Rose trees never grow in New York City (2 CDs)

Side A
Artist Song Buy
Elton John  Border Song  buy on itunes
Elton John  Your Song  buy on itunes
Elton John  Take Me to the Pilot  buy on itunes
Elton John  Sixty Years On  buy on itunes
Elton John  Ballad of a Well-Known Gun  buy on itunes
Elton John  Come Down in Time  buy on itunes
Elton John  Country Comfort  buy on itunes
Elton John  Where to Now St. Peter?  buy on itunes
Elton John  Love Song  buy on itunes
Elton John  Amoreena  buy on itunes
Elton John  Burn Down the Mission  buy on itunes
Elton John  Tiny Dancer  buy on itunes
Elton John  Levon  buy on itunes
Elton John  Razor Face  buy on itunes
Elton John  Madman Across the Water  buy on itunes
Elton John  Holiday Inn  buy on itunes
Elton John  Rotten Peaches  buy on itunes
Side B
ArtistSongBuy
Elton John  Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)  buy on itunes
Elton John  Susie (Dramas)  buy on itunes
Elton John  Honky Cat  buy on itunes
Elton John  I Think I'm Going to K ill Myself  buy on itunes
Elton John  Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters  buy on itunes
Elton John  Daniel  buy on itunes
Elton John  Skyline Pigeon [piano version]  buy on itunes
Elton John  Goodbye Yellow Brick Road  buy on itunes
Elton John  Love Lies Bleeding  buy on itunes
Elton John  Bennie and the Jets  buy on itunes
Elton John  Grey Seal  buy on itunes
Elton John  Harmony  buy on itunes
Elton John  Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me  buy on itunes
Elton John  The Bitch is Back  buy on itunes
Elton John  Philadelphia Freedom  buy on itunes
Elton John  Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy  buy on itunes
Elton John  Someone Saved My Life Tonight  buy on itunes

Comment:

It's really depressing to me now, in a way, that Elton John was one of the most formative artists in my musical world. I wore out the grooves on my "Philadelphia Freedom" and "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" 45s at the te nder age of four (when they were released in 1975). When I did the original single-disc version of this mix seven years ago, he was an absolutely talent-free cliche pandering to the middle-aged-housewife/Oprah set. Since then, he's appeared in some music documentaries again reminding the public that he is actually a music geek (he apparently owns thousands and thousands of records is kind of a minor-league rock/blues encyclopedia), a welcome rarity in the entertainment world, and has attempted to make at least one album invoking the spirit of his old style, although it was not nearly as good as the old days. Thirty-three years ago, he was a damned fine pop tunesmith, and the run of records that he released between 1970 and 1975 is genuinely impressive (I'll even grant him three later guilty pleasures in "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," "Empty Garden" and "Little Jeannie," although I couldn't in good conscience displace any of the tracks that I included here with any of them).

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doowad
Date: 8/15/2008
Hey, are you Darth Doowad? Extremely productive these days, Mr. Conroy.Bennie and the Jets is the only one of his that I really don't like of the group here. I always liked Tiny Dancer too (glad to see it here), and that one he did lately "That Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore". John Lennon's judgement wasn't the greatest, but I think he had it right with Elton. And it is to Elton's credit that while he "competed" more head on with McCartney as a hit machine, he fell on the John side of the debate.So, will Reo be next? The suspense is kil ling us...
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KathrynandRupert
Date: 8/15/2008
One of those dispiriting things about certain fri*nds is their poor taste in music. We were at a fri*nd's house recently and on came mid-eighties Elton. It made me think of another fri*nd who loved early Elton but abhorred anything from the late seventies onward.



I find much of his work dire but am fairly unfamiliar with his earlier work. I trust your judgement on Elton.
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Sean Lally
Date: 8/15/2008
YES - all great! It's weird that Elton became so lame. I mean, he was so freakin cool in the 70s. I guess there was just SO much money to be made singing Lion King songs. Every major single from this period - "Goodbye yellow brick road", especially - genius.
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Media Vixen: Radio Sally
Date: 8/15/2008
Love Philadelphia Freedom and don't go breaking my heart.
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doowad
Date: 8/15/2008
I'll work on my Dr. BLT retrospective first.
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doowad
Date: 8/15/2008
But Marc may beat us both to that punch...
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MarkSmith
Date: 8/15/2008
I was thinking about that Pet Shop Boys remark I made when you posted the New Order mix... and looking at this made me, somehow, think of Phil Collins... but then, the PSB had some talent!
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anthony lombardi
Date: 8/15/2008
i actually quite liked songs from the west coast, i thought it was a real return-to-form with some great rolling pop tunes, especially - as derek mentioned - "this train don't stop there anymore." my appreciation for his work does stop, excluding that record, after 1976 (i think blue moves is a pretty great album) though. have to say my favorites of his are "someone saved my life tonight" & "amoreena," both included, so no complaints here.
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2old2matter
Date: 8/15/2008
This is the soundtrack to my college, romance and early (first) marriage years. My only addition would be "Can I Put You On," from his underappreciated Fri*nds Soundtrack. Excellent job, Rob. And I don't even need a link.
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G-Sphere
Date: 8/15/2008
For me... 1970-1973. Seven great albums in that short period but stopped listening to anything after that. Caught him in concert a couple of times during that period too. Great shows.
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Jana
Date: 8/16/2008
Extra props for "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" as Dusty Springfield sings backing vocals. Tumbleweed Connection is one of my favorite road trip albums. Another excellent compilation, Rob.
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Rob_z2.
Date: 8/16/2008
Looks interesting all the way. Have to take a listen.
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vandaleyes
Date: 8/16/2008
This is a great choice for a retrospective mix. I do often feel like Elton is underappreciated and he's an artist that I definitely need to listen to more.
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SueEW
Date: 8/17/2008
you're right, Rob, he was one fine tunesmith (back then).
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Barrydali
Date: 8/17/2008
I'm so much on the fence that my arse has splinters. I love a third of this Rob but dislike the person.
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Mesh
Date: 8/18/2008
Overall, I have to agree with you here: Sir Reggie Dwight has some stellar songs from the days of my youth, which you've more than covered here. Saw him in concert in '92 or '93 and the highlights were the songs from the 70's. Nice work, Rob.
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Mr. Mirage
Date: 8/19/2008
I still have my 4 disc mix of EJ. I still recall hearing Funeral For A Freind/Loves Lies Bleeding for the first time. My fave versions of 60 years on and TMTTP are on 11/17/70.
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Mr. Mirage
Date: 8/19/2008
Oh, and re: EJ's becoming less of an artist... did he? Or was he more like Supertramp, and just continued making the same type of noise while the rest of the world rolled past?
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sammyg123
Date: 8/21/2008
There's some fantastic tunes on this mix. He made a lot of money doing something he was good at ( fact, not opinion ) and now he enjoys life to the max. I can't quite understand what peoples problem with him is. He owes us fuck all..

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