Elton John “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#315 in the Series, and #3 in the Whale Wednesday Series) is Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Today we continue our Whale Wednesday Series.  The idea being that we don’t want to neglect the big sellers that also hold onto some “cool” status. We know you know about these albums. However, as mentioned before, once a week, on Wednesdays, we’re still going to give them a feature. I think it’s fun to check back on some of them. I also love clicking on that playlist and just letting it roll.

One of the reasons I like clicking on those playlists is of course to hear these albums again. Why? Mainly it’s because of the songs that I’ve kind of forgotten.  I didn’t forget about the title cut. I didn’t forget about “Funeral for a Friend”; in all actuality, albeit a great song, I did get more than a little burnt out on “Candle in the Wind” with the whole Diana remake. You can’t forget about “Bennie and the Jets” that easily either.

I did however indeed forget a couple of songs.  I bet I hadn’t heard “Grey Seal” in years. Nor had I even thought about “Grey Seal” in years!  Another one that has slipped through my cracks was “All the Little Girls Love Alice.” What a great track! It’s so good to hear many of these again. This was freshman year in high school for me.  Listening to these brings back those first memories of having a couple bucks to by music for the first time.

Oh Yeah, let’s not forget “Saturday Nights All Right for Fighting” either.  I’ll admit that I liked the angst of The Who’s version a little better.  Maybe even more than a little better!

Track Listing

Side one

  1. “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” – 11:07
  2. “Candle in the Wind” – 3:50
  3. “Bennie and the Jets” – 5:23

Side two

  1. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – 3:13
  2. “This Song Has No Title” – 2:23
  3. “Grey Seal” – 4:00
  4. “Jamaica Jerk-Off” – 3:39
  5. “I’ve Seen That Movie Too” – 5:59

Side three

  1. “Sweet Painted Lady” – 3:54
  2. “The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909-34)” – 4:23
  3. “Dirty Little Girl” – 5:00
  4. “All the Girls Love Alice” – 5:09

Side four

  1. “Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock ‘n’ Roll)” – 2:42
  2. “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” – 4:57
  3. “Roy Rogers” – 4:07
  4. “Social Disease” – 3:42
  5. “Harmony” – 2:46


  • Elton John – vocals, piano (1-6,8-17), electric piano (5,6), organ (3), organs (7), Farfisa organ (5,13), mellotron (5,6,11), Leslie piano (11)
  • Dee Murray – bass
  • Davey Johnstone – acoustic, electric, Leslie, slide and steel guitars, banjo
  • Nigel Olsson – drums
  • Ray Cooper – tambourine, congas

Additional Musicians

  • Dee Murray, Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson – backing vocals (tracks 1, 2, 4, 10, 13, 17)
  • Del Newman – orchestral arrangement (tracks 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 17)
  • Leroy Gomez – Saxophone solo on “Social Disease”
  • David Hentschel – A.R.P. synthesiser (tracks 1 and 12)
  • Kiki Dee – Backing Vocals on “All the Girls Love Alice”


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