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Tumbleweed Connection Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, February 20, 1996
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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I am huge early Elton john fan so I had ths on vinyl and decided to get it on CD.Published 1 day ago by Deborah W.
Cd was in good shape.. however no front cover art !! It was not mentioned in description.. hence no liner notes lyrics....etc. disappointedPublished 2 months ago by Wayne N Waxx
great cd one the the best Elton did ! sound quality digital perfect!!!Published 5 months ago by billium