Elton John - Live In Australia (1987)
album ricavato dal tour australiano con l'orchestra, che è stato
distribuito anche in una versione video più completa, album
molto apprezzato soprattutto dai fans.
Need You To Turn To
Seems To Be The Hardest Word
King Must Die
Me To The Pilot
Mercy On The Criminal
Across The Water
In The Wind
Down The Mission
Let The Sun Go Down On Me
|da All Music Guide
The late '80s were wrought with equal measures of tremendous professional popularity and personal crisis for Elton John.
As he would reveal later, this inspired double-LP live collection
released in 1987 captures the artist at one of the best and worst times
of his life. In fact, John
cites the emotionally charged "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" and
"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" as triggering what would become a
"severe mental breakdown," the results of nearly a decade of
substance-fueled decadence. On top of it all and perhaps most tellingly
tattered voice. So dire was the situation that literally within weeks
of the concert he would undergo a surgical procedure that could have
easily ended his career had it failed. Perhaps the ultimate irony is
that at this precise moment John
was launching his re-association with MCA Records via this live career
retrospective, which was simultaneously broadcast throughout the entire
globe. Keeping all of that in mind, Elton John once again proved himself as a consummate showman, performing at the peak of his abilities. John's
comparatively small combo is augmented on these tracks by the 88-piece
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under the direction of onetime bandmate James Newton Howard.
There are a few surprisingly strong readings of early sides such as "60
Years On," "I Need You to Turn To," "The Greatest Discovery," and an
edgy and soulful version of "The King Must Die." Other unexpected
detours into John's catalog include the intimate desperation of "Tonight" from Blue Moves (1976) and "Have Mercy on the Criminal" from Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
(1973). There are also the hits and enthusiast favorites "Tiny Dancer,"
"Your Song," "Candle in the Wind" (which was issued as a single and
topped pop music charts worldwide), the previously mentioned "Sorry
Seems to Be the Hardest Word," and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
The companion home video includes a few additional performances, such
as the thoroughly inspiring "One Horse Town." While not entirely
essential, Live in Australia is at its core an adeptly executed concert
||1987 - Rocket (UK), MCA
Newton Howard/Brad Dechter (basati sugli arrangiamenti originali di
||registrato live il 14 dicembre
1986 al Sydney Entertainment Centre (Australia)
||Charlie Morgan: batteria;
David Paton: basso; Davey Johnstone: chitarre;
Fred Mandel: tastiere; Jody Linscott, Ray Cooper:
percussioni; Onward International Horns (Raul D'Oliveira, Paul Spong, David
Bitelli e Rick Taylor): fiati; Shirley Lewis, Alan Carvel, Gordon Neville:
cori; The Melbourne Shimphony Orchestra of Australian Broadcasting Corporation;
||registrazione live della
parte orchestrale del tour Australiano del 1986.
voce roca, appena prima
dell'operazione alle corde vocali, grande carrellata di classici.