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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2×12" Vinyl 8 + 9 DJM Records DJE 29001
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2×12" Vinyl 8 + 9 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCA2-6894
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2×12" Vinyl 8 + 9 DJM Records DJLPD 1001 [none]
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2×12" Vinyl 8 + 9 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCA2-10003 [none]
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2×12" Vinyl 8 + 9 DJM Records DJLPD 1001 [none]
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2×12" Vinyl 8 + 9 DJM Records MM 77.001 [none]
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2×12" Vinyl 8 + 9 Direct-to-Disk Labs SD2-16614
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2×12" Vinyl 8 + 9 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 2-160 [none]
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2×CD 8 + 9 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD2‐6894 076732689424
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2×CD 8 + 9 DJM Records 821 747-2 042282174727
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road CD 17 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 526 015775152625
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road CD 17 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 821 747-2 042282174727
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Reissue, Remastered) CD 17 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 528 159-2 731452815927
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road CD 17 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 36 924 9 369249
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road CD 17 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 528 159-2 731452815927
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road CD 17 Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases), Mercury Records (Universal Music Group), The Rocket Record Company I2 28159 77749936013602
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road CD 17 This Record Co. Ltd. (copyright holder) 528 159-2 731452815927
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road CD 17 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) P2-21747 02083147102
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road CD 17 The Rocket Record Company 314-528 159-2 731452815927
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road CD 17 The Rocket Record Company, BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. 314 528 159 2, D111941
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2×12" Vinyl 8 + 9 DJM Records, Speakers Corner DJLPD 1001 [none]
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road CD 17 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) UICY-9107 4988005281920
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Deluxe Edition) 2×Hybrid SACD + DVD-Video 8 + 13 + 8 This Record Co. Ltd. (copyright holder) B0001478-40 602498132807
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2×CD 8 + 13 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 981 320-5, 981 320-7, 986 575-5, 986 575-6 0602498132050
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road DVD-Audio + DVD-Video 42 + 8 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) B0002307-19 602498177068
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road CD 17 Sorrisi e Canzoni TV GAI 06 01 [none]
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2×SHM-CD 8 + 13 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) UICY-93671, UICY-93672 4988005525819
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road SHM-SACD 17 Universal International (release must say "制作:Universal International" AND have no logos other than "Universal Music") UIGY-9052 4988005636720
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road CD 17 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 533 542-7 0600753354278
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road SHM-CD 17 Universal (plain logo: "Universal") UICY-40025 4988005791764
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary super deluxe edition) 4×CD 17 + 19 + 8 + 9 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 375 348-0 602537534807
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th anniversary celebration, mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 17 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 602537535170
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary remaster) CD 17 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) B0020287-02 602537585892
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Blu-ray 17 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 375 859-7 602537585977
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Deluxe Edition) 2×CD 17 + 18 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) B0020013-02 602537534890
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2×CD 8 + 9 DJM Records 821 747-2 042282174727

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part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 91)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000398326 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/30577 [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.