Tumbleweed Connection CD (1996)

Artist: Elton John

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Wonderful Country Rock

by Dave S. on 12/10/2006

For those of you who enjoy Country Rock such as Marshall Tucker, Pure Prairie League, etc, Elton John has put together an excellent album of that style of music. This is actually my favorite Elton John album. Read More

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Label Uni/island
SKU 60405547
UPC 731452815521
UPC 14 00731452815521
Format CD
Release Date 2/20/1996
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Author Elton John
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Technical Info
Engineer Robin Geoffrey Cable; Robin Geoffrey Cable
Producer Gus Dudgeon; Greg Penny; Gus Dudgeon
CatalogID 5281552
Lable Name Rocket Group Pty LTD
Released 05/01/1995
Original Release 1970
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 46m : 38s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731452815521
Musical Guests
Dusty Springfield
Mick Ronson
Album Notes and Credits
Lyricist: Bernie Taupin.
Personnel: Elton John (vocals, piano, organ, keyboards, background vocals); Elton John; Mick Ronson (guitar); Les Thatcher (acoustic guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar, 6-string guitar, 12-string guitar); Johnny VanDerrick (violin); Chris Laurence (acoustic bass, acoustic bass guitar); Sunny, Sue & Sunny, Sunny Leslie, Sue Glover (background vocals); Lesley Duncan (vocals, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Nigel Olsson (vocals, drums, background vocals); Caleb Quaye (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Mike Egan (acoustic guitar); Gordon Huntley (steel guitar); Skaila Kanga (harp); Johnny Van Derek (violin); Ian Duck (harmonica); Karl Jenkins (oboe); Brian Dee (organ); Dee Murray (bass guitar, background vocals); Dave Glover , Herbie Flowers (bass guitar); Roger Pope (drums, percussion); Barry Morgan (drums); Robin Jones (congas, tambourine); Dusty Springfield, Madeline Bell, Tony Burrows, Tony Hazzard, Kay Garner, Tammy Hunt (background vocals).
Liner Note Authors: Gus Dudgeon; John Tobler.
Recording information: Trident Studios, London, England.
Editor: Gus Skinas.
Photographers: Barrie Wentzell; Barry Wentzell; David Larkham.
Arranger: Paul Buckmaster.
Recorded in the charmed period between the initial success of ELTON JOHN and superstar extravaganzas like GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD, TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION, a loose concept album about the American West, was a strange, sideways move for Elton John and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. A album in the traditional sense, it is best heard as a piece, with songs that pick up and expand on each other's moods and settings. Notice, for example, the progression of characters from the young fighter waving "My Father's Gun," to the retired and forgotten "Talking Old Soldiers," to the protagonist of "Where To Now St. Peter?," shot down by "a sweet young foreign gun" and ready to be judged by his maker.
The mood holds from the sepia-toned LP cover art to John's songwriting, influenced by folk and country music and by The Band's MUSIC FROM BIG PINK. Among the songs it introduced were "Country Comfort," which Rod Stewart covered on GASOLINE ALLEY, and "Come Down In Time," later done by both Judy Collins and Sting. Though the rollicking piano epic "Burn Down The Mission" and "Amoreena" became FM-radio and concert staples, TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION remains the only John studio album without a hit single, a fact that doesn't affect the impact of this excellent country-rock outing.
Artist Overview
With his outrageous costumes and campy theatricality, the man formerly known as Reginald Dwight typified 1970s rock in all its excess, yet evaded fad-dom with an indomitable spirit, genial persona, and simple genius. From his beginnings as a sensitive singer and pianist through his ascent to superstardom, Elton John has enjoyed one of the longest and most successful careers in rock & roll. While a brief breakup with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin left some scars, John rebounded by the end of the '80s, remaining a constant on the pop charts, the definitive voice of musical eulogy with the ever-evolving hit "Candle in the Wind," and a Broadway mover-and-shaker with long-running hits like "The Lion King", "Aida", and "Billy Elliot".
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.72) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t is one of the best country-rock albums ever written by London cowboys."
Rolling Stone (2/18/71, p.49) - "...TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION is simpler than John's last album and next time around I hope he goes all the way and gets down to nothing but the basics. He is one of the few who is good enough not to need anything else..."
Q (8/95, pp.143-145) - 3 Stars - Good - "...a slightly eccentric excursion into the imagery of American hicksville..."
Disc 1
1 Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun
2 Come Down In Time
3 Country Comfort
4 Son Of Your Father
5 My Father's Gun
6 Where To Now St. Peter?
7 Love Song
8 Amoreena
9 Talking Old Soldiers
10 Burn Down The Mission
11 Into The Old Man's Shoes
12 Madman Across The Water - (original version)

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