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Elton John — Madman Across The Water
Album: Madman Across The Water
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Released: 1971
Length: 5:49
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I can see very well.
There's a boat on the reef with a broken back
And I can see it very well.
There's a joke and I know it very well,
It's one of those that I told you long ago.
Take my word I'm a madman don't you know.

Once a fool had a good part in the play,
If it's so would I still be here today?
It's quite peculiar in a funny sort of way,
They think it's very funny everything I say.
Get a load of him, he's so insane
You'd better get your coat dear
It looks like rain.

We'll come again next Thursday afternoon.
The inlaws hope they'll see you very soon.
But is it in your conscience that you're after
Another glimpse of the Madman across the Water.

I can see very well.
There's a boat on the reef with a broken back
And I can see it very well.
There's a joke and I know it very well,
It's one of those that I told you long ago.
Take my word I'm a madman don't you know.

The ground's a long way down but I need more.
Is the nightmare black
Or are the windows painted?
Will they come again next week,
Can my mind really take it?

We'll come again next Thursday afternoon.
The inlaws hope they'll see you very soon.
But is it in your conscience that you're after
Another glimpse of the Madman across the Water.
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 123heyaho! wrote:
Never understood why Elton John is played so so much on RP whereas Billy Joel is not played AT ALL... That's just not logical.
 
Fair question, BillG's preferences aside.  Billy Joel is a great piano player, pretty good songwriter, too.  But the songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, especially the early stuff, have stood the test of time because there is more to them, more depth.  Billy Joel has always had good pop sensibilities.  I still own the vinyl albums of both artists, from the very beginning, but it's simply easier to pull out old EJ stuff than old BJ.  Something to muse on: what if Billy Joel had been give some Bernie Taupin material to work with?
 fredriley wrote:
For those across the Pond who are unaware of our Reg's other claim to fame, he's life president of Watford FC (aka "the greatest team the world has ever seen"), and was a major part of the team's success during its golden years.
 
After their 8-0 defeat by Man City the other day, I fear that those golden days are as long gone as Mr Dwight's hair
 Piranga wrote:
I'm not sure he ever produced a better record.
 

I agree - his best among many great ones.
Up goes the volume. Perfect Friday song.
For those across the Pond who are unaware of our Reg's other claim to fame, he's life president of Watford FC (aka "the greatest team the world has ever seen"), and was a major part of the team's success during its golden years. Not bad for a boy from Pinner... As a sideline, I believe he does a bit of singing and songwriting... ;-)
 maroubra wrote:
Yes, Sir Elton and Bernie Taupin were great together. Individually, not as much. Bernie Taupin did write "We Built the City" performed by Starship. What was he thinking? Bad. Bad. Bad. But yes, together they were/are brilliant.

 
They've gotten back together and done a couple albums in the 21st century that are pretty damn good despite the h8rs beliefs about some kind of death around 1975.
I'm not sure he ever produced a better record.
For a few albums, Elton and Bernie made magic so powerful that it still raises goosebumps.
Git er dun !!!
Never understood why Elton John is played so so much on RP whereas Billy Joel is not played AT ALL... That's just not logical.
Just saw Elton do this live about a week ago.  He's touring now...GO SEE HIM!  You will not be disappointed.  He loves to perform and puts on an excellent show!  This is supposed to be his "farewell tour"
Simply brilliant!
 fstory wrote:

That's very good to know.  I remember that Elton had a slow start until he teamed up with Bernie and then magic happened.  Thanks for pointing this out.

 
Not sure what you're remembering but Elton John and Bernie Taupin have been collaborating since the beginning.  I'm not aware of any EJ recordings predating those that Taupin wrote the lyrics for.

....damn timing of this song.....as fall weather starts in Seattle and the early shift is leaving for home (330pm) several of us were looking out the window with (for me at least) despair at the rain....and then I hear Elton's lyric "You'd better get your coat dear, it looks like rain."

huh another weird RP serendipitous moment.  Long Live RP!!

 ojibwe wrote:
The madman is no longer across the water.

 
Indeed, and the Fool certainly has a good part in the play doesn't he?  So it goes I suppose.
 
Great tune from an all time classic EJ/Bernie T album.
 
Highlow
American Net'Zen
Absolutely a 10 from me. Love it. This is an epic from Elton and Bernie.

Also check out the reissue CD copy of Tumbleweed connection for an earlier version of Madman. Very interesting. Minus the orchestra but blistering guitar from one Mick Ronson (Spiders from Mars)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tumbleweed_Connection#Track_listing
 ojibwe wrote:
The madman is no longer across the water.

 
Sad. but so true.
Love early Elton John, later stuff too slick.
If you have a Super Audio deck, find and purchase the SACD's of EJ's first five or six LP's. They are simply amazing.
 ojibwe wrote:
The madman is no longer across the water.

 
But the lunatic is in the hall.
 ojibwe wrote:
The madman is no longer across the water.

 

The madman is no longer across the water.
 Cueburned wrote:
Well, since my last comment on this track I dug out my 1972 vinyl copy. The album has been in "heavy rotation". It just happened to be on the turntable when it came up on RP again. My computer and turntable are both linked to a Mackie mixer. So I took a moment and synched the turntable to the RP audio at 96k.  Just for fun I was able to fade between both sources.  Now, there are a lot of reasons why they might sound different.  But same mixer, same amp, same speakers and the vinyl, even with a few pops and clicks on a typically crappy MCA pressing wins.  Don't know why it matters.  Just did it because I could. Wouldn't have happened at all if RP hadn't reminded me to unearth this one from the collection.  

       

 
96k is pretty crappy — I definitely notice a difference between that stream and the 192k one on my GNP speakers (which really aren't very high-end).  It would be interesting to compare your vinyl copy with the 192k stream.  For that matter, if you're in the mood, you could record your vinyl to wav and try different codecs, take a CD copy and do the same, and see what the results are.  Of course, that's a lot of work, and to really do it right things have to be double-blind as well.  If you're up for it, report the results back to us in this song and message me, I'd be curious!


Well, since my last comment on this track I dug out my 1972 vinyl copy. The album has been in "heavy rotation". It just happened to be on the turntable when it came up on RP again. My computer and turntable are both linked to a Mackie mixer. So I took a moment and synched the turntable to the RP audio at 96k.  Just for fun I was able to fade between both sources.  Now, there are a lot of reasons why they might sound different.  But same mixer, same amp, same speakers and the vinyl, even with a few pops and clicks on a typically crappy MCA pressing wins.  Don't know why it matters.  Just did it because I could. Wouldn't have happened at all if RP hadn't reminded me to unearth this one from the collection.  

       
I'm new to this spot and have to just say... awesome! Thanks for your shuffle of songs that are so different from the rest. Its really great!
 h8rhater wrote:

He has re-teamed with Bernie Taupin and his last 3 albums:
The Captain & the Kid
The Diving Board
Wonderful Crazy Night (from this year)

They represent a return to form for this legendary artist.  Worth checking out.

Try these:
Postcards from Richard Nixon (Captain):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXJbg4girOc 
Just Like Noah's Ark (Captain): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1EYI_Cp3us
A Town Called Jubilee (Diving): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyycWBJk3Qw&list=PL3SPwwCTiBlstjGAZkmTwQojHGTrLblSL&index=3
Oscar Wilde Gets Out (Diving): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCmnIwGOjoA&index=2&list=PL3SPwwCTiBlstjGAZkmTwQojHGTrLblSL
The Open Chord (Wonderful): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-BZSryH7T0&list=PL3SPwwCTiBltabRhYRn9yD26BrANO0nqY

 
That's very good to know.  I remember that Elton had a slow start until he teamed up with Bernie and then magic happened.  Thanks for pointing this out.
 michaelc wrote:

No not just you.
the early stuff was amazing, later stuff just fluff.  

 
He has re-teamed with Bernie Taupin and his last 3 albums:
The Captain & the Kid
The Diving Board
Wonderful Crazy Night (from this year)

They represent a return to form for this legendary artist.  Worth checking out.

Try these:
Postcards from Richard Nixon (Captain):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXJbg4girOc 
Just Like Noah's Ark (Captain): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1EYI_Cp3us
A Town Called Jubilee (Diving): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyycWBJk3Qw&list=PL3SPwwCTiBlstjGAZkmTwQojHGTrLblSL&index=3
Oscar Wilde Gets Out (Diving): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCmnIwGOjoA&index=2&list=PL3SPwwCTiBlstjGAZkmTwQojHGTrLblSL
The Open Chord (Wonderful): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-BZSryH7T0&list=PL3SPwwCTiBltabRhYRn9yD26BrANO0nqY
 michaelc wrote:

No not just you.
the early stuff was amazing, later stuff just fluff.  

 
HA!  Yah.....his early stuff was the body of the cake.  All the later stuff...as good as it was in its fashion, was merely the icing....most of it a bit too sweet for my tastes.  {#Rolleyes}  But hey...in music it allows for all types of "flavoring" don't it? 
 Cueburned wrote:
This album and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.  By the 90's I thought Elton was vying with Phil Collins for putting out the most crap. But that's just me talking.       

 
No not just you.
the early stuff was amazing, later stuff just fluff.  
This album and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.  By the 90's I thought Elton was vying with Phil Collins for putting out the most crap. But that's just me talking.       
 rabaak wrote:
Love almost everything Elton has done,  as long as we are not forced to listen to the 'Bitch is Back' or 'Benny and the Jets'. 

  My thoughts exactly! 


very great accustic and elektric
sound....
I don't understand why Radio Paradise doesn't play us THE UNION paired with Leon Russell or even The Diving Board; there's plenty of tracks that could reconcile everyone with Elton once and for ALL.
Love almost everything Elton has done,  as long as we are not forced to listen to the 'Bitch is Back' or 'Benny and the Jets'. 
I'm not even an Elton John fan, but this LP, early in his career has an entirely different feel than the string of mega-hits that later defined him. A little bit country and quite genuine, with no glitter. The only one I ever really enjoyed. A thoughtful and insightful oldies selection by RP, in my opinion. At least they don't play "Saturday Night", et. al. LoL
Sorry,  you have turned into just an oldies station. I have followed  for years but bowing out. Thanks for before.
Pop music never really got any better than this, did it?
Great singer/songwriter, but also a legendary Golden Boy. Come on you 'Orns!

Watford FC programme cover

Note the abundant Barnet after his very expensive follicles transplant.
There's only one word for this song, this album; Epic.  {#Notworthy}

But even so I view it with some musical regret.  EJ has had a stunning career, nooooo doubt about that.  Full of some amazing music.  But for me....well...how to describe it?  I was mid-16 when this album first hit the airwaves.  I had just really started to explore what music was all about and this one captured me.  I probably wore shavings off that LP listening to it so much.  That's vinyl for those less discerning of the period (heh).  For me it had it all.  So this man, this Madman, and I walked the same path together, musically.

But then came his late of age discovery of self.  Now don't get me wrong I'm not being critical.  It's great when a person discovers something they'd hidden from themselves.  It could be sexual.  It could be spiritual.  But I've found that those who discover things "late" in their lives always tend to go over the top "in your face" with it.  In EJ's case he went queen with a capital Q.  As another threadster said, he started chasing Liberace.  There's nothing wrong with this, in fact in some ways it's hilarious.  But our musical paths diverged at that point as his style in that regard also went the same way.  You could say he went glam before glam was glam.  I'm not glam.  I was more into..."Yeah...that's great EJ!  But can I have some more Madman?"   

Again...no criticism of the man...more a reflection on my changing musical tastes of the day.  I was heading Stevie Ray Vauhn, Allman Brothers, Jeff Beck's way.  But whenever I hear this song, or this LP, I reflect back on the man who put it out at that time.  One wonders, for all his brilliance, what may have occurred had he followed the Madman's path?  We'll never know....but when in concert these days the fact that he pulls pieces from it kind'a sort'a makes me think that he wonders too?  Regardless, for me this particular piece of his art will always be his signature piece; his Opus.  

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 coloradojohn wrote:
Amazing, how intensely, how masterfully he crafted the early gems; how sublime, the way he orchestrated, the way he played; immortal... A buddy and I have recently digitized all the stuff we grew up on; just the other day, we were freaking on how GREAT all the old EJ was...

 
From what has been published, he would go into the studio and lay down the piano and vocals. (which blows my mind)
Then it was up to Gus Dudgeon and the band to "fill in".
Mister Dudgeon evidently was a great deal of that early sound.
  Rest in Peace Gus{#Notworthy}
 
 Jimryan2000 wrote:
 
 
Is that the new invisible font?
 ozzie1313 wrote:
For my taste, this was the most outstanding work from Elton John.  However, all the rest of his music bears little resemblance to this album.I always longed for more music from him that resembled the style in this album.  He is a genius, but most of his stuff is merely Liberace updated.  

 
I agree. Though I did enjoy "Saturday Night's ..." when I was a young teen with my brogues, quarter tips and tonics.......
 Slick wrote:
My vote is for Tumbleweed Connection as his best, again IMO.



 
I'll add Rock of the Westies IMO 

No strings but very strong band  
 ozzie1313 wrote:
For my taste, this was the most outstanding work from Elton John.  However, all the rest of his music bears little resemblance to this album.I always longed for more music from him that resembled the style in this album.  He is a genius, but most of his stuff is merely Liberace updated.  

  My vote is for Tumbleweed Connection as his best, again IMO.


For my taste, this was the most outstanding work from Elton John.  However, all the rest of his music bears little resemblance to this album.I always longed for more music from him that resembled the style in this album.  He is a genius, but most of his stuff is merely Liberace updated.  
Haunting
 rmagg wrote:

Was lucky enough to see Elton four days ago at Bonnaroo. It was my seventh time seeing him and he still has the chops. Voice was a bit raspy due to the damp night air, but excellent show nonetheless. He said it was his first festival appearence. I found that hard to believe.



 
Here's his Bonnaroo set list--that's a sh**-load of hits!!


1. Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding 2. Bennie and the Jets 3. Candle in the Wind 4. Levon 5. Tiny Dancer 6. Philadelphia Freedom (Elton John Band song) 7. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 8. Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time) 9. Hey Ahab 10. I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues 11. Someone Saved My Life Tonight 12. Grey Seal (with Ben Folds) 13. Sad Songs (Say So Much) 14. All the Girls Love Alice 15. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me 16. I'm Still Standing 17. The Bitch Is Back 18. Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n Roll) 19. Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting

Encore: 20. Your Song 21. Crocodile Rock

Was lucky enough to see Elton four days ago at Bonnaroo. It was my seventh time seeing him and he still has the chops. Voice was a bit raspy due to the damp night air, but excellent show nonetheless. He said it was his first festival appearence. I found that hard to believe.


Elton John at his best - great song and iconic album.
9 > 10. What an amazing song!

I'm so very thankful that my older siblings had such great taste in music when I was a kid. I loved this record back then, and still do!
 Stratocaster wrote:

You are in the staggering minority.

And by staggering, I also mean probably drunk. 

 
Is being in "the minority" a crime of some sort?  

How very good he was at the time. I am amazed!

I knew it - but forgot!

Wonder (now) if he still good (doubts are allowed!)


Amazing, how intensely, how masterfully he crafted the early gems; how sublime, the way he orchestrated, the way he played; immortal... A buddy and I have recently digitized all the stuff we grew up on; just the other day, we were freaking on how GREAT all the old EJ was...
one of his best albums - grew up on him as my Mother loved him in the 70s - he was best partnered with Bernie Taupin
 oldsaxon wrote:
I was a young man and listening to my cousin's LP of "Tumbleweed" and thought, I need this. So I took my pocket money to the record store but it wasn't to be found. I only found "Honkey Chateau". I bought it anyway and to this day I have never regretted it once. I am very pleased that the first two albums in my long line of record purchases included this fine recording. EJ did some pretty amazing music in his early days, I think "Madman" was amazing. I now have access to all of it, thanks to that interweb thingy, but nothing can top bringing home two unheard albums from the shop, bought because of stuff you heard in your cousin's basement, and dropping the needle for the first time on something great.

The other was a Jeff Beck album. Also good.
 
Nice post!  {#Cheers}
I was a young man and listening to my cousin's LP of "Tumbleweed" and thought, I need this. So I took my pocket money to the record store but it wasn't to be found. I only found "Honkey Chateau". I bought it anyway and to this day I have never regretted it once. I am very pleased that the first two albums in my long line of record purchases included this fine recording. EJ did some pretty amazing music in his early days, I think "Madman" was amazing. I now have access to all of it, thanks to that interweb thingy, but nothing can top bringing home two unheard albums from the shop, bought because of stuff you heard in your cousin's basement, and dropping the needle for the first time on something great.

The other was a Jeff Beck album. Also good. 
This was sooo good back in my middle school years. Don't know what happened to Elton since but this was good stuff.
 jonahboo wrote:
my 2 cents - if you do not own any Elton - get:

Madman A.T.W.
Honkey Chateu
Tumbleweed Connection

then:
YellowBrick

 
Add 11/17/70 to the list.
When he was good he was so good!!!  When he sucked, he really sucked!!!  
His early stuff so good!!!!!!  Oh this song was about Richard Nixon for those of you
who care.
When you grew up in the era of the tape cassette, you always remember you first CD and this was it.  Played it so many times, musically and vocally, it showed the difference between cassette's and CD's....magnificently.....  Will there ever be a sound related technological jump again, I wonder?

Thanks Dad for giving me my first CD player and CD, no other man (or woman :) ) I ever met knows music better than he does!

Hard to believe, as least for me, that Elton John and Bernie Taupin were so great together.  their early works are far superior to anything later, even up to the present day. this is an easy 9.
I think it bears mentioning the obvious contribution of Bernie Taupin's lyrics when you talk about Elton John's best music.
 jonahboo wrote:
my 2 cents - if you do not own any Elton - get:

Madman A.T.W.
Honkey Chateu
Tumbleweed Connection

then:
YellowBrick
 

excellent - but I would reverse that putting tumbleweed on top.  but those are the ones fer sher...
There are two different Eltons, pre-1975 and post. Albums like this are a 7 - 8, but almost anything post-Bennie and the Jets (maybe one of the most annoying songs ever) is a 3. Quite a downgrade for the guy who co-wrote minor masterpieces like Take me to the Pilot and Teacher I Need You. Even this tune is not altogether that good, but it rises because it's got other goodies on the album with it. For sheer resonance, little surpasses his first hit, Your Song. 
Whenever I hear our Reg from Pinner, I always think of Watford FC (aka 'By far the Greatest Team the World has Ever Seen') and of chanting, Zen-like, on the terraces "Elton John's Taylor-made Army" during the club's glory years of the 80s. A great singer and songwriter, for sure, but he has another very special place in the heart of Watford fans the world over. Here's to you, Reg - Golden Boy for ever :o)

Photo of Elton John with a Watford shirt
Just awesome. At the risk of sounding a bit callous (not my intent); I'm truly happy for Elton now that he seems so much healthier and happier than when he was younger. That said, he sure did create stunning music when he was stoned, in-the-closet, and generally a mess. Go figure. Whatever the case his earlier and mid-career material is astounding. Thanks for the songs Elton, now please continue to be well!
Gone forever is this type of songwriting from this artist. Such a shame!
 Stratocaster wrote:

You are in the staggering minority.

And by staggering, I also mean probably drunk. 
 



Now THAT made me laugh. Thanks, and I couldn't agree more.
 bobcat1963 wrote:
i don't like the expression , but i HAD to give this a sucko-barfo, man, what a drag...
 
You are in the staggering minority.

And by staggering, I also mean probably drunk. 
The line 'Is the nightmare black, Or are the windows painted' always reminds me of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'. The book, that is. The Chief (first person, in the book) thinks something very similar at one point.

Wouldn't surprise me if Bernie borrowed from it.
The version of this song on the remastered "Tumbleweed Connection" is even better than this version.
9  -> 10
I don't know what it is, but honestly, I just can't not love this song. The live version in Australia is even better.

Absolutely love this....The guy just couldn't come close to this sort of thing post Rock Of Westies...which was margnal at best. He had a couple of 'good trys', but THIS is an unequivical '10'!!!


Simply wonderful, makes my soul sing.{#Meditate}
Talkin' down on Elton ! {#Moon}
Elton takes mediocrity to a whole new level.  Which, not surprisingly, is indistinguishable from the old one.
I'm rating a bunch of GREAT Elton songs a 10, so the haters know I lurve Elton John, I just can't take Captain Fantastic.
Oh, Elton my boy... what ever happened to ye? Where did you go, will you ever come back again?
This album made me patch and embroider all my jeans and my friends jeans. What creative genius this album was.
For my taste, this was the high point song of his career.  Truly excellent.  
9 -> 10
Topical, eh?
Yes in every language possible. 
 jonahboo wrote:
my 2 cents - if you do not own any Elton - get:

Madman A.T.W.
Honkey Chateu
Tumbleweed Connection

then:
YellowBrick
 

You can't leave out Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy. One of my alltime favorite albums PERIOD.{#Notworthy}

i don't like the expression , but i HAD to give this a sucko-barfo, man, what a drag...

 jonahboo wrote:
my 2 cents - if you do not own any Elton - get:

Madman A.T.W.
Honkey Chateu
Tumbleweed Connection

then:
YellowBrick
 
Another vote for these three albums and the later assessment in this thread that all after were sacrifices on the alter of pop success.

They hold up remarkably well, and this song sounds as good today as it did when I first heard it. 
 WayUpNorth wrote:
This song reminds me of embroidering the back pockets of my hip hugger bell bottom jeans!  OMG I'm a dinosaur!! {#Daisy}
 
This succinct post so vividly captures EXACTLY how this period felt to me, except I was a six year-old boy watching my Mom and her sisters do the embroidering, and thinking how cool it must be to be a grown-up.

I've often gotten the feeling from his vocal tone that Elton John stopped believing in anything a long time ago.  It must have been after this was recorded, though.  I'm impressed.
This is a fantastic song but I like the original version of this better that was originally slated to be on Tumbleweed Connection before they decided to break it out into it's own album and changed the instrumentation a bit. The original mix kicks @ss.....
Madman is one of Elton and Bernie's best and a must have for anyone to get Elton John. I noticed not many mentions of The Elton John album which is another must have in any EJ collection. It also is the album with Your Song on it which is a classic and some would say likely one of the best popllar songs ever written. I do agree with a lot of what I have seen others write here in that Elton and Bernie's best are the first 3 or 4 albums not counting Empty Skys with was the first album released in England. But I must say that Capt. Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy is also a great recording. It is an autobiography as well and a must have.

Elton John
Tumble Weed Connection
Madman Across the Water
Honky Chateau
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
Goodbye To Yellow Brick Road
Caribou
Capt. Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy

The remaining albums are hit and miss but all have good songs on them. The tribute to Marilyn Monroe, A Candle in the Wind, is on
Yellow Brick Road so if you don't like the entire record that song is GREAT!

Oh! Colt4x5 have another beer and get a little more angry

My 10 cents


One of EJ's finest for sure.
 jonahboo wrote:
my 2 cents - if you do not own any Elton - get:

Madman A.T.W.
Honkey Chateu
Tumbleweed Connection

then:
YellowBrick
 
Remastered or on Vinyl.

 colt4x5 wrote:
my own 2 cents: the only work this man ever did that truly held water musically was on madman and tumbleweed. (both excellent albums). once he hit honky chateau, he entered the sunglasses/big shoes/hootenanny phase and almost all of it can all be written off to a quest for pop fame and income at the expense of quality. (yellow brick road was just more commercial bleating to pay increasingly large wardrobe bills.)
  Spot on assessment.  This is definitely my favorite John tune (and album) by far.  Just a really cool dynamic to it.


Said it before,I'll say it again ;early Elton is Magic Music ! {#Bananapiano}
{#Yes} A great album!
my own 2 cents: the only work this man ever did that truly held water musically was on madman and tumbleweed. (both excellent albums). once he hit honky chateau, he entered the sunglasses/big shoes/hootenanny phase and almost all of it can all be written off to a quest for pop fame and income at the expense of quality. (yellow brick road was just more commercial bleating to pay increasingly large wardrobe bills.)

Fantastic LP. Elton's best. Full of raw emotion and good tunes!
 jonahboo wrote:
my 2 cents - if you do not own any Elton - get:

Madman A.T.W.
Honkey Chateu
Tumbleweed Connection

then:
YellowBrick
 

Seconded.
my 2 cents - if you do not own any Elton - get:

Madman A.T.W.
Honkey Chateu
Tumbleweed Connection

then:
YellowBrick
 fredriley wrote:

Really, truly, I've never heard it before. I've heard loads of our Reg's oeuvre on the radio over the decades, mostly the popular songs, but never this one. I've never liked him enough to buy any albums, though.

 

For me, this album might be his best —- good beginning to end, with a lot more depth than the stuff that got on the radio.
This song reminds me of embroidering the back pockets of my hip hugger bell bottom jeans!  OMG I'm a dinosaur!! {#Daisy}
 cc_rider wrote:

What? Are you serious? No offense intended, and I'm really glad you like it, I'm just shocked you've never heard it before.

 
Really, truly, I've never heard it before. I've heard loads of our Reg's oeuvre on the radio over the decades, mostly the popular songs, but never this one. I've never liked him enough to buy any albums, though.

Yes, Sir Elton and Bernie Taupin were great together. Individually, not as much. Bernie Taupin did write "We Built the City" performed by Starship. What was he thinking? Bad. Bad. Bad. But yes, together they were/are brilliant.

 fredriley wrote:

I've never heard it before, so am grateful to RP for playing it, and other more 'thoughtful' and subtle works from Reg Dwight of Pinner's repertoire. Mind you, I've always had a soft spot for our Reg, on account of his very active role in Watford FC (aka 'the greatest team the world has ever seen' :o)). 7 from the Nottingham jury.

 
What? Are you serious? No offense intended, and I'm really glad you like it, I'm just shocked you've never heard it before.

Wow — this album came out in 1971.  The best of Elton John, I think.
One of the many, many gems delivered by Sir Elton from 67-76!{#Notworthy}
 element1 wrote:

What a brilliant composition and performance.  I played this song to death as a teenager (in the 90s, not the 70s) and it sounds, if anything, even better to me now.
 
I've never heard it before, so am grateful to RP for playing it, and other more 'thoughtful' and subtle works from Reg Dwight of Pinner's repertoire. Mind you, I've always had a soft spot for our Reg, on account of his very active role in Watford FC (aka 'the greatest team the world has ever seen' :o)). 7 from the Nottingham jury.

 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Looking over the comments I see a number from folks who are coming to "early" Elton John - welcome! And check out this album on vinyl for the beautiful cover. A small CD case or the art on this webpage doesn't do it justice. It's all needlepoint on denim.

It's always been one of my favorite covers.
 
I used to want to recreate that album cover, but I realized how much work went into it. I knew there was no way I'd ever finish it. It has always been my fave album cover. And top three albums of all time, too. I even love the obscure stuff on it.

Is that one of those "stoned revelations" from 1974 that you can't shake ?

 
lattalo wrote:


This song is about Richard Nixon, take what you want from it. Oh yeah it's brilliant, unlike Mr. Nixon.
 


Loved all his early work.
He was The Man.
But THIS song has never done a thing for me !

I was in another part of the house, as soon as i heard the base line thumping through the walls, i had to rush back to listen to this WONDERFUL song...8{#Arrow}9.  Sir Elton...thank you for the wonderful music!

There's a joke and I know it very well
It's one of those that I told you long ago
Take my word I'm a madman don't you know

9 => 10
I played this album a lot in the '70s, not the '90s. Was a particular favorite of my younger brother's. Boy that was a long time and another world ago.
 kaz wrote:

Many places state this opinion, but since the Watergate break-in didn't occur until 7 months after the release of the album it's doubtful.
 
It was about Nixon, and it had nothing to do with Watergate, and more to do with the Nixon escalation of our participation in the Vietnam War.  "The most immediate task facing President Nixon was the Vietnam War. He initially escalated the conflict, overseeing secret bombing campaigns." 

Hard to believe that Elton John's music could once give us goosebumps. I think Bernie Taupin had a lot to do with that.

Eltons  first and best  most all other music that came was pop and then the whole gay thing ... a brilliant musician and song writer but after this album I was not to impressed any more not that it counts for any thing !!!   Wow what a great album I remember when it first came out and every one took notice of this Englishman!


What a brilliant composition and performance.  I played this song to death as a teenager (in the 90s, not the 70s) and it sounds, if anything, even better to me now.
Looking over the comments I see a number from folks who are coming to "early" Elton John - welcome! And check out this album on vinyl for the beautiful cover. A small CD case or the art on this webpage doesn't do it justice. It's all needlepoint on denim.

It's always been one of my favorite covers.