Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
is a live album
by Elton John
and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
recorded at the Sydney Entertainment Centre
on 14 December 1986. The concert was the last of a series of concerts done throughout the last two months of 1986. The concerts consisted of two sets: the first was limited to Elton and his 14-piece band, including backing vocalists and the Onward International horn section, and Elton's flamboyant stage dress, featuring Mohawk and Tina Turner
wigs and some outlandish eye wear; the second featured Elton, the band and the 88-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, with John dressed more classically in a powdered wig and late 18th century/mid-19th century style formal wear. The album features most of the songs recorded in the second half of the show, excluding "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
", "Carla/Etude", "Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)" and "Slow Rivers." This was the last album to feature Elton's old vocal register (or at least what was left of it at the time) prior to his throat surgery which occurred on January 5, 1987.
Elton's band was essentially the lineup used on "Leather Jackets," which he was touring behind at the time, including Jody Linscott and special guest Ray Cooper, both of whom played percussion.
James Newton-Howard, who was at the time an up-and-coming film composer in Hollywood, joined Elton to conduct and write larger,... Read More