Elton John - pre or post 1980s?

April 4, 2007 3:39pm CST
With Sir Elt's recent 60th birthday celebrations being much publicised, I'm wondering what you all consider to be the "definitive" period of his musical career? Personally I prefer his early stuff - so much raw talent, gorgeous melodies, and energetic dancey music! But I know that many people must like his later stuff, particularly his soundtracks. So are you more of a "Tiny Dancer" or a "Lion King"? All contributions welcome, as long as you've at least heard of Elton John!
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@AndiCat (326)
• United States
4 Apr 07
I have always loved Elton John. I do enjoy a lot of his later stuff, but if I had to choose, I'd have to say the earlier recordings. These days, I'm listenting to the "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" CD. Each song is so different from the next, and they are all classics. I also love his covers of "Pinball Wizard" and "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds".
6 Apr 07
Thanks for your response Andicat! Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has to be one of his definitive albums. Excellent! Incidentally, didn't he actually write "Pinball Wizard"? I always thought he did...?
@AndiCat (326)
• United States
6 Apr 07
Well, now that you mention it . . . maybe he did? All I remember is that the Who sang that song on the "Tommy" soundtrack, and Elton John was/played the pinball wizard. But I really don't know who wrote it. Hmmmmm . . . now you've got me thinking . . .
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@AndiCat (326)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I just checked my copy of "Elton John's Greatest Hits Volume II", and it looks like Pete Townsend actually wrote "Pinball Wizard".
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• United States
5 Apr 07
Elton who? Just Kidding. I love his early works more than his new work.I find it beautiful and poignant.So write me down as a "Tiny Dancer".
• United States
8 Apr 07
I haven't heard Candle In the Wind in a long time. I like both versions. I hope wuth time you can like it again.
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• United States
8 Apr 07
AngelicEmu, No matter what light you place Elton John, he is one of my hero's. I simply love him. There is nothing he has sang or written that I do not find fascinating. In fact our 3rd sons name is Elton Jacob. We call him Jake not Elton or even EJ, but I just think the name Elton is so distinguished. My husband turned me on to Elton John when we first started dating. He and I have spent many romantic evenings, dancing cuddling and making love to his piano. I would be real hard pressed to choose between which era of music I prefer as I just adore everything he has done.
8 Apr 07
Well good on you Angelwhispers! Taste in music is always personal, and I'm glad you get so much enjoyment from Sir Elton's work throughout his career! It sounds like you have many happy and special memories connected with his music, and I wish you many more to come. By the way, I went to school with a girl who was distantly related to him (second cousin several times removed), but unfortunately the musical gene didn't seem to have reached her :-) All the best to you, and enjoy the music you love!
@freesoul (3024)
• Egypt
6 Apr 07
It's hard to say but I would say his 80s songs, his earlier songs his voice wasn't just as good, not mature enough maybe, but Elton john is one of my all time favorite artists and i like most of his work old or new .
6 Apr 07
Thanks for your contribution to the discussion freesoul! I'd have to disagree with you about Elton's voice not being as good during his early career. I do think he had a great voice in his earlier years, and it suited the music he wrote. His voice did change later, and I think it still sounded great up until the late 1990s (it has gone somewhat nowadays). All the best!
• United States
5 Apr 07
The best of Elton John was his early music, I would have to say. He was a rock icon in the 1970's and man he had some cool outfits!!
6 Apr 07
I'm with you on that princess! His outfits were completely outrageous, and from what I hear, his stage shows were an incredible experience. He still dresses outrageously on occasion, but that tends to be at his epic parties (judging from the photos I've seen on the 5 minute Entertainment slots on the TV). Thanks for your response, and happy bopping to the early tracks!
@foxyfire33 (10017)
• United States
5 Apr 07
The newer music IS "nice" but I don't see it as "Elton John". He's definitely taken the "safe route". "Your Song" is one of my favorites but hardly anyone ever mentions it when discussing Elton John.
6 Apr 07
Thanks for answering foxyfire. I agree - people seem to have forgotten about his early classics, and seem to rave on about the safe "nicey nicey" tracks of nowadays. Ah well, maybe there will be a revival of his past glory sometime! Cheers, and all the best.
• United States
5 Apr 07
While I like all of Elton John's music, I have to say I do prefer his earlier music. I mean, you can't get much better than Tiny Dancer! It's definitely one of my most favorite songs, by him or anyone else. It does seem like he tends to play it safe lately, and I wish he would just break free, because sometimes it seems like he's holding himself back. But it could also have to do with the face that he is growing older, and that sometimes happens the older you get.
• United States
4 Apr 07
Oh I like a lot of his music - past and present. Some of my favorites are Something About the Way You Look Tonight, Daniel, and Crodile Rock. But he has so many good ones.
6 Apr 07
Thanks for answering Withoutwings! He has produced a lot of good stuff - Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting is one of my fave dancey ones, but I also like some of his more low-key subtler songs like Daniel. Cheers once again for your answer, and all the best!