Saturday, December 10, 2011

Elton John - Here and There; a tremendous Single Live Album

Elton John - Here and There.  Elton's single (record) live album.  It's called Here and There because each side has five songs recorded at two separate concerts, at different venues - (there) New York's famed Madison Square Garden, and at (here) Royal Festival Hall in London.   Recorded at RFH are Skyline Pigeon  Border Song, Honky Cat, Love Song, and Crocodile Rock.   At MSG are/were: Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding, Rocket Man, Bennie and the Jets, and Take me to the Pilot.  It was produced by Gus Dudgeon.  I just read that this album was reissued on an expanded CD, which I will break down and buy.  Here is more on that: "For the 1995 CD reissue, original producer Gus Dudgeon remixed both shows and extended the song list for a two-CD set, almost fully restoring the play lists for both concerts. While "Take Me To The Pilot" and "Your Song" appear on both discs, Dudgeon said in the liner notes that this was intentional, since both versions of each song are very different from each other, and in his opinion merited inclusion. Digital editing software allowed Dudgeon and his editing and mastering team to, as he put it in the new CD's liner notes by John Tobler, "fix the occasional musical mistake." In the U.S. it was certified Gold on 5/6/1976 and Platinum on 8/25/1998 by the R.I.A.A.  The "There" disc also restores to the set list the tracks Elton and the band performed with special guest John Lennon, who made his last public concert appearance at the Madison Square Garden Thanksgiving night show.  The tracks were left off the original vinyl version, though "I Saw Her Standing There" was released as the b-side of the "Philadelphia Freedom" single, and all three songs were later released on a DJM-issued EP.  Pop-rock journalist Paul Gambaccini wrote the liner notes to the original LP, which were included in the booklet that came with the 1995 remastered edition."

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