Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×12" Vinyl8 + 9
  • GB1973-10-05
DJM RecordsDJE 29001
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×12" Vinyl8 + 9
  • US1973-10-05
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)MCA2-6894
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×12" Vinyl8 + 9
DJM RecordsDJLPD 1001[none]
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×12" Vinyl8 + 9
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)MCA2-10003[none]
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×12" Vinyl8 + 9
  • -1973
DJM RecordsDJLPD 1001[none]
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×12" Vinyl8 + 9
DJM RecordsMM 77.001[none]
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×12" Vinyl8 + 9
Direct-to-Disk LabsSD2-16614
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×12" Vinyl8 + 9
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 2-160[none]
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×CD8 + 9
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)MCAD2‐6894076732689424
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×CD8 + 9
DJM Records821 747-2, DJLPD 1001042282174727
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (without 'Made in' at Matrix)Elton John2×CD8 + 9
DJM Records821 747-2, DJM CD 2042282174727
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (PDO)Elton John2×CD8 + 9
DJM Records821 747-2042282174727
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×CD8 + 9
  • JP1988-12-21
DJM Records23PD-103~44988011313554
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnCD17
  • US1989-10-11
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabUDCD 526015775152625
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnCD17
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)821 747-2042282174727
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Made in Germany)Elton John2×CD8 + 9
DJM Records821 747-2, DJM CD 2042282174727
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (PMDC)Elton John2×CD8 + 9
DJM Records821 747-2042282174727
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Reissue, Remastered)Elton JohnCD17
  • GB1995-05-10
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)528 159-2731452815927
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnCD17
  • DE1995-05-15
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)36 924 9369249
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnCD17
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)528 159-2731452815927
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnCD17
Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases), Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits), The Rocket Record CompanyI2 2815977749936013602
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (528 159-2 01, PMDC)Elton JohnCD17
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits), This Record Co. Ltd. (copyright holder)528 159-2731452815927
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnCD17
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)P2-2174702083147102
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (club edition)Elton JohnCD17
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)P2-217470208314710260
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnCD17
The Rocket Record Company314-528 159-2731452815927
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnCD17
The Rocket Record Company, BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions)314 528 159 2, D111941
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×12" Vinyl8 + 9
Speakers CornerDJM DJLPD 1001[none]
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×12" Vinyl8 + 9
DJM Records, Speakers CornerDJLPD 10014260019711021
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnCD17
  • JP2001-09-27
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)UICY-91074988005281920
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (deluxe edition)Elton John2×Hybrid SACD + DVD-Video8 + 13 + 8
  • US2003-11-25
This Record Co. Ltd. (copyright holder)B0001478-40602498132807
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×CD8 + 13
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)981 320-5, 981 320-7, 986 575-5, 986 575-60602498132050
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×Hybrid SACD8 + 13
Chronicles (a label under UMG’s Universal Music Enterprises division), Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), The Rocket Record CompanyB0001570-36602498132067
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnDVD-Audio + DVD-Video42 + 8
  • US2004-04-27
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)B0002307-19602498177068
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnCD17
Sorrisi e Canzoni TVGAI 06 01[none]
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×SHM-CD8 + 13
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)UICY-93671/24988005525819
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnSHM-SACD17
  • JP2010-12-15
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)UIGY-90524988005636720
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnCD17
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)533 542-70600753354278
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnSHM-CD17
  • JP2013-11-27
Universal (plain logo: “Universal”; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified)UICY-400254988005791764
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×12" Vinyl8 + 9
  • XE2014-03-24
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits), Universal UMC375 349-5602537534951
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary super deluxe edition)Elton John4×CD17 + 19 + 8 + 9
  • GB2014-03-24
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)375 348-0602537534807
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th anniversary celebration, mastered for iTunes)Elton JohnDigital Media17
  • GB2014-03-24
  • US2014-03-24
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)602537535170
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary remaster)Elton JohnCD17
  • US2014-03-25
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)B0020287-02602537585892
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnBlu-ray17
  • XW2014-04-15
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)375 859-7602537585977
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×CD17 + 18
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)375 348-9602537534890
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Deluxe Edition)Elton John2×CD17 + 18
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)B0020013-02602537534890
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnSHM-CD17
  • JP2019-08-07
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)UICY-789614988031340684
Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John2×CD8 + 9DJM Records821 747-2042282174727

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part of:Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 91) (order: 91)
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Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/30577 [info]
lyrics page:https://genius.com/albums/Elton-john/Goodbye-yellow-brick-road [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/3bm5 [info]
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Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000398326 [info]
Wikidata:Q827363 [info]

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Never one to lack hubris, Elton described this 80-minute double as his White Album. It's sold over 30 million copies and is his most commercially successful studio album. His name was already made upon its October 1973 release, but this muddled magnum opus shunted him - with its astronomical US popularity - into the big leagues. Today, the famous sections sound great while the filler numbers (and there are quite a few) sound flimsy.

The original idea had to been to record in Jamaica, following The Rolling Stones' example set with Goat's Head Soup. But local unrest there led to a swift return to Chateau d'Herouville for the third consecutive album. In his comfort zone and full of confidence, John managed to concoct an invigorating brew of rock, pop, glam and music hall. If it tails off badly - the unspeakable truth is that GYBR would have made a better single album - it begins in winningly grandiose manner.

The epic Wagnerian strains of the Funeral for a Friend instrumental lead into the red-meat refrains of Love Lies Bleeding, where Davey Johnstone's guitar, as so often, lends wings to a John/Taupin composition. The run of now-standards continues with Candle in the Wind (then a homage to Marilyn; later, notoriously, to Diana), the stomping glam-soul romp Bennie and the Jets (perhaps a fuzzy stab at a Ziggy Stardust fantasy), and the plaintive title song, in which the virtues of country over city are eulogised. "I'm going back to my plough," sighs Elton, in perhaps the least technically authentic line in pop history.

After the melodically rich This Song Has No Title, the decline kicks in. GYBR is very much a top-loaded collection, and the likes of Jamaica Jerk-Off and Dirty Little Girl are no contenders for greatness. What was side three showcases Taupin at his lamest: lines like "getting paid for being laid" remain excruciating. There's a slight revival, however, in the final quarter. Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting - again guitar-dominated - has outlived its Who-influenced, glam-era buzz and Harmony is a deft closer. Of these 17 songs, banged out in 15 days, half have become rock canon staples.