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9. Roy Rogers (Elton John - Live in Moscow : 5/28/1979)

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Apologies for not uploading for a while as I have had a busy schedule lately but hopefully I can upload more stuff over the coming days and weeks! I love important and historical concerts from both my favourite artists Queen and Elton John! For Queen, we have stuff like Rainbow 1974, Hammersmith 1975, Hyde Park 1976, Earl's Court 1977, Hammersmith 1979, Montreal 1981, Milton Keynes 1982 and Wembley Stadium 1986! For Elton there's far too many to name but a few examples include 11-17-1970, Hammersmith 1974, Edinburgh 1976, Central Park 1980, Hammersmith 1982, Sydney 1984, Wembley Stadium 1984, Sydney 1986, Verona 1989, Rio 1995, Madison Square Garden 2000 and his 60th birthday show at the same venue in 2007! My next upload comes from one of Elton's most popular tours he ever did with just himself and Ray Cooper from 1979 from one of the most important locations in the world that Elton has ever performed where he made history by becoming one of the first Western musicians to tour Russia. In the documentary "To Russia With Elton", he is seen after one show saying "that was one of the most memorable gigs I've ever done! I could've carried on singing til the cows came home" which reflects his personal achievements on the tour! The bootleg itself is mostly complete with minor cuts throughout plus it is in good quality! Albeit slightly rough vocally on the first couple of songs plus showing signs of nerves, Elton's voice is in excellent shape plus his piano playing is fantastic and Ray Cooper's percussion playing is top-notch! All 1979 recordings highlight how much fun they are both having onstage plus how laid back Elton is! Prime examples of all of the above statements start with Your Song where Elton is pretty conservative vocally plus hits wrong piano chords, Sixty Years On with again wrong piano chords plus Elton having a similar sound to Australia 1986 (although not noduled up!), Daniel where his voice clears up nicely plus it's an excellent solo version, Skyline Pigeon with Elton singing it very well, Take Me To The Pilot with awesome vocals plus a nice tempo for the song, Rocket Man with Elton doing unique phrasing whilst holding out notes which he hadn't tended to do on previous tours, Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me with nice vocals but the best versions come from later on in the year, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road which is flawless, Candle In The Wind which has Elton's softer tone, Ego with a reasonable tempo plus awesome vocals and I Heard It Through The Grapevine which is a fantastic cover of the Marvin Gaye hit! Ray Cooper joins Elton at the start of Funeral For A Friend which morphs into Tonight which has fantastic vocals from Elton, Better Off Dead with nice vocal harmonies, I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself with awesome percussion playing, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word with nice note choices from Elton, Bennie And The Jets where Elton sounds like Dame Edna Everage in the intro plus I enjoy Ray Cooper's obnoxiousness during the song, Part Time Love which is an excellent rendition, Song For Guy which sounds very close to the record, Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting with Pinball Wizard goes together very well plus Elton is excellent vocally on the whole song and the medley which features Crocodile Rock which sounds like 1982 but at more of a sensible tempo and Back In The USSR which of course shows Elton embracing his audience and their country which is a sweet touch to an excellent show! Enjoy!