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Writing lyrics over breakfast with a piano in the dining room … it’s exactly how you imagined it!
The 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John is available now. The album was released on Elton John’s 67th birthday earlier this March. In addition to a stunningly done remastering of the original, the deluxe album comes with a bonus disc.
This bonus disc is one of the reasons why Elton John will always be the favorite uncle of modern music. Contemporary artists cover Elton classics in this extra disc. Fall Out Boy performs “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” and Miguel sings “Bennie and the Jets.”
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was given the song “Candle in the Wind” to cover and he shares, “I didn’t really know how I was going to tackle that and cover that because obviously you don’t want to outdo that song.”
The original release of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is said to have been recorded in just two weeks in France. Elton John once told the BBC, “I would write at breakfast at the table. The band would join in. And by the time breakfast was over, we’d written and rehearsed two songs, and we went in the studio and recorded them. The boys did the backing vocals while I was in bed. It was the height of our powers.” The album made it to the #2 spot in the US at its original 1973 release.
Regardless of album sales of this anniversary release, Elton will have something to celebrate this year. The singer just announced his plans to marry his partner David Furnish in May.
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