Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - the POLL

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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

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

﴿→ ☺ (Doctor Casino), Monday, 10 July 2017 16:48 (five months ago) Permalink


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