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Live In Australia Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import


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A former student of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, the man born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in 1947 left school and immediately began his path in the music industry. His first band, Bluesology, was formed in 1961. He would later take his stage name from the Bluesology saxophonist Elton Dean and their charismatic frontman, Long John Baldry. Elton John was introduced to Bernie Taupin ... Read more in Amazon's Elton John Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Jun. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00000APS3
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sixty Years On
2. I Need You To Turn To
3. The Greatest 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

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Martin R. Taylor on 29 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
With his new 13-piece band, augmented by a brass section, Elton toured the world during 1985/86 (one of the memorable highlights being his over-the-top stage costumes, the likes of which had out-matched his 70s gear!!). Following the rather abysmal and uninspired "Leather Jackets" recording sessions, Elton began a 27 concert tour of Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Rock concerts with orchestras was nothing new but a full tour of a country was something else, and few artists with the professionalism Elton has could pull it off.
Elton expressed a wish for this unique event to be recorded and televised, and on the 14th December (the last night of the tour) this album is the result. Live albums are notoriously difficult to sound good, and the logistics of combining the dynamics of a rock band and an eighty-eight piece orchestra have always been fraught with problems. With the help of Gus Dudgeon and engineer Clive Franks, experiments were made with new microphones placed in certain locations on the instruments to get the best possible sound. The album's depth, clarity and precision is a testament to the sound crew and is certainly one of the best live albums by anyone in popular music.
That year (and the following year after the tour) was probably Elton's worst time in his career in terms of his personal life. His drug addictions and marriage took its toll, and during the concerts in Australia his voice broke down which, at the time of this recording, was feared to be throat cancer and a career end.
His voice is ragged, raw and broken but determined. The courage and professionalism of the man to see these performances to the end is astonishing (5 days before, on December 9th, he even collapsed onstage!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
The best thing about Elton John doing a live album with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is that it made him choose songs from his earlier albums, when strings were more important than electric guitars. Consequently this album begins with the oldies "Sixty Years On," "I Need You To Turn To" and "The Greatest Discovery" before moving to more contemporary works. This is just fine with me because I have always preferred "The King Must Die," "Have Mercy on a Criminal" (the best track on the album), "Madman Across the Water" and "Burn Down the Mission" to "Bennie and the Jets" and a lot of the songs that ended up on Elton John's Greatest Hits albums. These new versions of those old songs just prove my point. Of course, one of the common denominator with a lot of these songs are the original arragements by Paul Buckmaster on which these orchestrations are based. So, for those of us who were into Elton John before he became a giant pop star, this album is a great reminder of how good things were in the early days.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ruth@tolton9.freeserve.co.uk on 7 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you have been to see Elton live, you will know why it is so important to have a "Live" album. this one is also available on video and is of the best sound quality ever heard - I only wish I could have been there - and if you close your eyes when listening - you cn imagine that you are!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By THEWHITLAM on 8 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have had this cd since it was first released and have transported it around from Russia to Turkey and eventually back to the UK. It has been my solace and inspiration for many years. The fact that poor old Reg had his throat operated on just after this gorgeous recording, is almost apparent from the slightly rasping, yet divine, quality of his voice from this concert. From the very opening bars of the opening song, 60 Years On, you know that something very special is about to happen. He plays a variety of favourite tracks, including Your Song, Tonight, Have Mercy on the Criminal, each being perfectly orchestrated and enhanced by the Sydney orchestra. Having destroyed the central part of the disc during my various peregrinations, I have just received the latest remastering, which is MASTERFUL! The strings are smoother, the voice more real and the room just fills up with this mellifluous sound. It is one of the must-haves of any cd collection and I only wish there were a DVD, because it would have been a winner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. G. Prizeman on 16 Jan. 2011
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This is not the normal Live CD as this is with a full Orchestra and it sounds fantastic. It did when it was originally realised in 1987 and it sounds even better now. Don't buy this if you are expecting hits, this has some great album tracks Sixty years on , Tonight, Burn down the mission. You will get a great version of Don't let the sun go down on me, and candle in the wind, this version got higher in the charts than the original. For this price you can not go wrong and you will enjoy, almost 80mins of music here
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 2000
Format: Audio CD
This was recorded live in Sydney, yet the sound quality is far better than any studio, and the balance of the orchestra and support is sensational. It turns ordinary numbers into true class. Lovely lovely lovely!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eliza Beattie on 7 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
A truly beautiful CD that is a must for everyone's CD collection. To hear Elton John at a vulnerable time during his career is unique, but to hear him in front of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is breathtaking. Covering some of his older and less known works, such as Sixty Years on and Tonight, Elton John's then plays some classics such as Tiny Dancer with the power of the Orchestra.
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