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Elton John at the BBC

April 28th, 2011 · Posted by Skuds in Music · No Comments · Music

This evening I watched something I had recorded over the weekend – Elton John at the BBC – and an hour just flew past.    Quite often these shows (Stiff at the BBC, Reggae at the BBC, etc. etc.) have been almost entirely a load of TOTP clips with maybe a bit of OGWT and with the high proportion of TOTP clips you are mostly getting a whole load of clips of people miming, but this one had a bit more variety.

Yes there were some TOTP clips, but also quite a few songs from concerts shown on the BBC, a Royal Variety Show performance,  a guest spot on the Morecambe & Wise show, and so on, but it was also broken up by bits from interviews and non-musical guest appearances on Blue Peter, Parkinson, Wogan as well as clips from the news.  All it really needed was more Ray Cooper.

With all the interest in his hair, his civil partnership, his tantrums, and his lifestyle generally it is easy to forget just how good he is at his job and how good he was at his best, when he knocked out 9 great albums in 6 years.  More amazing is how he seems to have hit that sort of form, albeit at a slower pace, with his last four albums.  He may be an official national treasure, but he’s still a top-class songwriter, musician and entertainer in my humble opinion.

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