Friday, 3 March 2017

What we're listening to: Elton John 'Tumbleweed Connection'

This is our 3rd part in a series of Elton John Albums including 'Madman' 1971, 'Honky Chateau' 1972 and this, 'Tumbleweed Connection' from 1970 which started a remarkable run of great Albums in succession.

You'll now find them all here on this Blog but a with a special mention for 'Madman across the water', one of the great all-time records.

Tumbleweed was his 3rd Album and represents the fascination that John and Bernie Taupin had with the Old West. Americana and Westerns.

It was recorded in London and the cover pic is a Railway Station in 'Hosted Keynes' (yeah, me neither) of all places (Sussex) and that's Elton seated (Bernie was on the back cover). 

'Burn down the Mission' is perhaps the best known tune but 'Country Comfort', 'My Fathers Gun' (Streamabout's top track), 'Come down in time' and 'Where to now St. Peter?' all get a worthy mention but then, 'Amoreena' too and all that says is that all the tracks are actually, standout.

What's interesting is to see Dave Glover (Slade) and Roger Pope (Popey) playing here with Lesley Duncan (the infamous voice on Floyd's 'Dark Side') and Caleb Quaye (Hall & Oates) but all forming the core of the Elton John Band and sound. It was the start of it really.....with Dee Murray, Paul Buckmaster, Nigel Olsson. Dusty Springfield also makes an appearance and of course, Gus Dudgeon produces.

It's really some line-up supporting great John/Taupin songwriting. 

EJ hadn't broken the US at this stage so this Album was really considered after he did and not so much at the time. But extraordinary is certainly is and starting that 3 Album line-up that's really highly creative output.

You need all 3 for a hat trick. Get them...ALL.

Previous "listen to's" you'll also find on this blog (you can search them in the Search top left on the Blog)
......Elton John 'Honky Chateau': Gallagher & Lyle 'Breakaway': Warren Zevon 'Excitable Boy': Donald Fagen 'The Nightfly': Supertramp 'Breakfast in America': George Michael 'Listen without predujice': Radiohead 'The Bends': Beyonce 'Lemonade' Album of the year 2016: Oddisee 'The mix Tape': Soul 11 Soul 'Club Classics': Jennifer Warnes 'Famous Blue Raincoat':Art Garfunkel 'Watermark': REM 'Out of Time': Van 'Keep me Singing': Frank Sinatra 'Songs for Swinging Lovers': Al Stewart 'Year of the Cat': Stevie Ray Vaughan 'Texas Flood':Frank Ocean 'Blond': Jimmy Buffett 'Son of a Sailor': Marc Cohn 'Marc Cohn': Bill Withers 'Complete Sussex and Columbia': Hendrix 'Electric Ladyland': ABC 'Lexicon of Love': Rickie Lee Jones 'Rickie Lee Jones': Billy Joel "Glass Houses": Rodriguez "Cold Fact": Prefab Sprout 'Steve McQueen'; Chet Baker 'Live 64-79'; The Stone Roses 'Stone Roses'; Joe Jackson 'I'm the Man'; Oasis 'Morning Glory'; Bob Dylan 'At The Budokan'; Van "It's too late to stop now Volume 2/3/4"; Air 'Moon Safari'; Talking Heads 'Stop Making Sense'; Lynyrd Skynyrd 'One for the road'; Marvin Gaye 'Whats Goin on'; Mercury Rev 'Deserters Songs'; Dave Matthews 'Crash'; Beyonce 'Lemonade'; Prince 'Sign O the times'; Daft Punk 'Random Access Memories'; Amy Winehouse 'Back to Black';Police 'Outlandos D'Amour'; Michael Jackson 'Off the Wall'; Carole King 'Tapestry'; Beatles 'Red Album'; Sex Pistols 'Never mind the Bollocks'; Sam Cooke 'Live at Harlem Square'; The Doors 'LA Woman'; Thin Lizzy 'Live & Dangerous'; Kendrick Lamarr 'Butterfly'; Aretha Franklin 'Amazing Grace'; Clapton '461'; Massive Attack 'Blue Lines'; The Clash 'London Calling'; Chris Isaak 'At The Filmore'; Bob Dylan 'Street Legal'; Bad Company 'Straight Shooter'; Jackson Browne 'Love is Strange'; Lou Reed 'Transformer'; Steely Dan 'AJA'; Stones 'Black+Blue'; Stephen Bishop 'Careless'; Nils Lofgren 'Night after Night'; Mike Oldfield 'Tubular Bells'; Neil Young 'Harvest'; Led Zep '4'; David Bowie 'David Live'; Van Morrison 'It's too late to stop now'; Wings 'Band on the Run'; Rod Stewart 'Atlantic Crossing'; Ryan Adams 'Heartbreaker'; Santana 'Essential'; Bob Dylan 'Desire'; Roxy Music 'For your pleasure'; Bob Marley 'Legend'; Stephen Fretwell 'Magpie'; James Taylor 'Sweet Baby James'; Deep Purple 'Machine Head'; Springsteen 'Darkness on the edge of town'; Leon Bridges 'Coming Home'; Eagles 'Hotel California'; Jungle; Aretha 'Soul Queen'; Neil Young 'After the Goldrush' ; Zappa 'Overnite Sensation'; Fleetwood Mac 'Rumours'; Keith Jarrett 'Koln Concert'; Doobies 'Southbound'; Stevie Earle 'I feel Alright'; Tom Waits 'Closing Time'; Pink Floyd 'Dark Side'; Van Morrison 'Moondance'; Eric Church 'Caught in the Act'; Randy Newman 'Little Criminals'; Elton John 'Madman across the water'; Patti Smith 'Horses'; Doobies 'Captain and Me'; Steely Dan 'Can't Buy a Thrill'.