Elton John`s ‘Tumbleweed Connection’ Is A Classic Most Have Forgotten By Now

May 24, 2011  
Filed under Music, Top Story

Tumbleweed Connection is Elton John`s 3rd album. This is my favorite one; not that I`ve heard all 30 of his albums, because I haven`t. I must say, though, I`m most fond of his early period. On Sunday I picked up an Elton John`s Greatest Hits CD at Cheapos for just $6. It has Your Song, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and Rocket Man (I can connect better with this song than any others of Elton.)

This morning I picked up Tumbleweed Connection on itunes after abandoning the idea of getting the new Lady Gaga, Born This Way, which is officially released today. I`ll let it ferment a little, to make sure it turns out to be a vintage grape. The 3rd album of Elton John was much more pressing for me. It was released on October 30, 1970 and it seems to provide a special bridge to my past.

It`s concept album with songs about the American West. This is the only time Bernie Taupin and Elton John would ever undergo such a bold and abstract project such as Tumbleweed Connection. And if the songs were not that great, we could forget about it. But they arn`t. It`s a good idea to listen to the record continuously. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It`s been more than 20 years since I`ve heard Tumbleweed Connection, and it still holds up (in my opinion).


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