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Old 10-14-2005, 11:00 AM   #16
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I've always liked Elton John. Obviously, his classic period pre-1975 is incredible, but I'll admit I like quite a lot of stuff from later on as well. His last two albums have been an excellent return to form.
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I've recently gone on an EJ binge with some of the classic stuff, and I'm immensely digging it. I've been a fan of Elton's from a singles perspective but never got to hear the albums in full aside from Yellow Brick Road.

My first purchase was Capt. Fantastic simply because I needed to own Someone Saved My Life Tonight, which I think is one of the best songs ever written and recorded. Part of what makes it great is that although Elton didn't write the lyrics, it's totally about him and his own personal crisis The rest of the album's awesome too, and it was nice to get Philadelphia Freedom as the bonus track--an old guilty pleasure.

Next I bought Tumbleweed Connection which is equally good. My Father's Gun, and the other songs with Father/Son/Gun references as well. Kind of a concept album.

Just picked up Honky Chateau, which I'm not feeling as much as the other two but it's still good.

Anyone have a suggestions as to whether Rock of the Westies or Madman Across the Water should be next?

and I'm also wondering about Songs From the West Coast really being that good or is it just overrated? The last thing chronologically from EJ that I can remember is I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues, and that was a LONG time ago.
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I love Elton John. I saw him in '73 when Rod Stewart cancelled his show & the venue replaced with Elton John tickets (if you wanted.) It was when Goodbye Yellow Brick Road came out & his show was awesome. I remember his platform shoes that would put Bono's to shame. I saw Elton again a couple years ago and he was still incredible--non stop action & performance. There were audience members of all ages.
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Anyone have a suggestions as to whether Rock of the Westies or Madman Across the Water should be next?
Definitely Madman Across The Water. The title track alone is worth it, and then you've got two huge classics in Tiny Dancer and Levon as well.
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