Rotten Peaches is...
...THE most underrated song in the great Sir Elton John catalogue. This album is amazing.
Madman across the water
The new version is simply awful, why would you take such a great song and change it. The nerve of some people's children.
Elton's best album
Without a doubt this is Elton's best album. There isn't a "skip" track on this album. Whether it's the better known hits like Tiny Dancer or Levon or the epic punch of Madman Across the Water and Indian Sunset, this is one of the better albums ever made. This and Tumbleweed were the two albums that really got Elton on the map.
This was the high point of Elton's career.
I personally don't like Elton that much at all. His voice is just weird and the arrangements are generally too pompous. Prior to 1972, though, his work wasn't as goofy as it would be in 1972-6 or as sappy as it would be in his later years. It wasn't always great---he did a forgettable psychadelic album in 1969, and two rather forgettable albums in 1970. But Madman Across The Water was the one time he got everything about as right as he could get it. And it's awesome. Buy this, and you'll have heard all the Elton John you'll probably ever have to hear.
One of the Best albums of its time
If only Elton could write music like this still. With Bernie Taupin's moving lyrics, Paul Buckmaster writing the beautiful orchestral arrangements, and Davey Johnstone's experimental guitar work in Madman. Who can even hold a candle to that today?
Mad Man Across The Water
Came across the record at a used record shop in Savannah. Wow. This is an amazing piece of work. From start to finish, just beautiful.
Best Elton Album
We've all heard Elton's Greatest Hits but some of the songs on his earlier albums have slipped through the cracks, which is a shame because they really are some of his finest musical compositions.
My personal favorites on this album are "Holiday Inn," "Levon," and "Razor Face." If you like Elton John and want to hear some of his best songs ever, this album is A MUST HAVE!!!!
Easily his best. Bought it in 1986 on cassette. Excellent LP.
Elton's Darkest Sounding Album
Perhaps Elton’s darkest sounding album, I simply love the mood this album creates. Thanks to Paul Buckmaster’s stirring and at times, even frightening orchestral arrangements, this album is a pretty heavy affair.
Plus, there is something about the way Elton’s piano was recorded. It has such warmth and depth to it. I don’t hear this type of sound quality on any other Elton John album.
Hits like Tiny Dancer and Levon were majestic storytelling songs and instantly harken me back to a simpler time. But it’s the deep album tracks that remind me why this album is so good. Razor Face, All The Nasties, Holiday Inn and the last track, Goodbye, are excellent.
Taupin once again, paints vivid pictures with his words, as only he can. And Indian Sunset is nearly a short story set to music. This song, about the plight of the American Indian never fails to move me.
Producer Gus Dudgeon’s steady hand brought a rich sound quality (thanks also to some unique session back-up singers that resemble a choir on some songs) that I don’t think was ever repeated.