Tumbleweed Connection is the third album by English singer/songwriter Elton John.

It is a concept album based on the country and western/Americana themes. All songs are written by John and Bernie Taupin, with the exception of "Love Song" by Lesley Duncan. The album was recorded at Trident StudiosLondon, England in March 1970 and released in October of the same year. It peaked at #2 on the UK Albums Chart and #5 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[10][11] In the US, it was certified gold in March 1971 and platinum in August 1998 by the RIAA.

In 2003, Tumbleweed Connection was ranked #458 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all timeDee Murray and Nigel Olssonappear for the first time together on this album as the rhythm section on "Amoreena". Olsson had played on one track on Empty Sky for John in 1969. It is Murray's first appearance on an Elton John album.

In 1975, the film Dog Day Afternoon featured "Amoreena" in the opening sequence. In 1998, a bootleg CD was released called Tumbleweed Collection. This was a collection of piano demos and live tracks.

The song "Country Comfort" was released as a single from the album as a b side to "Your Song" by A&M, and one of the songs recorded during the sessions, "Into the Old Man's Shoes" was released as a b-side for at least one single issue of "Your Song". An early version of "Madman Across the Water", featuringMick Ronson on electric guitar, was also recorded during the sessions for the album. It was released on several albums and reissues of Tumbleweed Connection, though the track was ultimately re-recorded for the Madman Across the Water album.[citation needed]


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Album cover photo[edit]Edit

The cover photo of the album was taken at the Bluebell Rail Station in Horsted Keynes, England, approximately 30 miles south of London. Photographer David Larkham photographed John (seated, right) and Taupin (standing, left) in front of the station to add a sense of Americana realism to the album concept, despite the rail station being English. Additional photos were made from the interior of a train on the rail line for the album liner notes and libretto.[12]

Track listing[edit]Edit

All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, except where noted.

Side one[edit]Edit

  1. "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" – 4:59
  2. "Come Down in Time" – 3:25
  3. "Country Comfort" – 5:06
  4. "Son of Your Father" – 3:48
  5. "My Father's Gun" – 6:20

Side two[edit]Edit

  1. "Where to Now St. Peter?" – 4:11
  2. "Love Song" (Lesley Duncan) – 3:41
  3. "Amoreena" – 5:00
  4. "Talking Old Soldiers" – 4:06
  5. "Burn Down the Mission" – 6:22

Bonus tracks (1995 Rocket and 2001 Mercury reissue)[edit]Edit

  1. "Into the Old Man's Shoes" – 4:02
  2. "Madman Across the Water" (original version) – 8:51

Bonus tracks (2008 deluxe edition)[edit]Edit

  1. "There Goes a Well Known Gun" – 3:27
    • alternate take of "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun"
  2. "Come Down in Time" (Piano demo) – 3:21
  3. "Country Comfort" (Piano demo) – 4:12
  4. "Son of Your Father" (Piano demo) – 4:13
  5. "Talking Old Soldiers" (Piano demo) – 4:13
  6. "Into the Old Man's Shoes" (Piano demo) – 3:40
  7. "Sisters of the Cross" – 4:38
    • early 1970 demo not available elsewhere
  8. "Madman Across the Water" (Original version, featuring Mick Ronson on lead guitar) – 8:52
  9. "Into the Old Man's Shoes" – 4:06
  10. "My Father's Gun" (BBC session) – 3:43
  11. "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" (BBC session) – 4:36
  12. "Burn Down the Mission" (BBC session) – 6:52
  13. "Amoreena" (BBC session) – 5:12




Peak positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1971) Position
Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart[13] 4
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[14] 4
Dutch Mega Albums Chart[15] 4
Japanese Oricon LPs Chart[16] 30
Spanish Albums Chart[17] 7
UK Albums Chart[10] 2
US Billboard 200[11] 5

Year-end charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1971) Position
Australian Albums Chart[13] 25
Dutch Albums Chart[18] 32
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums[19] 24


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[20] Platinum
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