Elton John / MSG 1989 Final Night / 2CDR

Elton John / MSG 1989 Final Night / 2CDR / Uxbridge

Live At Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York USA 7th October 1989.

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Elton John in 1989 gained a foothold in the revival of “SLEEPING WITH THE PAST,” which won first place in the UK for the first time in 15 years. An original recording that allows you to experience the scene at its best is newly discovered. This is the birth of a hidden treasure album in which Eric Clapton also jumps in and participates.
What is sealed in this work is “October 7, 1989 Madison Square Garden (hereinafter MSG) performance”. It is the excellent audience recording. Elton at that time was a record-breaking hit not only for “SLEEPING WITH THE PAST” but also for Greatest Hits “THE VERY BEST OF”. It was beginning to show momentum to wipe out the temporary slump at once. First, let’s look back on the schedule at that time and confirm the position of the show.

● 1989
・ July 28-August 27: North America # 1 (21 performances)
“August 29,” SLEEPING WITH THE PAST “released”
・ August 29-October 18: North America # 2 (28 performances) ← ★ Coco ★
● 1990
・ January 27-March 3: Oceania (23 performances)
・ May 18-20: Atlantic City (3 performances)
“October 1st” THE VERY BEST OF “released”

This is the whole picture of “SLEEPING WITH THE PAST TOUR 1989/1990”. Until June 1989, the content was renewed with “REG STRIKES BACK TOUR” from July. On the contrary, the tour activity in 1990 has ended above, and there will be a blank until “THE ONE” in 1992, probably due to treatment such as alcoholism. The main part of such “SLEEPING WITH THE PAST TOUR” is the US Open tour in 1989, and this work is the 23rd performance of “North America # 2” which is the final stage. MSG has been performing for 5 consecutive nights, and this work was recorded on the last day.
This work, which is a vacuum-packed show, is a shockingly exquisite audience recording. It is an original recording that will be released for the first time by this work, but anyway, it is fresh, neat and clear. As expected, the MSG at the large venue (?), Which is famous for its taper crying, does not have zero distance and close contact, but the air is transparent, and the core that penetrates the center is as vivid as a laser beam, and the details. Is also shining brilliantly. Although it also sucks in the sound of the hall, it adds depth and dynamism to the performance and singing voice.
The sound is not like MSG, which is said to be difficult for Tokyo Dome, but the feeling of the scene is definitely MSG. The sea of ​​great cheers that filled the vast venue is wide, and the joy that springs from each song sways to the right and left. As a matter of fact, this work has no mysteriously close voice and Elton’s singing voice takes control of everything, but the loud cheers that can be heard faintly over there casually produce a spectacle. That’s the type of great recording.
And what is drawn with that dynamic sound is the precious full show of “SLEEPING WITH THE PAST TOUR”. The time is a little off, but the official video “LIVE IN BARCELONA” is memorable when it comes to live performances in the revival era. Let’s organize the set while comparing here.

● 70’s (17 songs)
・ My song is your song: Your Song
・ Elton John 3: Burn Down The Mission
・ Madman: Tiny Dancer / Levon (★)
・ Honky Chateau: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters / Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) (★: Co-starring with Clapton)
・ Don’t shoot the pianist! : Daniel
・ Twilight Brick Road: Bennie And The Jets (★) / Harmony (★) / Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding / Candle In The Wind (★) / Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
・ Caribbean: The Bitch Is Back (★) / Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
・ Rock of the Westies: Island Girl (★)
・ Blue Moves: Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
・ Others: Philadelphia Freedom
● 80’s (8 songs)
・ Too Low for Zero: I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
・ Breaking Hearts: Sad Songs (Say So Much)
・ REG-Strikes Back: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (Part Two) / I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That
・ Sleeping With the Past (★) / Sacrifice / Healing Hands (★) / Stones Throw From Hurtin'(★)
* Note: The “★” mark is a song that cannot be seen in the official video “LIVE IN BARCELONA”.

… And it looks like this. Elton has a masterpiece that can’t be played all the time, but here too, he behaves as a big hit song of each era. Among them, the new songs of “SLEEPING WITH THE PAST” are unique to this period. Of course, he also played “Sacrifice”, which became the first single in the UK to become the No. 1 single and became a resurrection signal, but the other three songs “Sleeping With the Past”, “Healing Hands” and “Stones Throw From Hurtin'” Limited song because of this tour. Also, even in the 70’s classics, “Island Girl” will not be played at the end of this tour, and “Harmony” will be revived for the first time in 9 years, but it will be a rare song that will be sealed for the next 10 years. ..
And, after all, the must-listen is “Rocket Man”, which is shown to the big lath. Eric Clapton appears here and listens to a gorgeous co-star, which is amazing. When Elton says “I’ll introduce you to a friend”, the venue is about “Who is it?”, But as soon as he says “Eric Clapton!”, A loud cheer like the sound of the earth explodes. After that, a big chorus will continue to occur, Clapton’s unique tone will be too delicious, and the long and long interplay will be hot and exciting. It is one of the biggest highlights of this work, which is very fulfilling in both quality and quantity.
A large group of famous songs, clear sounds that are not like MSG, and Clapton involved. It is a must-listen and must-have live album at every point. An original treasure recording that can only be heard in this work. Please enjoy it to your heart’s content.

★ Excellent audience recording of “October 7, 1989 Madison Square Garden Performance”. The original recording for the first time, just fresh, neat and clear. The air is transparent, and the core that penetrates the center is as vivid as a laser beam, and the details are shining. You can also enjoy “Rocket Man”, which is full of blockbuster songs, and has a hot interplay with the rare new songs of “SLEEPING WITH THE PAST” and guest co-star Eric Clapton.

★★ Recording by a Japanese taper who went to the United States. The sound source of this performance itself has appeared for the first time in history! !!

15年ぶりの全英1位に輝いた『SLEEPING WITH THE PAST』で復活の足がかりを掴んだ1989年のエルトン・ジョン。その現場を極上体験できるオリジナル録音が新発掘。エリック・クラプトンも飛び入り参加する秘宝アルバムの誕生です。
そんな本作に封じられているのは「1989年10月7日マディソン・スクエア・ガーデン(以後、MSG)公演」。その絶品オーディエンス録音です。当時のエルトンは『SLEEPING WITH THE PAST』だけでなく、グレイテスト・ヒッツ『THE VERY BEST OF』も記録的な大ヒット。一時の不振を一気に払拭する勢いを見せ始めていました。まずは、そんな当時のスケジュールを振り返り、ショウのポジションを確かめてみましょう。

《10月1日『THE VERY BEST OF』発売》

これが“SLEEPING WITH THE PAST TOUR 1989/1990”の全体像。1989年も6月までは“REG STRIKES BACK TOUR”で、7月から内容を一新しました。逆に1990年のツアー活動は上記で終了しており、アルコール依存症などの治療もあってか1992年の『THE ONE』までブランクが空くことになります。そんな“SLEEPING WITH THE PAST TOUR”のメインは1989年中の全米ツアーで、本作はその終盤となる「北米#2」の23公演目。MSGでは5夜連続公演が行われており、本作が記録されたのは最終日でした。
そして、そのダイナミック・サウンドで描かれるのは貴重な“SLEEPING WITH THE PAST TOUR”のフルショウ。時期はややズレますが、復活時代のライヴと言えば公式映像『LIVE IN BARCELONA』が思い出深い。ここでは比較しながらセットを整理しておきましょう。

・僕の歌は君の歌:Your Song
・エルトン・ジョン3:Burn Down The Mission
・マッドマン:Tiny Dancer/Levon(★)
・ホンキー・シャトー:Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters/Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)(★:クラプトンと共演)
・黄昏のレンガ路:Bennie And The Jets(★)/Harmony(★)/Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding/Candle In The Wind(★)/Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
・カリブ:The Bitch Is Back(★)/Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
・ロック・オブ・ザ・ウェスティーズ:Island Girl(★)
・蒼い肖像:Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
・その他:Philadelphia Freedom
・トゥー・ロウ・フォー・ゼロ:I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
・ブレイキング・ハーツ:Sad Songs (Say So Much)
・REG‐ストライクス・バック:Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (Part Two)/I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That
・スリーピング・ウィズ・ザ・パスト:Sleeping With the Past(★)/Sacrifice/Healing Hands(★)/Stones Throw From Hurtin’(★)
※注:「★」印は公式映像『LIVE IN BARCELONA』でも観られない曲。

……と、このようになっています。常に演奏しきれない名曲を抱えているエルトンですが、ここでも各時代の大ヒット曲を大盤振る舞い。その中でもこの時期ならではなのが『SLEEPING WITH THE PAST』の新曲群。もちろん、初めてシングル全英シングルNo.1に輝いて復活の狼煙となった「Sacrifice」も演奏していますが、他3曲「Sleeping With the Past」「Healing Hands」「Stones Throw From Hurtin’」はこのツアーだからこその限定曲。また、70年代クラシックスにしても「Island Girl」はこのツアーを最後に演奏されなくなりますし、「Harmony」は9年ぶりに復活しつつ、その後10年は封印されてしまうレア曲だったりします。
そして、何と言っても必聴なのが大ラスに披露される「Rocket Man」。ここではエリック・クラプトンが登場して豪華共演を聴かせてくれるのですが、これが凄い。エルトンが「友達を紹介するよ」と言う辺りでは会場も「へえ、誰だろ」くらいなのですが「エリック・クラプトン!」と言うやいなや、地響きのような大歓声が爆発する。その後も大合唱は巻き起こるわ、クラプトンならではのトーンが美味しすぎるわ、長い長いインタープレイは熱く盛り上がるわ。質・量ともに大充実の本作においても、最大のハイライトとなる1曲なのです。

★「1989年10月7日マディソン・スクエア・ガーデン公演」の絶品オーディエンス録音。初公開のオリジナル録音で、とにかく瑞々しく端正、そしてクリア。空気感が透き通っており、そのド真ん中を貫く芯はレーザー光線のように鮮やかで、ディテールもキラキラと輝いている。大ヒット曲も満載で、さらにレアな『SLEEPING WITH THE PAST』の新曲群やゲスト共演のエリック・クラプトンとの熱いインタープレイが繰り広げられる「Rocket Man」も楽しめます。


Disc 1 (78:31)
1. Intro.
2. Bennie and the Jets
3. Island Girl
4. Harmony
5. Tiny Dancer
6. Sleeping With the Past
7. The Bitch Is Back
8. I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues
9. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
10. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (Part Two)
11. Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
12. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
13. Daniel
14. Candle in the Wind
15. Sacrifice
16. Your Song

Disc 2 (67:14)
1. Philadelphia Freedom
2. Burn Down the Mission
3. Band Introductions
4. Healing Hands
5. Levon
6. Stone’s Throw From Hurtin’
7. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
8. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
9. I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That
10. Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
11. Introduction to Eric Clapton
12. Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) (★with Eric Clapton)

Elton John – Vocal, Piano
Davey Johnstone – Guitar
Romeo Williams – Bass
Guy Babylon – Keyboards
Fred Mandel – Keyboard, Guitar
Jonathan Moffett – Drums, Percussions
Marlena Jeter – Backing Vocal
Natalie Jackson – Backing Vocal
Mortonette Jenkins – Backing Vocal

Special Guest: Eric Clapton (on Rocket Man)

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