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Tumbleweed Connection (Deluxe Edition) [Digipak] [Remaster]
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Album: Tumbleweed Connection (Deluxe Edition) [Digipak] [Remaster]
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun More Info... 4:59
2)    Come Down In Time More Info... 3:26
3)    Country Comfort More Info... 5:07
4)    Son Of Your Father More Info... 3:49
5)    My Father's Gun More Info... 6:21
6)    Where To Now St. Peter? More Info... 4:12
7)    Love Song More Info... 3:41
8)    Amoreena More Info... 5:00
9)    Talking Old Soldiers More Info... 4:06
10)    Burn Down The Mission More Info... 6:21
  Disc 2
1)    There Goes A Well Known Gun Previously Unreleased More Info... 3:28
2)    Come Down In Time Piano Demo Previously Unreleased More Info... 3:22
3)    Country Comfort Piano Demo Previously Unreleased More Info... 4:12
4)    Son Of Your Father Previously Unreleased More Info... 4:13
5)    Talking Old Soldiers Piano Demo Previously Unreleased More Info... 4:13
6)    Into The Old Man's Shoes Piano Demo Previously Unreleased More Info... 3:41
7)    Sisters Of The Cross Piano Demo Previously Unreleased More Info... 4:39
8)    Madman Across The Water Original Version More Info... 8:52
9)    Into The Old Man's Shoes More Info... 4:02
10)    My Father's Gun BBC Session More Info... 3:43
11)    Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun BBC Session Previously Unreleased More Info... 4:36
12)    Burn Down The Mission BBC Session Previously Unreleased More Info... 6:53
13)    Amoreena BBC Session Previously Unreleased More Info... 5:12
 

Album: Tumbleweed Connection (Deluxe Edition) [Digipak] [Remaster]
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun More Info... 4:59
2)    Come Down In Time More Info... 3:26
3)    Country Comfort More Info... 5:07
4)    Son Of Your Father More Info... 3:49
5)    My Father's Gun More Info... 6:21
6)    Where To Now St. Peter? More Info... 4:12
7)    Love Song More Info... 3:41
8)    Amoreena More Info... 5:00
9)    Talking Old Soldiers More Info... 4:06
10)    Burn Down The Mission More Info... 6:21
  Disc 2
1)    There Goes A Well Known Gun Previously Unreleased More Info... 3:28
2)    Come Down In Time Piano Demo Previously Unreleased More Info... 3:22
3)    Country Comfort Piano Demo Previously Unreleased More Info... 4:12
4)    Son Of Your Father Previously Unreleased More Info... 4:13
5)    Talking Old Soldiers Piano Demo Previously Unreleased More Info... 4:13
6)    Into The Old Man's Shoes Piano Demo Previously Unreleased More Info... 3:41
7)    Sisters Of The Cross Piano Demo Previously Unreleased More Info... 4:39
8)    Madman Across The Water Original Version More Info... 8:52
9)    Into The Old Man's Shoes More Info... 4:02
10)    My Father's Gun BBC Session More Info... 3:43
11)    Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun BBC Session Previously Unreleased More Info... 4:36
12)    Burn Down The Mission BBC Session Previously Unreleased More Info... 6:53
13)    Amoreena BBC Session Previously Unreleased More Info... 5:12
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Elton John (vocals, piano, organ, keyboards, background vocals); Caleb Quaye (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Mick Ronson (guitar); Les Thatcher (acoustic guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar, 6-string guitar, 12-string guitar); Lesley Duncan (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Mike Egan (acoustic guitar); Gordon Huntley (steel guitar); Skaila Kanga (harp); Johnny Van Derek (violin); Ian Duck (harmonica); Karl Jenkins (oboe); Brian Dee (organ); Chris Laurence (acoustic bass, acoustic bass guitar); Dee Murray (bass guitar, background vocals); Dave Glover , Herbie Flowers (bass guitar); Roger Pope (drums, percussion); Nigel Olsson (drums, background vocals); Barry Morgan (drums); Robin Jones (congas, tambourine); Dusty Springfield, Madeline Bell, Sunny Leslie, Tony Burrows, Tony Hazzard, Kay Garner, Sue Glover, Tammy Hunt (background vocals).
  • Audio Remasterers: Giovanni Scatola; Tony Cousins.
  • Liner Note Authors: John Tobler; Gus Dudgeon.
  • Recording information: Trident Studios, London, England.
  • Photographers: Barrie Wentzell; David Larkham.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Robin Geoffrey Cable .
  • Arranger: Paul Buckmaster.
  • Recorded in the charmed period between the initial success of ELTON JOHN and superstar extravaganzas like GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD, TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION, a loose concept album about the American West, was a strange, sideways move for Elton John and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. A album in the traditional sense, it is best heard as a piece, with songs that pick up and expand on each other's moods and settings. Notice, for example, the progression of characters from the young fighter waving "My Father's Gun," to the retired and forgotten "Talking Old Soldiers," to the protagonist of "Where To Now St. Peter?," shot down by "a sweet young foreign gun" and ready to be judged by his maker.
  • The mood holds from the sepia-toned LP cover art to John's songwriting, influenced by folk and country music and by The Band's MUSIC FROM BIG PINK. Among the songs it introduced were "Country Comfort," which Rod Stewart covered on GASOLINE ALLEY, and "Come Down In Time," later done by both Judy Collins and Sting. Though the rollicking piano epic "Burn Down The Mission" and "Amoreena" became FM-radio and concert staples, TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION remains the only John studio album without a hit single, a fact that doesn't affect the impact of this excellent country-rock outing.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.72) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t is one of the best country-rock albums ever written by London cowboys."

Rolling Stone (2/18/71, p.49) - "...TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION is simpler than John's last album and next time around I hope he goes all the way and gets down to nothing but the basics. He is one of the few who is good enough not to need anything else..."

Q (8/95, pp.143-145) - 3 Stars - Good - "...a slightly eccentric excursion into the imagery of American hicksville..."
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