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Format: CD
Sku: 60405547
UPC: 731452815521
UPC 14: 00731452815521
Release Date: 2/20/1996
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun ~ Elton John
2. Come Down In Time ~ Elton John
3. Country Comfort ~ Elton John
4. Son Of Your Father ~ Elton John
5. My Father's Gun ~ Elton John
6. Where To Now St. Peter? ~ Elton John
7. Love Song ~ Elton John
8. Amoreena ~ Elton John
9. Talking Old Soldiers ~ Elton John
10. Burn Down The Mission ~ Elton John
11. Into The Old Man's Shoes ~ Elton John
12. Madman Across The Water - (original version) ~ Elton John
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Lyricist: Bernie Taupin.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Gus Dudgeon; John Tobler.
Muze PNote Recording information: Trident Studios, London, England.
Muze PNote Editor: Gus Skinas.
Muze PNote Photographers: Barrie Wentzell; Barry Wentzell; David Larkham.
Muze PNote Arranger: Paul Buckmaster.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Gus Dudgeon; Greg Penny; Gus Dudgeon

Engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable; Robin Geoffrey Cable

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Dusty Springfield
Muze Guest Artist Mick Ronson

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 would rebound by the end of the '80s, remaining a constant on the pop charts, the definitive voice of musical eulogy with ever-evolving hit "Candle in the Wind," and a Broadway mover-and-shaker with long-running hits like LION KING, AIDA, and BILLY ELLIOT.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations The Lion King (Special Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Best Of-Laughter In The Rain
Muze Music Compilations Love Album
Muze Music Compilations Hungry Years
Muze Music Compilations Ladies & Gentlemen-Best Of George Michael
Muze Music Compilations Aida
Muze Music Compilations Mary
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 3-Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Best Of The '70s-Millennium Collection
Muze Music Compilations Almost Famous
Muze Music Compilations Very Best Of Burt Bacharach
Muze Music Compilations Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top 10 Through The Years: 70s
Muze Music Compilations Platinum Collection (Greatest Hits I, II & III)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Genius Loves Company
Muze Music Compilations Disney's Superstar Hits: Ultimate Collection Of Movie Hits
Muze Music Compilations Gold:Classic Rock
Muze Music Compilations 80
Muze Music Compilations My Lives
Muze Music Compilations Gold(2cd)
Muze Music Compilations Monster Music 123755-00 Monster Music® Ray Charles "Genius Loves Company" Music SuperDisc
Muze Music Compilations Bob The Builder
Muze Music Compilations 70's Pop Number 1's
Muze Music Compilations I Need You (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Rocket Man: Number Ones (Rmst) (Spkg)
Muze Music Compilations Billboard Top 10 Karaoke:70's Vol 4
Muze Music Compilations Goin Home:tribute To Fats Domingo
Muze Music Compilations Billboard Top 10 Karaoke Box Set Vol
Muze Music Compilations Hope & Glory
Muze Music Compilations Twenty Five
Muze Music Compilations Billboard 1970'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Muze Music Compilations The Essential Now That's What I Call Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Curtain Call
Muze Music Compilations Live At Knebworth 1990
Muze Music Compilations Easy 80S
Muze Music Compilations Singers Songwriters
Muze Music Compilations T Bone Burnett Presents:speaking Cloc
Muze Music Compilations Bridge School Concerts 25Th Ann Ed
Muze Music Compilations Party Rock(w/ Book)
Muze Music Compilations Singers Songwriters:1974-1975
Muze Music Compilations In2ition
Muze Music Compilations Romantically Yours
Muze Music Compilations Save Rock And Roll
Muze Music Compilations SAVE ROCK AND ROLL(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Ta-dah
Muze Music Compilations So Amazing:all Star Tribute To Luther
Muze Music Compilations Timbaland Presents Shock Value(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Elizabethtown, Vol. 1
Muze Music Compilations Gnomeo And Juliet (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations 50 Words For Snow
Muze Music Compilations Life Is Easy
Muze Music Compilations Temptation:music From The Showtim(ost
Muze Music Compilations My Girl 2 (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Under The Influence

Associated Artists and Works

Two Rooms: Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin ~ Artists, Various
Boko Suzuki
Cast, Original
Classic Dream Orchestra
Dido
Fedd, Jimmy
Gaga, Lady
Jimmy Fedd
On, Pickin'
The Lion King ~ Original Soundtrack
All the King's Men [Original Motion Picture Soundt ~ Original Soundtrack
Pickin' On
Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & B ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/01/1995
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1970
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5281552
Music Label Name Label : Rocket Group Pty LTD
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731452815521

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..."

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