Elton John – Madman Across the Water original Japan LP with obi


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Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Madman Across the Water by Elton John, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Madman Across the Water is a 1971 Japanese pressing on the DJM label.

This is a first pressing with the ¥2000 price on the cover and obi.  Unlike other early Elton John albums issued in Japan, this one was issued only on black vinyl.

The cover is VG++ and close to M-, with slight edge and corner wear.  The obi is VG++ with no wear, but with a few wrinkles in the “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, which is still attached.

Both the English and Japanese booklets are M-.

The disc is VG++ and close to M- with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs and a few spindle marks on the labels.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a terrific LP that’s hard to find as a first pressing.

Background: Released in 1971, Madman Across the Water was the fourth studio album by Elton John.

The album reached #8 on the U.S. charts and #41 on the UK charts.

Allmusic.com gave Madman Across the Water a 4 1/2 star review:

Trading the cinematic aspirations of Tumbleweed Connection for a tentative stab at prog rock, Elton John and Bernie Taupin delivered another excellent collection of songs with Madman Across the Water. Like its two predecessors, Madman Across the Water is driven by the sweeping string arrangements of Paul Buckmaster, who gives the songs here a richly dark and haunting edge. And these are songs that benefit from grandiose treatments. With most songs clocking in around five minutes, the record feels like a major work, and in many ways it is.


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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: DJM
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Weight 19 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in