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Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

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Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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Side one
1. "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"   11:09
2. "Candle in the Wind"   3:50
3. "Bennie and the Jets"   5:23

Side two
1. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"   3:13
2. "This Song Has No Title"   2:23
3. "Grey Seal"   4:00
4. "Jamaica Jerk-Off"   3:39
5. "I've Seen That Movie Too"   5:59

Side three
1. "Sweet Painted Lady"   3:54
2. "The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909–34)"   4:23
3. "Dirty Little Girl"   5:00
4. "All the Girls Love Alice"   5:09

Side four
1. "Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n Roll)"   2:42
2. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"   4:57
3. "Roy Rogers"   4:07
4. "Social Disease"   3:42
5. "Harmony"   2:46

Total length:   76:20

Elton John Band Members / Musicians

Elton John – vocals, piano (1–6, 8–10, 12–17), Fender Rhodes (5, 6), Farfisa organ (3, 5, 7, 13), mellotron (5, 6, 11)

Dee Murray – bass guitar

Davey Johnstone – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Leslie guitar, slide guitar, steel guitar, banjo
Nigel Olsson – drums, congas, tambourine, car effects (12)

Dee Murray, Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson – backing vocals (1, 2, 4, 10, 13, 17)

Del Newman – orchestral arrangement (4, 8–10, 15, 17)

Leroy Gómez – saxophone solo (16)

David Hentschel – ARP synthesizer (1, 12)

Kiki Dee – backing vocals (12)

Ray Cooper – tambourine on (12)
Uncredited – Vocal interjections on "Jamaica Jerk-Off" (credited to Prince Rhino, Reggae Dwight and Toots Taupin, possibly a pseudonym for Elton John and Bernie Taupin, though this is uncertain), drum machine, maracas, timbales, claves on "Jamaica Jerk-Off", castanets on "Funeral for a Friend", shaker on "I've Seen That Movie Too", tambourine on "Social Disease", accordion, vibraphone on "Sweet Painted Lady"

Gus Dudgeon – producer, liner notes
David Hentschel – engineer
Peter Kelsey – assistant engineer
Andy Scott – assistant engineer
Barry Sage – tape operator
Del Newman – arranger
David Katz – orchestra contractor
David Larkham – art direction, artwork
Michael Ross – art direction, artwork
Ian Beck – artwork
John Tobler – liner notes

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is the 7th studio album by English singer-songwriter Elton John, first released in 1973 as a double LP. The album has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide[2] and is widely regarded as John's magnum opus. Among the 17 tracks, the album contains the hits "Candle in the Wind", "Bennie and the Jets", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" plus live favourites "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" and "Harmony".

It was recorded at the Studio d'enregistrement Michel Magne at the Château d'Hérouville in France after problems recording at the intended location in Jamaica. The move provided John and his band with a great deal of creative inspiration and an abundance of quality material was produced, leading to the decision to release the work as a double album (LP).

In 2003 and 2012, the album was ranked number 91 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and re-ranked number 112 in a 2020 revised list. It was also ranked number 59 in Channel 4's 2009 list of 100 Greatest Albums.

In 2003, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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