Elton John / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary

Lift that stylus from 11-17-70 for a moment and feast your ears on Dee Murray’s uncanny virtuosity as captured on Hammersmith ’73 from the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Soaring above the 12th fret, Dee’s fluid upper register flourishes on raucous renditions of "Honky Cat," "All The Young Girls Love Alice," "Daniel," "Hercules," "Rocket Man," and "Love Lies Bleeding" further reveal his mastery as an accompanist and improviser in a pop rock context.  

Hear ye, hear ye all Mona Lisas and mad hatters: sans the vital instrumental and vocal harmony contributions of the unduly Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snubbed Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson, and Davey Johnstone, there would be no “Sir” Elton.