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2012-11-24 03:45:08 PM

Jocundry: Grey Seal
Alice
Levon

Subby's pick is way down on my list.


That is All the Young Girls Love Alice.
Madman Across the Water is great too.
 
2012-11-24 03:45:43 PM
Dream Theater does a pretty decent cover of Funeral...Link

/All the young girls love Alice is my favorite, but Funerals is one of his best
 
2012-11-24 03:48:14 PM
B-B-B-BENNY!!!
 
2012-11-24 03:57:35 PM
I love everything on GYBR. I also liked his version of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

Empty Garden and Candle In The Wind still get me choked up.
 
2012-11-24 03:58:44 PM
It's hard to pick a favorite with so much to choose from. I really like Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding but then I think of

Amoreena
Bitter Fingers
Border Song
Madman Across the Water
All the Young Girls Love Alice
Idol

Elton John is a genius. Bernie Taupin as well
 
2012-11-24 03:59:49 PM
Funeral for a Friend was ruined for me by association with all the Diana hoopla. Well, actually it was never a big favorite anyway.

Daniel, maybe. Or Levon.
 
2012-11-24 04:04:38 PM
Done in 0
 
2012-11-24 04:13:23 PM
thegentlemanblog.files.wordpress.com

Thinking hard about his favorite EJ song...
 
2012-11-24 04:16:16 PM
Grey Seal
(Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket
The biatch is Back
 
2012-11-24 04:22:35 PM
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is probably my favorite. I remember going to see him in the 90's and was absolutely blown away by him. My mom got tickets for her and my father, and he ended up not being able to go because of some work emergency and I went in his place. At the time I was kinda meh about it, but count that as one of my top 5 concerts.
 
2012-11-24 04:23:02 PM
Oh and High Flying Bird is another good one.
 
2012-11-24 04:25:00 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-11-24 04:27:35 PM

Onkel Buck: Dream Theater does a pretty decent cover of Funeral...Link

/All the young girls love Alice is my favorite, but Funerals is one of his best


If Dream Theater got a better singer I'd enjoy them a lot more, but that was indeed pretty decent. I did miss the background vocals, tho.
 
2012-11-24 04:33:12 PM
I remember the mid to late seventies as a time when Elton John always had at least one top 10 song.

I just looked on Wikipedia and holy crap!! TEN consecutive platinum albums!!!
 
2012-11-24 04:36:54 PM
Subby ftw.
 
2012-11-24 04:39:15 PM
Somebody shaved my wife tonight.

/sugar bear
 
2012-11-24 04:41:17 PM
I personally love Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
 
2012-11-24 04:42:26 PM
Hold Me Closer Tony Danza would make a great Fark handle.

That said, I vote for Empty Garden as Elton's best song.
 
2012-11-24 04:44:54 PM
That's like asking which one of your kids you love most. You love them equally for different reasons......except Billy.Cause fark that kid. He knows what he did.
 
2012-11-24 04:45:20 PM
Subby may be right, but I liked "Grimsby" and "Ticking."
 
2012-11-24 04:56:17 PM

Philadelphia Freedom!

Quadriplegics boogie to that song! 

www.disco-disco.com

Whack Like Me! 
 
2012-11-24 05:00:35 PM
I'm with Subby for #1. But I did buy the Ghostbusters 2 soundtrack cassette right when it came out (I was 9 at the time), so Love Is A Cannibal always ranks high on my Elton John list.
 
2012-11-24 05:10:31 PM
liviuoros.com
 
2012-11-24 05:11:34 PM
country comfort is underrated

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-24 05:16:36 PM
No love for Victim of Love?

/ducks
 
2012-11-24 05:21:12 PM
John the Magnificent: Ballad of a Well Know Gun.

Everybody who agrees stand over here >>>>>

Everyone else... OFF MY LAWN.


B-side / bonus track "The Old Man's Shoes" is way better than the worst tracks on Tumbleweed (ie. "Love Song', "Amoureena").
 
2012-11-24 05:22:12 PM
"We all fall in love sometimes / Curtains" always gets me right in the heart.


/heck, the whole album is Fantastic.
 
2012-11-24 05:24:28 PM
Of his (rightly) underrated "blue period" (ie. 1976 -1979) the following songs are my fav:

"Tonight", "Crazy Water", "idol", "shine on through"
 
2012-11-24 05:25:43 PM
Tough to choose between, Madman Across the Water, I Need You to Turn To or Ballad of A Well-known Gun. But those were all written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
 
2012-11-24 05:29:13 PM
I was always partial with that duet he did with K.K. Downing or somebody called "Don't Go Smelling My Fart" or something like that.
 
2012-11-24 05:31:24 PM
Burn Down the Mission, with subby's picks just a shade behind.
 
2012-11-24 05:43:49 PM
Faster to list the ones I wouldn't care if I never heard again:

Tiny Dancer
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Bennie and The Jets
Daniel
Candle in the Wind

Everything else is OK by me
 
2012-11-24 05:43:51 PM
Captain Fantastic, raised and regimented, hardly a hero
Just someone his mother might know
Very clearly a case for
Corn flakes and classics
Two teas both with sugar please
In the back of an alley

While little Dirt Cowboys turned brown in their saddles
Sweet chocolate biscuits and red rosy apples in summer
For it's hay make and "Hey mom, do the papers say anything good.
Are there chances in life for little Dirt Cowboys
Should I make my way out of my home in the woods"

Brown Dirt Cowboy, still green and growing, city slick Captain
Fantastic the feedback
The honey the hive could be holding
Well it's weak-winged young sparrows
That starve in the winter
Broken young children on the
Wheels of the winners
And the '68 summer festival wallflowers
are thinning


Why doesn't anyone write with that kind of imagery anymore?
 
2012-11-24 05:52:44 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Captain Fantastic, raised and regimented, hardly a hero
Just someone his mother might know
Very clearly a case for
Corn flakes and classics
Two teas both with sugar please
In the back of an alley

While little Dirt Cowboys turned brown in their saddles
Sweet chocolate biscuits and red rosy apples in summer
For it's hay make and "Hey mom, do the papers say anything good.
Are there chances in life for little Dirt Cowboys
Should I make my way out of my home in the woods"

Brown Dirt Cowboy, still green and growing, city slick Captain
Fantastic the feedback
The honey the hive could be holding
Well it's weak-winged young sparrows
That starve in the winter
Broken young children on the
Wheels of the winners
And the '68 summer festival wallflowers
are thinning

Why doesn't anyone write with that kind of imagery anymore?


So true. This is my favorite Elton John song.
 
2012-11-24 05:56:03 PM

Coco LaFemme: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Followed by Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Tiny Dancer, Benny and the Jets, and Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is not only his best song, it's his best album.


It's one of the best ever, by anybody
 
2012-11-24 06:04:26 PM
Considering the season, I'd like to give an honorable mention to "Step into Christmas"
 
2012-11-24 06:12:38 PM
John/Taupin together are goddamn geniuses. For me, they kind of lost it after 1976, but prior to that, sheer genius. So many great tunes from that era, I won't name them all. Tiny Dancer is beautiful, and used to great effect in an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, and the wonderful, Almost Famous.
Here's Elton, just him and his piano, live in 1971, performing Tiny Dancer.

Here he is, also in 1971, performing Levon.

One song stands above them all, for me: Someone Saved My Life Tonight. Fantastic lyrics, beautiful melody, great production, and it HAS to be the pinnacle of Elton's vocal efforts. When you factor in it's autobiographical content, it's easy to see why this song might mean enough to him to bring out his best. Just simply. . .perfection.

/post-1976 exception: Empty Garden. An incredible curtain call for their earlier work.
 
2012-11-24 06:40:01 PM

23FPB23: [25.media.tumblr.com image 640x331] 

I don't have an opinion on this question, but staring at this album art, for hours as a young boy, must have certainly had some sort of an affect on me.


Album art was truly art back in the day. Then CDs came along and they tried. They really did. Then digital MP3's.

Then all album art was lost. They don't even try anymore.

/hang on. there might be some seeds there somewhere
 
2012-11-24 06:43:17 PM
Jamaica Jerk-Off

fark in one song.
 
2012-11-24 06:47:57 PM
I always like "Social Disease."
 
2012-11-24 06:47:58 PM

jj325: It's hard to pick a favorite with so much to choose from. I really like Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding but then I think of

Amoreena
Bitter Fingers
Border Song
Madman Across the Water
All the Young Girls Love Alice
Idol

Elton John is a genius. Bernie Taupin as well


I would go with Sweet Painted Lady.
 
2012-11-24 06:48:25 PM
I like Too Low For Zero, from the album of the same name, and Harmony from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. It's hard to choose a favorite.
 
2012-11-24 06:54:38 PM
empty sky. he peaked early
 
2012-11-24 06:57:41 PM

The English Major: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters


Okay dammit that one might make me change my mind
 
2012-11-24 06:58:04 PM

Tergiversada: I like Too Low For Zero, from the album of the same name, and Harmony from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. It's hard to choose a favorite.


It is from the one album. This Song Has No Title is also pretty awesome.

Harmony is a great song.
 
2012-11-24 07:17:12 PM

Coco LaFemme: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Followed by Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Tiny Dancer, Benny and the Jets, and Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is not only his best song, it's his best album.


I actually feel Captain Fantastic is a better album, but Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has better songs (if that makes any sense)
 
2012-11-24 07:33:04 PM
Pick any song from The Tumbleweed Connection. By far his best album ever.

/Sadly, few people have ever heard of it.
 
2012-11-24 07:43:14 PM

jake3988: Pick any song from The Tumbleweed Connection. By far his best album ever.

/Sadly, few people have ever heard of it.


I was listening to Tumbleweed Connection as I read your comment so I'm getting a kick...

Actually a lot of [old] people have heard of it.

"#463 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time...It peaked at #2 on the UK Albums Chart and #5 on the US Billboard 200 chart. In the US, it was certified gold on 22 March 1971 and platinum on 26 August 1998 by the RIAA."
 
2012-11-24 07:45:54 PM

jaytkay: jake3988: Pick any song from The Tumbleweed Connection. By far his best album ever.

/Sadly, few people have ever heard of it.

I was listening to Tumbleweed Connection as I read your comment so I'm getting a kick...


Listening now on Spotify. This thread has opened my eyes to a lot of his stuff other than "the hits."
 
2012-11-24 08:07:47 PM
Elton's best 70s album: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
80's: Too Low For Zero
90's: Made In England
00s: Songs From The West Coast
10's: The Union.
 
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