Bill Your 'Free Form FM Handi Cyber | Mahwah, NJ USA | 02/08/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Right or wrong, I tend to compartmentalize Elton John. Those albums from his first through Goodbye Yellowbrick Road, when he was a writter expermenting with styles, and the drug fuled specticles of Caribu and after.
But of those fantastic early albums, Honky Chateu is by far the best. As a writer and musician, Elton here was able to take all the experiments going back to his first album and synthsize them into an amazing, unpretentious album of fantastic music.
Look at him! Beard, glasses, looking down thinking. This is a musician that we can all relate to, and hang out with. You get no hint of what is about to come as Elton's act became 1970s stage cheese.
"Honky Cat," is one of the best funk singles of the 1970s, bar none. "Rocket Man" is Elton reaching melodic heights that compete with the Bealtes. "I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself" is both funny and frightening: the kind of confessional satrie that Ray Davies matered. Is he kidding, or not.
All of this is done with a great back up band, and no showmanship--a good thing. It is great music by a great writter.
Had Elton made more albums like Honky Chateu, he may not have sold as many show tickets, but he would be up their with Paul, John, Ray, some of the best/
Remembered only for the music."