November 18, 2010 – 12:12 pm

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with Leon Russell, Plan B and Rumer
BBC Electric Proms 2010 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Roundhouse, London; October 28, 2010; Very good audio stream.

Like Clapton, Elton John is one of those acts where fans are only too happy to attend the show and if Elton delivers a great performance, that becomes a bonus in itself. Elton John at The Roundhouse for the BBC Electric Proms is one such show. Maybe it’s the home crowd but Elton also came prepared - while it isn’t a greatest hits package as one expects, it’s nicely paced and, dipping into various parts of his career, brings a smile to the faces of long-time fans when he sings Ballad of a Well Known Gun.

While Elton is no longer the hit-making machine he once was, no one can fault him for not trying. In 2006 he teamed up with Bernie Taupin trying to recreate another Captain Fantastic album which did not exactly rocket off. And in October 2010, together with Leon Russell, they released The Union - the album also featured guest musicians such as Brian Wilson, Neil Young, Booker T and Don Was.

And Elton was astute enough to admit at The Roundhouse: “This whole experience of making this album has been to rehabilitate me and Russell into the eyes of the world and music. He was my idol in the ’60s and ’70s, he is still my idol, and that’s why we made this record together.”

As Michael Hubbard commented at musicomh.com:
The centrepiece was to be The Union. Released just days before this gig, the new material seemed to be unfamiliar to most of the audience, even as the album highlights translated beautifully in a live setting. Russell’s collaboration with Bernie Taupin, I Should Have Sent Roses, was a wistful showstopper, the upbeat joint efforts If It Wasn’t For Bad and Monkey Suit caused some shimmies, and the boisterous Hey Ahab (repeated as an encore of sorts) and the poignant When Love Is Dying bore the hallmarks of Elton’s peerlessly classy, hook-laden songwriting.

Elton’s generous spirit in bringing his old friend into the public eye was touching [Ed: Leon Russell came onstage in an electric wheelchair], and rewarded by many of the show’s better moments involving Russell’s subtle piano flourishes - in contrast to Elton’s thundering, take-no-prisoners style. With so much material to their names they struggled to edit down a set that had no reason to last as long as it did, but for Russell the welcome exposure can only have done him good. And if such collaborations prevent Elton becoming his own personal tribute act for a while yet, the partnership has worked well for him, too.

And that’s probably the point of discontent. Watching Elton and Russell perform the entire Union album may not be the fan’s idea of attending a show billed as Elton John at the BBC Electric Proms. (The last time Elton played The Roundhouse was 40 years ago, supporting The Who.)

Thanks to Retro9 for sharing the tracks on Dime and to DavePas63 for the artwork.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, this recording has never been officially released.

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Disc 1
Track 01. Intro (1.0MB)
Track 02. Burn Down The Mission (9.9MB)
Track 03. Levon (10.5MB)
Track 04. Tiny Dancer (11.0MB)
Track 05. Ballad of a Well Known Gun (9.1MB)
Track 06. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues (featuring Plan B) (9.3MB)
Track 07. Announcement (589k)
Track 08. Delta Lady (5.7MB)
Track 09. A Song for You (5.3MB)
Track 10. Masquerade (featuring Rumer) (9.3MB)
Track 11. If It Wasn’t For Bad (5.9MB)
Track 12. Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes (5.1MB)
Track 13. Hey Ahab (8.3MB)
Track 14. Gone to Shiloh (7.8MB)
Track 15. Jimmy Rodgers Dream (6.4MB)
Track 16. There’s No Tomorrow (6.4MB)
Track 17. Monkey Suit (7.3MB)
Track 18. Announcement (387k)
Track 19. The Best of the Day (7.8MB)

Disc 2
Track 20. Dreams Come True (8.6MB)
Track 21. I Should Have Sent Roses (8.9MB)
Track 22. When Love Is Dying (11.2MB)
Track 23. Hearts Turned To Stone (6.6MB)
Track 24. Never Too Old To Hold Somebody (8.5MB)
Track 25. In The Hands Of Angels (8.3MB)
Track 26. Tightrope (3.9MB)
Track 27. Prince of Peace, Out of the Woods (11.0MB)
Track 28. Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms/Stranger In A Strange Land (8.5MB)
Track 29. Announcer (466k)
Track 30. Your Song (7.5MB)
Track 31. Take Me To The Pilot (14.5MB)
Track 32. Sad Songs Say So Much (8.3MB)
Track 33. The Bitch Is Back (7.5MB)
Track 34. Announcement (149k)
Track 35. Hey Ahab (9.4MB)

Note: Tracklist differ slightly from the artwork.

Click on the link to order Elton John and Leon Russell’s Union.

  1. 9 Responses to “ELTON JOHN - BBC ELECTRIC PROMS 2010”

  2. wed the 24th elton and leon will be on regis on abc tv. they will likely perform one or two songs live. i think this is the final tv appearance they are doing in promotion for this album. i had found a site with a listing of tv appearances in the usa that they were doing and there was one that i dont seem to recall catching but i dont know what it was. i have all the others they did thus far tho. the view and good morning america aka the beacon theatre in nyc. if anyone knows of any others please mention them.
    the boston show they did in oct included gregg allman on the song that they do with neil young on the cd–the 14th track here on this page. definitely one of the best songs on the album. thanks bigo for offering this show.

    By darth on Nov 18, 2010

  3. btw…for completists there are 2 bonus tracks available on deluxe versions of the cd that they didnt include in this performance either.
    my kind of hell and mandalay again. interestingly when u get these two songs theyre stuck in before the last two songs and they become the 13th and 14th songs pushing what were the 13th and 14th songs on the regular cd into the 15th and 16th slots. the two songs are worth having at least in my opinion.

    By darth on Nov 18, 2010

  4. The Union is in MAJOR rotation on my playlist, from start to finish! Superb!

    By todd on Nov 18, 2010

  5. hey bigo, not an elton fan, but i just got back from roger waters in atlanta. killer!!! please post it, if you anybody sees it on dime.

    you’ll appreciate this. this couple sitting next me liked me telling them how i got chicago and toronto waters shows from here among other gems. they couldn’t memorize the url so my brother pulled out a black sharpie, and i wrote it on the guys back of a dollar bill. saad’s spreading the word.

    bought a boot shirt down on the street like the stooges. they’ve gotten more expensive. usually they’re just $10, but these were $20 each. however, one guy cut my brother a deal and let him have two xl 30 anniversary wall live shirts for $25. they’re cool looking shirts too. it has the pig on back and cities, but no dates unfortunately.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 19, 2010

  6. as mentioned earlier ej and lr did the 22nd and 24th songs from this show above on regis the other morning. nicely done too. i found them on youtube and converted them nicely to mp3s as i did with all the other performances they did on usa tv for this promotional tour to make a nice audio cd with.
    elton also appears all over the lennon-nyc pbs special that aired this week in the states. its a 2 hour documentary that should definitely be seen.
    incidentally there are some clips professionally filmed from this show above on youtube should anyone wish to look for them.
    heres some help — http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=elton+john+%26+leon+russell+proms&aq=f

    By darth on Nov 26, 2010

  7. What program do you use to transform Youtube audio to mp3 format?

    By RollingStoner on Apr 12, 2014

  8. Rollingtoner, you can try Freestudio from dvdvideosoft.com. It captures the sound by you copying the link and pasting it in. It then gives you the choice of what you want it converted to, from WAVE to MP3. Or, to catch the audio on the fly streaming, try freecorder. You can record up to 320kbps MP3s. I recommend it to those with stable downloading.

    By Job Hunter on Apr 12, 2014

  9. RoolingStoner- That looks like a good program recommended by Job Hunter, and the price is right!
    I’ve been using YTD VIdeo Downloader for a while. It’s free, and there are both Mac and PC versions. It works very well, so I sent the developer a donation. It downloads the YouTube video in your choice of quality sizes, then it can convert it to mp3.

    You can also upgrade to the Pro version for an annual fee, which can download the video as an mp3 file. If you want to split the one long mp3 into separate songs, you’ll need another program, like Goldwave for Windows, or Fission for Mac, which you’ll have to pay for.

    By Dingus on Apr 12, 2014

  10. Sorry, that should have been “RollingStoner”.

    By Dingus on Apr 12, 2014

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