Friday, July 18, 2008



Elton John, "Elton John -- Deluxe Edition" (Mercury/UMe) 5 stars

Contrary to what a lot of his American fans still think, 1970's "Elton John" album was not the songwriter's first release.

It had been preceded by "Empty Sky" in the U.K. in 1969, but that album failed to generate much heat and wasn't even released in the U.S. until John became a star.

That stardom was initially triggered by this eponymous breakthrough disc, which has now been expanded from 40 minutes to nearly two hours, thanks to this double-CD "Deluxe Edition."

It's a beautiful recording, heartfelt and soulful, one that set a mood that John never quite duplicated in his many subsequent offerings. Tracks like "Your Song," "Take Me to the Pilot," "I Need You To Turn To" and the touching "The Greatest Discovery," tapped into early 1970's singer/songwriter sensibilities with a new passion, a new approach and a new style that was as fresh as it was distinct.

The edition features a 20-song bonus disc, mostly filled with piano demos, as well as rarities like "Grey Seal," which was initially the B-side to a single before being re-recorded several years later for "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."

While fascinating from a historical perspective, the demos are far from the definitive versions of the songs, with several like "Your Song," lacking the power and presence of the final recording, while others like the BBC session version of "Take Me to the Pilot," played too fast and lacking a groove.

Several major rarities are featured however, including "Thank You Mama," "All the Way Down to El Paso," and "I'm Going Home," which are all previously unreleased in any form.

The "Deluxe Edition" is being reissued simultaneously with a similar double-disc look back at another one of John's early great albums, "Tumbleweed Connection."

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A worthy cause...

RVL S.C.O.R.E. Proudly

Robbie Vierra-Lambert Spinal Cord
Organization for Regaining Excellence

Direction/Musical Direction by
Mike Walker

Choreography by Marie Madera


Adults $15

Kids 18 & Under

You may order tickets from cast members or reserve your tickets
by calling

(310) 377-3706

Reserved seating based on a 1st come 1st
served basis

Please make your donation payable to



August 7, 8, 9, at 7:00

Matinee Performance - August 9 & 10 at 2:00


Intermediate School

29323 Palos Verdes Drive East

Rancho Palos Verdes California 90275

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008