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Album I can't live without: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

BART COUPRIE
Last updated 05:00 16/12/2012
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TIMELESS TRACKS: Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is an 'absolute gem'.

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Although I was only four-years-old when it was released, there is something about Elton John's masterwork 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' that has somehow managed to insinuate itself in to my consciousness.

There is no seminal moment in my life that it relates to, save perhaps it being one of the few rock albums available from the Lower Hutt War Memorial Library record collection. But there amongst the classics was a masterpiece I had yet to fully appreciate.

We all know Candle in the Wind, which became a soundbite for the royal family, but it's in the other tracks that we see the full range of Elton's talent. 

Tracks like 'Social Disease', almost an anthem for those who exist on the fringes of society, or the nostalgic country guitar in 'Roy Rogers' can take me back years, almost to a time in history I never experienced.

The track 'Harmony' has always lived up to its title with brilliant vocals and back ups.

There's a homage to the days of early rock in 'Your Sister Can't Twist But She Can Rock And Roll' which will certainly stir the juices of the child of the 50s.

It's the opening track though that is an absolute gem - the two for one deal of 'Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding' is a genuine rock anthem. The slow, dirge-like start slowly builds through to the power chords and melody that any good rock ballad should have. With soaring vocals to complement it's the best song on the album.

It's my must have in the car, on the iPod and on the turntable (yes, I still have one, and it's great).

Thanks Sir Elton, it's a belter!


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