How many times have you had a conversation that starts, usually drunkenly, with “yeah, but who is the greatest ever?” It is a hard question to answer because there are so many variables. But, musical greats can usually be narrowed to a short list and agreed upon. Elton John is most certainly on that list.
I am very familiar with Elton John, but I am not proficient in his catalog; I am especially not proficient in his early work. That fact, along with the dust on the cover, is what drew me to pick up this album.
11-17-70 is not just a live album, but it is a portion of a live radio broadcast. There were about 150 people inside the studio and millions of New Yorkers listening live that day to a guy who was pretty new on the scene but was quickly making a name for himself. I am sure that the people in the studio were not aware of the fact that they were witnessing a legend create musical magic.
11-17-70 is 70s piano rock at its finest. This record is bluesy toe-tapping sing along music that would fit well in a movie soundtrack during a blue-collar working man montage. There is an undertone of funk that grooves on this album. 11-17-70 flat out jams.
I paid $3 for this album. That is 300% of the value stated online, but after hearing this record I would gladly pay 10x what I paid. It is a moment in time perfectly captured on vinyl.
My favorite track: Can I Put You On