If there's any pop superstar who's as flashy, as successful, as innovative and as much of a genius as Elton John, he's certainly doing a good job of staying well-hidden. And to realise exactly why Elton is this good, you should buy this album.
This is a recording of select songs from his live show in New York last year and contains some of his biggest hits. The album is a good mix of his slow as well as racy numbers. The former include the rather commonplace "Sacrifice", "Candle in the Wind" and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?", all of which are rather watered down versions. But the real gems on this tape are the offbeat semi-jazz number "Bennie and the Jets", the melodic "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and the rockin' "Crocodile Rock". The best cut on the album is "I'm Still Standing".
There a number of guest artists too, including Bryan Adams and Ronan Keating. Elton John is in fine timbre and renders these songs with a versatility that is uniquely his. This is a brilliant album, perfect for sedate evenings or parties. Take a look.This article was first published on 07 Mar 2001.