Monday, March 24, 2014

CD Review: Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" Gets Expanded For 40th Anniversary

It has been over 40 years since Elton John released his blockbuster album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and to celebrate, the Universal Music Group are pulling out all the stops on this new deluxe reissue of the album. There will be no less that six different releases, including a five CD/DVD box set and an HD Audio Blu-Ray of the album.

The original seventeen-song double-album was newly remastered by Bob Ludwig from the original analogue tapes in HD and for iTunes. The eleven-minute opener "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" has never sounded better and sets up the listener for a new journey into this classic album. It's almost like listening to the album again for the first time as you notice little things that have been missed or hidden in previous releases of the album. You can feel the build-up of the title-song as it sways along the chorus, while "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" is the hardest rocking song in Elton John's catalogue. The songs that really benefit from this new remaster are the lesser known tracks like the open air of "Sweet Painted Lady" and the uptempo, sixties California rock feel of "Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Sure Can Rock 'n' Roll)."

To enhance this release, a second disc offers nine, newly recorded cover versions of some of the classic singles from this album. Artists like Ed Sherran performing a countrified version of "Candle In The Wind" and Emeli Sande turning "All The Girls Love Alice" into an burning R&B pop number are a couple of reasons not to pass this over. The disc is rounded out with the best of the "Live At Hammersmith," which will see it's full-length debut on the deluxe version.

Huge fans of the album will be the most interested in the 5CD/DVD box set which contains the newly remastered album, the nine cover songs along with ten demos, outtakes and b-sides. The real treasure is the complete two-disc "Live At Hammersmith" and a DVD of the 1973 film "Elton John And Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things." The concert shows Elton John in top form renewed by the success of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" as he performs half of his new album mixed with classics like "Your Song" and "Daniel." Also included is a 100-page illustrated hardcover book full of rare photos and memorabilia along with new essays from Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

Plus, to celebrate this release, the album will be released in standard 12" vinyl and limited edition yellow vinyl available exclusively through the store. To find out more about this outstanding new release, please visit

On March 26th Elton John's latest concert film "The Million Dollar Piano" will be shown in theaters in the US. The film features Elton John's amazing show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas as he takes hold of the the custom-made Yamaha piano worth $1.4 million. The show covers John's entire career, performing hits like "Rocket Man" and Philadelphia Freedom" alongside lesser performed classics like "Indian Sunset" and "Circle Of Life." Look for a release on Blu-Ray and DVD later this year through CinemaLive. For more information on this film, please visit

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