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Elton John celebrates his 67th birthday today by releasing the 40th anniversary of his landmark album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Available in numerous configurations, it has been re-mastered and the various expanded versions contain unreleased tracks, demos, a live concert from 1973, a DVD, and some of today's artists reinterpreting the songs -- including Ed Sheeran, The Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry, Imelda May, Fall Out Boy and Miguel.
In an exclusive interview earlier this month, Elton told us some of the songs were written around the breakfast table during the recording sessions at a chateau in France. "I used to get up...and went down to breakfast and [my lyricist] Bernie Taupin would be typing and he would give me a lyric, I'd have my breakfast, wander over to the electric piano...and I would sit down and write a song to those lyrics." Once the band would come down for breakfast, everyone would join before retreating to the studio where they would record it before writing others.
Released in October 1973, Elton says Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was his "real pop music album, even though it's not full of pop music." Among the hits on this two-record set are "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," "Bennie and the Jets," "Candle in the Wind," "Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding" and the title track.