July 5, 2014 – 5:01 am

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West Of The Rockies [Bell Bottom BB041/42/43, 3CD]

Live at the Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon; October 14, 1975. Fairly good audience recording.

Here’s one for the fans… or down memory lane. You might want to give this a miss if you are expecting pristine soundboards or excellent audience recordings. Or put it this way - if you were an Elton John fan in the mid-’70s, this would have been gold! Those were the days when bootlegs meant warts and all.

Thanks to jingledale for sharing the tracks at Dime.

Bixx posted this comment in 2004 at bootlegzone:

The “West Of The Rockies” ended up being a very short tour in support of the just released Rock Of The Westies album (which, for those of you who collect such info, was originally titled Bottled & Brained with the intention of Dan Dare being the first single). As I recall (and I may be wrong) but I think Elton cut the tour short on doctors orders/recommendation due to exhaustion… The dudes that recorded it talked way too much. The concert however is interesting as Elton did a number of songs he hasn’t done since. Dan Dare (Pilot of the Future), Bitter Fingers and (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket are great if only because of the oddity. Dan Dare and Meal Ticket rock! The new band and Elton were in fine form. Those were the days of Elton indeed! For you Elton fans, this is a must! If you find it, get it and, holy cow, your stars could very well be read on the planet Mars!

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Disc 1
Track 101. Your Song 5:15 (8.8MB)
Track 102. I Need You To Turn To 2:29 (4.2MB)
Track 103. Border Song 4:57 (8.3MB)
Track 104. Take Me to the Pilot 5:36 (9.4MB)
Track 105. Dan Dare (Pilot of the Future) 4:26 (7.5MB)
Track 106. Country Comfort 6:05 (10.2MB)
Track 107. Levon 8:24 (14.1MB)
Track 108. Rocket Man 6:39 (11.2MB)
Track 109. Hercules 14:57 (25.1MB)
Track 110. Have Mercy on the Criminal 7:34 (12.7MB)
67 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Empty Sky 15:55 (26.7MB)
Track 202. Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding 9:56 (16.7MB)
Track 203. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 1:51 (3.1MB)
Track 204. Bennie and the Jets 6:15 (10.5MB)
Track 205. Harmony 4:03 (6.8MB)
Track 206. Dixie Lily 4:29 (7.5MB)
Track 207. Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy 7:07 (12.0MB)
Track 208. Bitter Fingers 5:32 (9.3MB)
Track 209. Someone Saved My Life Tonight 7:18 (12.3MB)
63 mins

Disc 3
Track 301. The Bitch is Back 5:01 (8.4MB)
Track 302. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me 5:35 (9.4MB)
Track 303. (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket 11:43 (19.7MB)
Track 304. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds 5:27 (9.2MB)
Track 305. I Saw Her Standing There 2:58 (5.0MB)
Track 306. Island Girl 3:33 (6.0MB)
Track 307. We All Fall in Love Sometimes 4:26 (7.5MB)
Track 308. Curtains 7:12 (12.1MB)
Track 309. Encore Wait 1:41 (2.8MB)
Track 310. Introduction of the Band 4:12 (7.0MB)
Track 311. Pinball Wizard 6:28 (10.9MB)
59 mins

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  1. 9 Responses to “ELTON JOHN - PORTLAND 1975”

  2. Elton John did Meal Ticket live in Oct 12 2001. be sure to set to 480p. Sounds a bit better there. But the band is definitely not as hot as in 1975!


    By Job Hunter on Jul 5, 2014

  3. 16 minute Empty Sky, Dixie Lily, 15 minute Hercules, wow.

    By jake frazzer on Jul 5, 2014

  4. Hi, any chance you might re-up the Willie Nelson on Marion McPartlands NPR show. I had it & lost it. jimg

    By jimg on Jul 6, 2014

  5. I’d love to have an official release of this show. What a mixed bag of songs and take note of what’s missing. No Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting, Bitch Is Back, Honky Cat, Daniel, Crocodile Rock, Tiny Dancer…

    I bet people were pissed at this song list.

    By RY33 on Jul 6, 2014

  6. I bet people were pissed at this song list.

    just darth

    By tin ear frohman on Jul 6, 2014

  7. I saw the Seattle show from this tour. I’ve never seen the Seattle Center Coliseum (now Key Arena) so packed. Every stairway had people sitting on it. He had a great band at this point in time…Great memories…

    By John Branin on Jul 6, 2014

  8. RY33 please see track 301. John Branin, be sure to go to YouTube for the Seattle 75 show, if you haven’t already found the recording elsewhere. Didn’t see a video though.

    By Job Hunter on Jul 6, 2014

  9. Indeed, jake frazzer.
    But you canĀ“t hear the instruments… what i found was NY 76, maybe better sound?
    (and this, by the way:

    By Kint on Jul 6, 2014

  10. Vintage Elton in his prime.thanks for the show.are there anymore 1975 shows out there ? Would love to hear hid 75 Dodger stadium show for example

    By Victor on Jul 11, 2016

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