×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Live in Australia
     

Live in Australia

4.0 1
by Elton John
 

See All Formats & Editions

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

Overview

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 is John's 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 package.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0076732802229
catalogNumber:
8022

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elton John   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
James Newton Howard   Conductor
Davey Johnstone   Guitar
Shirley Lewis   Background Vocals
David Paton   Bass Guitar
Alan Carvell   Background Vocals
Ray Cooper   Percussion
Jody Linscott   Percussion
Fred Mandel   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Charlie Morgan   Drums
Gordon Neville   Background Vocals
Onward International Horns   Brass
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Elton John   Composer
James Newton Howard   Orchestration
David Bitelli   Contributor
Paul Buckmaster   Arranger
David Costa   Art Direction
Raul d'Oliveira   Contributor
Graham Dickson   Engineer
Gus Dudgeon   Producer,Engineer
Clive Franks   Engineer
Paul Spong   Contributor
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Keith Bradley   Producer
Rick Taylor   Contributor
Keith Walker   Engineer
Brad Dechter   Orchestration
Dennis Fox   Engineer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews