Monday, April 30, 2012
Elton John Tumbleweed Connection
Tumbleweed Connection is the third album by English international recording artist Elton John. It is a concept album based on the country and western/Americana themes. All songs are written by Bernie Taupin and Elton John, with the exception of "Love Song" by Lesley Duncan. It was recorded at Trident Studios, London, England in March 1970 and released in October 1970. It peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart and number 5 on the US Billboard 200 chart. In the U.S. it was certified Gold on 3/22/1971 and Platinum on 8/26/1998 by the R.I.A.A.
In 2003, the album was ranked #463 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson appear for the first time together on this album as the rhythm section on "Amoreena." Olsson had played on one track on "Empty Sky" for John in 1969. This album marks Dee Murray's first appearance on an Elton John studio album.
In 1975, the movie Dog Day Afternoon featured "Amoreena" in the opening sequence. In 1998, a bootleg CD was released called Tumbleweed Collection. This was a collection of piano demos and live tracks.
No singles were released from the album, though one of the songs recorded during the sessions, "Into The Old Man's Shoes" was released as a b-side for at least one single issue of "Your Song." An early version of "Madman Across the Water", featuring Mick Ronson on electric guitar, was also recorded during the sessions for the album. It was released on several albums and reissues of Tumbleweed Connection, though the track was ultimately re-recorded for the Madman Across the Water album.
All songs were written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, except where noted.
"Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" – 4:59
"Come Down in Time" – 3:25
"Country Comfort" – 5:06
"Son of Your Father" – 3:48
"My Father's Gun" – 6:20
"Where to Now St. Peter?" – 4:11
"Love Song" (Lesley Duncan) – 3:41
"Amoreena" – 5:00
"Talking Old Soldiers" – 4:06
"Burn Down the Mission" – 6:22
Elton John – piano, organ, keyboards, vocals
Madeline Bell – background vocals
Paul Buckmaster – conductor
Caleb Quaye – guitars
Roger Pope – drums
Dee Murray – bass, backing vocals
Tammi Hunt - background vocals
Nigel Olsson – drums, backing vocals
Dave Glover – bass, backing vocals
Barry Morgan – drums
Tony Burrows – background vocals
Brian Dee – organ
Ian Duck – harmonica
Lesley Duncan – acoustic guitar, vocals, background vocals
Mike Egan – acoustic guitar
Herbie Flowers – bass
Kay Garner – background vocals
Dusty Springfield - background vocals