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Hello again Yellow Brick Road

March 28th, 2014 · Posted by Skuds in Music · 2 Comments · Music

Apart from the lack of any vocal talent or looks, the thing that stopped me being a top rock star was a problem remembering the words to songs. Some people (like Jayne) can sing along to something they have only heard a few times on the radio. I can’t even remember all the words to some of my favourite songs, and others I never even knew what the words were except for the chorus.

Last night and tonight I was listening to the newly re-released Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album and found that I actually know nearly all the words to the whole double album. Even the non-single tracks, and this is despite only having heard it a few times in the last 25 years and probably not at all since I bought it on CD two or three years ago.

Partly this is because I had the vinyl LP at a time when I only had a handful of records so listened to it a lot, while reading the lyrics in the huge gatefold sleeve, but I think a lot of it is because it is just a brilliant record. Is it really 40 years old? It still sounds fresh now.

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  • Skuds Sister

    I was talking to a customer about this the other day – although it was worrying to think I was old enough to remember a 40 year old album.

    You also get to know all the lyrics when your brother only has a few records and has control of the only record player in the house. My standout tracks were Grey Seal and All the Young Girls love Alice. The question is though, how are you on Johnny Cash?

  • Skuds

    Grey Seal is also one of my favourites. I think Jamaica Jerk Off is the only track I’m not that keen on.

    When your brother has control of the only record player (because he bought it!) and subjects the house to his Yes albums over and over, it did at least prepare you for married life ;)

    Not good on Johnny Cash. Or Joan Baez. Not sure about Wally Whyton though.