Elton John celebrated his 67th birthday this past Tuesday by releasing the 40th anniversary edition 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 concert from 1973, a DVD, and some of today's artists re-interpreting 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 the songs on Goodbye create a story, adding that his lyricist, Bernie Taupin, is a "storyteller... They're so wonderful to sing these songs. I never get fed up with them." However, though some describe Goodbye as a concept album, Taupin disagrees, saying, "It may be cinematic and full of stories, but I don't know if that necessarily makes something that's conceptual."
Elton says Goodbye Yellow Brick Road -- released in October 1973 -- 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.