Elton John, Tumbleweed Connection (1970)
Don’t get me wrong, I like Dame Reginald’s greatest hits – well, most of ‘em…but what gets me about artists like Elton John (and maybe Billy Joel, I’m not quite sure if I’m ready to forgive…) is the killer album-tracks and earlier works that get forgotten. The big, big hits dominate…I remember hearing Country Comfort on the radio at a really young age and clicking that, obviously, it was Elton John…but why wasn’t it on the Very Best Of CD that my dad thrashed. Where did it come from? Turns out it came from this album – one of Elton’s earliest and in my opinion his finest full set. Something magical about the way he and Bernie Taupin romanticised America and Americana. And here they nailed it. So good that I defy even the staunchest anti-Elton non-fan (and why would you deny yourself of his obvious gifts and charms) to say this is less than fantastic.
Sample Track: My Father’s Gun
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