I recently bought the DVD-Audio surround-sound version of GYBR, and OMG is it fabulous! This album was a big part of the soundrack of my high school years, and I have always been very partial to it. There is nothing quite like the EJ/Bernie Taupin collaborations and this album, although there are a few misses, has some real gems. Funeral for a Friend/Loves Lies Bleeding, Grey Seal, This Song's Got No Title, Roy Rogers, Harmony, and those were not even the hits. This album had no less than four top-ten hits, in both the US and the UK, in Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting, the title cut, Candle in the Wind, and Bennie and the Jets. The added dimesion of surround sound really highlights the layers that went into many of these songs.
I loved Madman across the Water, too, but I do agree the second half runs out of steam. Tumbleweed Connection is indeed a classic, but Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player is another of my personal favorites. Blues for Baby and Me, Have Mercy on the Criminal, Elderberry Wine and Daniel are all great songs.