Live in Australia

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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.
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  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 076732802229
  • Catalog Number: 8022

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
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