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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" - "BALD FIRE" - EPISODE 37 - FEATURING THE ALBUM "TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION- THE DELUXE EDITION" By ELTON JOHN IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVE - THE CAPTAIN DIGS INTO HIS 8 TRACK TREASURE CHEST

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“CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL” – “BALD FIRE” – EPISODE 37FEATURING THE ALBUM “TUMBLEWEED CONNECTIONTHE DELUXE EDITION By ELTON JOHN IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVE BY CAPTAIN BILLY - THE CAPTAIN DIGS INTO HIS 8 TRACK TREASURE CHEST

“BALD FIRE

EPISODE #37: TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION by Elton John (1970, Uni)

I lost my hair when I was 19 years old, a potentially crippling development for a sexed-up be speckled teenager with Guitar God ambitions. When the rocking English fireball Elton John streaked across the musical sky, he heralded a signal of hopeful relief that us nerds could have it all. He wore glasses, too, was folically challenged, also, but KICKED ASS. Not only that, he had the preternatural poet Bernie Taupin, painting metrically eccentric, evocative, mythical landscapes that pointed the compass for Elton’s histrionic genius.

As I’ve stated previously, The Band was one of my favorite groups. Music from Big Pink came out in ’68, and Elton has cited that influence, along with the keyboard technique of Leon Russell. That explains my love of Tumbleweed Connection. The lyrical obsession with Southern legend, motored by the funky, contrapuntal percussion of the piano chords, hit me between the ears with blunt emotional force.

Songs like Amoreena, and Country Comfort continued the retro soundtrack, initially kicked off by Robbie, Levon, Garth, Rick, and Richard (4 Canadians, and one Arkansan), only here it’s reconstituted, interestingly, by two Englishmen.

This was a nearly universal musical fashion at the time, but the difference here is that Elton was not to be contained long by such a stylistic restriction. He was about to explode out of it with a commercial star power that would propel him for generations. The parade of hits that followed, in addition to Broadway and film conquests, have made Sir Elton a cultural icon. And, though I must admit I lost interest in 1980, when he appeared in Central Park in a Donald Duck suit, I remain a devoted – (even though he got hair plugs, and now sports a strawberry blonde moptop) – fan of that balding dynamo, introduced to me a decade earlier, when I desperately needed a role model.

TRACK LIST- DELUXE EDITION Side One 1. “Ballad of a Well-known Gun” 4:59 2. “Come Down in Time” 3:25 3. “Country Comfort” 5:06 4. “Son of Your Father” 3:48 5. “My Father’s Gun” 6:20

Side Two 6. “Where to Now St. Peter?” 4:11 7. “Love Song” (Lesley Duncan) 3:41 8. “Amoreena” 5:00 9. “Talking Old Soldiers” 4:06 10. “Burn Down the Mission” 6:21 Total length: 46:56

Bonus tracks (1995 Mercury and 2001 Rocket reissue) No. Title Length 11. “Into the Old Man’s Shoes” 4:02 12. “Madman Across the Water” (Original version, featuring Mick Ronson) 8:50 -

2008 Deluxe Edition Bonus Disc

1. “There’s Goes a Well Known Gun” (Previously unreleased band demo) 3:27 2. “Come Down in Time” (Piano demo) 3:39 3. “Country Comfort” (Piano demo) 4:12 4. “Son of Your Father” (Previously unreleased piano demo) 4:12 5. “Talking Old Soldiers” (Piano demo) 4:13 6. “Into the Old Man’s Shoes” (Piano demo) 3:40 7. “Sister of the Cross” (Piano demo) 4:38 8. “Madman Across the Water” (Original version, featuring Mick Ronson) 8:50 9. “Into the Old Man’s Shoes” 4:02 10. “My Father’s Gun” (BBC session) 3:43 11. “Ballad of a Well-Known Gun” (BBC session) 4:36 12. “Burn Down the Mission” (BBC session) 6:52 13. “Amoreena” (BBC session) 5:12


By Rich Buckland 12/05/2021 03:17 PM

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