Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - the POLL

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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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

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

specifically the drums

Doctor Casino, Monday, 3 September 2012 23:41 (four 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 (four 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Pretty much everything from Blue Moves onwards.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 22:02 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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.

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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 (two weeks 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 (one week ago) Permalink

cooooooool

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