273 – Elton John – Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding (1973)
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Produced by Gus Dudgeon
A magnificent opus of two (maybe 3?) songs segueing into an eleven minute progressive rock masterpiece that has not only been a live staple throughout Elton’s career, but has been recorded by Dream Theater, Redemption, and was a major influence to Axl Rose whilst writing the epic “November Rain”. The ARP synth introduction has a flavour that wouldn’t have sounded out of place in a Stanley Kubrick movie, and as the somber melody develops one understands why Elton was considering this as a piece to be played at his own funeral. The key of A combines this and one of Bernie Taupin’s most embittered break up lyrics for “Love Lies Bleeding” and one of Elton’s greatest works.