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Top 5 (or so) Elton John "obscure" songs


James

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Mine:

1. "Skyline Pigeon", from the "Empty Sky" album

2. "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters", from "Honky Chateau"

3. "Tonight", from "Blue Moves"

4. "Bitter Fingers", from "Captain Fantastic"

5. "We All Fall In Love/Curtains", from "Captain Fantastic"

6. "Where To Now St. Peter", from "Tumbleweed "Connection"

7. "One Horse Town", from "Blue Moves"

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Without breaking out my Empty Sky album, I think that version of Skyline Pigeon is different than the one released on the B-side of Daniel. I like the B-side version much better. A great song. I am a huge fan of Elton's music. It would be very hard to list my top 5 obsure songs, but James list is very good. There wasn't EJ song I disliked until Jamacan Jerk Off on Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

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I always liked Burning Buildings

And already said Razor Face

James I'll have to strongly disagree with your humble opinion on his released singles.I don't think anything obscure even comes close to any of his great hits.

Who in this life has written more great singles than Elton.

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By the way Has anyone ever seen the documentary of how Yellow Brick Road was done.It's an amazing

video with elton describing how he and Bernie worked writing this great album in just 2 weeks

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Stut, I was just being polite...my opinion isn't humble....it's always right! smile

But seriously, there obviously are many many people that agree with your opinion given the tremendous sales of his singles and greatest hits albums.

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I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford) was the flipside to Grow Some Funk Of Your Own both from the album "Rock Of The Westies". It was a doulble-sided hit for Elton reaching #14 on the Billboard Charts though I remember hearing Bullet more than Funk on the radio. Robert Ford was the man who shot the outlaw Jesse James.

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"Rare Masters" has a lot of good EJ stuff(unreleased and b-sides)...like the "other" version of "Madman Across the Water"

"Screw You" is interesting with that Bostonian intro......you are primed to hear Brad Delp but it throws you for a loop when typical Elton comes in.

"I Saw Her Standing There" live is the last-ever concert apperance of John Lennon, with Elton. "Rare Masters" also includes "One Day at a Time", "Sick City", "Cold Highway" and the demo version of "Let Me Be Your Car" which Elton gave to Rod Stewart to record.

"Flintstone Boy", where Elton wrote all the lyrics, is so stupid, that it is funny.....

"Grimsby" is likeable.....and I like the way "Grow Some Funk of Your Own" kicks out after "Island Girl" ends....best EJ rocker this side of "Saturday Night"....

Speaking of "Saturday Night....", Alice Cooper did a sing-along version of it, while introducing the band during the "School's Out" encore at I show I was at......Davey Johnstone was the guitarist on that particular tour......

Really cool!

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  • 4 weeks later...

Bad Side of the Moon (which was the B-side to Border Song)

House of Cards (B-side to Someone Saved My Life Tonight)

Ego (which should have been a huge hit)

Conquer the sun (B-side to Little Jeannie)

The Retreat (B-side to I Guess thats why they call it the blues. It sounds like something that would fit in on Tumbleweed Connection)

Jeff

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You all hit on most of my favorites...but here's a few more:

(Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket.

Bite Your Lip (Get up and Dance).

Medley (Yell Help/Wednesday Night/Ugly).

Dan Dare (Pilot of the Future).

Blue Eyes -not exactly obscure but not a big hit either...just great crooning.

Kiss The Bride - again not exactly obscure but good fun.

Touche on Ego and Curtains...and One Horse Town and Crazy Water.

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Empty garden |Hey Hey Johnny

What happened here as the New York sunset disappeared

I found an empty garden among the flagstones there

Who------------lived here

He must have been a gardener that cared a lot

Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop

Now it all looks strange

It's funny how one insect can damage so much grain

And what's it for, this little empty garden by the brownstone door

And in the cracks along the sidewalk nothin' grows no more

Who------------lived here

He must have been a gardener that cared a lot

Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop

And we are so amazed, we're crippled and we're dazed

A gardener like that one no one can replace

And I've been knockin' but no one answers

And I've been knockin' most of the day

Oh and I've been callin' oh hey hey Johnny

Can't you come out to play

And through their tears some say he formed his best in younger years

But he'd have said the roots have grown stronger if he could hear

Who------------lived there

He must have been a gardener that cared a lot

Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop

And now we pray for rain and with every drop that pours

We hear------------we hear your name

And I've been knockin'....

Can't you come out---can't you come out---to play

Johnny---can't you come out to play---in your empty garden

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