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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

Early Elton

Dee Murray on bass, Nigel Olsen on drums and Elton doing his thing, Thats it . This record is a must for any Elton fan. Great sounding recording, Great sounding songs. I guarantee you will love this LPl

Get The Original

I've always thought that this is the second best live album ever released (after The Who's Live At Leeds), but I have to agree with Toy N. The remix pales in comparison to the original. Seek out a copy of the original version on eBay or somewhere. It won't have "Amoreena" but it'll sound much better than this over-produced version.

Great Record

I have owned the Record and the CD. I am not a huge Elton fan, but this is one of his best works. It is straight forward playin. A bass, drums, and piano in a small setting. If you even sort of like Elton, buy this. No big hits, but just GREAT MUSIC. I am a music fan and this is a winner.


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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