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EltonJohnaholic
  Posted: August 12, 2017 04:46 pm
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People have probably ranked the albums here in order of their favorite to least favorite, but I'm doing something slightly different instead. We're going to rank Elton's albums twice. The first time you will rank the albums on PERSONAL feelings/experiences towards them and how they make YOU feel. The second time you rank, you will do it based off what you give a person just discovering Elton's music for the first time (in other words, albums that you think would be a good introduction; so set aside your personal feelings). Let's see how different or similar these lists will be!
We'll just rank Elton's 33 studio albums- nothing else.

LIST ONE - Your Order
1.) Sleeping With The Past
2.) The One
3.) Rock Of The Westies
4.) The Big Picture
5.) Caribou
6.) Empty Sky
7.) Reg Strikes Back
8.) Madman Across The Water
9.) Made In England
10.) Songs From The West Coast
11.) Leather Jackets
12.) The Fox
13.) Duets
14.) The Captain And The Kid
15.) Jump Up!
16.) Don't Shoot Me I'm The Only Piano Player
17.) 21 At 33
18.) Ice On Fire
19.) Breaking Hearts
20.) Elton John
21.) Wonderful Crazy Night
22.) Honky Chateau
23.) A Single Man
24.) Friends
25.) Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy
26.) The Diving Board
27.) Tumbleweed Connection
28.) Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
29.) Too Low For Zero
30.) The Union
31.) Blue Moves
32.) Peachtree Road
33.) Victim Of Love

LIST TWO - "Recommended" Order
1.) Wonderful Crazy Night
2.) Caribou
3.) Don't Shoot Me I'm The Only Piano Player
4.) Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
5.) Elton John
6.) Sleeping With The Past
7.) Made In England
8.) Duets
9.) Rock of The Westies
10.) The Captain And The Kid
11.) Madman Across The Water
12.) A Single Man
13.) Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy
14.) The Big Picture
15.) Honky Chateau
16.) Breaking Hearts
17.) Ice On Fire
18.) Blue Moves
19.) Tumbleweed Connection
20.) Too Low For Zero
21.) Friends
22.) Leather Jackets
23.) The One
24.) Empty Sky
25.) 21 At 33
26.) Reg Strikes Back
27.) The Fox
28.) Jump Up!
29.) Songs From The West Coast
30.) Peachtree Road
31.) The Union
32.) The Diving Board
33.) Victim Of Love

P.S. Because people in other groups are giving me a hard time for ranking Goodbye Yellow Brick Road so low because they're babies and can't handle it, I'm going to make a review soon why I actually put this album so low. It ain't gonna be pretty. But in an effort to prove this album is not really that amazing... lol sleep.gif


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Posted: August 12, 2017 07:09 pm
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Album Rankings Thread

Before you joined the board Brianna,
There was a similar thread posted January 26, 2017 by BiteUrLip...he then compiled a composite score reflecting how we rated the albums.

I'm going to copy my list-which ranks them by my opinion. Then I'll go by your request to arrange them by recommendation...


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Posted: August 12, 2017 07:28 pm
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1. Madman Across The Water
2. Blue Moves
3. Tumbleweed Connection
4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
5. Captain Fantastic
6. Elton John
7. Don't Shoot Me
8. The Diving Board
9. Honky Chateau
10. Caribou
11. Rock Of The Westies
12. Songs From The West Coast
13. Reg Strikes Back
14. The Union
15. Wonderful Crazy Night
16. The One
17. The Big Picture
18. Sleeping With The Past
19. Empty Sky
20. Made In England
21. Breaking Hearts
22. A Single Man*
23. 21 at 33
24. The Captain And The Kid
25. The Fox
26. Jump Up!
27. Peachtree Road
28. Too Low For Zero
29. The Thom Bell Sessions
30. Leather Jackets
31. Duets
32. Ice On Fire**
33. Victim Of Love

**Ice On Fire has grown on me recently, and I'd rank it above Too Low. Breaking Hearts has fallen recently, I'd rank it around #25 now.


Now, my recommendations:

1. GBYBR
2. Captain Fantastic
3. Madman
4. Tumbleweed
5. Elton John
6. Don't Shoot Me
7. Honky Chateau
8. Blue Moves
9. The Diving Board
10. Caribou
11. Rock Of The Westies
12. SFTWC
13. WCN
14. The Union
15. The One
16. Reg Strikes Back
17. SWTP
18. Empty Sky
19. The Big Picture
20. Made In England
21. The Captain/Kid
22. A Single Man*
23. 21 at 33
24. Jump Up!
25. Peachtree Road
26. Ice On Fire
27. The Fox
28. Thom Bell Sessions
29. Breaking Hearts
30. Too Low
31. Leather Jackets
32. Duets
33. Victim Of Love

* - A Single Man in its original edition. With bonus tracks, this becomes a far stronger album and I'd rate it more highly on both lists.


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Posted: August 12, 2017 11:42 pm
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QUOTE (EltonJohnaholic @ August 12, 2017 04:46 pm)
People have probably ranked the albums here in order of their favorite to least favorite, but I'm doing something slightly different instead. We're going to rank Elton's albums twice. The first time you will rank the albums on PERSONAL feelings/experiences towards them and how they make YOU feel. The second time you rank, you will do it based off what you give a person just discovering Elton's music for the first time (in other words, albums that you think would be a good introduction; so set aside your personal feelings). Let's see how different or similar these lists will be!
We'll just rank Elton's 33 studio albums- nothing else.

LIST ONE - Your Order
1.) Sleeping With The Past
2.) The One
3.) Rock Of The Westies
4.) The Big Picture
5.) Caribou
6.) Empty Sky
7.) Reg Strikes Back
8.) Madman Across The Water
9.) Made In England
10.) Songs From The West Coast
11.) Leather Jackets
12.) The Fox
13.) Duets
14.) The Captain And The Kid
15.) Jump Up!
16.) Don't Shoot Me I'm The Only Piano Player
17.) 21 At 33
18.) Ice On Fire
19.) Breaking Hearts
20.) Elton John
21.) Wonderful Crazy Night
22.) Honky Chateau
23.) A Single Man
24.) Friends
25.) Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy
26.) The Diving Board
27.) Tumbleweed Connection
28.) Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
29.) Too Low For Zero
30.) The Union
31.) Blue Moves
32.) Peachtree Road
33.) Victim Of Love

LIST TWO - "Recommended" Order
1.) Wonderful Crazy Night
2.) Caribou
3.) Don't Shoot Me I'm The Only Piano Player
4.) Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
5.) Elton John
6.) Sleeping With The Past
7.) Made In England
8.) Duets
9.) Rock of The Westies
10.) The Captain And The Kid
11.) Madman Across The Water
12.) A Single Man
13.) Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy
14.) The Big Picture
15.) Honky Chateau
16.) Breaking Hearts
17.) Ice On Fire
18.) Blue Moves
19.) Tumbleweed Connection
20.) Too Low For Zero
21.) Friends
22.) Leather Jackets
23.) The One
24.) Empty Sky
25.) 21 At 33
26.) Reg Strikes Back
27.) The Fox
28.) Jump Up!
29.) Songs From The West Coast
30.) Peachtree Road
31.) The Union
32.) The Diving Board
33.) Victim Of Love

P.S. Because people in other groups are giving me a hard time for ranking Goodbye Yellow Brick Road so low because they're babies and can't handle it, I'm going to make a review soon why I actually put this album so low. It ain't gonna be pretty. But in an effort to prove this album is not really that amazing... lol sleep.gif


I want you to know I reported you to the board moderators for Goodbye Yellow Brick Road abuse! The Elton fan police should be arriving to take you away any minute now! laugh.gif

I like the idea of this topic. I've done a similar thing in the past, but what I do know for sure is that my personal taste list does differ a lot from the list that'd I'd recommend to new comers. I'll post my list as soon as I get them where I want them.

And I look forward to your review on Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Although I've never been a huge fan of the album on a personal level, I've always respected it's standings in the Elton fan community and the songs on it.

I can't wait to read your thoughts on why you feel so strongly against it. Don't hold back. Lay it thick. You could be saying things a lot of people have felt for years but have never had the guts to say in Elton fan company! smile.gif


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Posted: August 12, 2017 11:59 pm
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My Order:

1. Too Low for Zero
2. Peachtree Road
3. Tumbleweed Connection
4. The Diving Board
5. The Union
6. Songs from the West Coast
7. Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
8. The Captain and the Kid
9. Sleeping with the Past
10. Wonderful Crazy Night
11. Elton John
12. Honky Chateau
13. Made in England
14. Madman Across the Water
15. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
16. Donít Shoot Me Iím Only the Piano Player
17. Rock of the Westies
18. Reg Strikes Back
19. The One
20. Caribou
21. Blue Moves
22. 21 @ 33
23. A Single Man
24. Jump Up
25. Breaking Hearts
26. The Fox
27. Empty Sky
28. Victim of Love
29. Friends
30. Ice on Fire
31. Duets
32. The Big Picture
33. Leather Jackets


Recommended List:

1. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
2. Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
3. Donít Shoot Me Iím Only the Piano Player
4. Honkey Chateau
5. Sleeping with the Past
6. Tumbleweed Connection
7. Too Low for Zero
8. Elton John
9. Caribou
10. Made in England
11. Rock of the Westies
12. A Single Man
13. The Union
14. Songs from the West Coast
15. Peachtree Road
16. Wonderful Crazy Night
17. The Captain and the Kid
18. The One
19. Blue Moves
20. Empty Sky
21. 21 @ 33
22. Reg Strikes Back
23. Jump Up
24. Breaking Hearts
25. The Fox
26. Friends
27. A Single Man
28. Victim of Love
29. Ice on Fire
30. Duets
31. The Big Picture
32. Duets
33. Leather Jackets


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Posted: August 13, 2017 01:00 am
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1. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
2. Too Low For Zero
3. Sleeping With The Past
4. Don't Shoot Me
5. Blue Moves
6. The Diving Board
7. Madman Across The Water
8. Honky Chateau
9. Captain Fantastic
10. The One
11. Ice on Fire
12. Tumbleweed Connection
13. A Single Man
14. Songs From The West Coast
16. Made In England
16. Leather Jackets
17. The Captain And The Kid
18. Jump Up!
19. The Complete Thom Bell Sessions
20. The Fox
21. Wonderful Crazy Night
22. The Big Picture
23. Reg Strikes Back
24. 21 At 33
25. The Union
26. Elton John
27. Caribou
28. Breaking Hearts
29. Peachtree Road
30. Duets
31. Empty Sky
32. Rock Of The Westies
33. Victim Of Love


The recommended list. I would recommend the 70`s albums for a new fan to start knowing Elton`s music, with the exception, of course, VOL. Then go to Too Low For Zero and Sleeping with the Past and go into the 2000`s albums with no particular order.


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Posted: August 13, 2017 06:01 am
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My Order:

01. Made In England
02. The One
03. Blue Moves
04. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
05. Madman Across The Water
06. Elton John
07. Captain Fantastic
08. The Fox
09. A Single Man
10. Tumbleweed Connection
11. Sleeping With The Past
12. Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player
13. Songs From The West Coast
14. Jump Up!
15. 21 At 33
16. Honky Ch‚teau
17. The Big Picture
18. Breaking Hearts
19. Reg Strikes Back
20. The Diving Board
21. The Captain And The Kid
22. Wonderful Crazy Night
23. Peachtree Road
24. Caribou
25. The Union
26. Duets
27. Too Low For Zero
28. Empty Sky
29. Rock Of The Westies
30. Ice On Fire
31. Thom Bell Sessions
32. Leather Jackets
33. Victim Of Love

Recommended:

I'd recommend Goodbye Yellow Brick Road or Blue Moves at first... Captain Fantastic... And then directly into the 90's with Made In England to have a taste of Elton's "deeper" and beautiful voice (as heard as in some gems like "Belfast"), and then I don't know... Something from the 80's or 2000's to complete a bit the "overall view"...


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Posted: August 13, 2017 03:46 pm
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A few observations on recommended albums:

Captain Fantastic is a interesting choice - I had it at #2. It's autobiographical and non-commercial (only one single) so it might not be the wisest choice to recommend to a novice. But, I don't think one needs to understand the history of Elton and Bernie in order to enjoy it immensely. It has plenty of melodic hooks, it's very well-crafted, and meticulously played and recorded.

I struggled between CF and Madman at #2 and #3, and could easily have switched them. Madman has songs that are more recognizable, with Tiny Dancer, Levon, and the classic title cut.

Albums such as Honky Chateau, Caribou, Don't Shoot Me, WCN, and Reg Strikes Back are all examples of the breezy pop that Elton became famous for. I would not hesitate to recommend them because they all contain songs that are simply fun to listen to. Albums like Ice On Fire and even Leather Jackets (though it lacks quality) can be recommended for their pop content if not much else.

One album I struggle to recommend is Too Low For Zero, and I would do so on the strength of its two signature 1980's hits, plus One More Arrow and maybe Cold As Christmas. Crystal and Saint are good, but long, and the rest of the album I cannot recommend at all.


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Posted: August 14, 2017 12:37 pm
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I'm too lazy to create lists this time, BUT I have a few thoughts about the "recommended" list:

I wouldn't recommend CF&TBDC because it's autobiographical. With GYBR the reason is because it's a double album - otherwise an excellent choice.

Next comes the question should the album include lots of fan favorites or hits. I would choose hits over fan favorites, if I had to choose, but just in case the best could be a mix.

That's why I would say I would recommend albums like Elton John, Honky Chateau or Don't Shoot Me. Outside seventies - probably 2L4Z, Sleeping With The Past, Songs From The West Coast.


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