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#22 - Candle In The Wind - Elton John - Live in Oakland 1986

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Published on Jul 16, 2012

While I am focusing on Elton's Medusa Tour at the moment, Elton Bootlegs came up with a request for me: he asked me to upload this brand new show (which also can be found on Elton Bootlegs' channel) with this particular picture, which is just before Elton went on stage at this night, the 3rd of October 1986. Elton is here standing with Ryan White who would make a major impact on Elton's life as well as (according to Elton) saving his life and making him change direction.
This bootleg is almost 100 % complete (save for a cut before Someone Saved My Life Tonight and Bennie And The Jets and a few other cuts) and in decent quality. Let's get onto the show:

While this show is rather late in the year of 1986 Elton would presumably have bad vocals, which in this case is a wrong prediction. Elton is in very good shape (compared to shows like MSG 9/14, Saratoga, and both LA shows) and delivers great versions of several songs!
Tonight is a great performance, though it is a bit conservative, yet better than both LA shows. One Horse Town is not one of my favorites as Elton voice does not sound clean, although he does have some 'great' moments -- I do not know whether it is the recording or not, but not a great performance in my ears. Better Off Dead is decent enough, but we do have better versions. Rocket Man is really good with a great extended outro and Elton playing with his voice in some ways I have not heard before! One of the highlights of the evening. Philadelphia Freedom is a great October version of the song and sounds like an early North American version. Great version of Burn Down The Mission which Elton manages to sing well, even though the chorus is in a high key!

Someone Saved My Life Tonight is the first song of the night which causes Elton major problems. Although he hits the notes fine, his voice does sound a bit weak and wear and does not have this strength left as it had earlier in the year. The Bitch Is Back is great and fun as Elton does some funny phrasings and he hits most of the notes during the song! The Medley is good and a surprising no-angry-birds version of Song For You! Levon is actually quite good with Elton hitting the most of the higher notes. He does, however, growl a few notes. Paris is an OK performance, and so is Restless! Bennie And The Jets is a bit random at spots especially in the third chorus where he uses funny phrasing. Also, the piano solo is one of the best ever performed, but I do not think it beats the two LA solos, however, I must give this solo credit for its uniqueness.

Love Song is next and that is a nice feature on this show. Sad Songs (Say So Much) has a steady introduction unlike many other performances earlier in the year! This Town is decent with no real errors during the song and I'm Still Standing with nice phrasings here and there and angry birds at spots, but some notes are noticeably cleaner than other performances. Nikita is a performance where I was a bit shocked since Elton sounds almost exactly like on the record during the first verse, albeit at bit deeper in the tone, but another great performance from this show. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) is very good with Elton singing the choruses very good like earlier in the year and he is being obnoxious on the third chorus! Candle In The Wind is another strong performance from the night which I really like (though he is being conservative in the third chorus) and Daniel which is a fine performance though it has seen better days! Your Song ends this surprising show, and is a good performance with nice phrasings after the first chorus (I love when he goes up in the higher octave!).

- Enjoy!

NOTE 1 -- As Elton Bootlegs wrote: "This bootleg has been christened with the name "Clive, Can You Hear The Snare Drum?" due to a video between Philadelphia Freedom and Burn Down The Mission! Watch it and you'll understand why!"

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