Help me to get Elton John!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Sgt. Abbey Road, Nov 23, 2021.

  1. palisantrancho

    palisantrancho Forum Resident

    I love posts like this. You add so much to the forums. I don't understand someone's need for their opinion to be the right one. Neither of us are wrong. We just disagree.
     
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  2. crazywater

    crazywater Dangerous Dreamer...

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    It was a joke. Relax.
     
  3. wildstar

    wildstar Forum Resident

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    :confused:

    Are you claiming that Elton stepped aside on that album and let Bernie write the songs all on his own - words AND music?

    Or do you mean he was the only lyricist for the songs on that album?

    Words on paper is not a song, which is all Bernie did - they weren't "songs" until Elton set those words to music!
     
  4. Tod41

    Tod41 Well-Known Member

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    Elton John has made many poor albums over the years but Billy Joel has never made a good album. Joel is essentially a souped up Harry Chapin. He could never make albums like Tumbleweed Connection, Honky Chateau or Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
     
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  5. yesstiles

    yesstiles Senior Member

    If those are your favorite Elton songs then make sure you get his two 1975 albums “Captain Fantastic “ and “Rock of the Westies.”
     
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  6. yesstiles

    yesstiles Senior Member

    Hogwash. Billy Joel made five amazing albums in a row 1976-1982.
     
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  7. EdwinM

    EdwinM Grumpy old man

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    When I read the title of the thread I thought you wanted his adress and phone number.

    Just start with the older stuff, early 70s; however some of his later records will surprise you as well.
     
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  8. onlyconnect

    onlyconnect The prose and the passion

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    I find listening to the music a good approach.

    Tim
     
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  9. OptimisticGoat

    OptimisticGoat Everybody's escapegoat....

    I agree - though I am not a completist when it comes to Elton. I would add Madman Across the Water to your list - the early catalogue and Madman in particular - have been great "late" discoveries to me and show he was much more than the glitz showman he became. As you say, Too Low For Zero is an underappreciated gem and I can't say there is a better album after that.
     
  10. Penny24

    Penny24 Forum Resident

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    I feel the exact same.
     
  11. Sgt. Abbey Road

    Sgt. Abbey Road Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    The Stranger?
     
  12. kundryishot

    kundryishot Forum Resident

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    But not in a good way ;)
     
  13. Scott S.

    Scott S. lead singer for the best indie band on earth

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    Daniel was a song I never liked, in fact I didn't even understand why others liked it so much.

    but he was great up thru Blue Moves which is my personal favorite. On Blue Moves, for me, half the songs are gold, the other half I don't like much, you have to pick and choose, that's how to 'get him'.
     
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  14. EdwinM

    EdwinM Grumpy old man

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    That's your opinion
     
  15. The Bishop

    The Bishop Forum Resident

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    Imagine yourself in the Old West and play Tumbleweed Connection.
     
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  16. blair207

    blair207 Forum Resident

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    You don’t have to get Elton Johns entire catalogue. There are very few artists who I love everything they produce. You get what you get.
     
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  17. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

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    This is the best advice I have seen, as a starting point. The Very Best of EJ may be enough for you and many others. It has all or most of the big hits, and there are lots of them. GYBR is arguably his best album. I still like his self-titled second album, not least because it contains Border Song, Your Song, and Take Me To the Pilot, and has a certain rawness. Beyond that, Madman Across the Water, and Tumbleweed Connection. But his peak really was around 70-75, in my view.
     
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  18. idledreamer

    idledreamer Still idle

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    Lennon/McCartney, or John/Taupin? :hide:
     
  19. Zhan

    Zhan swimming with the maenads

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    This is what you need, bröther, in order:

    Elton John
    Artist Elton John
    Released 10 April 1970
    Recorded January 1970
    Genres
    Singer/Songwriter, Pop Rock, Piano Rock
    Baroque Pop, Pop Soul

    Tumbleweed Connection
    Artist Elton John
    Released 30 October 1970
    Recorded March 1970
    Genres
    Piano Rock, Pop Rock, Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter
    Country Rock

    Madman Across the Water
    Artist Elton John
    Released 5 November 1971
    Recorded 27 February 1971 - 14 August 1971
    Genres
    Piano Rock, Pop Rock
    Baroque Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Progressive Pop

    Honky Château
    Artist Elton John
    Released 19 May 1972
    Recorded January 1972
    Genres
    Piano Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
    Country Rock

    Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
    Artist Elton John
    Released 23 May 1975
    Genres
    Pop Rock, Piano Rock
    Glam Rock

    And then stop.
     
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  20. Zhan

    Zhan swimming with the maenads

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    There was this time when Patrick Stewart was performing Shakespeare at a theatre, and two guys sat in the front row in Starfleet Uniforms. When interviewed about the diehard Trekkie fans, Stewart said, "I wanted to hurt them."

    This is how I feel every time the ****ing Beatles are ****ing mentioned in every ****ing thread on this ****ing boomer forum.
     
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  21. idledreamer

    idledreamer Still idle

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    [/QUOTE]
    :laughup: That actually made me roar out loud. Well done. :biglaugh:

    And for the record--- I'm not a boomer, I'm a member of Gen X. But nice try. :righton:
     
  22. Zhan

    Zhan swimming with the maenads

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    Same.
     
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  23. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

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    get a nice glass of wine, put tumbleweed connection on, sit back and relax.
     
  24. Zhan

    Zhan swimming with the maenads

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    A lot of grit and attitude, something Elton does well in small doses. A cocky piano player with something to prove. It’s all right, Elton. You don’t have to tell us about how much you miss your “lady”.
     
  25. Agreed, I saw him in 1970, before he was the Liberace of Rock & Roll, opening for Derek and the Dominoes. He was quite good.
     

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