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Live In Australia With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Live

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Elton John ~ Live In Australia With The Melb

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sixty Years
  2. I Need You To Turn To
  3. The Great Discovery
  4. Tonight
  5. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
  6. The King Must Die
  7. Take Me To The Pilot
  8. Tiny Dancer
  9. Have Mercy on The Criminal
  10. Madman Across The Water
  11. Candle In The Wind
  12. Burn Down The Mission
  13. Your Song
  14. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002O88
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album to me is the definitive Elton John collection. The choice of songs is impeccable. Mostly made up of songs from the early years of the John-Taupin relationship, it is the definitive way Elton should be heard. The older songs such as "Sixty Years On", "The Greatest Discovery", and "The King Must Die" are rare nuggets that reveal a time when the writing styles of the duo was very raw. In my opinion, the version of "Tonight" is a lot richer sounding than the version on "Blue Moves". "Tiny Dancer" and "Burn Down the Mission" are Elton concert staples, but are given added luster with the addition of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. And of course this is the album that brought "Candle In The wind" back to the masses. Released as the single from the album,it brought Elton back to the Top 10 after approximately 4 year absence. True Elton fans know that right after this album was recorded, Elton had nodules removed from his throat. Knowing this adds to the rawness of his vocals and the emotions from the recordings.(Elton did not know the severity of his throat problems at the time.) Given all of this, "Live In Australia" defines Elton John's career and is a cornerstone of his catalog that all fans should have. If I am introducing someone to Elton John, this is the album I would buy them.
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This is by far Elton John's best live album. Recorded during a time when both his career and his vocal chords were litteraly in rock 'n' roll jeopardy, Elton bounced back with an astounding live album that features the songs that you tend to hear very much rather than the monster hits.
The stirring "Sixty Years On" is highlighted by a grandoise performance by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Elton's haunting vocal perfomance. And anyone who says that his vocal problems could stop him from hitting the high parts on songs are put to shame on his towering performance of "The King Must Die".
Elton also does a stirring revival of "Madman Across The Water",
done hear in a screeching style with a dark string performance by the orchestra. The version of "Candle In The Wind" was a huge international hit, and this moving solo performance by Elton blasts the version he wrote for Princess Diana out of the water.
Elton's energy is evident on rocking performances of "Take Me To The Pilot" and "Burn Down The Mission", complete with his percussive piano playing. And though we're all probably sick to death of listening to it, his stellar performance of "Your Song" begs repeated listens. Elton's vocal performance on the finale
"Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" shines, and he shows that he's more than just a candle in the wind.
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Elton John is one of my all time favorite artists. His melodies along with Bernie's lyrics go together very well. Elton's performace on this show was nothing short of amazing. Especially considering that at the time he was battling a cocaine addiction, an eating disorder, alcoholism, depression, and throat problems. The highlight of the whole night was when he play the seven minute song Tonight from his Blue Moves album. That is one of the best songs I have heard. The only thing that would have been better is that they played the whole concert since they only played the second half where he had the whole orchastra. Nonetheless I still loved it. Elton sounds like he just threw himself into this project and the results are nothing short of amazng. This is a must for any Elton fan. The other bad thing, not that I'm complaining, is that there are more slow songs than fast songs. Still this is a must for any Elton fan like me.
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I loved this early period of Elton John. His rich melodies along with Bernie Taupin's lyrics defined who I am as a music lover and musician. A full orchestral accompaniment provided by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra made listening to this Elton John live performance nothing less than spiritual. This was the Elton John music I loved the most and the Melbourne Symphony provided a spectacular backdrop. Unfortunately, this concert was held before Elton's throat surgery and his vocals were not the Elton John you're used to hearing. In fact, and in all due respect to Sir Elton, it sounded as if he was gargling through the entire performance. I wish this concert was held after his operation. But even with that said, it's still all about the music of Elton John and Taupin's lyrics and with an orchestral background, the music here is truly special, as is Elton John.
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Why should it not work? Well,considering the not so great quality of the albums he released during this period; BREAKING HEARTS, ICE ON FIRE, LEATHER JACKETS and REG STRIKES BACK, the mid-eighties were a period of Elton John's music that I am not fond of at all. Also at this time Elton got married either as a publicity stunt or to allay any suspicion of being gay. He was alo trying to kick a drug habit as well a finally ending a soured recording contract with David Geffen. And on top of all this his voice was overworked and almost completely shot.

So out of all this he makes a live album in 1986 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and makes in my opinion one of the best live albums I have ever heard. Conduted by James newton Howard, it allows Elton sing songs not normally heard live. Only four of the fourteen tracks were singles and he delved into his early albums and sang quite a few lesser known songs. In fact none of his songs from 1977 through 1986 were included. Also the first four tracks are Elton with only the orchestra and the band do not make an appearance until Track #5 (SORRY SEEMS...)
But I think what makes the album so special is that he was certainly going through a very rough time (again!). And the rasping, rough vocal only adds to the appeal.

Track listing is given at the end and there is no real need to analyse the songs in detail. But in most cases, they are ideal for a full orchestra accompaniment. The only song without orchestra is CANDLE IN THE WIND, much more restrained and in my view, much better than the studio version. However it is just wonderful to hear songs like MADMAN ACCROSS THE WATER, SIXTY YEARS ON, THE KING MUST DIE, THE GREATEST DISCOVERY, BURN DOWN THE MISSION get the full treatment.
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