[ Universal / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Friday 10 June 2022
Madman Across The Water has been a long held dear favourite of artist and fans alike. Madman Across The Water was largely written after Elton had made his initial foray to America; offering the opportunity for lyricist Bernie Taupin to witness first-hand the landscapes and people he'd only seen on a screen or on the page.
Recorded at Trident Studios in Central London in February and August 1971, it was the first album where all five players of Elton's fabled band line up - Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson, Davey Johnstone and Ray Cooper - were featured, albeit not on the same tracks.
While the UK were still deciding about Elton, these nine tracks struck a chord with Elton's US audiences, reaching the Top 10 and its singles, 'Levon' and 'Tiny Dancer' both hit the US Top 50. After years as a 'best kept secret' to Elton's fans, 'Tiny Dancer' has gone on to become one of his most loved songs, third only to Rocket Man and Your Song in global streaming lists. Capturing the headiness of California at the time of Elton's first US concerts, the song was used to phenomenal effect in Cameron Crowe's 2000 film Almost Famous.
The 2CD includes a 40-page booklet with introductions by Elton and Bernie, plus essay highlights featuring interviews with many who helped make Madman Across The Water, as well as memorabilia and artwork taken from the Rocket Archive.
• CD ONE: Madman Across The Water Remastered Album plus five bonus tracks
• CD TWO: Piano demo version of Madman Across The Water Album, plus previously unheard full version of 'Rock Me When He's Gone'
Disc 1: 2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster
Tiny Dancer (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
Levon (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
Razor Face (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
Madman Across The Water (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
Indian Sunset (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
Holiday Inn (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
Rotten Peaches (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
All The Nasties (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
Goodbye (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
Indian Sunset (Live Radio Broadcast)
Madman Across The Water (Original Version, featuring Mick Ronson)
Rock Me When He's Gone
Levon (Mono Single Version)
Razor Face (Extended Version)
Disc 2: Demos
Madman Across The Water (1970 Piano Demo)
Tiny Dancer (Piano Demo)
Levon (Piano Demo)
Razor Face (Piano Demo)
Madman Across The Water (1971 Piano Demo)
Indian Sunset (Piano Demo)
Holiday Inn (Piano Demo)
Rotten Peaches (Piano Demo)
All The Nasties (Piano Demo)
Goodbye (Piano Demo)
Rock Me When He's Gone (Piano Demo)
Rock Me When He's Gone (Full Version)