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Elton John – Wonderful Crazy Night {Deluxe} (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Elton John – Wonderful Crazy Night (2016) [Deluxe Edition]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:08 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: Pop, Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Island Records

Elton John’s 33rd studio album, co-produced by Elton with T-Bone Burnett and recorded and mixed at the Village in Los Angeles. It is John’s first album since 2006’s The Captain & the Kid to feature the Elton John Band. The deluxe edition includes two additional tracks.

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Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection (2004) [DVD-Audio ISO]

Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection
Artist: Elton John | Album: Tumbleweed Connection | Style: Classic Rock | Year: 2004 [1970 original] | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 12 | Size: ~3.97 Gb | Recovery: 5% | Covers: in archive | Release: transfer of SACD by Island Def Jam MusicGroup | Universal Records, 2004 | Note: Not Watermarked

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.

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Elton John – Madman Across The Water (2004) [DVD-AUDIO ISO]

Elton John – Madman Across The Water
Artist: Elton John | Album: Madman Across The Water | Style: Classic Rock | Year: 2004 [1971 original] | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 9 | Size: ~3.03 Gb | Recovery: 3% | Covers: in archive | Release: transfer SACD by This Record Company / Island, 2004 | Note: Not Watermarked

Trading the cinematic aspirations of Tumbleweed Connection for a tentative stab at prog rock, Elton John and Bernie Taupin delivered another excellent collection of songs with Madman Across the Water. Like its two predecessors, Madman Across the Water is driven by the sweeping string arrangements of Paul Buckmaster, who gives the songs here a richly dark and haunting edge. And these are songs that benefit from grandiose treatments. With most songs clocking in around five minutes, the record feels like a major work, and in many ways it is. While it’s not as adventurous as Tumbleweed Connection, the overall quality of the record is very high, particularly on character sketches “Levon” and “Razor Face,” as well as the melodramatic “Tiny Dancer” and the paranoid title track. Madman Across the Water begins to fall apart toward the end, but the record remains an ambitious and rewarding work, and John never attained its darkly introspective atmosphere again.

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Elton John – Peachtree Road (2004) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Elton John – Peachtree Road (2004)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 52:05 minutes | 2,06 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © The Rocket Record Company

Elton John’s 28th studio album garnered gold status by the RIAA in December 2004. The record peaked at #18 on Billboard’s Top 200 and featured three singles: Weight Of The World, Porch Swing In Tupelo and They Call Her The Cat.

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Elton John – Honky Chateau (1972/2004) [DVD Audio ISO + WavPack]

Genre: pop, rock

Format: DVD-Audio MLP 5.1 24/96, LPCM 2.0 24/96 + wavpack 2.0, 5.1 24/96

Considerably lighter than Madman Across the Water, Honky Chateau is a rollicking collection of ballads, rockers, blues, country-rock, and soul songs. On paper, it reads like an eclectic mess, but it plays as the most focused and accomplished set of songs Elton John and Bernie Taupin ever wrote. The skittering boogie of “Honky Cat” and the light psychedelic pop of “Rocket Man” helped send Honky Chateau to the top of the charts, but what is truly impressive about the album is the depth of its material. From the surprisingly cynical and nasty “I Think I’m Gonna Kill Myself” to the moving ballad “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,” John is at the top of his form, crafting immaculate pop songs with memorable melodies and powerful hooks. While Taupin’s lyrics aren’t much more comprehensible than before, John delivers them with skill and passion, making them feel more substantial than they are. But what makes Honky Chateau a classic is the songcraft, and the way John ties disparate strands of roots music into distinctive and idiosyncratic pop — it’s one of the finest collections of mainstream singer/songwriter pop of the early ’70s.

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Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973/2003) [DVD Audio ISO + WavPack]

Genre: pop

Format:

1 – DVD-Audio 5.1 MLP 24 / 88.2 + wavpack 5.1 24 / 88.2
2 – DVD-Audio 2.0 LPCM 24 / 88.2 + wavpack 2.0 24 / 88.2

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was where Elton John’s personality began to gather more attention than his music, as it topped the American charts for eight straight weeks. In many ways, the double album was a recap of all the styles and sounds that made John a star. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is all over the map, beginning with the prog rock epic “Funeral for a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)” and immediately careening into the balladry of “Candle in the Wind.” For the rest of the album, John leaps between popcraft (“Bennie and the Jets”), ballads (“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”), hard rock (“Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”), novelties (“Jamaica Jerk-Off”), Bernie Taupin’s literary pretensions (“The Ballad of Danny Bailey”), and everything in between. Though its diversity is impressive, the album doesn’t hold together very well. Even so, its individual moments are spectacular and the glitzy, crowd-pleasing showmanship that fuels the album pretty much defines what made Elton John a superstar in the early ’70s. [This Island DVD Audio edition features the album in Dolby Surround, as well as a making-of documentary.]

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Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973/2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973/2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc] | 16.86 GB

LPCM Audio          4608 kbps       2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio 3566 kbps       2.0 / 96 kHz / 3566 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby TrueHD Audio  3004 kbps       2.0 / 96 kHz / 3004 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was the album that turned Elton John into a true superstar. Although he was already known in 1973 due to the growing success of his previous albums – including Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player, Elton John and Honky Chateau – it was the release of this double album that made Elton a household name, going on to sell a staggering 31-million copies. Goodbye… perfectly marries the various elements of Elton’s craft: classic songwriting, glam stomp, R&B, gospel, jaw-dropping performances, soul and a large helping of brilliant showmanship.

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Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973/1996) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973/1996)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:16:08 minutes | 1,73 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | @ Island Mercury

Elton John’s 1973 best selling masterpiece – seven times platinum – was also his most brilliantly diverse record. Originally released as a double LP, the album runs a gamut of styles and features some of the greatest singles of 1970s rock. This hi-def release offers an amazing re-experience of one of the all-time greatest rock recordings.

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Elton John & Leon Russell – The Union (2010) {Deluxe Edition} [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz] + DVD

Elton John & Leon Russell – The Union (2010) {Deluxe Edition}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:11:20 minutes | 1,59 GB | Genre: Rock
+ Full DVD (from CD Deluxe Edition) – Making Of, Directed by Cameron Crowe | 370 MB
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Scanned Booklet | @ Decca Records

-Picked as the #3 album of 2010 by Rolling Stone
-Produced by Oscar® and Grammy® winner T Bone Burnett
-Debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart

This stunning album pairs multiple Grammy® winner Elton John (one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with over 250 million records sold) and legendary Grammy® winning pianist Leon Russell (who will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011). Featuring guests Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Booker T. Jones, Robert Randolph, and a 10-piece gospel choir, it’s no wonder that The Union is one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2010.

Two rock giants, one largely forgotten, rekindle a friendship and make music that ranks with their best.”Rolling Stone

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Elton John – Madman Across The Water (1971/1996) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Elton John – Madman Across The Water (1971/1996)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 45:30 minutes | 996 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | @ Island Records

Elton John’s 1971 introspective masterpiece stands among the songwriter’s most emotive and intimate work. The album reached #8 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1972. The intricacies of the string arrangements and brilliant recording quality can be heard more clearly than ever before with this Hi-Res release.

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