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Album Review

Since this 1987 release is the album that brought "Candle in the Wind" to the charts for the first time — the song first released on Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and the song that John later reworked as a tribute to Princess Diana — it's easy to think of this as a fairly standard live album, even if it finds John and his band backed by an 88-piece orchestra. After all, that hit became so ubiquitous, and associated with this record, that it seems that it's just a hits record, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Yes, there are some perennials here — "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," "Tiny Dancer," "Your Song," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" — but this is a record that's tailored to the fanatic, leaning heavily on his sublime material from the early '70s. And since those records prominently featured Paul Buckmaster's lush string charts, these orchestral-graced versions never feel overly bombastic (although the horns may occupy more space than they should). That doesn't make Live in Australia necessary, of course, but it's far more interesting, even vital, than you might think, and far more vital than comparable live albums by his peers. In fact, hardcore fans who prefer 11-17-70 may be surprised how much they enjoy this record. [The 1998 reissue — which didn't appear in the U.S. until 2001 — contains no bonus tracks, but has full artwork, extensive liner notes, and remastered sound.]

Customer Reviews


Bought this as a special limited 'numbered' boxed cassette - now that dates it and me .... This is worth every penny - a snip now on iTunes. I reckon this is Elton and Bernie's finest collection. Mix excellent lyrics, Elton's powerful voice (even pre-throat operation) and a full orchestra and yon have something really special. 'Top track: 'Tonight' . Great to chill out to or even better for a long drive. You will not regret buying this !

Elton John Live

I was at this concert and it left me absolutely speechless.It was a tale of two concerts.The first being that of the band and performing his greatest hits up until then.The 2nd part was with the Melbourne Symphony orchestra.Elton came on dressed as Mozart and didnt dissappoint at all. By far the 2nd half was the more interesting.It was an Elton performing his earlier classically inspired songs.An Elton not seen for many years.You dont really get an idea of the depth his talent until you see him perform these works. I didnt know many of these songs and was amazed."The Greatest Discovery" left me in tears.And "Have Mercy On The Criminal" and "The King Must Die" are just so dramatic.He saved his best for last.This is perhaps the best version of "Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me" It is still my all time favourite

A good listen

I've listened to this a couple of times now and I have to say it's worth an investment. The musicianship from EJ and the orchestra is superb. Not the most 'rock and roll' set in terms of pace etc but the songs are great to chill out to. Also, I believe this was recorded in 1986, before EJ's throat op but despite this he sounds pretty good. Buy and enjoy!


Born: 25 March 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England

Genre: Pop

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

Elton John was the biggest pop star of the '70s, grabbing headlines and generating hits throughout the world. As it turned out, this was merely the first act in a remarkable career that kept him at the top of the charts for over 25 years. He charted a Top 40 hit single every year between 1970 and 1996, a sign that he knew how to both change with the times and mold the times to fit him. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers...
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