Named for a cut that originally appeared on hisTumbleweed Connectionalbum,Madman Across the Wateryielded some of Elton John's earliest AOR staples. "Tiny Dancer," like the previous "Your Song," was introduced and carried by John's … see full wiki
After taking his artistically satisfying detour into a Western-themed idiom with "Tumbleweed Connection," Elton returns to his rock-based roots with "Madman Across The Water," which contains some of his best-loved songs, particularly the Top 40 hit "Levon," a radio staple to this day along with two other tracks here, "Tiny Dancer" and "Madman Across The Water."All are great songs, and reviewers who note the three songs along with the stinging "Razor Face" make for his best album side ever might … more
This is NOT one of Elton John's more varied recordings. Most of the songs are sad sounding ballads. In addition, the instrumental backing consists of piano and a string orchestra. Where is the supporting band? Razor Face and Rotten peaches add the only oomphs to an otherwise dreary collection. And the second half of this recording as three tracks which are pure throwaways. Tiny Dancer and Levon are two beautiful tracks so with that in mind the status of this record is clearly elevated.