Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - the POLL

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This was part of the reason I was bothered by SPIN placing "Tiny Dancer" in their top 20 singles of 2000... My reaction was like, "Wtf, I've loved that song all along.. Just because charles aaron (or whoever) couldn't figure out that it was a good song prior to Almost Famous means everyone else felt the exact same way?" I considered that a lame assumption.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Every time I hear the intro to "Danny Baily" my mind goes to some nerd-core song called "Bad Driver" that sampled it. MC Chris maybe? Internet isn't turning up much.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 22:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is one of the better distribution of votes I've seen in recent years.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 22:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

a "Jamaica Jerk Off" vote! the lols abide

Euler, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

0 for "Candle In The Wind" is actually quite surprsing, but I guess everyone got sick of it after the Diana thing. I used to love it myself, but almost skip it these days,

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

The only version I can stand for a couple minutes is the '87 live one.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Overexposure is right - it's actually a really nice song but I just wish I could have come to the song fresh as some undiscovered album track gem.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Seem to remember a far away, long ago Eden in which that was the case, when the only time you would here it on the radio was during the graveyard shift.

Everything You POLL Is RONG (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 16 March 2012 15:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tiny Dancer was pretty unknown here; again not on the big hits comp. what with this poll and the stuff about changesonebowie in the Bowie poll; i'm realising *just how big* comps really were in the 1970s. i mean even The Beatles had a massive famous comp that became a classic in it's own right in the early 70s! it's weird.

piscesx, Friday, 16 March 2012 15:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

well back then big acts would release an album every year and each one might only have 1 or 2 big hits, so i can see how those comps were a lot more useful or essential in the pre-pre-pre-pre-iTunes era

some dude, Friday, 16 March 2012 15:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Beatles comp to which you are referring is Rock and Roll?

Everything You POLL Is RONG (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 16 March 2012 17:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Red and Blue albums, I think.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 16 March 2012 17:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

When did these actually come out? They seemed to always be around so I assume very early seventies.

Everything You POLL Is RONG (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 16 March 2012 17:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

wiki says 1973

some dude, Friday, 16 March 2012 17:15 (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 (8 months ago) Permalink


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