Elton John – Madman Across the Water (1971) Live at BBC Studios
November 11, 1971
A close friend burned a copy of Elton John’s Tumbleweed album for me last night and I could not stop listening to track 12 (Madman Across the Water) on the drive home and for the next 24 hours. Elton John, during this period, was creatively unstoppable and musically unrivaled. The alchemical collaboration between Bernie Taupin and Elton John comes together brilliantly on this track. The studio recording included below this live version, has the rock god, Mick Ronson on Guitar but this paired down BBC Live version featuring trio-Elton, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson is more than fine.
Today I came across Brandi Carlile’s, excellent cover of this Elton/Bernie classic. Have you noticed that Brandi is combing over the best singer/songwriter songs from the 60 and 70s catalog for a Brandi Carlile reinterpretation?
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