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Released  9 April 1971
Artist  Elton John
Producer  Gus Dudgeon
Genre  Rock music
Length  48:25
Release date  12 March 1971
Label  Uni Records
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Recorded  at A&R Recording Studios, New York, NY, on 17 November 1970 for a live radio broadcast on WABC-FM (later WPLJ)
17-11-70 (1971)  Madman Across the Water (1971)
Similar  Elton John albums, Rock music albums

17-11-70 (US title 11-17-70), released in 1971, is the fifth official album release for Elton John, and his first live album.



The recording was taken from a live radio broadcast on 17 November 1970, hence the album's title. The recording was originally popular among bootleggers which, according to Gus Dudgeon, eventually prompted the record label to release it as an album. It has been said that the release by an eastern bootlegger of the whole 60-minute aircast rather than the 48 minutes selected by Dick James Music significantly cut into the US sales of the live album. However, the entire concert was an 80-minute affair, and double-LPs containing the entire concert were more common than those containing only 60 minutes. Another contributing factor to the original album's soft sales could have been the glut of Elton John product on the market at the time. John also had in release 2 full studio albums (Elton John and Tumbleweed Connection) and a movie soundtrack (Friends) when the live LP was issued. Nonetheless, it became the fourth of John's records to simultaneously land in the Top 100, making him the first act to do so since The Beatles.

According to longtime NYC radio personality Dave Herman (who can be heard at the beginning and end of the album), Elton John cut his hand at some point during the performance, and by the end of the show, the piano keys were covered with blood.

John and his band performed 13 songs during the radio broadcast. The original album included only six of the songs; a seventh, "Amoreena," appeared as a bonus track on the album's 1996 CD reissue. The other six performances remain officially unreleased: "I Need You to Turn To", "Your Song", "Country Comfort", "Border Song", "Indian Sunset" and "My Father's Gun".

John has stated in several interviews that he believes that this recording is his best live performance. He has also cited the album as a great showcase for the musicianship of drummer Nigel Olsson and bassist Dee Murray. It is also the only officially released example of what John's live band sounded like prior to the arrival of guitarist Davey Johnstone, who wouldn't be a member until the release of Honky Château in 1972.

Track listing

All songs by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, except where noted.

Side one

  1. "Take Me to the Pilot"  – 6:43
  2. "Honky Tonk Women" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)  – 4:09
  3. "Sixty Years On"  – 8:05
  4. "Can I Put You On"  – 6:38

Side two

  1. "Bad Side of the Moon"  – 4:30
  2. Medley  – 18:20
  3. "Burn Down the Mission"
  4. "My Baby Left Me" (Arthur Crudup)
  5. "Get Back" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)

1995 Mercury and 1996 Rocket reissue

  1. "Bad Side of the Moon"  – 4:57
  2. "Amoreena"  – 4:54 (on 1996 reissue only)
  3. "Take Me to the Pilot"  – 5:55
  4. "Sixty Years On"  – 7:22
  5. "Honky Tonk Women" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)  – 4:07
  6. "Can I Put You On"  – 6:10
  7. Medley  – 18:27
  8. "Burn Down the Mission"
  9. "My Baby Left Me" (Arthur Crudup)
  10. "Get Back" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
  • The 1996 edition changed the running order and added "Amoreena" as a bonus track. This version is also different from the earlier releases in that album producer Gus Dudgeon remixed the tracks to create a notably different sound from the original LP mixes. In addition to level changes, Dudgeon's version also added some echo and other effects not present in the earlier mixes, which has drawn mixed reactions from fans.
  • Full set list

    1. I Need You To Turn To
    2. Your Song
    3. Country Comfort
    4. Border Song
    5. Indian Sunset
    6. Amoreena
    7. Bad Side of the Moon
    8. Take Me to the Pilot
    9. Sixty Years On
    10. Honky Tonk Women
    11. Can I Put You On
    12. Burn Down the Mission (including My Baby Left Me & Get Back)
    13. My Father's Gun (encore)


  • An alternate version of the set list was presented on several 1970–1971 bootleg album issues of the concert. It presents a concert with a somewhat different flow, and although crossfades of the UNI/MCA/Mercury issues present applause where it did not occur in the original concert, the setlist as presented on these bootleg albums does seem to clear up a few problematic references in Elton's comments.
    1. I Need You to Turn To
    2. Your Song
    3. Bad Side of the Moon
    4. Country Comfort
    5. Can I Put You On
    6. Border Song
    7. Sixty Years On
    8. Indian Sunset
    9. Honky Tonk Women
    10. Amoreena
    11. Take Me to the Pilot
    12. Burn Down the Mission (including My Baby Left Me & Get Back)
    13. My Father's Gun (encore)


  • Elton John – piano, vocals
  • Dee Murray – bass, backing vocals
  • Nigel Olsson – drums, backing vocals
  • Production

  • Gus Dudgeon – producer
  • Phil Ramone – recording engineer
  • David Hentschel – reduction (mix) engineer (US LP)
  • Clive Franks – reduction (mix) engineer (UK LP)
  • Matt Howe – reduction (mix) engineer (Rocket reissue)
  • Coordination: Steve Brown – coordination
  • Joe Disabato – coordination
  • David Larkham – design, photography
  • Gus Dudgeon – liner notes
  • John Tobler – liner notes
  • Dave Herman – emcee
  • Charts



    1Take Me to the Pilot6:46
    2Honky Tonk Women4:09
    3Sixty Years On7:25


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