MCA-619 11-17-70
Produced by Gus Dudgeon
Released on April 1971
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T his is his Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal and Ya-Yas, a live set that sweats testosterone charisma. Captured live as the Elton John juggernaut was just building up steam, 11-17-70 features only Elton and a new rhythm section that would propel him through the rest of the decade: Nigel Olsson on drums, Dee Murray on bass. Elton comes crashing out of the gate with a tempestuous version of “Take Me To The Pilot” and takes no prisoners for the next forty minutes. Everything on here outstrips the original in terms of energy and execution, from the recent “Burn Down The Mission” and forgotten Friends track, “Can I Put You On,” to the classic “Sixty Years On” and a lost B side, “Bad Side of the Moon,” that will blow you away. It didn’t get great reviews, didn’t go gold, could be considered kind of stingy even, but among Elton live albums (admittedly a leprous lot) this is the one to own. The bluesy, ballsy, barrelhouse performance from Elton is larger than life; the audience on hand may have been 100 odd souls, but he clearly had in mind the thousands tuned in to radios and millions more who would crash down the gates to see a white English kid in glasses tear it up like the second coming of Jerry Lee. Copping of the Stones and Beatles? No doubt presumptuous to some, prescient to others. The measure of a star is how brightly it shines in the black void around it. Elton shines on 11-17-70 like a great ball of fire, and any adhesion of the “star” label hereafter was merely a formality.


  1. TAKE ME TO THE PILOT    6:43
  2. HONKY TONK WOMEN    (Mick Jagger/Keith Richard)    4:09
  3. SIXTY YEARS ON    8:05
  4. CAN I PUT YOU ON    6:38
  5. BAD SIDE OF THE MOON    4:30
  6. BURN DOWN THE MISSION [incl. MY BABY LEFT ME (Arthur Crudup) / GET BACK (John Lennon/Paul McCartney]    18:20

    All songs written by Elton John/Bernie Taupin unless noted


ELTON JOHN -- piano, vocals
DEE MURRAY -- bass
Phil Ramone -- recording engineer
David Hentschel -- mixing engineer
Steve Brown -- co-ordination
Joe DiSabato -- concert conception and coordination
David Larkham -- design, photography

UK April 1971 Pickwick LP SHM-942  
US April 1971 Uni LP 93105  
GER 1971 Hansa LP 85 268IT  
US 1973 MCA LP 2015  
US 1979 MCA LP/CS MCA/MCAC-619  
JPN 1995 Mercury CD PHCR-4014 digital remaster
UK May 14, 1996 Rocket CD 528 165 digital remaster
JPN 2007 Universal CD UICY-9103 20-bit digital remaster
JPN 2008 Universal CD UICY-93667 SHMCD remaster


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