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Tumbleweed Connection
Tumbleweed Connection cover
Studio album by Elton John
Released October 1970
Recorded March 1970
Genre Rock
Length 46:38
Label DJM
Producer(s) Gus Dudgeon
Professional reviews
Elton John chronology
Elton John
(1970)
Tumbleweed Connection
(1970)
11-17-70
(1971)

Tumbleweed Connection is the third album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1970 (see 1970 in music). In 2003, the album was ranked number 455 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Cover for album Tumbleweed Connection by Elton John. ... A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE[1][2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy- and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Rock and roll. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... DJM Records was the record label of Dick James. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Gus Dudgeon (1942 - 2002) was a British record producer, and the inventor of audio sampling as a musical device. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... Robert Christgau (2006) Robert Christgau (sometimes abbreviated in print to Xgau), born April 18, 1942, is an American essayist, music journalist, and the self-declared Dean of American Rock Critics[1] His first reviews were published by Esquire in 1967. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE[1][2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy- and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Elton John is the artists eponymous second album. ... 11-17-70 is a live album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1971 (see 1971 in music). ... An album is a collection of related audio tracks distributed to the public. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE[1][2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy- and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... See also: other events of 1970 list of years in music 1970s in music // Charles Wuorinen, aged 32, becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Promotional Book Cover The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time is the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ...

Contents

Track listing

All songs by John/Taupin, except where noted. John/Taupin is a songwriting team that consists of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. ...

  1. "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" – 4:59
  2. "Come Down in Time" – 3:26
  3. "Country Comfort" – 5:07
  4. "Son of Your Father" – 3:48
  5. "My Father's Gun" – 6:20
  6. "Where to Now St. Peter?" – 4:12
  7. "Love Song" (Lesley Duncan) – 3:41
  8. "Amoreena" – 4:59
  9. "Talking Old Soldiers" – 4:08
  10. "Burn Down the Mission" – 6:37

Ballad of a Well-Known Gun is the opening track off of British pop-rock performer Elton Johns 1971 album, Tumbleweed Connection. ... Country Comfort is a song off of British pop-rock performer Elton Johns 1970 album, Tumbleweed Connection. ... Lesley Duncan was a British singer-songwriter during the 1970s. ... Burn Down the Mission is the tenth song on Elton Johns album Tumbleweed Connection. ...

Bonus tracks (1996 CD reissue)

  1. "Into the Old Man's Shoes" – 4:04
  2. "Madman Across the Water" (Original version) – 8:56

Background

In Spring 1970, Elton convened at Trident Studios to record a follow-up to Elton John. Tumbleweed Connection was culled from the same stockpile of songs from which the prior album had sprung, and named after lyrics for which Elton never got around to writing music. Spring is one of the four seasons of temperate zones, the transition from winter into summer. ... Trident Studios is a British recording facility, located at 17 St Annes Court in Londons Soho district. ... Elton John is the artists eponymous second album. ...


Music

Tumbleweed reflects Bernie's fascination with the old American West and South, and the tragedies and social strife brought on by the American Civil War. The Western United States, also referred to as the American West or simply The West, traditionally refers to the region constituting the westernmost states of the United States (see geographical terminology section for further discussion of these terms). ... The U.S. Southern states or The South, known during the American Civil War era as Dixie, is a distinctive region of the United States with its own unique historical perspective, customs, musical styles, and cuisine. ... This article is becoming very long. ...


The opening number, "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun," is a mid-tempo rocker build atop Elton' syncopated piano. The lyrics portray a fugitive whose jig is up. Elton's vocals convey resentment. He is backed by member of the band Hookfoot; backing vocals are provided by, among others, Lesley Duncan and Dusty Springfield. Lesley Duncan was a British singer-songwriter during the 1970s. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The next song, "Come Down in Time," is a haunting number with a sparse Paul Buckmaster arrangement. It is about the missed opportunity of potential lovers. In the end, one of the two is left "counting the stars in the night." Elton sings accompanied only by harp and oboe. Paul Buckmaster is an artist, arranger, and composer. ... The harp is a stringed instrument which has the plane of its strings positioned perpendicular to the soundboard. ... The oboe is a double reed musical instrument of the woodwind family. ...


"Country Comfort," which attracted some covers, including one by Rod Stewart, follows. Bernie's lyrics include several vignettes of sweet, imagined nineteenth-century country life that hint at impending economic strife. "Grandma" was "really going fine for eighty-four," but needed some one to "fix her barn." There was old-fashioned Clay who, observing the plight of the employees at a well, disapproved of the "new machine" their employers favored that would "cut manpower by fifteen." Roderick David Stewart, CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a Scottish / English singer born and raised in London. ...


Elton's music is reminiscent of the imagined idyllic peacefulness of rural life. The song begins with gentle piano, and is joined by Elton's country-esque voice, then the swelling sounds of steel guitar, violin, and harmonica. The two new touring band members, Nigel Olsson and Dee Murray, provide backing vocals as they would elsewhere on the record. Olsson (back) performing at an Elton John concert at the Royal Opera House. ... Dee Murray (April 3, 1946 - January 15, 1992; born David Murray Oates in Southgate, London) was a British bassist, best known as a member of Elton Johns original rock band. ...


In later years, Elton would express little affection for this recording of "Country Comfort," saying that it was "sugary." Another reason to look askance at it is that Elton's piano work doesn't come from the live session, but was overdubbed later. Elton was away in the Netherlands for a promotional television appearance when Gus Dudgeon scheduled the recording session. A session pianist stood in for him, Elton overdubbing the playing with his own when he returned. Many listeners consider Rod Stewart's version (which actually appeared on his album Gasoline Alley a few weeks before Tumbleweed came out, and done in his classic early period style) as a superior treatment of the song. Gus Dudgeon (1942 - 2002) was a British record producer, and the inventor of audio sampling as a musical device. ... Gasoline Alley was a 1970 album by Rod Stewart. ...


"Son of Your Father" is next, the tale of a mean-spirited freeloader who takes advantage of "blind" Joseph on an "east Virginia" farm. A gun battle follows. leaving both men dead. The music is rough and dirty as the fight. Elton sings in the manner of a tough farmhand; his piano is mean as the song's tow characters. The recording is a full-blown effort by Hookfoot – with harmonica by Ian Duck – and was drawn from Elton's live work with the group.


In "My Father's Gun," which follows, the setting is the Civil War and the perspective is the South's. A young man whose father has been killed by the Yankees determines to avenge the death by joining the fighting in New Orleans. the song starts quietly, with tentatively delivered gospel-style piano chords and Caleb's muted acoustic and lead guitar. Elton's voice begins quietly, too, but before long increasing in volume, representing the anger of the young man. Backing vocals are provided by Duncan and Springfield. The song ends with an extended interplay, in the style of New Orleans music, between Elton's voiced and those of the backing singers, laced with horns and honky-tonk piano. The song was later featured in the Cameron Crowe movie Elizabethtown. The term Yankee currently refers to people from or in New England; by extension it is applied to any resident of the Northeast (New England, Mid-Atlantic, and upper Great Lakes states), to any Northerner during and after the American Civil War, or to other citizens of the United States. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... Cameron Crowe Cameron Bruce Crowe (born July 13, 1957) is an American writer and film director. ... Elizabethtown is the name of several places in the United States of America: Elizabethtown, Illinois Elizabethtown, Indiana Elizabethtown, Kentucky Elizabethtown, New York Elizabethtown, North Carolina Elizabethtown, Ohio Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania Elizabethtown, Texas These should not be confused with Elizabethton, Tennessee (without the w). Also see Elizabeth. ...


Side two begins with the eerie "Where to Now, St. Peter?," a look at passing to the "other side." A soldier has been killed in action. The sensations are odd ("I floated like a leaf/dazzling, dancing/half enchanted/in my Merlin sleep")/ Then his fate sinks in ("I understand I'm on the road/where all that was is gone"). The opening piano note invoke the soldier floating "like a leaf," a sound that runs throughout the song, even as it reaches rock tempo. Nigel and Dee provide backing vocals.


The next track, "Love Song," written by Elton's friend Lesley Duncan, is another that features him singing without piano. Duncan provides harmony and acoustic guitar accompaniment. The track provided an interlude after all the shooting and dying in the previous songs.


Elton had clamored to get his new band on Tumbleweed and succeeded with "Amoreena," the next song. This provides the only clue of what it was like to hear the group like then. (Caleb puts in an appearance on lead guitar.) The lyrics are a fictional remembrance of a past love affair with a young energetic woman of the countryside called Amoreena (a "lusty flower" with a "bronze body"). The song is an entry into funk, with percussive, syncopated piano pulsating about the lyrics. He also plays organ on the song, and sings the lyrics in a lower voice than elsewhere on the album. He would later attribute this to Van Morrison's influence. Organ in Katharinenkirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany The organ is a keyboard instrument played using one or more manuals and a pedalboard. ... George Ivan Morrison OBE (generally known as Van Morrison) (born August 31, 1945) is a singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. ...


"Talking Old Soldiers," comes next. As the title implies, the song is a dialogue between two old soldiers. "Old Mad Joe" tells of the terrible things he has seen, hinting that these terrors took his only friends from him, though no one understands or cares ("Well do they know what it's like/to have a graveyard as a friend/'cos that's where they are boy, all of them")


The last song on the album, "Burn Down the Mission," is one of the Elton's best known songs, and a concert staple. The song includes some of Bernie's most striking imagery; The have-nots ("restless folks") are "getting desperate" and must do more than covet the "fat stock" of the wealthy, proclaiming, "It's time we put the flame torch to their keep." A mob descends on the "mission." After torching it, they hoard what they can ("Take all you need to live inside"). A classical music concert in the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 2005 A concert is a live performance, usually of music, before an audience. ...


Personnel

Organ in Katharinenkirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany The organ is a keyboard instrument played using one or more manuals and a pedalboard. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Madeline Bell (born July 23, 1942 in Newark, New Jersey) is an African-American Soul singer who became famous as a performer in England. ... Paul Buckmaster is an artist, arranger, and composer. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Lesley Duncan was a British singer-songwriter during the 1970s. ... A steel string acoustic guitar is a modern form of guitar descended from the classical guitar, but strung with steel strings for a brighter, louder sound. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... A Dobro style resonator guitar Steel guitar, strictly speaking, refers to a method of playing using a metal slide (or steel) on a guitar played horizontally, with the strings uppermost. ... The oboe is a double reed musical instrument of the woodwind family. ... A pair of congas The conga is a tall, narrow, single-headed Cuban drum of African origin, probably derived from the Congolese Makuta drums. ... Köçek with tambourine c. ... The harp is a stringed instrument which has the plane of its strings positioned perpendicular to the soundboard. ... Fender Precision Bass Bass Guitar is a commonly spoken phrase used to refer to the electric bass and horizontal acoustic basses, a stringed instrument similar in design to the electric guitar, but larger in size, commonly fretted and sometimes fretless and with a lower range. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Dee Murray (April 3, 1946 - January 15, 1992; born David Murray Oates in Southgate, London) was a British bassist, best known as a member of Elton Johns original rock band. ... Olsson (back) performing at an Elton John concert at the Royal Opera House. ... A percussion instrument is any object which produces a sound by being struck with an implement, shaken, rubbed, scraped, or by any other action which sets the object into vibration. ... Caleb Quaye (born 1948 in London, England), is a rock guitarist and studio musician best known for his work in the 1960s and 1970s with Elton John, Mick Jagger, Pete Townsend, Paul McCartney and Hall and Oates. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Left: Rosa Hurricane, a heavy metal-style solid body guitar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... (Redirected from 12 string guitar) The twelve string guitar is an acoustic or electric guitar with twelve strings, which produces a richer, more ringing tone than a standard six string guitar. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ...

Production

  • Producer: Gus Dudgeon
  • Engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
  • Editing: Gus Skinas
  • Digital transfers: Ricky Graham
  • Surround mix: Greg Penny
  • Lyricist: Bernie Taupin
  • Arranger: Paul Buckmaster
  • Art direction: David Larkham
  • Design: David Larkham
  • Cover design: David Larkham
  • Artwork: David Larkham
  • Photography: David Larkham, Barry Wentzell
  • Liner notes: John Tobler

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1971 UK Album Chart 2
1971 Billboard US Pop Albums 5

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Tumbleweed Connection - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1040 words)
Tumbleweed Connection is the third album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1970 (see 1970 in music).
Tumbleweed Connection was culled from the same stockpile of songs from which the prior album had sprung, and named after lyrics for which Elton never got around to writing music.
Tumbleweed reflects Bernie's fascination with the old American West and South, and the tragedies and social strife brought on by the American Civil War.
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