Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - the POLL

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Also general discussion thread for this ubiquitous but under-discussed record. It's as excessive as anything, certainly a bit bloated - - - does anyone do White Album style single-disc scenarios for this? - - but the excess hides gems and sometimes the excess itself is the gem.

Anyway, I couldn't find a thread on this, so have at!

Poll Results

OptionVotes
"Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" 11:09 15
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" 3:13 9
"Bennie and the Jets" 5:23 7
"Grey Seal" 4:00 6
"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" 4:57 4
"Harmony" 2:46 4
"All the Girls Love Alice" 5:09 3
"This Song Has No Title" 2:23 3
"Sweet Painted Lady" 3:54 2
"The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909–34)" 4:23 1
"I've Seen That Movie Too" 5:59 1
"Roy Rogers" 4:07 1
"Jamaica Jerk-Off" 3:39 1
"Dirty Little Girl" 5:00 0
"Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n' Roll)" 2:42 0
"Candle in the Wind" 3:50 0
"Social Disease" 3:42 0


Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 02:48 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

too late!

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

The entire 1st LP is solid IMO.

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

Voted title track on chord structure alone.

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

yeah Sweet Painted Lady i think.

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_l_runP4-Q

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

omg that rules

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

Grey Seal

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

benny and the jets, of course

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

^^^

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

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

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

I pick up the needle when it starts.

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

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

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

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

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

GYBR vs Alice

fuuck thats tough

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

weird...thanks

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

or James Lipton reciting a page from a cookbook.

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

three weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

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

tempted to vote for jamaican jerk-off

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

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

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

oooh, Elton singles poll would be nice...

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

Thanks...those are polls?

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

yes, polls, merci

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

haha i forgot that i did those polls way back when.

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:30 (five years ago) Permalink

wouldn't mind a poll that included singles from Elton's wilderness years (which aren't in these threads): stuff like "Ego," "Song For Guy," "Elton's Song," "Nobody Wins," etc.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Wow, I actually forgot I started this thread! Wonder why I gave it so much time. Can't remember if I voted. Need to listen to the record again.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Off topic, but HOW could EJ play for Rush Limbaugh for a million bucks? Yuk!

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:44 (five years ago) Permalink

you answered your own question!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:46 (five years ago) Permalink

David Hentschel for president! :)
who dis?

billstevejim, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Word, he has a wikipedia... I think most people assume Elton John played all the keyboards on "Funeral For A Friend."

billstevejim, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:08 (five years ago) Permalink

man i can't believe "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" won one of those singles polls, that's like his only '70s hit that i straight up hate.

some dude, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:13 (five years ago) Permalink

wouldn't mind a poll that included singles from Elton's wilderness years (which aren't in these threads): stuff like "Ego," "Song For Guy," "Elton's Song," "Nobody Wins," etc.

― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, March 13, 2012 12:31 AM (43 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'd vote for 'Song For Guy' immediately.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Did "Grow some funk" ever get compiled onto any other EJ hits compilation that wasn't "every single" styled? (or "Ego"?)

I'd love to see a poll of the singles from his underrepresented wilderness period (1977-1982).

― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, December 12, 2007 10:58 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

granted, most of them suck (no one mention "Little Jeannie," please).

― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, December 12, 2007 10:58 AM Bookmark

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:16 (five years ago) Permalink

is that a zing? I know what I think; I wanted to read others defend "Part Time Love."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding is a helluva fucking way tos tart the album, so...that

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Haha, no, no, not a zing at all! I'm always catching myself re-stating the exact same point I made like four years ago, it's one of the small joys of ILX for me honestly.

I would enjoy watching such a poll but I don't think I'd know any of the songs on it at all.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:20 (five years ago) Permalink

I thought I voted in this already... i selected "all the girls love alice" and it turns out that I hadn't.

billstevejim, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Ahh hell, voted "Grey Seal," not necessarily because it's better than "Love Lies Bleeding," but just because it really is such an earwormy thing, lot of different little hooks and things that pop up when you least expect them. Plus obviously, less overexposed and still sounds fresh.

Warning, stay away from "Love Lies Bleeding" at karaoke - thankfully they don't put you through the whole "Funeral For a Friend" sequence (although that would be kind of amazing if it was the first song of the night) but the lonnnnnnng solo/breakdown in the midst of LLB, though totally awesome on record, is tough to do much with when you're one man and a microphone.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Seriously, how f--in' rich is Elton John? For a million bucks? Sorry, that don't hold water

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:31 (five years ago) Permalink

All the Girls Love Alice was #2 in the GYBR Misoygny poll....

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Actually, my dad claimed that he used to play tennis in Laguna Beach in the 70s with a guy who played piano/keyboards for EJ in the studio--said he was like a grad student in astrophysics at Berkeley at the same time or something...maybe that's the guy

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Dr Casino, also stay away from "Song for Guy" at karaoke.

Yep, seen it...

Mark G, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 07:39 (five years ago) Permalink

speaking of the wilderness era, we did this poll..

Mo' Elton -- Greatest Hits, 1976-1986 (for Greatest Hits, Vol. 3)

piscesx, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 07:47 (five years ago) Permalink

oh and Grow Some Funk is on Greatest Hits 2 if that counts..

piscesx, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 07:50 (five years ago) Permalink

This is hard, there are six or seven I could vote for here. Tempted to go for '...Danny Bailey', I love the way the chorus sounds kind of queasy. 'Harmony' is hard to beat though.

There's a bit of the guitar break in 'Love Lies Bleeding' that's always reminded me of Hüsker Dü for some reason.

Gavin, Leeds, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 09:08 (five years ago) Permalink

this album is finally starting to grow on me. Side C is my sweet spot, it turns out. voted for "All The Girls Love Alice."

some dude, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 13:33 (five years ago) Permalink

ha -- what Rob Sheffield called the Dirty Girls Trilogy.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 13:36 (five years ago) Permalink

I still reckon that "Captain Fantastic" is his pinnacle, and not only because he kept it single. But this is still a pretty strong double album.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 13:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Looking at that Greatest Hits poll linked to above, it puzzles me that "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" would clean up.

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 13:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing - I love the song, but with that kind of competition I'd expect a much more even distribution. Hrm.

I keep reviving Geir's Captain Fantastic thread - "Captain Fantastic" C/D? - so maybe it's someone else's turn. Amazing album.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 13:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Was going to vote for "Harmony" but what I kept hearing in my head was that piano intro to "Bennie and the Jets" so I went with that.

Everything You POLL Is RONG (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 21:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Excellent!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:14 (five years ago) Permalink

YES

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:37 (five years ago) Permalink

AND LOVE LIVES BLEEEEEEEEEEDIN IN MY HANDS
OH IT KILLS ME TO THINK OF YOU WITH ANOTHER MAN
I WAS PLAYIN ROCK 'N ROLL AND YOU WERE JUST A FAN
BUT MY GUITAR COULDN'T HOLD YOU SO I QUIT THE BAAAAAAAAAAA-AH-AH-UH-AAAAAAAHND

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:38 (five years ago) Permalink

LLUHV lies BLEEDin in mah HAYNNND!

Great turnout and great spread of votes - thanks for playing, y'all!

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Deserved winner and, yes, deserved spread. There are many ballads I could have gone for here, but then there goes one of the best album openers ever.

My vote was first and foremost for "Funeral For a Friend" though.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 11:20 (five years ago) Permalink

"The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909–34)" 4:23 1
"I've Seen That Movie Too" 5:59 1

I'm just happy these got any votes at all.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 19:11 (five years ago) Permalink

I get the impression "Candle In The Wind" didn't really resonate as a "signature song" until the live version came out which was around, like... 1988 seems correct.

Would people still hate that song without this context? I figured it was considered more of a deep album cut until the late 80's.. For example, it wasn't on the original "greatest hits".. The one that sold 90 million copies..

billstevejim, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 19:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Which is interesting because "Border Song" is hardly one of his signature songs, and yet until the late 80's I would bet more people had heard that song than Candle In The Wind.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 19:20 (five years ago) Permalink

I thought it was the Lady Di death that brought it into the mainstream

Iago Galdston, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 19:20 (five years ago) Permalink

The live version from the late 80's got a shitton of airplay.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 19:22 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah i definitely knew it as a semi-big EJ hit before 1997 (unlike "Tiny Dancer," which i had never heard before That Movie and is now one of his biggest classic rock radio staples)

some dude, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:16 (five years ago) Permalink

very good point re Candle not being on the Hits album. that's very suprising.

piscesx, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:18 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm pretty sure I heard "Tiny Dancer" on adult-contemp stations throughout the 80s IIRC... easily played just as often as the big hits. I knew it from a pretty young age, although if I'm remembering incorrectly, then it would have just been from my parents playing the records throughout my childhood.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:24 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

a "Jamaica Jerk Off" vote! the lols abide

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

Red and Blue albums, I think.

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

wiki says 1973

some dude, Friday, 16 March 2012 17:15 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

weeks in 1972

Everything You POLL Is RONG (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 16 March 2012 22:30 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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.
http://991.com/NewGallery/Elton-John-Your-Songs-521516.jpg

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

yep that one.

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

five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

specifically the drums

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

seven months pass...

Man, I miss those speakers.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 3 April 2013 19:13 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years ago) Permalink

Love Lies POLLing...

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

alvin tostig has a poll today.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 4 April 2013 20:20 (four years ago) Permalink

POLL Me Closer, ILXor

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 4 April 2013 20:39 (four years 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 (four years ago) Permalink

ahhh ..

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

mark e, Thursday, 4 April 2013 20:57 (four years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

woah..

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

piscesx, Thursday, 30 January 2014 17:58 (three years ago) Permalink

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

Doctor Casino, Friday, 31 January 2014 00:40 (three years ago) Permalink

A reminder to visit and comment here: Mama Can't Buy You Love: The Official ILM Track-By-Track ELTON JOHN 1978-1988 Listening Thread

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 31 January 2014 00:50 (three years ago) Permalink

one 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 (three years ago) Permalink

Miguel could redeem "In Neon."

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

"Candle in the Wind – Ed Sheeran"

can this prevented? court injunction, something?

col, Friday, 28 February 2014 17:26 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

one 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

très hip (Treeship), Thursday, 10 April 2014 01:20 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Oh this album. Who writes songs like Goodbye Yellow Brick Road now? Honestly...what is comparable in 2016?

It certainly is punk of the Church of England to think that way (tangenttangent), Thursday, 30 June 2016 23:43 (one year ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS84BMFszW0

piscesx, Thursday, 30 June 2016 23:56 (one year ago) Permalink

very Elton. IMO.

piscesx, Thursday, 30 June 2016 23:57 (one year ago) Permalink

I hear that. Probably also accounts for why I like FJM as much as I do. All the aching ooohs and ohs are very Elton, specifically, as in "Curtains," etc.

Harvey Manfrenjensenden (Doctor Casino), Friday, 1 July 2016 18:55 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"Social Disease" is the jam imo

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 11:51 (five months ago) Permalink

This album had my super cool gatefold art, a different illustration for each song with the lyrics. Social Disease was a good one. I wonder if it's online somewhere...

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 4 July 2017 15:22 (five months ago) Permalink

One thing I love about Elton John is that he completely, single-handedly debunked the myth that shovelling shitloads of drugs up your nose automatically leads to genius. This album is great, but by god did his material take a nosedive (no pun intended) when the coke addiction took hold.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 21:50 (five months ago) Permalink

coke gives you tons of energy but it makes you scattered, self critical/confident/doubtful in equal measure. I don't think it can account for bad ideas.

Which albums do you think were lacklustre?

Unchanging Window (Ross), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 21:56 (five months ago) Permalink

Pretty much everything from Blue Moves onwards.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 22:02 (five months ago) Permalink

Grey Seal has grown to be my favorite, I love the way the drums sound on it - that last round of tom fills at the end that are mic'd really hot.

Just discovered the early B-side version recently, that one's great too.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 4 July 2017 22:45 (five months ago) Permalink

"gray seal" is great for real but "funeral for a friend / love lies bleeding" is just so completely unbelievable, one of the major resplendent '70s prog epics that's way too intense and awesome to imagine new on the radio anytime after 1977, rivaling how synthtastic even "blinded by the light" is

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 02:34 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah, it rules.

For no real reason I looked it up and it finished bafflingly low in the classic rock tracks poll, at #312 (tying with My Sweet Lord and Rock & Roll All Nite!). To be fair, in general artists big enough to have their own polls kind of underperformed there (which is understandable) - but resplendent prog epics, save "Roundabout" (#24) also seemed to do poorly, with "Come Sail Away" stuck at #261. That still blows my mind and I'm convinced it Means Something in terms of the ILM hivemind. "Blinded By The Light," which probably gets played the most of any of them on actual classic rock radio, tied "Riders on the Storm" for #108.

﴿→ ☺ (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 03:00 (five months ago) Permalink

it finished bafflingly low in the classic rock tracks poll, at #312

"funeral/love" my #52 (sandwiched between the epic "don't stop believin'" and the resplendent "killer queen"). never thought of "blinded by the light" as a resplendent prog epic and didn't vote for it.

and oh lord "grey seal" yes.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 05:46 (five months ago) Permalink

This is a full hi res scan of the working drawing for my Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album cover from 1973 recently rediscovered pic.twitter.com/A3zgKXVmU6

— Ian Beck (@ianarchiebeck) July 10, 2017

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 10 July 2017 15:59 (five months ago) Permalink

cooooooool

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