Notes: A CD reissue added “Into the Old Man’s Shoes” and the original version of “Madman Across the Water.”
Madman Across the Water
“Named for a cut that originally appeared on his Tumbleweed Connection album, Madman Across the Water yielded some of Elton John’s earliest AOR staples. Tiny Dancer, like the previous ‘Your Song,’ was introduced and carried by John’s masterful piano composition. The song’s sense of longing also employed the falsetto chorus that would become as much of a trademark as his costumes” (Gdula).
“Levon, another entry into the John/Taupin ‘ballad of’ category, is one of their finest pieces. The orchestration gives the song not only its sense of foreboding, but also its release of tension as the song ends” (Gdula).
“Rotten Peaches became a favorite, as did Holiday Inn. There's also a different interpretation of the title track than appeared on Tumbleweed Connection” (Gdula).