What does it sound like?:
Way back when, this was the first Elton John album I owned, and it’s one I’ve returned to regularly over the years.
Now it’s been reissued for Record Store Day in expanded form on double vinyl, at long last giving us the full concert. The original release back in 1971 contained only six tracks, although a further one – Amoreena – was added to the cd reissue in the mid nineties. Now though the remaining six songs have been dug out of the archives for this release.
The set showcases Elton accompanied only by Dee Murray on bass and Nigel Olsson on drums in these stripped back performances of some super Bernie Taupin collaborations from his first few albums. Look at the songs here – Take Me To The Pilot, Burn Down The Mission and Sixty Years On from the original album, supplemented by previously unreleased versions of, among others, Your Song,, I need You To Turn To, Border Song and My Father’s Gun.
This really is a fantastic live album, showcasing Elton as he was breaking through in America with his great run of early albums.
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