Subtle was not a watchword of the 70s.

Subtle was not a watchword of the 70s.
Subtle was not a watchword of the 70s.

– Elton John – Christmas Eve, 1974 Hammersmith Odeon  – BBC Radio In Concert Series –

Continuing with Rock Legends this weekend. Elton John and his Christmas Concert of 1974, recorded and broadcast as part of the In Concert series over BBC Radio 1 on Christmas Eve 1974.

Since we’re smack in the middle of Elton John’s Farewell tour, and since reports are coming back of what a great show it is (here in Los Angeles, where the last concert is Sunday Night), I thought I would dive back into the vault and pull this one out, as a reminder of how it was, some 48 years ago.

As one of the most recognizable icons of the 70s, Elton John continues a musical journey well worth catching if you missed it the first time around.

Depending on how you looked at it at the time, the outrageous stage presentation and theatrics either contributed to the Elton John persona or were distracted by it. Because under all the glitz and Vegas-style extravaganza was a craftsman of some of the most enduring pop songs of the later 20th century.

Sometimes you are so blindsided by the floor show you are unaware of  the fact that you are really listening to something with meat on its bones.

Well, maybe having a listen to this concert may bring the awareness of Elton John’s tuneful eloquence into full view.

Most of the songs from this set are from the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album, and features the original band lineup.

You might want to crank this one up, just for old times sake.


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