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One Track Mind: Leon Russell, “Big Lips” from Life Journey (2014)

One Track Mind: Leon Russell, “Big Lips” from Life Journey (2014)

Leon Russell makes a bold return to “Big Lips,” originally featured on 2008′s In Your Dreams, and uncovers something randier, rawer and all together rascally along the way.

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (2014)

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (2014)

Elton John was a star on the rise in 1973, having gained critical and commercial success in the UK and U.S. in just a few years.

New Music Monday: Asia, Circa Zero, Nathan East, Elton John, Ivo Perelman, Eric Carmen

New Music Monday: Asia, Circa Zero, Nathan East, Elton John, Ivo Perelman, Eric Carmen

Andy Summers is returning to rock after a lengthy post-Police period spent experimenting with jazz and world music, while Asia takes on a new guitarist — but rediscovers an old sound along the way.

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973; 2014 reissue)

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973; 2014 reissue)

It’s an album that plays with all of the disjointed profundity of a greatest hits project, all of the kitchen-sink self-indulgence of your typical 1970s-era double album, and all of the outsized personality we’ve come to expect from the former Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

On Second Thought: The Beach Boys, Elton John, Todd Rundgren – Almost Famous (2000)

On Second Thought: The Beach Boys, Elton John, Todd Rundgren – Almost Famous (2000)

A thoroughly great movie, Almost Famous is set in the early 1970s and revolves around the adventures of a teenage music journalist and a rock band called Stillwater.

The Friday Morning Listen: Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

The Friday Morning Listen: Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

In the approximately 40 years since I bought my first long-playing vinyl record-type album thing, a whole lot has changed about the way the average person consumes music. This is pretty obvious stuff.

New Music Monday: Elton John, Gov’t Mule, Sting, Matthew Shipp, Allen Toussaint, Yoko Ono

New Music Monday: Elton John, Gov’t Mule, Sting, Matthew Shipp, Allen Toussaint, Yoko Ono

Elton John has returned with an elegiac Tumbleweed Connection-era style triumph, while Gov’t Mule, Sammy Hagar and Willie Nelson are joined by a series of famous friends. Sting, meanwhile, disappoints.

Elton John – The Diving Board (2013)

Elton John – The Diving Board (2013)

Second acts are difficult; third acts, even more so. But what of a fourth? That’s Elton John, who’s already been a country-inflected singer-songwriter, Captain Fantastic and a mainstream pop star.

One Track Mind: Elton John, “Home Again” from The Diving Board (2013)

One Track Mind: Elton John, “Home Again” from The Diving Board (2013)

With this new video, Elton John returns to the contemplative approach that made his early-1970s work so resonant, though “Home Again” finds him sounding older, wiser and (with a sadly nostalgic lyric) deeply aware of the time that has passed.

On Second Thought: Elton John – Rock Of The Westies (1975)

There was no bigger rock star on earth during the first half of the 1970s than Elton John. A fleet of hit singles and a series of remarkable albums saw the singer and piano player extraordinaire combining the rare luxury of creative freedom