"Madman Across the Water"
Madman Across the Water, 1971
The Madman Across the Water album was the end of an era, the last record I made with session musicians. It was not commercial at all. I always think that we got shortchanged in my career. We took a chance on every album. We were making and writing serious fucking songs. "Levon" and "Tiny Dancer" were the singles from the album – they didn't do very well chartwise. "Tiny Dancer" is a complex song – it's not easy to sing – but the album did brilliantly. This was the end of the three-piece era on the road, because we'd reached as far as we could go, and I decided to get a guitarist into the band. Davey Johnstone brought a new essence. The three of those voices were so symbolic of my records from that point onward. I was personally most connected to the title song.