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.

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.

01. Tiny Dancer (00:06:17)
02. Levon (00:05:23)
03. Razor Face (00:04:44)
04. Madman Across The Water (00:05:58)
05. Indian Sunset (00:06:47)
06. Holiday Inn (00:04:18)
07. Rotten Peaches (00:04:59)
08. All The Nasties (00:05:10)
09. Goodbye (00:01:50)