Elton John - 17-11-70

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17-11-70 is the first live album by British singer-songwriter Elton John, originally released in March 1971 via DJM Records.

17-11-70, provided a major boost to the young Elton’s career.

“The album 17-11-70 was not meant to be a live one at all,” Elton said in a press release on his website (eltonjohn.com). “We did one of the first ever stereo radio broadcasts live at A&R Recording Studios in New York City in 1970 on the 17th of November. It was Phil Ramone’s studio, one of the greatest producers of all time, and we just went in the booth and played it as a three-piece: Nigel Olsson on drums and vocals, Dee Murray on bass and vocals, and myself. There was a studio audience of about 100 sitting outside the booth, hearing it coming through the loud speakers, and we just played. I’m astonished by how good we were, listening to this record. It wasn’t initially coming out as a live album, but there were so many bootlegs in those days that the record company put it out. I’m glad they did because it really is something I’m very very proud of.”

 

The great thing about this early live record is its obscurity - not just that this isn't one of Elton’s better-known records, but that the set list is a fanboy's dream, heavy on album tracks, covers, and the kinds of song that make Elton John's early work so individual.

It's not just that there are no hits here, but it's that these six songs emphasize the spare, hard-rocking bluesy singer/songwriter that may not have written his own words, but always sang them with conviction and melodies that made them seem like his own.

This may be a minor effort in his catalogue, but that's part of its pleasure - it's certainly a record from the time before Elton the superstar, as he tears through Tumbleweed Connection tracks prior to the record's release, does a phenomenal reworking of "Honky Tonk Women", hauls out B-sides like "Bad Side Of The Moon", and gives a fierce, infectious performance.

If you want any indication of what Elton sounded like prior to his big break, this is an excellent, even intoxicating, summary.

Check out the tracks: “Take Me To The Pilot”; “Bad Side Of The Moon” and “Sixty Years On”. 

This Limited Edition LP with remastered audio, digital download code and reproduced original artwork is pressed in Germany on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl via Mercury Records.

(602557070781)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Take Me To The Pilot

6:37

A2

Honky Tonk Woman

4:06

A3

Sixty Years On

7:22

A4

Can I Put You On

6:06

B1

Bad Side Of The Moon

4:30

B2

Burn Down The Mission

18:11

SKU 602557070781
Record Label Mercury Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 5707078
Country DE - Germany
Release Date (Year) 14 April 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 09 April 1971
Barcode # 0602557070781
Shipping Weight 0.2850kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Remastered Audio, Reissue, Original Album Artwork Replicated, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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