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Tumbleweed Connection

Elton John

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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 /TiVo

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1
Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun
00:05:01

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Geoffrey Cable, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dusty Springfield, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Dudgeon, Producer - Caleb Quaye, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Pope, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Glover, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

2
Come Down In Time
00:03:25

Barry Morgan, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Herbie Flowers, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Geoffrey Cable, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Laurence, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Karl Jenkins, Oboe, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Dudgeon, Producer - Skaila Kanga, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Les Thatcher, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

3
Country Comfort
00:05:06

Barry Morgan, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Herbie Flowers, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Geoffrey Cable, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer - Nigel Olsson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dee Murray, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Caleb Quaye, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Huntley, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Duck, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Les Thatcher, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Van Derek, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

4
Son Of Your Father
00:03:48

Lesley Duncan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Geoffrey Cable, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer - Caleb Quaye, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Pope, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kay Garner, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Glover, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Sue & Sunny, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Duck, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

5
My Father's Gun
00:06:20

Tony Hazzard, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lesley Duncan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Geoffrey Cable, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dusty Springfield, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Dudgeon, Producer - Caleb Quaye, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Madeline Bell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Pope, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kay Garner, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Burrows, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Glover, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

6
Where To Now St. Peter?
00:04:11

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Geoffrey Cable, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer - Nigel Olsson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dee Murray, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Caleb Quaye, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Pope, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Glover, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

7
Love Song
00:03:39

Lesley Duncan, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Geoffrey Cable, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elton John, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Dudgeon, Producer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

8
Amoreena
00:05:02

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Geoffrey Cable, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, Organ, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer - Nigel Olsson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Dee Murray, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Caleb Quaye, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

9
Talking Old Soldiers
00:04:04

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Geoffrey Cable, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

10
Burn Down The Mission
00:06:22

Brian Dee, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Morgan, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Herbie Flowers, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Geoffrey Cable, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Laurence, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Dudgeon, Producer - Robin Jones, Tambourine, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Egan, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Les Thatcher, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

11
Into The Old Man's Shoes
00:04:17

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Taupin, Author - Elton John, Composer, MainArtist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer

℗ 1971 This Record Company Ltd.

12
Madman Across The Water (Original Version)
00:08:52

Mick Ronson, FeaturedArtist - Bernie Taupin, Author - Elton John, Composer, MainArtist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer

℗ 1992 This Record Company Ltd.

Album Description

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 /TiVo

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