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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)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001EG4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun
2. Come Down In Time
3. Country Comfort
4. Son Of Your Father
5. My Father's Gun
6. Where To Now St. Peter?
7. Love Song
8. Amoreena
9. Talking Old Soldiers
10. Burn Down The Mission
11. Into The Old Man's Shoes
12. Madman Across The Water (Original Version)

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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 catalog 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 favorite "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" and "Where to Now St. Peter?" --Steve Gdula

Customer Reviews

Beautiful lyrics and vocals.
D. Haralson
Ballad of a Well Known Gun, Amoreena, Burn Down The Mission, My Fathers Gun, Talking Old Soldiers and Where to Now St. Peter are among the many highlights.
Kevin Lewis
For me, Tumbleweed Connection is the best album Elton John ever recorded.
Leonard Fleisig

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134 of 144 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on May 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As time has gone by, the music audience's awareness of Elton John's "classic" period has boiled down to his hit singles (a disproportionate number of them novelty songs or nostalgia exercises) and his most outlandish costumes. Although in recent years, he has clearly tried to put the emphasis back on his music, the image of Sir Elton John paying court to Princess Diana, wearing peacock feathers and giant clown glasses while collecting royalties on 70s nostagiac fluff like "Crocodile Rock" seemed to eliminate him from serious consideration. He was good for fun memories and a few million for good causes, but not someone whose music should be considered alongside the Stones, Springsteen, Aretha Franklin or The Band.

But at the same time as his hit singles were topping the charts, Elton John put out four or five of the best "rock" albums of rock's classic era. "Tumbleweed Connection" is the finest of them all, but it is the most neglected because nary a song off it shows up on a Greatest Hits package. Not because the album "failed" to produce a single, but because there is not one song on it that sounds like an artistic compromise, or playing for the galleries. While not exactly a "concept album," it is clearly meant to be played all at once. It sustains a mood, and is adroitly balanced between some pretty hard rockers, some gorgeous love balladry, and a couple of songs that perfectly reflect the questing, questioning qualities of rock at its most meaningful--"My Father's Gun" and especially "Where To Now, St. Peter?"

Like so many albums of the early 1970s, "Tumbleweed Connection" was heavily influenced by The Band.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Eric R. Last on November 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Everybody seems to love this album, so what do I have to add? Like many others, I believe that "Tumbleweed Connection" is Elton John's best album. Why? Because of the SOUND. This album sounds like nothing else Elton has ever done. It has a rich acoustic sound - acoustic guitars, acoustic piano - with a healthy dose of country and folk in the arrangements. It is this sound that makes me prefer this album in the same way that the rich acoustic sound of "Blood On The Tracks" makes that my favorite Bob Dylan album. And then there are the songs! What great songs! The album kicks off with 5 straight classics - "Ballad of a Well Known Gun", Come Down in Time", "Country Comfort", "Son of Your Father", and my favorite, "My Father's Gun", a wonderful Civil War tale written from the unique perspective of a young southern man rushing off to join the Confederate army following the death of his father at the hands of Union soldiers. Bernie Taupin at the top of his game! More great songs follow: "Love Song", "Amoreena", "Burn Down The Mission". After this album John moved away from the western sound and into more pop territory. He became a hit machine in the process, but I prefer this hit-free album.
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89 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Kim Fletcher on March 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
After years of session work and songwriting for other people, Reginald Dwight changed his name to Elton John and formed a songwriting partnership with a certain Bernie Taupin (Elton wrote the music to Taupin's lyrics). After the release of two studio albums, they hit pay dirt with the release of this, their third album (1971), and their first hit single `Your Song', taken from the previous self titled album.
Surprisingly there were no singles taken from this collection, taking Elton John on a wonderous journey into superstardom that was to spiral out of control. But for now the next 4 studio albums `Madman Across The Water', `Honky Chateau', `Don't shoot me I'm only the Piano Player', and the `Double Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' were all landmark albums in the world of rock. Unfortunately by the time of Elton's 9th Studio album `Captain Fantastic', and the `Dirt Brown Cowboys', it had all gone terribly wrong with massive egos taking over, all band members being fired and the partnership with Bernie Taupin terminated. The live shows were still great, but Elton's album output throughout the eighties and nineties was tedious at best, consisting mainly of Sub-Chicago plod-rock, before a welcome return to form last year with `Songs from the West Coast', which, not surprisingly, co-incided with him reuniting with Bernie Taupin and his old band mates, Nigel Olsson and Davy Johnstone.
But, back in 1970 with `Tumbleweed Connection', this was the first time a road band as such had been used in the studio, making it more the Elton John band rather than just Elton on his own. Nigel Olson had been offered the drum stool whilst in Brit Heavy Rockers Uriah Heep but, seeing the potential, made the job his own.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Salaets on September 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This, his third album, was his best. Recorded during many of the same sessions as his second (and first American) release, the self-titled 'Elton John,' take "Sixty Years On" from that album and add "Madman Across the Water" sans strings (which they've done here, sort of...), and you have Elton John and in absolute sync with Bernie Taupin's American vision.

I remember playing this album five times straight, lying on my bed with the lights off, staring into the darkness. Taupin's words painted living images in my imagination, while John's soundtrack and vocals, and Dudgeon's production, added color and dimension.

"My Father's Gun." "Burn Down the Mission." "Country Comfort." "Where to Now, St. Peter." "Talking Old Soldiers." You can almost smell the whiskey and taste the dust.

An absolutely amazing album. Still.
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