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Smokey
04-04-2011, 06:32 PM
Not a big fan of EJ, but he did manage put out some pretty good songs here and there. Some of his older material is decent but FM radio made them stale due to being over played. So it is touch and go.

1. "Island Girl"
2. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with Kiki Dee.
3. "I'm Still Standing"
4. "I Want to Kiss the Bride"
And may be "Nikita" on a good day :)

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ForeverAutumn
04-04-2011, 06:42 PM
OMG. So many great songs to choose from. Okay, off the top of my head without giving this too much thought...

1. Skyline Pigeon
2. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me.
3. Levon

jonnyhambone
04-04-2011, 07:08 PM
Hard to beat the entirety of Tumbleweed Connection - one of the best albums ever IMO...for three songs, I'd vote:
*Amoreena
*Burn Down the Mission
*Your Song

Robert-The-Rambler
04-04-2011, 07:30 PM
1.Tiny Dancer

2. Rocket Man

3. Your Song

Mr Peabody
04-04-2011, 07:44 PM
I have to break the rules because I can't make up my mind on just 3.
Madman Across The Water
Rocket Man
Tiny Dancer
Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Levon

I used to love Candle In The Wind but I think I heard it one too many times. The song he did for John Lennon is good as well, is that Garden? Yeah, he has a few good songs. :)

dingus
04-04-2011, 07:55 PM
Where To Now St. Peter?
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
Daniel

recoveryone
04-04-2011, 08:43 PM
1. Beenie and the Jets

2. Rocketman

3. ?????

thekid
04-05-2011, 01:57 AM
Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Madman Across the Water
Sixty Years On

Swish
04-05-2011, 03:26 AM
Hard to beat the entirety of Tumbleweed Connection - one of the best albums ever IMO...for three songs, I'd vote:
*Amoreena
*Burn Down the Mission
*Your Song

I found a nicely preserved LP of this down in Austin last year. I won' say it's one of the best ever, but very good and Elton's best. I don't have much use for EJ after Madman.

bobsticks
04-05-2011, 03:58 AM
See You Later, Alligator
American Pie
Eagle Rock

bonus: anything done by Bob the Builder between 2001-2006

ForeverAutumn
04-05-2011, 04:59 AM
The song he did for John Lennon is good as well, is that Garden? Yeah, he has a few good songs. :)

Empty Garden. I was going to give that one honourable mention. It's a beautiful song.

GMichael
04-05-2011, 06:08 AM
Here is my list.

1) Crocodile Rock
2) Candle In the Wind
3) Island Girl

Special mention: Saturday Night's Alright

There really is a semi-endless list of special mentions.

Hyfi
04-05-2011, 06:34 AM
Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Madman Across the Water
Sixty Years On

Pretty much my picks too.

As far as favorite Albums go, 11-17-70 is tops!

Jack in Wilmington
04-05-2011, 08:29 AM
Gotta agree with The Kid.

Funeral For A Friend/ Love Lies Bleeding -- Great song to show off your gear with also.

Your Sister Can't Twist But She Can Rock-N-Roll

Your Song

ForeverAutumn
04-05-2011, 11:55 AM
I'm a little surprised to see so many of you list Your Song. I've always thought that song was a little cheesy. You guys are just big ol' softies at heart. :D

dakatabg
04-05-2011, 12:40 PM
My favorites:

1. Candle in the wind
2. Don't let the sun go down on me
3. Beenie and the jets

I have most of his records.

Mr Peabody
04-05-2011, 04:22 PM
Funeral FAF is a classic but it's another one of those local radio ran into the ground.

Smokey
04-05-2011, 06:34 PM
From everybody list it seem his older songs are more populer than his later material. Which goes along with the census that he only had one good album in 80's worth listening, and that was probably Too Low For Zero.


See You Later, Alligator
American Pie
Eagle Rock

...hhhhmmmm, no comment :D

unleasHell
04-05-2011, 09:48 PM
1.Tiny Dancer

2. Rocket Man

3. Your Song


Not a fan at all, but I like those three!

Wasn't Tiny Dancer awesome in Almost Famous?????

MasterCylinder
04-06-2011, 04:11 AM
Hard to beat the entirety of Tumbleweed Connection - one of the best albums ever IMO...for three songs, I'd vote:
*Amoreena
*Burn Down the Mission


Agree with Jonny here.............TC is the best of EJ.

1."Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" 4:59
2."Come Down in Time" 3:25
3."Country Comfort" 5:06
4."Son of Your Father" 3:48
5."My Father's Gun" 6:20
[edit] Side two1."Where to Now St. Peter?" 4:11
2."Love Song" (Lesley Duncan) 3:41
3."Amoreena" 5:00
4."Talking Old Soldiers" 4:06
5."Burn Down the Mission" 6:22

Come Down In Time is excellent as well..........and Love Song.

I love "Funeral"...........EJ might have written the primary theme but.......
"The grandiose introduction to "Funeral For A Friend" was performed on A.R.P. synthesizer by the album's engineer, David Hentschel, who Elton recalled overdubbed track after track of music and synthetic atmospheric effects until the mini-opus was complete."

luvtolisten
04-06-2011, 01:31 PM
1) Crocodile Rock
2) Empty Garden
3) No Sacrifice

Robert-The-Rambler
04-06-2011, 02:29 PM
Not a fan at all, but I like those three!

Wasn't Tiny Dancer awesome in Almost Famous?????

That scene is great where everybody sings it together.

devuonoste
04-13-2011, 08:40 AM
Really difficult to pick only 3 songs, as he has so many great hits.

If I had to pick:

Levon
Rocketman
and either Candle in the Wind or Tiny Dancer.

Troy
05-06-2011, 08:30 AM
I've Seen the Saucers
Dirty Little Girl
Holiday Inn

And many, many others.

Island Girl? Really?

Smokey
05-06-2011, 10:45 PM
Island Girl? Really?

FYI, that was one of most populer song on 8-Track format :)

3LB
05-07-2011, 10:56 AM
Tiny Dancer? I thought it was,

"Hold me closer Tony Dannzzaaaaa"

GMichael
05-07-2011, 11:05 AM
Tiny Dancer? I thought it was,

"Hold me closer Tony Dannzzaaaaa"

Hmmm...... If I was a phycologist, I might wonder if....

Naaaaahh....

Robert-The-Rambler
05-07-2011, 02:05 PM
Tiny Dancer? I thought it was,

"Hold me closer Tony Dannzzaaaaa"

I believe subconsciously you were thinking of Alyssa Milano.....

Before anybody gets too upset....

The adult Alyssa Milano.... LOL

Mr Peabody
05-07-2011, 04:15 PM
In Some One Save My Life Tonight, does he really say Sugar Bear? As in Sugar Crisp before "sugar" became a bad word in advertising to the health conscience mom's. Worst thing to happen to cereal, ever. No more "Sugar" Pops, they ruined Honey Combs, "honey" how healthy does that sound, leave it alone. If you can't give it flavor, give us sugar! Wow, I think I just snapped, excuse me for that. I feel better though, I think it was buried down deep for decades.

thekid
05-07-2011, 04:33 PM
In Some One Save My Life Tonight, does he really say Sugar Bear? As in Sugar Crisp before "sugar" became a bad word in advertising to the health conscience mom's. Worst thing to happen to cereal, ever. No more "Sugar" Pops, they ruined Honey Combs, "honey" how healthy does that sound, leave it alone. If you can't give it flavor, give us sugar! Wow, I think I just snapped, excuse me for that. I feel better though, I think it was buried down deep for decades.

Mr.P

"And someone saved my life tonight sugar bear
You almost had your hooks in me didn't you dear"

I think you just need to pour some more syrup on your waffles and move on......... :D

RoyY51
05-07-2011, 06:15 PM
Ok, I'll play!

Tiny Dancer

Burn Down the Mission

Take Me to the Pilot

C-Z
05-17-2011, 06:48 PM
first, two from tunbleweed connection, his best album for me by far

Love Song
Come Down in Time

&
Rocket Man

MasterCylinder
05-18-2011, 04:54 AM
Tiny Dancer? I thought it was,

"Hold me closer Tony Dannzzaaaaa"


LOL !
Hendrix in Purple Haze..................

"Scuze me while I kiss this guy"

Swish
05-18-2011, 05:03 AM
first, two from tunbleweed connection, his best album for me by far

Love Song
Come Down in Time

&
Rocket Man

Good to see you checking in and nice call on Tumbleweed. I bought a nearly perfect vinyl edition in Austin last year, and the Indie-hipster kid behind the counter gave me a snooty look during my check-out. If he only knew how good this is...

bobsticks
05-18-2011, 05:08 AM
...if it wasn't for those meddling kids.



I would imagine anyone younger than thirty or forty would be considered an "indie hipster kid" to you, eh, old timer....:ciappa:

Stone
05-18-2011, 06:13 AM
I really, really dislike most of what he's done, and yes I've heard Tumbleweed Connection, and other early albums. However, I do like a few selected songs he's done, including:

1. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
2. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
3. Don't Go Breaking My Heart (w/ Kiki Dee)

Number 3 is likely more for nostalgia reasons than anything.

Swish
05-18-2011, 11:18 AM
I really, really dislike most of what he's done, and yes I've heard Tumbleweed Connection, and other early albums.

He's sold an estimated 250,000,000 records in his career, which is good for 7th or 8th place of all time. That being said, I didn't like much after Madman Across the Water. He's recorded more tripe than Billy Joel, well...almost. But people still bought them, and he also had some pretty good songs earlier in his career.

Rae
05-18-2011, 11:42 AM
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight" is an unabashedly great song.

I often sing "I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues" at karaoke, but it's pretty silly.

I haven't dug around in his catalog as much as maybe I should.

~Rae

Stone
05-18-2011, 12:32 PM
He's sold an estimated 250,000,000 records in his career

Yes, and Celine Dion has sold in the neighborhood of 200,000,000 (with a much shorter career).

hifitommy
05-23-2011, 06:07 AM
honky cat from here and there on the there side is one of my faves. seems to be the best version.