Editors’ Notes Led by the glam-slam party starter “The Bitch Is Back,” this underrated 1974 release takes comforting sonic turns. There’s an acoustic guitar and piano love ballad (“Pinky”), a guitar-driven pop-rock gem (“Grimsby”), a country music spin (“Dixie Lily”), and a cinematic sojourn (“I’ve Seen the Saucers”). “Ticking” is a sobering vocal-piano song about violence, and the album’s centerpiece, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (which features two Beach Boys on backing vocals), is a betrayed lover’s plea that rises on a bed of exquisite harmonies. Here, Elton tests the era’s rock ’n’ roll boundaries, expertly mixing breakup balladry with mood-setting grandeur and fist-pumping rock.

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The Bitch Is Back
1
3:44
 
Pinky
2
3:54
 
Grimsby
3
3:46
 
Dixie Lily
4
2:55
 
Solar Prestige a Gammon
5
2:52
 
Your So Static
6
4:53
 
I've Seen the Saucers
7
4:48
 
Stinker
8
5:20
 
Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me
9
5:36
 
Ticking
10
7:34
 
Pinball Wizard
11
5:09
 
Sick City
12
5:23
 
Cold Highway
13
3:25
 
Step Into Christmas
14
4:32
 

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