Elton John Compares Kanye West To 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' Album Era?

Elton John rarely heaps praise on other singers so it will come as a huge honour for Kanye West whom the legendary crooner has described as nothing short of “greatness,” even going as far as to compare one of the rapper's records to his own iconic albums, 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,' which is coincidentally celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

The 'Candle In The Wind' singer is known to be close friends with Kanye, 36, after lending his piano-playing talents to the rapper's star-studded track 'All Of The Lights' which also features the likes of Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Fergie.

Elton John "loved" working with Kanye West in 2011 (Elgin Edmonds / PNA / Splash News)

Speaking of his work with Kanye and a variety of other artists, Elton recently told Rolling Stone: “I like to do things outside of the Elton John genre. Doing other things is a challenge and a learning experience.

“Playing and singing on "All of the Lights" with Kanye, playing with Queens of the Stone Age, the Fall Out Boy record, they're all different kinds of music. And they were a challenge for me, so I loved it. It's also outside of what I do, so I learn something from that.”

He may be multi-talented but Elton has ruled out any possibility of trying his hand at hip-hop at this late stage in his career, adding: “You never can knock anybody else's type of music until you try it. I could never do a rap record because I wouldn't know where to start.”

Raving about Kanye in particular, Elton continued: “You can learn so much from working with somebody that does. In the studio with Kanye, when I was doing that in Honolulu, he was just on fire. It was amazing to watch. You knew you were in the presence of greatness. I knew once I heard four or five tracks from that in the studio, I knew it was going to be a motherf**ker of a record.”

Kanye invited Elton to play piano on his 2011 album 'My Dark Twisted Fantasy' album (Alberto Reyes/WENN)

Elton is re-releasing his 1973 epic LP, 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,' to mark 40 years since it was released and became an instant hit, and he likens Kanye boldness in experimenting with a darker sound on his least acclaimed record '808s & Heartbreak,' to the spirit of his iconic album.

“808s & Heartbreak came out of left field and just blew my mind. I was like, "What?" And then each album he does is a little different,” Elton explained.

Elton is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' (EltonJohn.com)

“With us, Elton John was different than Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across the Water was different from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. We tried to change with each record. When I did Rock of the Westies, it was a heavier sound.”

He added: “Then I did Blue Moves, which was probably my most sophisticated record.  But, yeah, I love Kanye because he's not afraid of taking a chance and pushing barriers. Working with people like that is something that I really enjoy.”

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