Madman Across the Water

Performers Elton John

Rocket Group Pty LTD | May 8, 1996 | Compact Disc

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Personnel: Elton John (vocals, piano); Davey Johnstone (acoustic guitar, mandolin, sitar); Les Thatcher (acoustic guitar); Caleb Quaye (acoustic & electric guitars); Chris Spedding (electric & slide guitars); B.J. Cole (steel guitar); Jack Emblow (accordion); Rick Wakeman (organ); Brian Dee (harmonium); Diana Lewis (A.R.P. synthesizer); Chris Laurence (acoustic bass); Dee Murray (bass, background vocals); Brian Odgers, David Glover (bass); Herbie Flowers (electric bass); Nigel Olsson (drums, background vocals); Terry Cox, Barry Morgan, Roger Pope (drums); Ray Cooper (tambourine, percussion); Leslie Duncan, Sue Glover, Sunny Leslie, Barry St. John, Liza Strike, Roger Cook, Tony Burrows, Terry Steele (background vocals). Cantores In Ecclesia Choir includes: Robert Kirby (director). Recorded at Trident Studios, London, England. Includes liner notes by John Tobler. Digitally remastered by Tony Cousins (Metropolis Mastering, London, England). MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER produced only a couple of minor hits, which may have something to do with the fact that its best songs are all five or six minutes long. But they're among the strongest songs in the entire Elton John catalog--especially the lovely opening track, "Tiny Dancer," and the inscrutably biographic "Levon," whose title character was born "on a Christmas day when the New York Times said God is dead" and probably had a sled named Rosebud, too. Within John's luxurious piano melodies and Paul Buckmaster's lush arrangements, these lyrics seem to make perfect sense, which is a testament to how convincing a pop songster Elton John could be, even when he was writing epic-length songs like MADMAN's memorable title track. And on this album, he's just hitting his stride.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 8, 1996

Genre: Rock 'N' Roll

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1971

Label Name: Rocket Group Pty LTD

UPC: 731452816122

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Madman Across the Water

Madman Across the Water

Performers Elton John
Guest Artist(s) Rick Wakeman
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Engineer Robin Geoffrey Cable

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 8, 1996

Genre: Rock 'N' Roll

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1971

Label Name: Rocket Group Pty LTD

UPC: 731452816122


Title Track Time
1.Tiny Dancer --
2.Levon --
3.Razor Face --
4.Madman Across The Water --
5.Indian Sunset --
6.Holiday Inn --
7.Rotten Peaches --
8.All The Nasties --
9.Goodbye --

Editorial Notes

Personnel: Elton John (vocals, piano); Davey Johnstone (acoustic guitar, mandolin, sitar); Les Thatcher (acoustic guitar); Caleb Quaye (acoustic & electric guitars); Chris Spedding (electric & slide guitars); B.J. Cole (steel guitar); Jack Emblow (accordion); Rick Wakeman (organ); Brian Dee (harmonium); Diana Lewis (A.R.P. synthesizer); Chris Laurence (acoustic bass); Dee Murray (bass, background vocals); Brian Odgers, David Glover (bass); Herbie Flowers (electric bass); Nigel Olsson (drums, background vocals); Terry Cox, Barry Morgan, Roger Pope (drums); Ray Cooper (tambourine, percussion); Leslie Duncan, Sue Glover, Sunny Leslie, Barry St. John, Liza Strike, Roger Cook, Tony Burrows, Terry Steele (background vocals). Cantores In Ecclesia Choir includes: Robert Kirby (director). Recorded at Trident Studios, London, England. Includes liner notes by John Tobler. Digitally remastered by Tony Cousins (Metropolis Mastering, London, England). MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER produced only a couple of minor hits, which may have something to do with the fact that its best songs are all five or six minutes long. But they're among the strongest songs in the entire Elton John catalog--especially the lovely opening track, "Tiny Dancer," and the inscrutably biographic "Levon," whose title character was born "on a Christmas day when the New York Times said God is dead" and probably had a sled named Rosebud, too. Within John's luxurious piano melodies and Paul Buckmaster's lush arrangements, these lyrics seem to make perfect sense, which is a testament to how convincing a pop songster Elton John could be, even when he was writing epic-length songs like MADMAN's memorable title track. And on this album, he's just hitting his stride.
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