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11-17-70 (UK-Release Mix) [Live]

Elton John

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Album Review

The great thing about this early live record is its obscurity — not just that this isn't one of his better-known records, but that the set list is a fanboy's dream, heavy on album tracks, covers, and the kinds of song that make Elton John's early work so individual. It's not just that there are no hits here, but it's that these six (seven, on the CD reissue) songs emphasize the spare, hard-rocking bluesy singer/songwriter that may not have written his own words, but always sang them with conviction and melodies that made them seem like his own. This may be a minor effort in his catalog, but that's part of its pleasure — it's certainly a record from the time before Elton the superstar, as he tears through Tumbleweed Connection tracks prior to the record's release, does a phenomenal reworking of "Honky Tonk Women," hauls out B-sides like "Bad Side of the Moon," and gives a fierce, infectious performance. It's not essential for anyone but obsessives, but if you want any indication of what Elton sounded like prior to his big break, this is an excellent, even intoxicating, summary.

Customer Reviews

Best Three Piece Band Of It's Generation

11-17-70...Elton John, Bassist Dee Murray, Fresh Drummer Nigel Olsson, a raw yet rock polished trio introduce their live sound for the first time on this explosive insight into live Rock and Roll of the early seventies...A most enthusiastic and rampant display of raw energy from the best three piece band of it's generation...11-17-70 shows The Elton John Band at an early peak...sure signs of greatness to come, this album is intense in it's energetic musical delivery...a must have...especially Remastered...bonus track "Amoreena", fresh from the Tumbleweed Connection Studio Sessions, and recorded Live in a Radio Broadcast, proves that this band adapts confidently from the studio directly to the stage...What an impressive Live Debut!!!...peace...b...

Pure and Simple

I used to listen to FM radio back in the days when you could hear all the latest cutting edge material there. I was lucky enough to have heard this broadcast and was immediately mesmerised by it's raw edge and dynamics. When I bought the album(on vinyl!)I could still hear all that energy and genius that was Elton John..yes, it wasn't all his own material then but no one else could create the feeling that the music was part of his body and soul. I think that this album was, if not the best, then certainly close to the top of all his collected works. He may have had huge success with all the other years of commercial glitz, schtick and Top 40 megahits but even then the early soul and drive from this album could still be heard from time to time. I've still got that original LP(shows my age!) and still love listening to it.

Biography

Born: March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In terms of sales and lasting popularity, Elton John was the biggest pop superstar of the early '70s. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers with equal aplomb. He could dip into soul, disco, and country, as well as classic pop balladry and even progressive rock. His versatility, combined with his effortless melodic skills, dynamic charisma, and flamboyant stage shows, made him the most popular recording artist of the '70s....
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