Elton John Celebrates Record Store Day with 17-11-70+

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Record Store Day is the one day of the year when thousands of independent record shops all across the globe come together to celebrate their unique culture and on April 22 this year, to commemorate the 10th Record Store Day, Elton John will serve as the first ever worldwide Record Store Day Legend and release an expanded, double-vinyl version of his first live album.

Happy 10th birthday to Record Store Day. I love record stores, I can go to the record store in Vegas and spend three hours in there. Just the smell of it, the looking at it, the wonder of it, the memories. I love vinyl so much; the tactile nature, the ritual of it, looking at the sleeve…especially with the old albums and the liner notes – who played on them, the process of putting it on, the needle going on and the sound coming out. And it DOES sound better, I know it does! It’s just the wonder of having vinyl. – Elton John

Watch the full video below to see Elton wax lyrical about his lifelong love of vinyl.

To celebrate the 10th Record Store Day, Elton is releasing 11-17-70+.

The album 17-11-70 was not meant to be a live one at all; we did one of the first ever stereo radio broadcasts live at A&R Recording Studios in New York City in 1970 on the 17th of November. It was Phil Ramone’s studio, one of the greatest producers of all time, and we just went in the booth and played it as a three-piece: Nigel Olsson on drums and vocals, Dee Murray on bass and vocals, and myself. There was a studio audience of about 100 sitting outside the booth, hearing it coming through the loud speakers, and we just played. I’m astonished by how good we were, listening to this record. It wasn’t initially coming out as a live album, but there were so many bootlegs in those days that the record company put it out. I’m glad they did because it really is something I’m very very proud of. – Elton

The album was released on DJM Records in the UK in April 1971, (then on UNI in the US in May) capturing six of the concert’s tracks on a single platter. It entered the Billboard album charts on May 29, peaking at No 11, and was one of four albums Elton released that year which placed simultaneously in the Billboard album chart…the first time that had happened since the Beatles did it in 1964.

17-11-70+17-11-70+ reinstates seven further songs from the concert and thus it is, at last, the most complete edition of the show available in any format. The version of Amoreena here has never been released on vinyl. See the full track listing below.

17.11.70+ has been remastered by Bob Ludwig and will be released as a two-LP set on 180gsm vinyl exclusively through independent record stores on Record Store Day, April 22.

17.11.70+ track listing:

A1   Take Me To The Pilot
A2  Honky Tonk Women
A3  Sixty Years On
A4  Can I Put You On

B1  Bad Side Of The Moon
B2 Burn Down The Mission (Incl. My Baby Left Me / Get Back)

C1   Indian Sunset*
C2  Amoreena**
C3  Your Song*

D1   Country Comfort*
D2  I Need You To Turn To*
D3  Border Song*
D4  My Father’s Gun*

* Previously unreleased bonus track
** Newly remixed bonus track

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[With files from EltonJohn.com]

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