Overall, I can take or leave Elton John. And I don't mean jut the current nasty-ass Elton, who is also the same one that is seemingly for gay rights, but would sell his soul for $1M to play Rush Limbaugh's fourth wedding.
No, I'm talking the 45 year career of Elton John. Admittedly, he's had some good stuff out there, but the amount of throwaway stuff is at a much much higher percentage.
And while there is no accounting for taste (mine included), if I never hear "Crocodile Rock", "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" (and does anyone not sing "Sasson"?), or "I'm Still Standing", again, it would be too soon.
Sometimes John's music would be off the mark for the lyrics, but often Bernie Taupin's lyrics were off ("sugar bear"???). Now and again, they fired on all cylinders: "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word", "Levon", "Tiny Dancer" and even "Sacrifice" - though Sinéad O'Connor's version packs much more of a wallop. - are good examples.
Maybe it's odd - perhaps not - that I think they both peaked so early into their careers. Madman Across the Water was just his fourth album in three years (1971) and the title track ranks as his best performance - in my book. Hey, maybe you like "Philadelphia Freedom"....I can pass on it.
But lyrically and musically, "Madman" goes together and the pacing and mood just fit. From the opening to the end, it just works for me.
There is no actual video - though some lesser live performances exist out there. None of them come close to capturing the studio version.