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Grab Your Elton Pass
Michael Kerner | Brooklyn, New York U.S.A. | 12/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I sometimes wonder when artists really seem to make a very good play at selling a item only at a exclusive shop. It sometimes seems to be a good idea, but otherwise it isn't that good to know that other stores don't actually sell it. That really is the case with Elton John. He recently pulled that jester off with Best Buy recently, as a way to promote his DVD box set Dream Ticket. It is unfortunate especially when other stores are only selling his Peachtree Road record. Only in their stores, not this DVD collection. Yet, many people really don't seem to know what is missing from the man who sang Take Me To The Pilot.
Elton John Dream Ticket is a four disc DVD box set, which fatures a series of different concerts Elton John performed in, throught many diferent areas around the world. The first disc was the live concert One Night Only: The Greatest Hits. This was the only concert released before. The songs here really stand out very well, and the performances also capture Elton in his highlights with so many great performances including Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Don't Go Breakin' My Heart with Kiki Dee, Candle In The Wind, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road with Billy Joel, and other landmark performances.
Disc 2: Live at The Royal Opera House is one of the 2 exclusive concerts highlighted here. The concert has a feel similar to his legendary 1986 live performance in Austrailia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. This concert film has that same passionate feel. The songs here are just as rich and bold here as if you're in the studio with Elton. The perfformance pays tribute to Gus Dudgeon, Elton's longtime producer who tragically died at the time. The highlights here include great pop songs like Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, Tonight, This Train Don't Stop There Anymore, and his classic Sixty Years On.
Disc 3, is really the radical departure of all of the live performances that Elton John recorded. The performance was recorded at the Great Amhitheatre in Turkey. The live concert only features Elton without a band to backup, or a orchestra. Only by himself. This concert really is very bold and rich enough to show Elton's songs in a different light. The songs here sound much more different on this disc, especially tracks like Philadelphia Freedom, Burn Down The Mission, Crocodile Rock, and Circle Of Life. Yet, on this disc, some of the songs here are also performed more bautifully without any backup, especially tracks like Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters, Sacrifice and Daniel.
The last disc: Elton in Four Decades is a reflection of Elton's career through his 35 years in the spotlight, with rare performances, and music videos finally being released on DVD for the first time. The DVD includes interviews from Elton, several producers and music video directors as well. The collection also includes some great music videos including the black & white masterpiece Believe, Are You Ready For Love, which was recently released as a hit in England, I Want Love, and Elton's first music video, I'm Still Standing.
All in all, Elton John's Dream Ticket is a remarkable DVD collection. Sadly, it really is unfortunate that only Best Buy is able to sell this exclusively, rather than other music and video stores. This is one exciting and dynamic DVD collections ever made, that really is worth it in the purchase and the performances here.
Performances and highlights: A-
Dream Ticket is "The One"
Maryann Z. | 12/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Elton John's release of Dream Ticket is truly an Elton John Fan's Dream. Even though I already own Elton John's "Greatest Hits -One Night Only" (Live at Madison Square Garden)DVD, "Dream Ticket" allows me to have a back-up copy of a great concert should I need to replace my very worn original.
I honestly believed that the London Royal Opera House DVD would turn out to be my favorite disc of the set (I have surround sound and couldn't wait to hear the Royal Academy orchestra backing Elton's arrangements). The orchestral arrangements along with Elton John's piano are truly magical. I thought that this was the ultimate - until - I heard his performance in Turkey.
Now,I have to say that my favorite disc is Elton's performance at the "Ephesus Amphitheatre" in Turkey. Here, you are invited to experience a very personal trip with Elton and his piano. The setting in the Ephesus Amphitheatre is very intimate and almost "other worldly". What you will see and hear is Elton at his best having a "love affair" with his piano. Here, you will see a man performing, who's music clearly comes from his soul. I would challange anyone to listen to "Rocket Man" on this disc and not come away with goose-bumps.
Even though a lot of songs are duplicated on the 3 discs (Madison Square, London and Turkey)the musical arrangements are all different. You will experience 3 very different concerts, with each performance working its own special brand of magic.
So sit back, have a glass of wine, turn the volume up and be present in the front row for one of the greatest performers and musicians of our time!!!! See which concert will turn out to be your favorite.
He's Got A Ticket To Ride
Barry | 12/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are very few people in the music industry who can claim fact to of had such a career as Elton John. The longevity. The continued success with albums and hit singles and massive, sold out shows. There are even fewer people nowadays that will ever have such a career. They don't make superstars like this anymore. This 4 disc collection is a definite must for any devoted Elton fan who is looking to have a collection of great Elton performances. The problem that some may have with this disc is what's included. Why?. The first disc is Elton's 2000 New York show, "One Night Only", taped at Madison Square Garden. The show has been released and available already. It was released as a seperate DVD all on it's own, it was also released as a live CD, and aired as a television special. It's safe to say that this isn't anything new for the Elton fan, but if you do not own it, then it is nice to have. The concert is a great show tho. The stage is good, and Elton is in fine form. Like the live CD, the guest stars, with the exception of Billy Joel on the winning "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", and Kiki Dee reuniting with her old partner on "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", didn't need to be there. We only need Elton to do these songs. Although Anastascia is pretty good on "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting". What's cool about it is that if you've only heard the shortened live CD, or the hour long TV special, then this will be great for you because there are another 10 songs on this full length concert. Some that are included are some 80's hits that he doesn't normally play. Songs like "Little Jeannie", "I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That" and "Club At The End Of The Street". The second concert, taped at The Royal Opera House, is very similar to a recent Elton concert at Radio City Music Hall, which just aired on Bravo a day or two after Thanksgiving. If you saw that, then you know what to expect. Still, it's a masterful performance. The concert is kind of like his orchestral performance with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia, back in the mid '80's or so. It's very good. So why the full five stars then?. Because the product and material is still great. And if you are an Elton fan, then these are performances and concerts to be included in your collection. And it's nice to have all in one nice little package. What is really good, are the other two discs. The third concert is one of Elton's solo shows where it is just him and the piano. It was taped at The Ephesus Ampitheater, an ancient ruin in Turkey. Lit by candles all around, it is a strikingly beautiful venue for a show, and the show itself is nothing but dazzling and brilliant. These solo shows with Elton and his piano laid things bare and showed what a brilliant performer and musician Elton really is. The 4th disc features a 90 minute docu with Elton narrating songs of his choice from his career, which is fun to watch and hear. People like Thom Bell, who had worked with Elton in the late 70's for an album which eventually became "The Thom Bell Sessions" is interviewed, as is writer/director Cameron Crowe who used Elton's "Tiny Dancer" so wonderfully in his movie, "Almost Famous". Director Dave LaChappelle shows his video montage he shot for "I'm Still Standing", which plays during that song's performance at Elton's recent Las Vegas shows. There is also a gallery of some of Elton's most memorable stage costumes, shown at different angles of the design. And there is a timeline of "Your Song", showing Sir Elton performing the song in every decade of his career. The videos for "Sacrifice", "Can You Feel The Love Tonight", "Believe", "I Want Love", "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore" and "Are You Ready For Love" are all also included. Real good stuff. All in all, there are 70 or so fantastic performances here, and a 4th disc filled with Elton history that is sure to satisfy Elton fans. Elton is still an amazing singer in these later years. Some say he has lost his voice, but he hasn't. Some say he doesn't sound like 70's Elton anymore. Well, of course not. He's older and things change. Nor does he need to. His voice nowadays carries more weight and authority. There is a grit to it and it brings more heft and poignancy to songs he sings. There are songs in these last number of years that he could never of sung back in the early 70's. He admits that himself. His voice is just fine. The breadth of these magnificent concerts, and the stuff on the 4th disc are only a smidgen of the history of this incredible performer. The solo performance, the performance with the orchestra, and the full out rock concert show that this is one versatile performer who can do no wrong. There is no one else out there like this. So, this is one dream ticket indeed."
Good Buy & Must Have for Any Fan
Huneebee | Bermuda | 01/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Don't quite understand why they included the Madison Square Garden concert, which is fairly recent and still selling as a single concert (I already own it). The 4th DVD is nice, but mostly music videos. It was hyped as something more archival and it would have been nice to have seen more classic footage of Elton performing through the years instead of music videos. I would have welcomed more performances of youthful Elton, in his prime, rockin' and poundin' those ivories! (And I did enjoy viewing the evolution of Elton's stage costumes over the years.)
Having said that, the Ephesus concert is worth the price of admission all by itself. My husband, who likes some of the music but is NOT an EJ fan by any stretch of the imagination, ended up viewing almost the entire Ephesus concert with me, as astounded as I was by the visual embodiment of Elton's mastery of the keyboard. He is an absolutely awesome pianist -- something for which you don't really get an appreciation because he's usually backed by his band. But this is just Elton, his voice and his piano and, boy, does he make that piano rock! My favourite Ephesus performance is "Honky Cat".
All in all, I'm definitely glad that I own this set."