12 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

When we want to explain what a maverick Elton John is in the world of pop music, we just point to Tumbleweed Connection. Eschewing the singer/songwriter pop sound of his first two records, he and writing partner Bernie Taupin create a loose concept album about the Old West, full of restrained emotion and ambling melodies—and it totally works. Meandering tunes like the bluesy "Amoreena" and bluegrass-inspired "Country Comfort" feel like the soundtrack to a perfect Western movie that exists only in our minds.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When we want to explain what a maverick Elton John is in the world of pop music, we just point to Tumbleweed Connection. Eschewing the singer/songwriter pop sound of his first two records, he and writing partner Bernie Taupin create a loose concept album about the Old West, full of restrained emotion and ambling melodies—and it totally works. Meandering tunes like the bluesy "Amoreena" and bluegrass-inspired "Country Comfort" feel like the soundtrack to a perfect Western movie that exists only in our minds.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
248 Ratings
248 Ratings
NateTheGreat7 ,

Amazing

This album has been in my family for decades, and it never loses its magic. all the songs are simply fantastic and original. this is a perfect entry to what good music sounds like.

ZARDOZ ,

6 Stars

By far and away, Elton's finest work. This is a brilliant, wonderfully written, produced, arranged, conducted, and performed piece of pure genius. Paul Buckmaster's contributions were never better. Tumbleweed Connection belongs in everyone's music collection. Never disappoints. Will hold up 100 years from now.

bdauphin ,

A Moment in Time

Perfection almost seems like an accident, but it isn't accidental, even if ephemeral. Elton John, by my reckoning, has had two perfect compositions of music and lyric--and two is no small number, as perfection eludes most of mankind. Tumbleweed Connection is graced with one of these, "Come Down in Time." The other, of course, is "Your Song."

What makes these two songs perfect are not only the melody and poetic verse, but just as importantly, the performances that were recorded onto the original releases. No one is able to perform these two songs as Elton John did in that time, not even Elton John himself. Listen, for example, to Elton John's own earlier recordings and later performances of "Your Song." There is an innocent poetic expression in that song and "Come Down in Time", both from 1970, that can never be reproduced.

But these were not accidents, they were products of the man (or the men--including Bernie Taupin) and the time. Listen to live recordings of these two songs near the time of their 1970 release dates and that magic and perfection are still there. It was real, it resulted from a true mastery of an art, but sadly it was ephemeral--yet preserved forever in the Tumbleweed Connection album.

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