1944: ELTON JOHN JUST LIKE STRANGE RAIN : PINK EYED IN PARADISE PART ONE

TAKRL says: “An experiment in the issuance of a double intended LP as two single ones. The phrase ‘Pink eyed in paradise part one’ appeared on a never used back cover.”

Elton John’s December 24, 1974, show at the Hammersmith Odeon in London resulted in different bootlegs from different underground labels of the 1970s. TAKRL (one of the decade’s top bootleggers) documented the show with two separate LPs, All Across the Havens and Just Like Strange Rain, while Wizardo came out with the two-LP set Ol’ Pink Eyes Is Back. Collectors were thrilled to acquire this double-LP; the sound quality is generally quite good — obviously, this is a soundboard recording — and John’s set is rewarding more often than not. After opening with “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding,” the singer keeps his London audience happy with hits that range from “Bennie and the Jets,” “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” and “The Bitch Is Back” to “Daniel,” “Rocket Man,” “Honky Cat,” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” Ol’ Pink Eyes Is Back, which gained a reputation for being one of John’s best bootlegs, was only in print for a few years. When the FBI went after bootleggers aggressively in 1976 and 1977, Wizardo was among the illicit labels that was put of business. And after Wizardo’s demise, Ol’ Pink Eyes Is Back became more and more of a collector’s item.”

 

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