Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Vinyl)
Almost certainly Elton John's biggest seller, save his first greatest hits collection, this was the album that created a true superstar. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road went on to sell 31-million copies. Goodbye... perfectly marries the various elements of Elton's craft: classic songwriting, glam stomp, R&B, gospel, jaw-dropping performances, soul and a large helping of brilliant showmanship. The album spent eight weeks at No.1 and went platinum seven times over in the U.S. It also contains Elton and co-writer Bernie Taupin's most successful song, Candle in the Wind; a No.1 hit three times, in three different versions, in three successive decades, ultimately becoming the biggest-selling single of all time. It also features dynamite standards such as Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting and Bennie and the Jets, the latter being the song that led to Elton becoming the first white performer to appear on the influential American R&B TV show Soul Train. The album is also ranked No. 91 in Rolling Stone magazine's Top 100 Greatest Albums Of All Time chart. In a career filled with highlights that other artists can only dream of, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road stands as a towering achievement, a defining moment in the most exciting era in rock history. Often referred to as the pinnacle of Elton and co-writer Bernie Taupin's creative powers and commercial success, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was the eighth studio album the pair had released in a three-year period. But the recording of the album wasn't the smoothest of experiences. After initial attempts at recording in Kingston, Jamaica, were derailed by the double whammy of industrial action at the studio and further disruption was caused by a world boxing title fight in the town, Elton and the band returned to the familiar settings of Chateau d'Herouville.
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