Classic album DVD's are a real delight and this one is no exception. Not only does Elton give ample time to explain the escapades of recording in England, Jamaica and France, but also we hear a lot from Bernie Taupin on his songwriting. Producer Gus Dudgeon does many analyses of songs by showing how each track was laid out separately giving an entirely new meaning to the creation of a song through his mixer. Davey Johnstone does great famous riffs from the album and it is interspersed with the actual song with neat segues. The concert footage is a bit fuzzy, but the showmanship and the songs are displayed with great affection. Some fans might complain that only about a half-dozen songs are analyzed with a back-up story, but it is well worth hearing these tales. The DVD bonus interviews are priceless. Buy this entire album on DVD sound if you have the system!
on 21 February 2005
Indeed this is one of the better of the "Classic Albums" series. It includes extensive footage of all of Eltons performances of the hits on the album - seventies you understand. Interviews with Elton and Bernie Taupin themselves make this a particularly informative documentary. The producer of the day - Gus Dugeon - is also interviewed and is controlled in the studio mixing desk. This DVD will almost certainly appeal to all Elton fans. GYBR wasn't the best album in my opinion but that's just me. You'll find good stories about Candle in the Wind and Saturday Nights Alright for Fighting, the latter which Elton didn't play on himself. Worth watching but would have liked to have seen more about things like the design of the cover of the album and other obscure things. Good documentary but take it with a pinch of salt.