a great song and it still gets the occasional spin on the great WLNG in Sag Harbor NY (they of the "10,000 Golden Oldies" library) The song was a #1 single in the UK that year in a version by a group called Chicory Tip. (Moroder did write it, however)
^You're right, Pete; the song has an edge that was missing from most, if not all, of their previous recordings. I think back to "Where Were You When I Needed You" -- love the song, but it's definitely of a different tempo. And thanks for the CashBox reference; I solely use Billboard for my chart information.
Anything from Honky Chateau thru Captain Fantastic and even some of the non album b-sides are AMAZING!
Prior to Honky Chateau, the albums are great, just not as cohesive.
My favorite from Don't Shoot Me is Blues For My Baby & Me. That one note in the intro sends chills down my spine.
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was also diverse. But albums as early as “Elton John” (1970) and as late as “The Fox” have some great tracks potentially as classic as his mid-70s works.
the number of LP cuts of his that could've been huge hit singles back then is amazing -- but he was so d**n prolific that he always had another album ready to drop. GYBR could've spun off 3 or 4 (or even 5) smashes if Caribou hadn't been waiting in the wings.
I believe in the boogie... but the boogie don't believe in me!