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Midnight Creeper..


James

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No, not referring to Lew  : )

Referring to the Elton John song, ...a song that is uber obscure, but at the same time is such a great and out of the box pop song that it could have been a song of the year if positioned and promoted right.

A testament to how great a composer was Elton between 1969 and 1976:

Now Creeee..EEEP:

https://www.last.fm/music/Elton+John/_/Midnight+Creeper

 

 

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Yes! Yes! And Yes! To everything James and Craig just said here re: Have mercy on the Criminal and Midnight Creeper.  My first Elton John album ..actually bought by one of my brothers.  It was the first album he received in his record club. He introduced me to it and I now own it and of course became attached to every single song on  the album. I played the heck out of it for sure like it was the last album on Earth. I know these songs so well and they were so good. No argument from me, Elton was doing some of his best work here. And let's not forget Bernie Taupin's lyrics. Those good old days ..where have they gone?

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I remember so well telling friends that there is no way he will ever be able to do better than this album. AND THEN...in less than a year, I had Goodbye Yellow Road in my hands. I thought "Wow. He just did it!". Now, looking back, I think I still like Don't Shoot Me...more, but the fact that he released these two back-to-back is just crazy.

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Agreed. I know we've marveled elsewhere here on Elton's genius during that three-album run, and rightfully so.

I personally would extend that span one album in each direction, because Madman Across the Water was a stunner and (I know some of you Eltonians are a little colder on this one) Caribou was a powerhouse of great pop. So, for me, it's a 2.5-year, five-album run of brilliance:
Nov 1971: Madman Across the Water [favorite track: Tiny Dancer]
May 1972: Honky Chateau [favorite track: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters]
Jan 1973: Don't Shoot Me [favorite track: Crocodile Rock]
Oct 1973: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road [favorite track: I've Seen That Movie Too]
Jun 1974: Caribou [The Bitch Is Back]

And it's hard to stop at Captain Fantastic from May 1975. 

Either way, you also have to figure in non-album singles recorded in 1974: "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (recorded during Caribou) and "Philadelphia Freedom" (recorded  Aug 1974, released in Feb 1975).

Not bad! 

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PS: Craig, somewhere here, there's actually a pretty cool thread angled on your point: best three-album runs in history. The Elton trio of Honky, Don't Shoot Me, and Yellow Brick Road was part of that discussion.

(So were Raspberries' 2nd, 3rd, and 4th albums and Eric's first three solo albums — we're biased. And I know I would have mentioned the Beatles' White Album, Abbey Road, and Let It Be. Gotta find that thread and bump it....)
 

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Matt, that's how I first encountered "Elderberry Wine", ...someone in my family had purchased the 45 of CR 2 or 3 years prior to me buying the album, and I remember flipping the 45 over and listening to the B side and being impressed that a B side was of such high quality.

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