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    Default John, Elton - TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION [SACD]

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    Oh dear. I'll get this out the way quickly: if you like EJ, then buy away (probably). The packaging is first rate, the DSD transfer is superb, and the mix is creative.
    But I don't like EJ. The most middle-of the road artist in history to my ears. Boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottmoose
    Oh dear. I'll get this out the way quickly: if you like EJ, then buy away (probably). The packaging is first rate, the DSD transfer is superb, and the mix is creative.
    But I don't like EJ. The most middle-of the road artist in history to my ears. Boring.
    Sorry if this is a dumb question....then why did you buy it?
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    A '10'....very vivid sound, and this is hardly middle of the road stuff all the way....Paul Buckmaster's string arrangements take care of that!

    This is also one of the lad's most consistent albums as well....fine songs from first to last, and the first of his obsessions with Americana....

    This will definitely receive regular 5.1 play in the years to come!


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    SUPER !!! I gave the surround mix a definate 10 and the music a 9, over all i gotta go with 10, a must have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daved64
    Sorry if this is a dumb question....then why did you buy it?
    I bought it out of interest. And the fact that there's been little on the SACD front that I have a vast interest in recently sadly. We live in desparate times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottmoose
    I bought it out of interest. And the fact that there's been little on the SACD front that I have a vast interest in recently sadly. We live in desparate times.
    How do you guys think I wound up with Britney's IN THE ZONE? Desparate times, indeed!

    It is stupid fun(not something I'd make a habit of, but that's true of Metallica, too), Jon, remember that when you post the inevitable poll for that one, K?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Bishop
    How do you guys think I wound up with Britney's IN THE ZONE? Desparate times, indeed!

    It is stupid fun(not something I'd make a habit of, but that's true of Metallica, too), Jon, remember that when you post the inevitable poll for that one, K?


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    Well, the last "out of interest" one I got was Crystal Method....

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    Default Re: WE 11/14/2004 [SACD]: Elton John TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION

    Have the album but never listened to it much. I'm sure I'll listen to it more often now. Yet another great surround mix by G.P.

    Awesome psychedelic mix of the bonus cut: "Madman Across the Water" (original Version)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Bishop
    How do you guys think I wound up with Britney's IN THE ZONE? Desparate times, indeed!

    It is stupid fun(not something I'd make a habit of, but that's true of Metallica, too), Jon, remember that when you post the inevitable poll for that one, K?


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    Default Re: [SACD]: Elton John TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION [10]

    Exceptional! If you're going to pick up one Elton John SACD just out of curiosity, I would pick a different one than "Tumbleweed Connection". It is much more subdued than Elton's other efforts of the period. Still, in my mind, it is a master work. The surround mix is right up there with the rest of them. I gave it 9 points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottmoose
    Oh dear. I'll get this out the way quickly: if you like EJ, then buy away (probably). The packaging is first rate, the DSD transfer is superb, and the mix is creative.
    But I don't like EJ. The most middle-of the road artist in history to my ears. Boring.
    Scott,

    If "The packaging is first rate, the DSD transfer is superb, and the mix is creative." then the proper use of the poll would be to rate it higher than a 1. A 1 should be reserved for a totally useless disc, something that has no surround or any production value at all. If you truely hate the disc on all fronts, no matter how popular it might be, or how wonderful anyone else thinks it is, then a "1" is a goer, but if it is only a matter of the music boring you yet the disc itself is well done, then how about a "4" or something.

    I guess everything is subjective, however.

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    Default Re: [SACD]: Elton John TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION [10]

    A '1' rating seems to miss the point of the poll, which is to factor in mix and sonics as much as possible. Although I have bought certain discs either out of curiosity or boredom(note the above!), I stick to the mix and sound, and assume, going in, that anyone who's not a fan will understand where I'm coming from.

    However, to label Sir Elton "the most middle-of-the-road artist in history(to my ears)", seems to miss the point, since that opinion is supposed to come from your brain, not your ears, heh.... And having collected music for over 40 years, I can safely say that there are far more tedious, less ambitious soft rock acts that EJ(Michael Bolton and Kenny G, anyone? Barry Manilow? latter-day Neil Diamond?), though I do believe the quality of his work underwent a steady decline, beginning in the late '70s.

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    Default Re: [SACD]: Elton John TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION [10]

    Gave this one a 9..

    That bonus 9 minute original version of Madman was a real treat particularily the surround mix..
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    Well I broke down and bought the rest of the EJ SACD's. Of all of them this is definately my "new" favourite of all of EJ's albums. I never paid much attention to this when it originally came out. But now I am giving this one a 9. Musically this must be the best/consistent thing he has done of all his albums and tracks like "Love Song" (though sounding decidedly digital) for instance sounds incredible in surround. You can also crank this disc. I have not listened to "Honky Chateau" or "Elton John" yet but this is my favourite of all the other EJ SACD's so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John the Depot Dude
    That bonus 9 minute original version of Madman was a real treat particularily the surround mix..
    Just finally got around to listening to the 'original' Madman and have to say that it's incredible. I like it more than the one we've heard for all these years. The best bonus song I've heard on any disc. Can't believe that when they recorded it, someone didn't think it worthy to put on the album.
    This was an album I never owned and I really enjoy it. Like all the other EJ discs, they did a great job on the surround presentation. I'll give it a strong 9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottmoose
    The packaging is first rate, the DSD transfer is superb, and the mix is creative.
    And yet another 1 rating.....Sorry Scott but stuff like this really cripples your credibility rating on any of your posts.

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    I like the melodies on this one and the bonus is a treat. A 9 cause Yellow Brick Road is better :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kvsawilson View Post
    Just finally got around to listening to the 'original' Madman and have to say that it's incredible. I like it more than the one we've heard for all these years. The best bonus song I've heard on any disc. Can't believe that when they recorded it, someone didn't think it worthy to put on the album.
    Actually, the only reason it was left off the original album was because of time constraints. They couldn't fit it on to the LP.
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    Default Re: [SACD]: Elton John TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION [10]

    I voted a 10.

    I have all of the Elton John SACDs, and this one is easily my favorite.

    The music is first rate, the sound quality is exceptional, and the surround mix... Well, it's one of the best I've ever heard.

    The redbook layer is a bit squashed to my ears, but most of us here probably don't care about that anyway! (haha.) The CD Text is a nice touch though.
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    Perhaps I'm the last person on earth to have bought this SACD but it was the last of the Elton John's that I was missing, I gave it a 9 and it was a real surprise. I had never heard this LP all the way through before in my life (maybe only heard 2 songs off it in fact) but was impressed that, unlike all his other albums, there was a consistency of theme and mood here, and not a pastiche of songs as all the rest of LPs seem to be. Not that I dislike all his other material, individual songs really shine, but full LPs have been difficult to wade through, for me. The mix is inventive to my ear and the sonics great on the old masters. The bonus Madman track with Mick Ronson's guitar puts the released version to shame. A happy sursprise, will give it repeated play. John S.

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    I have had this for sometime but I never voted on it.
    I gave this disc a 10.
    This is one of my favorites from EJ and along with Madman Across the Water, gets most of the playtime from his offerings.
    Superb mix of some very down to earth music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Svensson View Post
    Perhaps I'm the last person on earth to have bought this SACD but it was the last of the Elton John's that I was missing, I gave it a 9 and it was a real surprise. I had never heard this LP all the way through before in my life (maybe only heard 2 songs off it in fact) but was impressed that, unlike all his other albums, there was a consistency of theme and mood here, and not a pastiche of songs as all the rest of LPs seem to be. Not that I dislike all his other material, individual songs really shine, but full LPs have been difficult to wade through, for me. The mix is inventive to my ear and the sonics great on the old masters. The bonus Madman track with Mick Ronson's guitar puts the released version to shame. A happy sursprise, will give it repeated play. John S.
    I felt this way about all of the Elton SACDs. I was always a fan of Elton's hits, but not familiar with his albums. When I started buying these SACDs I was blown away, one by one. But "Tumbleweed Connection" has become my favorite (thanks in part to Cameron Crowe and "Elizabethtown").
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    A beautiful sounding SA-CD.

    A very tasteful surround mix by Greg Penny.

    The brilliant Paul Buckmaster arrangements are perfectly placed in the mix.

    9

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    Just recently upgraded my av system. Had no way to play SACDs before. I have about 7 or 8 SACDs now with the arrival of EJ's Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across the Water today. I've listened to TWC twice now and I think it is outstanding. The only thing I have to compare it to are some BD and DVD disks with either Dolby or DTS 5.1 formats but SACD, at least on TWC and MATW, blow the others away. If I can get my wife to sit long enough to hear my new SACDs she may actually understand why I've upgraded everything in my system Oh yeah, I voted "10"!

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