There are certain artists who have now become such household names that it’s easy to forget that back in their creative heyday they were regarded as serious players, whose new albums were eagerly awaited and critically acclaimed. A couple that readily spring to mind are Rod Stewart and Elton John, the latter of whom is the subject of this book. This work covers Elton’s prime era, giving a critical overview of the thirteen studio albums and two live sets he released between 1969 and 1979, as well as the treasure trove of non-album B sides. Listening to the albums again, you really have to marvel at the run of albums from 1970’s self titled set through to 1975’s Captain Fantastic, with the possible exception of the previous year’s patchy Caribou. Stand out records for me were and still are Tumbleweed Connection, Madman Across The Water and Honky Chateau, not forgetting of course the sprawling double album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. It was also interesting to listen again to the Captain Fantastic set, an album that I never particularly rated at the time, but of which I have now had to revise my opinion. As usual with this series, » Continue Reading.