Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
, released in 1973, is the seventh studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John
. It has come to be regarded as Elton John's best and most popular album, and is his best selling studio album with worldwide sales of at least 31 million copies.
Recorded at the Château d'Hérouville
, the album contains the Marilyn Monroe
tribute, "Candle in the Wind
", as well as three successful singles: "Bennie and the Jets
", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
, and "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
The album was ranked number 91 on Rolling Stone
magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time
, and placed at number 59 in Channel 4
's 2009 list of 100 Greatest Albums.
Under the working titles of Vodka and Tonics
and Silent Movies, Talking Pictures, Bernie Taupin
wrote the lyrics in two and a half weeks, with John composing most of the music in 3 days while staying at the Pink Flamingo Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica
. Production on the album was started in Jamaica in January 1973, though after difficulties with the sound system and the studio piano, coupled with disturbance due to the Joe Frazier
and George Foreman
boxing match taking place in Kingston, and violent political tension due to the poor economic situation, the band decided to move before any productive work was done. Goodbye......