Goodbye Yellow Brick Road [40th Anniversary Edition] Image
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  • Summary: The deluxe remastered release of the Rocket Man's 1973 album includes a disc of b-sides and covers by such artists as The Band Perry, Fall Out Boy, John Grant, Hunter Hayes, Imelda May, Miguel, Emili Sande, Ed Sheeran, and Zac Brown Band. The Super Deluxe adds a complete recording of the December 1973 Hammersmith concert and a DVD of Bryan Forbes' 1973 film, Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye To Norma Jean and Other Things. Expand
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  1. Mar 25, 2014
    100
    This welcome five-CD-plus-DVD expansion adds several non-LP singles; a new, nine-cut tribute set featuring contemporary fans from Miguel to Fall Out Boy (John Grant's sighing "Sweet Painted Lady" is the highlight); a vintage documentary about the album's creation; and, best of all, an explosive London concert that demonstrates how hard John and his kickass band could rock between eloquent ballads.
  2. Mar 19, 2014
    100
    A glittering glam-pop bounty of androgynous pop bots, dock prostitutes, Depression-era outlaws, cowboys and nun-baiting schoolgirls, GYBR remains a vital and versatile vision of brilliance that deserves to be heard.
  3. Mar 19, 2014
    90
    The larger-than-life Elton of the live stage gets a workout on "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" and "Benny And The Jets," pounding rockers on the most impressively diverse collection in his catalogued. [Apr 2014, p.91]
  4. Mar 25, 2014
    83
    An insanely confident effort that, 40 years on, still surprises in its sensitivity. Sequins and all.
  5. Mar 31, 2014
    80
    Packed with motifs and allusions to cinema, it’s also a subtle commentary on the singer’s stratospheric rise to superstardom, lyricist Bernie Taupin retrospectively suggesting disillusionment was a recurring theme.
  6. Mar 19, 2014
    80
    It's a good album. [Apr 2014, p.122]
  7. Mar 19, 2014
    70
    It’s a flawed album that’s at times unbelievable, at times unbelievably bad but for those interested in investigating the moment Elton John became the legend he sought to be this is a thorough and generous offering.

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  1. Apr 4, 2014
    10
    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is an album that I had attempted to listen to several times, but constantly put off due to its long running time. I finally listened to the album on a 10 hour plane journey where I had nothing to do except catch up on music I had meant to listen to years before. I decided that it was time to finally make a judgement about this record. Needless to say, it was quite possibly one of the best records I had ever listened to. The opening track Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding is a two-part epic, with the first part starting off ominously before evolving into an epic glam rock instrumental and song. The three following songs are considered Elton John classics; Candle in the Wind, the soft rock ballad that serves as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe (and later Diana, Princess of Wales), glam rocker Bennie & the Jets, and Candle in the Wind a short but epic song that retells the story of the Wizard of Oz. Generally the songs that follow are in the vein of soft rock ballads that switch between piano and guitar dynamics, but there are some exceptions - such as Jamaica Jerk Off, an experimental world music piece, and the classic hard rock inspired Saturday Night's All Right for Fighting. Closing track Harmony is another soft rock song with an epic sounding chorus that closes a perfect album. Is this Elton John's best record? Expand
  2. Mar 27, 2014
    10
    It's an Elton classic. Elton is classic. It's logic folks. This LP has influenced dozens of artists in the past forty years and deserves a re-release as much as any other pop classic Expand