A reminder of the days when Elton was still performing songs, as opposed to putting on a performance the days when his stageclothes really weren't that much different to his audience or band's this is a lovely recording, catching all concerned on the eve of his Honky Chateau UK breakthrough. "Suzy" is the first of the "new" songs to be introduced, a very solid "Rocket Man" appears later in the set and, though success has still to descend upon the lad, still you can feel it waiting in the wings.
The band sounds great,
weaving in and around Elton's voice and piano with all the confidence
in the world, with the heart of the set found within the marathon "Madman
Across The Water," surely ranking among the most energetic versions on
the circuit today, and leading the show exquisitely into the final straight.
"Country Comfort," too, has rarely sounded warmer, the rock 'n' roll spot
will have you leaping out of your seat and, while the sound quality may
pack a little hiss, it is still streets ahead of many tapes of similar
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