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Madman Across the Water

Elton John

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

Este álbum está masterizado para iTunes. Madman Across the Water es la cima de los primeros años de Elton John como cantautor. Desde su introspección y afán por contar historias hasta la falsa mezclilla de su diseño de portada, el álbum captura a la perfección la atmósfera pop de 1971. Su canción más conocida es “Tiny Dancer”, la exuberante oda a Maxine, esposa del letrista Bernie Taupin, que cobró nueva vida tras su inclusión en la película de Cameron Crowe Casi famosos. Pero también están la densa orquestación del single “Levon”, la más rockera “Razor Face” y el abatimiento de “Goodbye”. Madman fue el quinto álbum de Elton John en poco más de un año, pero a esas alturas de su carrera no tenía problemas manteniendo el ritmo: Honky Chateau y Goodbye Yellow Brick Road aún estaban por llegar.

Customer Reviews

One of Elton's Finest

Easily, one of Elton's finest albums. The title track is his best work. Teamed with the brilliant arranger, Paul Buckmaster, the level of genius displayed here allows this album to hold up not only well, but for the ages.

Elton's Darkest Sounding Album

Perhaps Elton’s darkest sounding album, I simply love the mood this album creates. Thanks to Paul Buckmaster’s stirring and at times, even frightening orchestral arrangements, this album is a pretty heavy affair.

Plus, there is something about the way Elton’s piano was recorded. It has such warmth and depth to it. I don’t hear this type of sound quality on any other Elton John album.

Hits like Tiny Dancer and Levon were majestic storytelling songs and instantly harken me back to a simpler time. But it’s the deep album tracks that remind me why this album is so good. Razor Face, All The Nasties, Holiday Inn and the last track, Goodbye, are excellent.

Taupin once again, paints vivid pictures with his words, as only he can. And Indian Sunset is nearly a short story set to music. This song, about the plight of the American Indian never fails to move me.

Producer Gus Dudgeon’s steady hand brought a rich sound quality (thanks also to some unique session back-up singers that resemble a choir on some songs) that I don’t think was ever repeated.

One of the Best albums of its time

If only Elton could write music like this still. With Bernie Taupin's moving lyrics, Paul Buckmaster writing the beautiful orchestral arrangements, and Davey Johnstone's experimental guitar work in Madman. Who can even hold a candle to that today?


Born: March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In terms of sales and lasting popularity, Elton John was the biggest pop superstar of the early '70s. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers with equal aplomb. He could dip into soul, disco, and country, as well as classic pop balladry and even progressive rock. His versatility, combined with his effortless melodic skills, dynamic charisma, and flamboyant stage shows, made him the most popular recording artist of the '70s....
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