Desert Island CollectionDefinitive Listening


Desert Island CollectionDefinitive Listening Desert Island Collection

Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John is considered his most recognized record and has gone on to be his most reprinted album. The classic double album was released in 1973, showcasing John's incredible songwriting skills and versatile vocal range. From his soulful ballads like “Candle in the Wind” and “Bennie and the Jets” to the upbeat rockers like “Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting” and “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding”, the album demonstrates the artist's range and ability to tell a story through his music.

One of the standout tracks on the album is the title track “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” which is a melancholic and nostalgic look back on the artist's early career. The album also features “Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock and Roll),” a rock and roll anthem that highlights the band's musicianship and energy, and “Sweet Painted Lady,” a heartfelt tribute to a past love.

The album is not only a showcase of Elton John's talent but also a reflection of the social and cultural changes of the time. The album's themes of love, loss, and the search for identity are still relatable today and the album's production and arrangements, featuring a mix of rock, funk, and soul, the album still sounds fresh and modern. Truly, this is a must have for one’s Desert Island collection, and with multiple formats to choose from, you’ll just need the right equipment when lost as sea. Originally released on double LP vinyl and analog cassette, it has been subsequently released on CD, and later on both SACD and Blu-ray featuring an updated 5.1 surround mix that greatly expands the spatial nature of the album. In short, it is one of the most enduring and iconic albums of all time, chalk full of favorites that are perfect for repeated listens while waiting for rescue, or most any other placed you happen to be in at any time.


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CD, Vinyl, Blu-ray Audio (with 5.1 surround mix), Download and Streaming.  Previously available on DVD-Audio and SACD. 



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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.


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