December 11, 2013 – 4:32 pm

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London 1973 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK; December 22, 1973. BBC transcription reels. Excellent Pre-FM.

This show has been vigorously shared among fans over the years; it has also been released in 1998 in Japan as Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (Wild Street). Given Elton’s performance and the quality audio, this show is a must for Elton’s fans.

The album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, was released on October 5, 1973 and, at this show, Elton introduces Candle In The Wind as a new song from the new album. Little would anyone know then that Candle In The Wind would become an Elton John classic and staple.

In December 1973, Elton John played six shows at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. They were such a success that Elton played the Hammersmith again in 1974 (click here).

Despite suffering from a heavy cold, Elton John clearly wanted to give this concert his best effort, the results are self evident, both the band and Elton were clearly up for the gig, possibly spurred on by national coverage on BBC radio in the UK.
- beehive candy

Thanks to the person who shared these tracks on the net in 2006.

Front cover posted at beehivecandy.com; back cover at spacecoast-cdr.com - Thanks!

PRE-FM Reels > CDRW > CDWAV > masterCDR > WAV > FLAC

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro (Brian Matthews)/Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding 13:01 (21.9MB)
Track 102. Candle In The Wind 4:20 (7.3MB)
Track 103. Hercules 8:36 (14.4MB)
Track 104. Rocket Man 6:03 (10.2MB)
Track 105. Bennie & the Jets 6:19 (10.6MB)
Track 106. Daniel 4:06 (6.9MB)
Track 107. This Song Has No Title 2:56 (4.9MB)
Track 108. Honky Cat 6:58 (11.7MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 4:04 (6.8MB)
Track 202. Ballad of Danny Bailey 6:30 (10.9MB)
Track 203. Elderberry Wine (including Rudolph) 7:30 (12.6MB)
Track 204. I’ve Seen That Movie Too 5:39 (9.5MB)
Track 205. All the Young Girls Love Alice 9:31 (16.0MB)
Track 206. Crocodile Rock 5:02 (8.5MB)
Track 207. Your Song 4:16 (7.2MB)
Track 208. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting 8:18 (13.9MB)
1 hour 44 mins

Elton John - piano, vocals
Davey Johnstone - guitar
Nigel Olsson - drums
Dee Murray - bass
Ray Cooper - percussion

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  1. 7 Responses to “ELTON JOHN - HAMMERSMITH ODEON 1973”

  2. Thanks, Big O! This show is from my favorite period of Elton’s career, just before he went supernova.

    By TDC on Dec 11, 2013

  3. Thank You.

    By Paul on Dec 12, 2013

  4. I think the two Christmas concerts from Elton in ‘73 and ‘74 posted by BigO present a perfect picture of him at his creative peak (IMHO) and showcase what was one of the best touring bands ever! I saw him 3 times in Chicago in the early 70’s including fall of ‘74 and have always had found memories of those shows. Thanks BigO and to the posters and artists for bringing all those memories rushing back today.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Dec 12, 2013

  5. those “found ” memories johnny, they good or
    bad ?

    By dropkick sarge on Dec 13, 2013

  6. this is like almost prime elton! cool, big oh!


    By I-) on Dec 15, 2013

  7. What a lineup! I saw him in ‘76, my first rock show.

    The ‘74 Xmas show link seems to be down, it takes you to a “Page not found” screen.

    By Chance on Dec 24, 2013

  8. Fantastic to find this top quality version - I have got a pretty decent copy on tape, which my Dad recorded off the radio on the night it was broadcast!

    By Sarah B on Jan 16, 2017

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