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Glad to see Elderberry Wine and Writing are there! When I used to take art classes in high school you could bring in records. I'd hear some records often enough that I didn't feel like I needed to own them. Heard a bunch of Rush and Van Halen to go with Frampton and AC/DC in art class back then. One kid brought in his Elton records and those were songs I dug the most.

You are going to force me to buy these records, aren't you, Bob? You are about the only person in the world whose opinion could make me buy Elton records.

Cynthia Closkey

When I was a kid, my mom decided she needed to buy some "modern" music for a party -- we had only Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis on hand, maybe a Carl Perkins album too. She asked the kid behind the counter to recommend a couple of albums. She came home with two albums: "Captain Fantastic," covered in wacked out cover art; and "Song of Joy" by Captain & Tennille.

To this day I wonder what that music clerk was on.


Hey, far be it from me to tell you how to spend your money, JK -- but "Captain Fantastic" is well worth it. I'd be happy to break the law and burn you a copy, if you want.

I'm going to do a "which albums to buy and in what order" post-script to this series. Captain Fantastic will be number one -- I think maybe Tumbleweed Connection might be number two on the list. Not sure about that one yet.

Cynthia Closkey

Bob, you called "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" the quintessential album -- I think it's his best and most accessible. Shouldn't it be #1 or 2 on the "which albums to buy" list?


Cynthia -- yeah, it's certainly the one with the largest number of hits and great songs on it. I think most Elton fans consider it his best. To me, there's a lot of filler on there in between the great songs, which is why I hesitate to recommend it.

That, plus while I think it's the best example of Elton the hitmaker, Captain Fantastic and Tumbleweed and possibly even Honky Chateau are the best examples of Elton the artist.

Don't get me wrong -- those hits on GYBR are outstanding, but I don't think they meet the standards of some of the others. It's like comparing "E.T." to "Schindler's List" -- both great works by Spielberg, but with different levels of artistry and sophistication.

GYBR will certainly be the recipient of a whole lot of love from me over the next two days, though.


I still think Jaws was his best work.


I thought I knew Elton John, but only one song on this part of the list rings a bell and it is so overplayed on lite rock stations, we call it at the office "Don't Let Your Son Go Down On Me." Go ahead and send me my homophobe membership card.

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