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GOOD Elton John songs that were NEVER on the radio

Old 02-02-07, 04:17 PM
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All The Girls Love Alice
That was going to be my pick.

I like most of the songs on that album (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road). Those that weren't hits sound like they should have been.
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Old 02-02-07, 05:40 PM
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I figured that I wouldn't know any of these but I know most. My pick was already mentioned a couple of times: Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters.
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Old 02-02-07, 07:11 PM
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Wow, where to start...

"My Father's Gun" from Tumbleweed Connection. I just love the way the chorus keeps going on and on with all the background singers (I believe Dusty Springfield's in there somewhere). But really, I don't think anything on that album was on the radio much at all, despite being (IMO) his best one.

"Honey Roll" from the 1970 Friends soundtrack. Just a catchy little tune that could've been a hit single for anybody else I think.

"Bitter Fingers" from Captain Fantastic. Not much to say, just a great obscure song.

Also, anyone interested in lesser-known Elton John should dig up his "Rare Masters" collection. It's loaded with great material.
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Old 02-03-07, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Andalusia
Wow, where to start...

"My Father's Gun" from Tumbleweed Connection. I just love the way the chorus keeps going on and on with all the background singers (I believe Dusty Springfield's in there somewhere). But really, I don't think anything on that album was on the radio much at all, despite being (IMO) his best one.
That's a great friggin' song. Of course Cameron Crowe, music genius that he is resurrected that song as the centerpiece of his last not-so-great movie, Elizabethtown. The song is epic and I just love it.

You can include Country Comfort from Tumbleweed Connection as well. That wasn't a hit for him, but was for Juice Newton, I think

The night after my wife delivered my son, I took my daughter home and played "The Greatest Discovery" for her. I teared up at that song; she couldn't understand why.
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Old 02-03-07, 09:42 AM
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Isn't it ironic that there are so many great album tracks from Elton's early career and they never got airplay but some of his hit singles like Crocodile Rock, Philadelphia Freedom and Honky Cat are just shit by comparison?
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Anything from "Madman Across The Water" is incredible, IMNSHO.
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Old 02-03-07, 03:25 PM
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The night after my wife delivered my son, I took my daughter home and played "The Greatest Discovery" for her. I teared up at that song; she couldn't understand why.
She probably couldn't understand why because she was just a newborn baby.
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Old 02-03-07, 03:57 PM
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She probably couldn't understand why because she was just a newborn baby.
No, he said his wife had a newborn son. His daughter's age wasn't mentioned. Am I right, Decker?
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Old 02-03-07, 06:32 PM
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No, he said his wife had a newborn son. His daughter's age wasn't mentioned. Am I right, Decker?
Yup. Good reading comprehension! She's five.
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Old 02-03-07, 10:21 PM
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One of my favorites is I feel like a bullet (in the gun of Robert Ford)

And I feel like a bullet in the gun of Robert Ford
I'm low as a paid assassin is
You know I'm cold as a hired sword
I'm so ashamed can't we patch it up
You know I can't think straight no more
You make me feel like a bullet honey in the gun of Robert Ford
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Old 02-04-07, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Decker
Yup. Good reading comprehension! She's five.
that's what I get for trying to be a wiseguy...
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Old 02-04-07, 11:45 PM
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The Boy in the Red Shoes
Roy Rogers
This Song Has No Title
One More Arrow
Empty Garden (Single??)
Burn Down The Mission
The Greatest Discovery
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Old 02-06-07, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by brisco32
One of my favorites is I feel like a bullet (in the gun of Robert Ford)

And I feel like a bullet in the gun of Robert Ford
I'm low as a paid assassin is
You know I'm cold as a hired sword
I'm so ashamed can't we patch it up
You know I can't think straight no more
You make me feel like a bullet honey in the gun of Robert Ford

These lyrics always struck me as what annoys me sometimes about Bernie Taupin. They make absolutely no sense. What about breaking up with someone would make you feel like a gunman's bullet? I could see if he compared himself to Robert Ford himself, but a bullet? The bullet that shot Jesse James?

Huh?
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Old 02-09-07, 06:17 AM
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All of TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION...IMHO, Elton John's best & most consistent album (maybe because the songs tied together thematically). Ironically, no singles released from this superb album. The remaster just makes an already gorgeous-sounding record even better, and (as someone already pointed out) the bonus version of "Madman" is outstanding.

Honestly, you can't go wrong with any of Sir Reg's first five or six albums. Like the Beatles, his strongest albums had too many A-quality gems to be released as singles. In fact, I liked most of the early non-single tracks better than the better-known (and over-exposed) singles.
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Old 02-09-07, 01:21 PM
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"Blues For Baby & Me" is a good one (I think it was mentioned here once). But really, there's more that I like from Elton than dislike.
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Old 02-10-07, 01:20 PM
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Old 02-16-07, 04:15 AM
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skyline pidgeon is one of my favorite Elton songs, and you never hear it on the radio
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Old 02-16-07, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by jgorow
skyline pidgeon is one of my favorite Elton songs, and you never hear it on the radio
True, but only the piano version. I really can't stand the one with harpsichord (from Empty Sky).
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Old 02-16-07, 10:59 AM
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Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)...my favorite Elton John song.
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Old 02-19-07, 10:38 PM
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Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)...my favorite Elton John song.
Was a hit single in the early 80's (obviously). As for my vote, I'd go Mona Lisa's and Mad Hatters and My Fathers Gun from Almost Famous and Elizabethtown. By the way anyone else think that Mona Lisas "clicks" more in Almost Famous than Tiny Dancer? It just kills me everytime I watch it.
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Old 02-20-07, 03:12 AM
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My Shortlist of None HIT Singles from Sir Elton:

First Episode At Hienton
Ticking
Tonight
Roy Rogers
The Greatest Discovery
60 Years On
The King Must Die
Indian Sunset
Blues For Baby and Me
I Feel Like A Bullet In The Gun Of Robert Ford
Chameleon
Come Down In Time
Japanese Hands
Cage The Songbird
Have Mercy On The Criminal
Holiday Inn
Where To Now St. Peter
Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters
Madman Across The Water
All the Girls Love Alice

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"Curtains" off of Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy
Sorry to bump an old thread, but I was just listening to this song... it's friggen fantastic. Thanks for the recommendation.
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Old 01-28-12, 11:19 AM
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Re: GOOD Elton John songs that were NEVER on the radio

Felt like bumping this thread because I'm sitting here listening to Tumbleweed Connection for the first time in several years and am just blown away. It's fantastic, just such a brilliant album. His non-single stuff can be so great, it feels almost like it's from a completely different artist.
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Old 01-28-12, 12:29 PM
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Re: GOOD Elton John songs that were NEVER on the radio

Medley: Yell Help, Wednesday Night, Ugly
All the Girls Love Alice
Robert Ford
Harmony
We All Fall in Love Sometimes
This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore
I Want Love
Grow Some Funk of Your Own
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Old 01-28-12, 01:54 PM
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Re: GOOD Elton John songs that were NEVER on the radio

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Felt like bumping this thread because I'm sitting here listening to Tumbleweed Connection for the first time in several years and am just blown away. It's fantastic, just such a brilliant album. His non-single stuff can be so great, it feels almost like it's from a completely different artist.
Seriously has any artist in history gone so quickly from groundbreaking brilliance (Tumbleweed Connection, Madman, Honky Chateau, GBYBR, Captain Fantastic) to unlistenable schlock and disco hell (A Single Man, Victim of Love)in a short span of a few years. Drugs are really a terrible thing.
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