Tumbleweed Connection

Performers Elton John

Rocket Group Pty LTD | February 28, 1996 | Compact Disc

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Instead of repeating the formula that made Elton John a success, John and Bernie Taupin attempted their most ambitious record to date for the follow-up to their breakthrough. A loose concept album about the American West, Tumbleweed Connection emphasized the pretensions that always lay beneath their songcraft. Half of the songs don't follow conventional pop song structures; instead, they flow between verses and vague choruses. These experiments are remarkably successful, primarily because Taupin's lyrics are evocative and John's melodic sense is at its best. As should be expected for a concept album about the Wild West, the music draws from country and blues in equal measures, ranging from the bluesy choruses of "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" and the modified country of "Country Comfort" to the gospel-inflected "Burn Down the Mission" and the rolling, soulful "Amoreena." Paul Buckmaster manages to write dramatic but appropriate string arrangements that accentuate the cinematic feel of the album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 28, 1996

Genre: Country Rock

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1970

Label Name: Rocket Group Pty LTD

UPC: 731452815521

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Tumbleweed Connection

Tumbleweed Connection

Performers Elton John
Guest Artist(s) Dusty Springfield, Mick Ronson
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Engineer Robin Geoffrey Cable

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 28, 1996

Genre: Country Rock

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1970

Label Name: Rocket Group Pty LTD

UPC: 731452815521


Title Track Time
1.Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun --
2.Come Down In Time --
3.Country Comfort --
4.Son Of Your Father --
5.My Father's Gun --
6.Where To Now St. Peter? --
7.Love Song --
8.Amoreena --
9.Talking Old Soldiers --
10.Burn Down The Mission --
11.Into The Old Man's Shoes --
12.Madman Across The Water - (original version) --

Editorial Notes

Instead of repeating the formula that made Elton John a success, John and Bernie Taupin attempted their most ambitious record to date for the follow-up to their breakthrough. A loose concept album about the American West, Tumbleweed Connection emphasized the pretensions that always lay beneath their songcraft. Half of the songs don't follow conventional pop song structures; instead, they flow between verses and vague choruses. These experiments are remarkably successful, primarily because Taupin's lyrics are evocative and John's melodic sense is at its best. As should be expected for a concept album about the Wild West, the music draws from country and blues in equal measures, ranging from the bluesy choruses of "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" and the modified country of "Country Comfort" to the gospel-inflected "Burn Down the Mission" and the rolling, soulful "Amoreena." Paul Buckmaster manages to write dramatic but appropriate string arrangements that accentuate the cinematic feel of the album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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