Album Details

RELEASE
October 30, 1970
LABEL
MCA
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Country-Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, Rock & Roll, Album Rock, Pop

Album Review

Instead of repeating the formula that made Elton John a success, John and Bernie Taupin attempted their most ambitious record to date for the follow-up to their breakthrough. A loose concept album about the American West, Tumbleweed Connection emphasized the pretensions that always lay beneath their songcraft. Half of the songs don't follow conventional pop song structures; instead, they flow between verses and vague choruses. These experiments are remarkably successful, primarily because Taupin's lyrics are evocative and John's melodic sense is at its best. As should be expected for a concept album about the Wild West, the music draws from country and blues in equal measures, ranging from the bluesy choruses of "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" and the modified country of "Country Comfort" to the gospel-inflected "Burn Down the Mission" and the rolling, soulful "Amoreena." Paul Buckmaster manages to write dramatic but appropriate string arrangements that accentuate the cinematic feel of the album.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Ballad of a Well-Known Gunhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=250556083&id=250556081
  2. Come Down in Timehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=250556089&id=250556081
  3. Country Comforthttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=250556094&id=250556081
  4. Son of Your Fatherhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=250556099&id=250556081
  5. My Father's Gunhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=250556104&id=250556081
  6. Where to Now St. Peter?http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=250556109&id=250556081
  7. Love Songhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=250556114&id=250556081
  8. Amoreenahttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=250556118&id=250556081
  9. Talking Old Soldiershttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=250556123&id=250556081
  10. Burn Down the Missionhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=250556128&id=250556081
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