Elton John Celebrates Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary In The Studio
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is practically a 'greatest hits' unto itself, containing eighteen songs including "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting", "Funeral For A Friend/ Love Lies Bleeding", "Bennie and the Jets", "Candle In The Wind", "Harmony", and the title track "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" to name a few.
The album would contribute to an unprecedented seven consecutive # 1 albums for Elton John from 1972 to 1975, a feat not even the Beatles have accomplished. Worldwide sales are estimated at over twenty million to date, putting Goodbye Yellow Brick Road among the top sellers in history.
Elton John and Bernie Taupin's unique and successful writing partnership was put to the test during the writing and recording of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Elton and Bernie describe to InTheStudio host Redbeard how a planned trip to Jamaica to record the album quickly became disastrous.
Elton said, "We went to Jamaica to do the GYBR album. It was the day after the Foreman/ Fraizer fight and the whole island was crawling. I'd never been so frightened of a place in my life as Kingston. It was a very dangerous place(then)... Because I was afraid to go out of the hotel, most of those songs were written in a two or three day period."
Bernie added, "You can't really record comfortably when you're surrounded by guards with machine guns!" Stream the episode here.