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 (three years ago) link
"Social Disease" is the jam imo
― the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 11:51 (two years ago) link
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 years ago) link
― kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 4 July 2017 15:24 (two years ago) link
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 years ago) link
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 years ago) link
Pretty much everything from Blue Moves onwards.
― The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 22:02 (two years ago) link
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 years ago) link
"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 years ago) link
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 (two years ago) link
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 years ago) link
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 (two years ago) link
― ﴿→ ☺ (Doctor Casino), Monday, 10 July 2017 16:48 (two years ago) link