‘Road’ to Superstardom

Elton John’s 1973 breakthrough repackaged with loads of extras

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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Elton John

CD $55.90 (Universal Music/Island)

 

In today’s era of digital downloads, music collections “in the cloud” and audio streaming, it must seem like ancient history to reflect on a time from 1973 when this monumental double-disc breakthrough album—which catapulted the piano-pounding singer-songwriter into superstardom—sold 31 million copies on vinyl. In addition to re-mastered versions of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin classics “Candle in the Wind,” “Bennie and the Jets” and “Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting,” this deluxe edition also includes a 100-page illustrated book, a live-in-concert CD and documentary film from 1973, and an all-new tribute CD with cover versions of nine of the album’s signature songs by artists including The Band Perry, the Zac Brown Band, Fall Out Boy and Ed Sheeran.

 —Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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