Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - the POLL

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I'm pretty sure this was polled.

Lots of goodies. My favorites:

Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Bennie and the Jets
Grey Seal
All the Girls Love Alice
Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n' Roll)
Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
Roy Rogers
Harmony

Will vote for "Harmony" because no one else will, but I could have chosen "Grey Seal" (the best nonsense of Elton's career?), "Saturday Night," or "Love Lies Bleeding."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 02:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm voting for "Harmony," so you can vote for something else

AINT ET ENNE (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

too late!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Too many good songs to be narrowed to 1 record. There's really only 1 or 2 songs I skip on this.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

The entire 1st LP is solid IMO.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

"This Song Has Neither Melody Nor Tune" is pretty bad.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Grey Seal" (the best nonsense of Elton's career?), "Saturday Night," or "Love Lies Bleeding."

Those are probably my top three. Went with "Love Lies Bleeding." Have possibly heard this album more than any other album in my life, btw. And give or take "Candle In The Wind," "Harmony" might be my least favorite thing on it.

xhuxk, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Voted title track on chord structure alone.

Display Name (this cannot be changed):, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp But it has words and a tune, it says so right in the song

billstevejim, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Funeral for a Friend/Loves Lies Bleeding" all the way. Elton at his schlockiest/awesomest!

SirGreendown, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp I've always been fairly meh on "No Title" and "I've Seen That Movie Too," I guess. So I can buy arguments that they're worse, but "Harmony" has actively annoyed me since I was a teenager. ("Candle In The Wind" probably wound up annoying me way more than that when it came back in the '80s though -- different version, but it killed the original, which I had never been all that crazy about in the first place, for me.)

Most underrated, probably:

"Sweet Painted Lady" 3:54
"The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909–34)" 4:23
"Social Disease" 3:42

xhuxk, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

"I've Seen That Movie Too" sounds sinister to me.. I'm into it.

The worst on this is prob "Your sister Can't Twist."

billstevejim, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Surprised that I don't own it. Someone I worked with gave me a copy once, but I remember now that I junked it because it wasn't in that great a shape. My guess is that I'd end up going with "Saturday Night," but I'll play fair and not vote.

clemenza, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 04:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

elton's vocals are a little limp on it but otherwise sweet painted lady is p great

it's smdh time in America (will), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 04:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Like this album but hate hate hate Bennie and the Jets. Cannot ever stomach getting through that entire song.

I Fucked Up (jer.fairall), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 04:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah Sweet Painted Lady i think.

piscesx, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 04:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

probably the worst cover i've ever heard released on an actual CD is this, while we're on the subject

piscesx, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 04:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

omg that rules

billstevejim, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 05:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Grey Seal

Iago Galdston, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 05:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

benny and the jets, of course

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 05:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^^

White 'Poop' Jesus (snoball), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 10:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Classic Albums docu of this is, erm, classic.

White 'Poop' Jesus (snoball), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 10:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

The worst on this is prob "Your sister Can't Twist."

― billstevejim, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:50 (7 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This be the album with "Jamaica Jerk-Off" on it.

Mark G, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 10:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Damn, got the titles mixed up for some reason. Meant to vote "Grey Seal", but entered "No Title".

Obviosly an amazing album. Overreaching yes, but that's kinda the point.

Mule, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 11:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

only Elton album i own but i've never really listened to it or given it much thought, listening now to see if there's any deep cuts i can possibly consider voting for over "Bennie" or "Saturday Night"

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh you'll have fun. This album virtually defines "deep cut."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard this album in FOREVER, so my instinct is to just go with "Love Lies Bleeding," which is all kinds of great. I'll see if it's on Spotify before I commit.

Never liked the sequencing of "Candle In The Wind," which feels like it should be a deeper track, especially in light of what came later.

The Large Hardon Collider (Phil D.), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Never liked the sequencing of "Candle In The Wind," which feels like it should be a deeper track, especially in light of what came later.

OTM. such a last song. always feel like i should pick up the needle when it's over.

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 16:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I pick up the needle when it starts.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 16:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding 4EVA!!!!

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 16:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

'Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding' is usually the track I play to people who are unaware that Elton John actually used to make some pretty decent music at one point in his career, so I voted for that.

Turrican, Friday, 17 February 2012 23:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Something" about the title song always gets me, so I'm voting for it.

Euler, Friday, 17 February 2012 23:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

GYBR vs Alice

fuuck thats tough

billstevejim, Saturday, 18 February 2012 04:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've got it down to Love Lies Bleeding, title track, and Grey Seal but I'm going to have to spend all week listening to this record to even start to narrow that down.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 18 February 2012 05:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just listened to this album recently. Probably my second favourite of his after Captain Fantastic.

I went with Harmony, beautiful song.

Kitchen Person, Saturday, 18 February 2012 19:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

How did/do Taupin and John work together...does Taupin write a bunch of lyrics and then fit them into John's tunes, or did Taupin write for John's tunes according to the latter's instructions? like, write me a song about marilyn monroe...no idea how that works

Iago Galdston, Sunday, 19 February 2012 21:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Taupin would often write lyrics apropos of nothing and hand them to John -- a bizarre way to work.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 19 February 2012 21:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

weird...thanks

Iago Galdston, Sunday, 19 February 2012 21:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

I remember a documentary where Paul Gambaccini gave Elton the "No man is an island" poem, and Elton worked up a melody in about half an hour.

Mark G, Monday, 20 February 2012 13:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

or James Lipton reciting a page from a cookbook.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 20 February 2012 14:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

From the Carter Inaugural menu?

Can You Please POLL Out Your Window? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 February 2012 14:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

It has to be the opening medley, although "Funeral For a Friend" is considerably better than "Love Lies Bleeding". David Hentschel for president! :)

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

I burned a copy of this w/out Candle in the Wind (I can't hear it anymore, too overplayed), Jamaica, Roy Rogers and Social Disease...so much better without them

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

tempted to vote for jamaican jerk-off

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Island Girl is a much better Caribbean track than "Jerk-Off", imho

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

oooh, Elton singles poll would be nice...

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thanks...those are polls?

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Best Of"s were actually much bigger business in the late 80s/early 90s though.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Friday, 16 March 2012 17:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Why is that? Just from CDs coming in and boomers throwing out all those musty old records for one convenient little disc with all the favorites etc? Or Gen X/Y types playing catchup?

Doctor Casino, Friday, 16 March 2012 17:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, the music industry as a whole was. but it seems like a lot of the really ridiculously big 10+ million selling greatest hit comps (beatles, eagles) came out in the '70s. (xpost)

some dude, Friday, 16 March 2012 17:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, The Eagles, of course.

I bought some greatest hits back in the day such as Hot Rocks but I steered clear of the Red and the Blue albums, they were too unwieldy. Why buy four LPs worth of material with what maybe a quarter of the groups entire output? To avoid "Mr Moonlight" and "Wild Honey Pie"? I think pretty much the entire Hey Jude/Beatles Again album was taking up one of those LPs.

Everything You POLL Is RONG (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 16 March 2012 17:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

A lot of those grew up with Red and Blue, and as far as no-nonsense comps go they're still exemplary.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 16 March 2012 17:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Fair enough. But I think there was another opinion that they were a little bit on the tamer side of the catalogue, which is where the Rock and Roll comp came in.

Everything You POLL Is RONG (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 16 March 2012 17:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Similarly I recall hearing "Don't Let The Sun Go Down" on the radio way more often after the live George Michael duet blew up early '92 which I had forgotten about until like 5 minutes ago.. Although it was on "Greatest Hits" I dunno if it was on the radio all that much throughout the 80s.

billstevejim, Friday, 16 March 2012 20:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, and at the same time I feel like the death of the mass-audience greatest-hits album is sort of a loss, in the sense that an artist could always toss on two or three songs that weren't actually big hits at all, or even just album cuts, and make them part of their canon by fiat. Millions of kids would grow up hearing these kind of minor songs right alongside giant blockbusters in the tracklist. It's like this last chance for the artist/record company to say "No, really, this was a good one, it deserved better!"

Doctor Casino, Friday, 16 March 2012 21:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Well, then there's the case of Tom Petty's first comp, boasting songs we've all heard for years and not a single surprise but was and remains a massive seller.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 16 March 2012 21:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Well, except "Mary Jane's Last Dance," but that's a whole different animal of the "new song thrown on the comp," a la Slip Slidin' Away.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 16 March 2012 21:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also, actually, looking at that Petty list some of it is definite non-hit canon stuff, but I don't know how many of them had become giant radio staples by the time the thing came out. I mean, "American Girl" never charted in the US but I assume it was a well-known song by 1993! "Listen To Her Heart" peaked at #59, tying "Here Comes My Girl," "Into The Great Wide Open" at #92, and "Even The Losers" was an album track.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 16 March 2012 21:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, we're now pretty far afield of Elton but - I bet that Steve Miller greatest hits would rack up a pretty similar range, those have all become beloved barbecue-and-road-trip classics on the strength of the, what, five or six actual hits that were on it? I could be totally wrong though.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 16 March 2012 21:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

It kinda blows my mind people not hearing Tiny Dancer a lot. Maybe I just heard it a disproportionate amount because my dad played Madman Across The Water a LOT.

butvi wouls (Phil D.), Friday, 16 March 2012 22:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Like some dude, I never really heard it too much until That Movie

Everything You POLL Is RONG (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 16 March 2012 22:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

thing about Candle in the Wind is I always preferred his solo live piano version where he riffs a bit vocally at the end than the full-band version on the original.

the Di version was an atrocity. The rhyme scheme and meter didn't fit at all.

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Friday, 16 March 2012 22:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Tiny Dancer" peaked at 41 and was on the US charts for seven we

Everything You POLL Is RONG (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 16 March 2012 22:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

weeks in 1972

Everything You POLL Is RONG (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 16 March 2012 22:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah Elton had more than 10 a-sides prior to "Greatest Hits" getting released ..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elton_John_discography

The 9 biggest hits were all included, and it looks like the 10th song could've been a toss up between Levon, Tiny Dancer or Friends which were all Top 40 (Top 41, whatever)... Levon charted the highest out of those 3.. It's possible Tiny Dancer wasn't included because of its length... Candle In The Wind didn't initially chart at all.

billstevejim, Friday, 16 March 2012 23:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

And IIRC that album actually has multiple tracklists since CiTW did chart in the UK. Greatest Hits are funky things.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 16 March 2012 23:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just saw "Friends" when I looked at the charts. Wouldn't be able to tell you how that went

Everything You POLL Is RONG (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 16 March 2012 23:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't think "Friends" had much longevity chart-wise, but it was on "Freedom Rock."

It was also on this "deep cuts" comp that I used to listen to a lot... It had one of those "Nice Price" stickers on it.

billstevejim, Friday, 16 March 2012 23:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

The only version of "Candle in the Wind" I can listen to is the one most of us knew growing up: the Live in Australia one that became a top ten hit in late '87 or early '88.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 17 March 2012 01:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

yep that one.

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Saturday, 17 March 2012 01:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

Drunk. Listening to "Funeral For a Friend" on really good speakers for like the first time ever. It may be the best thing ever recorded.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 3 September 2012 23:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

no wait i was wrong, it's "goodbye yellow brick road"

Doctor Casino, Monday, 3 September 2012 23:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

specifically the drums

Doctor Casino, Monday, 3 September 2012 23:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

one thing's for sure it's not the fuckin spotify ads, man do i need to get a new needle post-haste

Doctor Casino, Monday, 3 September 2012 23:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

Man, I miss those speakers.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 3 April 2013 19:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah peak period Elton loud on great speakers while drunk.. a pleasure i've had many a time.

was there ever a proper EJ poll? i missed it if so.

piscesx, Thursday, 4 April 2013 18:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

It's in the cards over at the ballot poll order/timing coordination thread! S'what made me think of this thread actually.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 4 April 2013 18:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

Love Lies POLLing...

Vol. 3: The Life & Times of E. "Boom" Carter (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 4 April 2013 19:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

alvin tostig has a poll today.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 4 April 2013 20:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

POLL Me Closer, ILXor

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 4 April 2013 20:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

i have little time for elton john, but i picked up the leon russel collab today in local charity shop ..
one listen through - i really enjoyed it.
a few more spins required to really feel the old school gospel'd up funk vibe
did anyone else listen to it ?

mark e, Thursday, 4 April 2013 20:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

ahhh ..

A Thread For Elton John-Leon Russell's "The Union"

mark e, Thursday, 4 April 2013 20:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

woah..

http://theseconddisc.com/2014/01/30/goodbye-yellow-brick-road-40/

piscesx, Thursday, 30 January 2014 17:58 (9 months ago) Permalink

''that didn't seem to have a dud on it''

Doctor Casino, Friday, 31 January 2014 00:40 (9 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Disc 2: Bonus material - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Revisited…and Beyond (previously unreleased)

Candle in the Wind – Ed Sheeran
Bennie and The Jets – Miguel
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Hunter Hayes
Grey Seal – The Band Perry
Sweet Painted Lady – John Grant
All the Girls Love Alice – Emili Sande
Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock ‘N Roll) – Imelda May
Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting – Fall Out Boy
Harmony – Zac Brown Band

Curious to hear whether Miguel can redeem one of my least favourite songs ever. Not the least bit curious to hear anything else here.

Inside Lewellyn Sinclair (cryptosicko), Friday, 28 February 2014 17:19 (8 months ago) Permalink

Miguel could redeem "In Neon."

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 28 February 2014 17:22 (8 months ago) Permalink

"Candle in the Wind – Ed Sheeran"

can this prevented? court injunction, something?

col, Friday, 28 February 2014 17:26 (8 months ago) Permalink

Miguel could redeem "In Neon."

they should have let him do that, then, and saved "bennie and the jets" for biz markie.

fact checking cuz, Friday, 28 February 2014 17:29 (8 months ago) Permalink

Miguel and Band Perry the only ones there I'm kinda interested in. Gotta say I wish Miguel was on more of a song but I can sorta picture him making 'Bennie' work with the psychedelic angle.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 28 February 2014 18:01 (8 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding has nary a note out of place. Johnstone's guitar fills compliment the piano so so well.

Neanderthal, Saturday, 29 March 2014 15:04 (7 months ago) Permalink

Elton John on 'liberating' recording of 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'

I would get up in the morning, Bernie would be typing away at a typewriter. He would give me a lyric. I would have my breakfast. I'd go to the electric piano. I'd start writing the song. Dee, Nigel and Davey would come down for breakfast and join in. We'd learn the song after breakfast and go over and record it. It was really, really a wonderful way to write and record. We did four tracks a day, probably.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:54 (7 months ago) Permalink

Anyone else throw Elton John lyrics into conversations as naturally as possible to see if people catch them? My favorite is "well it seems to me she lived her lofe like a candle in the wind" but "I'm not a present for your friends to open" can work too during really bitter fights with a s.o.

très hip (Treeship), Thursday, 10 April 2014 01:16 (7 months ago) Permalink

"To shave in someone else's mirror
Is one desire I haven't dreamed of yet"

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 10 April 2014 01:17 (7 months ago) Permalink

Pretty easy to find opportunities to say "this boys too young to be singing the blues" as well

très hip (Treeship), Thursday, 10 April 2014 01:18 (7 months ago) Permalink

That lyric is "advanced" for this game Alfred. It usually would seem forced

très hip (Treeship), Thursday, 10 April 2014 01:20 (7 months ago) Permalink


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