9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2005
This was filmed mainly at Madison Square Gardens, NY. He is great. Dead on time and as usual he is worth every penny for the true professional that Elton is. Being Live is fantastic, you really get the feeling that you are there again. The place was packed. Kiki Dee is great, how does she do it. The audience were dancing in the aisles, I love to see the crowd live, he can entertain any age and he mixes so well.
42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2001
When a man with a back catologue spanning 30 years can attract guests such as Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, Mary J Blige, Anastacia, Ronan Keating and Kiki Dee , you know for a fact that the artist in question must be greatly respected.
The live show, spanning Elton Johns Greatest Hits, was recorded at Madison Square Gardens In New York in October 2000. This is a must for any truly serios music fan. Elton John is widely accepted as a brilliant 'live artist', but no more so than at MSG. The atmosphere in this DVD is electric and this is helped by the fact that the whole show is shown with very little editing.
Elton kicks of with Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding - from the Goodbye Yellowbrick Road Album. This brilliant instrumental/rocker is followed by the next 3 songs from the 'Classic Album' from 1973, namely Candle in The Wind, Bennie and The Jets and Goodbye Yellowbrick Road (duet with 'The King of New York', Billy Joel).
The sound and performance not only by Elton John but also his band, is second to none.
Hit after hit follow, even minor hits such as Little Jeanie and Club at The End of The Street attract standing ovations.
One highlight is a tribute to John Lennon with a version of the Beatles classic, Come Together.
A rousing finale includes Crocodile Rock, Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting (with Anastacia), The Bitch Is Back, Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me and finaly, Dont Go Breaking My Heart (with Kiki Dee).
This is a must see for any serios music lover, performer or budding songwriter. Its a shame that this performance came before the release of the new 'Songs From The West Coast' album, as this concert may have gone on for even longer.
Lastly, the DVD included the 'I want Love Video' featuring Robert Downey Jr.
The question is, where will Westlife/Hearsay be 30 years after their first single??
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2003
This DVD of Elton John just shows why Elton John is still the best singer/song wrter and performer in the world. With hits from the 70's 80's 90's and even today. Elton performs songs from way back to his very first hit 'your song' in 1970. Elton starts the show with tracks one to four from Elton's 1973 albmGoodbye yellow brick road. Elton perfeorms some rare songs like the hits club at the end of the street and Little Jeannie hits for elton in the 80's. Elton also does a tribute to John lennon with the song 'come together'. My favouite performace elton gives on the DVD is the hit 'The one'. Elton invites the likes of Bryan adams and ronan keating to perform some unforgetable duets with him elton does 5 duets including the number one hit 'Don't go breaking my heart.. Thier are 27 songs on this dvd and it is a fantastic concert from the best man in rock and pop. You do not need to be and elton fan to enjoy this performance. I hope his next live dvd will iclude song from the album Songs from the west coast. This DVD is called one night only but it will live on for EVER.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2003
Great Greatest Hits dvd- all the top tunes are here and some fantastic duets with Bryan Adams, Anastacia , Ronan Keating etc. Great piano jamming which is what we've become accustomed to from Sir Elton and some brilliant percussion and guitar playing. In widescreen.
Theres a couple of bonus videos at the end which are from Songs from the West Coast album. Not in widescreen.
Surround (DTS and DD 5.1) mixes are pretty atmospheric although I just left it in stereo.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is how a concert should be recorded! Twenty seven hit songs areremixed (one of the best live recordings yet – on par with the Bee Gees“One Night Only”). Opening with the full length version of “Funeral For AFriend”, you can feel and hear the heavy bass and soaring synthesizersthat start the show. It never lets up with hit after hit. Elton peppershis show with guest appearances (Billy Joel at his best), Mary J. Blige(sings perfectly, but seems nervous), Ronan Keating (wonderful andsmacking of confidence), Bryan Adams (excellent), Anastacia (vibrant) andKiki Dee (what a way to end the show – with a classic duet). One can seefrom the list that the emphasis is on the seventies hits and that’s justfine. The light show is brilliantly spot-on and every member of the bandseems like a star. The direction works extremely well, except (and this isa big complaint), there are too many cuts to audience members. It isdistracting to see close ups of fans dancing and singing. I am sure theintent was to personalize the show, but it just becomes annoying. I don’twatch other people when I go to a show. However, this is the only thing Ican find less than perfect about Elton John’s performance. It is the soundthat matters and this is simply the best live recording to date. The bonusextra video of Robert Downing, Jr. singing “I Want Love” is brilliant.
The Ultimate Elton gig! As the DVD blurb states 'Featuring over two & a half hours of live performance at legendary Madison Square Garden, including guest appearances by Anastacia, Bryan Adams, Mary J Blige, Kiki Dee, Billy Joel & Ronan Keating - in 5.1 stereo surround sound!'. There's 27 songs here, plus bonus material!
There's that absolutely effortless showmanship that makes this fabulous concert rattle along with consummate ease - you find yourself easing up the volume, until you find you're deafening the cat and the neighbours! 'Sad Songs' featuring Bryan Adams just has to get the most lazy person jiggling, Elton's boogie-woogie piano dancing above it all!
The sound is good, though I'm not able to try the effectiveness of the 5:1 (though mine's through decent stereo hi-fi amp and separate speakers, plus surround-stereo 'enhancement' on the DVD player), but it isn't the best concert I've heard, but probably better than average.
The picture quality could be sharper but at least it's brightly lit and well-filmed, with lots of good angles and swooping panning shots, plus a dancing, hugely appreciative crowd. It's usefully in full-height widescreen format, so you see all of it.
Elton, fortunately, doesn't waste too much time with boring intros and thankyou's (he does both, but briefly) and so it really does become a continuous juke-box of hits that's guaranteed to bring sunshine and immense feel-good factor to all that even remotely love good music.
Those of us, who get fed up and feel short-changed with those 70 minute one-off 'Special' gigs, will find that this provides tremendous value, at over double that. Even if you don't like his music, you simply cannot dislike or not admire the superbly evergreen Mr John!
on 31 July 2009
Well they are all here,eltons greatest hits as performed over 2 nights in Madison Square Gardens in New York.Its impossible to see the difference between the two nights that they take the footage from so it all appears as one entire performance (although I did kinda notice some British flags waving from the audience in the front rows where missing on some songs so maybe that was from the 2nd night). I will also add that I couldn't watch the whole thing in one sitting as it lasts for 2 and half hours in total, which was just too much Elton for me in one go! One slight negative comment I have is Mary J. Blidge.She absoulty butchers the song "I guess thats why they call it the blues".She sings without any change in pitch and it sounds so low and deep and it just doesn't work for this song and things improve when Elton sings his part of it.That is probably something to think about before ordering this dvd if you want to hear Elton sing his songs as quite a few of them are sung by guest stars and although the majority of them are pretty good, you may want to opt for a different Elton dvd for that true Elton John experiance.Anyway,good concert,great sound..just a little too long for me!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2004
This is a concert that held place in Madison Square Garden New York. Elton sings his best songs ever in a truly amazing concert. The sound is perfect, the video is excellent and you feel like you're in the first row. I couldn't stop watching it from the start till the end. This DVD is a must for anyone who loves great music and one of the best concert DVDs I've ever seen.
on 4 March 2011
This is a great show with loads of atmosphere and the content is perennially brilliant. As another reviewer said I could do without the camera shots of the audience, it can add atmosphere sometimes but this is a bit too much for me. An audible audience presence is all that is necessary for the most part.
I do have a problem with the lighting and video quality however. Too much red and blue, both very strong primary colours. The video quality, as a result, suffers and on a fairly big LED screen this really shows. It is almost as though the camera is too far away at times and reliant upon big lenses to do close-ups. This, with the strong primary colours make the picture decidedly fuzzy sometimes. On a small screen it may be less noticeable but on a 42" LED it becomes quite tiring after a while compared with top quality blu-ray visuals.
Having said that, its still worth four stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2005
This is a wonderful showcase of Elton live that almost makes you feel like you are there. I always play this now prior to seeing him live now to really put me in the right mood. Thats when I manage to get past repeating "Little Jeannie" "Philadelphia Freedom" and "Tiny Dancer"!!