Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

 (40th Anniversary Edition + Download Code)





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UPC: 602537534951
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2
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180 Gram LP
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40th anniversary edition featuring 180-gram gatefold double LP

2014 remaster by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering from the original analogue tapes

Mastered for vinyl by Doug Sax & Robert Hadley at The Mastering Lab, Inc

Includes download card

Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 91/500!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" - Rated 390/500, "Candle In The Wind" - Rated 356/500!

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. The album was completed in a staggering seventeen days (including mixing!) and the result is a body of work of huge ambition-kicking off with the grandiose, epic prog rock sound of "Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding," and effortlessly segueing between pop, hard rock, soul, and stunning heart-wrenching ballads.

The album artwork was also a giant leap forward creatively for Elton. Whereas earlier album artwork either didn't feature Elton at all, or showed him as an earnest early 70's songwriter, here he can been seen resplendent in sparkling platform boots, a satin bomber jacket and, of course, his soon-to-be trademark flamboyant eyewear. The sight of him stepping from an unglamorous normal street into a magical fantasy world is not only a metaphor for the transition he was going through as an artist but is one of the most defining images of early 1970's rock music.

The lasting legacy of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road can still be seen with a wealth of emerging new talent quick to praise the influence it had on their own careers. Artists ranging from BRIT winner Ed Sheeran ("Candle in the Wind"), R&B sensation Miguel ("Bennie and the Jets"), rock band Fall Out Boy ("Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"), add their own interpretations to the classic originals on a sensational bonus disc. Recorded with producer Peter Asher at the helm, Elton and Bernie's influence on modern day Americana, R&B and soul, and rock singers continues to shine through.

Side 1
Funeral For A Friend [Love Lies Bleeding]
Candle In The Wind
Bennie And The Jets

Side 2
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
This Song Has No Title
Grey Seal
Jamaica Jerk Off
I’ve Seen That Movie Too

Side 3
Sweet Painted Lady
The Ballad Of Danny Baily [1909-34]
Dirty Little Girl
All The Girls Love Alice

Side 4
Your Sister Can’t Twist [But She Can Rock’n’Roll]
Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
Roy Rogers
Social Disease

Customer Reviews (4.00 Stars) 5 person(s) rated this product.

What a glorious album! (I may be biased)

posted on 04/08/2022
5 Stars
First, let me say my copy is from the most recent batch. I think we got this about 3/15/2022. They had been out of stock, so newest batch.

Wherever this was packaged needs better air filtration, this was filthy!

After a thorough scrubbing the vinyl was absolutely dead silent. This album has excellent dynamics and this version is no slouch. I don't have the Mofi or SC pressings to compare with, but I do have the original 2 disk CD and I do believe the LP has a wider dynamic range. The separation of the voices is amazing, Eltons perfectionism shines through as expected. If you don't know every note of every song as I do you will soon enough, this is going to be in heavy rotation for years to come

A VG Pressing

posted on 04/18/2021
4 Stars
Reviewer: ETKirsch
Generally, a VG pressing and re-mix. Sonically pretty similar to the original, it seems Elton's voice and piano are mixed at a higher level and the percussion is tighter. Overall, a better sound.

The vinyl has a bit of background cackling, but nothing too noticeable. Overall, nicely done and worth picking up if you need to replace your MCA original.

Average re press -- better pass

posted on 07/26/2014
2 Stars
Reviewer: Cal.
This re press is no where near the sound quality of the SPEAKERS CORNER pressing. This has little bass and the sound stage is more akin to the original pressing (which was not bad). But if you really want to hear the detail of each instrument and real bass authority then spend the extra cash and get YOUR LAST COPY of this great LP on the Speakers Corner label.

great job

posted on 05/01/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: Wade
Not sure if I can tell the difference between this and my original MCA first pressing. I tried and it's real close--- and infinitely better than 40th anniversary redbook cd which is flat, bright and in general--bad. Pretty quiet as well.

Five stars for the mastering, four for the pressing

posted on 04/19/2014
4 Stars
This is a fabulous sounding pressing of a classic album, but unfortunately side two was a bit noisy. Not enough to be a huge distraction, but the other three sides were so quiet that it stood out. Five stars otherwise. Outstanding mastering job, great dynamics, nice tight bass. No complaints there.

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