jackamojames, you should have more respect with Elton John. He was even considered to replace Greg Lake in KC's vocals. His music has great quality, lyrically and technically, not to mention his voice, covering many styles, including the prog rock you claim to like. Check "Love Lies Bleeding", "One Horse Town" and "Empty Sky" (this one from 69 too).
I can't believe how much difference in sound quality is between the original mix and the remastered 2004+ versions. I considered the entire album one of the best prog rock yet worst sounding--until now.
I DID hear it in 69 neodude at the age of 13...hard to believe when everyone was listening to Elton John and bubblegum pop, that I would wind the dial to find any FM station playing this music...and the rest is prog rock history.