Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Part 2

Album #225 - October 1973

Episode date - November 16, 2022

The Top 500 of The Top 40
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    The second half of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” may not feature as many hits as the first half, but the sticky sweet commerciality of the songs remains intact, and impressive.

    The lyrical themes get a bit sketchier on the second half of the album, occasionally venturing to topics that most pop stars would have preferred to sidestep in the ‘70s. These days, it all sounds completely harmless, but songs about prostitution, lesbianism, alcoholism (“called “Social Disease”, no less!) added a touch of darkness to an otherwise impossibly bright album.

    Featured tracks include:

    Sweet Painted Lady

    The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909-34)

    Dirty Little Girl

    All the Girls Love Alice

    Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock and Roll)

    Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting

    Roy Rogers

    Social Disease

    Harmony

    October 1973 - Billboard Charted #1

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