Bernie Taupin and Elton John were the perfect team of lyricist and musician. John would never have been as famous without Taupin. That can be proved by the brief period in the late 70s and early 80s until Too Low for Zero when he worked with other writers and his album sales slumped. I did not like John as much because his voice changed. He was one of my favourite singers of the 70s.
The best song and one of my all time favorites is “Bennie and the Jets“. It is one of those songs that I heard as a child that carried to another day. I guess I should explain that statement. As a kid everyday felt like a battle. My mother’s husband was horrible to me. He actually hated me and it was known to me and everyone around me. I do not know why he hated me, except that he did. He would torture me. Music was the only escape I had and this song from Elton John was so mysterious to me that I could easily escape into it. Most of the things I remember about being a child relate to music in some way. There were television programs too, but music was my real escape.
I will point out one more song “Candle in the Wind“. This is the superior version of it. The version he remade for Princess Di was about money. John’s voice sounds better during this time period of his career.
There are many stand out songs on this album: “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road“, “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”, “Harmony“, and “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding”. There are only a couple songs that do not move me, but they are still good songs.
This is a masterpiece album from Elton John. He was the real piano man. I know people call Billy Joel the piano man, but it was John who was the piano man before Joel. 10/10.