back to the complaints that the music industry sucks today. This is how CD's should be. Read more ›
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81 of 90 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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC!!!
I bought this CD for my mom, thinking that it featured "Crocodile Rock" on it (...I could've sworn I remembered the cartoon image of a crocodile inside the fold-out... Read more
Published 5 days ago by M. Brame
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE the album and know every word to every song
I have the original album, but needed the CD for the car. LOVE the album and know every word to every song. You really can't go wrong with EJ.
Published 8 days ago by Julie E. Cliett
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite EJ albums..
Very good quality, converting all my music to MP3's (finally).
Published 9 days ago by DoodleLet
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH EVERY PENNY
I bought a SACD/DSD of this that was done at the same as the BLURAY and DVD. This is one of the recordings that I keep in a vault, under lock and key. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Edd Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Simply one of the all-time best.
Published 11 days ago by Steve McAlister
4.0 out of 5 stars Great classic album
A true classic album.....when I was first getting into Elton John, I snatched up every classic album I could....and loved almost all of them.....some are better than others..... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Joshua W
5.0 out of 5 stars Felt like I was at a concert
So much live stuff. Felt like I was at a concert. Love it.
Published 16 days ago by Lisa D Hannigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Hi-Res Remaster of this great album.
Published 19 days ago by Steve Wooten
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it
Great album well done
Published 19 days ago by marc ramon gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars his best album ever
Classic...his best album ever!
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