Live In Australia With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Live
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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.
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.Read more ›
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This is truly the best of Elton John! Amazing lyrics and arrangements.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
The CD is what I wanted ! And it sounds great as I remember it at that time when I bought it the first time. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Angelo
A great live w/orchestra cd!, I think all would enjoy this cd with great songs that take on a new life with the orchestra, like Mad Man, WOW!Published on December 22, 2013 by greg plaza
My wife has this on cassette, and of course, hadn't listened to in years. Excellent performance. We saw him last year in concert.Published on May 28, 2013 by Michael P. Eddy
Elton John's best backed by Orchestra. Even if you're not a big fan of his, but you like music, don't miss listening to this.Published on May 15, 2013 by Rando
As a longtime fan of Elton John's music, I wasn't expecting too much from a live album featuring obscure cuts from his very early albums. Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by michael Paulson
I first listened to this when I was a teenager, riding in my father's car. It was the first time I had heard a whole orchestra perform with a modern musician and it blew me away. Read morePublished on August 19, 2011 by Kristin Hacker
A few posts have correctly pointed out that we're only getting about half the concert here, but the tracks that Gus pulled for the half we did get are spectacular. Read morePublished on April 21, 2008 by Andrew Geisel
Elton's Geffen Records contract had run its course and his old home, MCA, made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Read morePublished on June 29, 2007 by Tim Brough