Elton John - The Red Piano (2008) [DVD9 NTSC] (Live, 2-DVD, 2-CD Box Set)
Artist: Elton John
Box Set: The Red Piano (Live, 2-DVD, 2-CD) Best Buy Exclusive
Release Date (U.S.): October 28th, 2008
Label: Redline Entertainment Inc.
Following the success of 2004's definitive Elton John DVD set, The Dream Ticket, Elton John and Best Buy release The Red Piano collection.
Thousands of fans have traveled to Caesars Palace, Las Vegas to see over 200 shows, helping The Red Piano break records and set new standards for musical entertainment. This DVD/CD set, available only at Best Buy and Best Buy online promises to bring this amazing entertainment experience to Elton John fans across North America.
Available as a 2DVD/2CD set in standard definition or 1 Blu-ray disc/2CD set in high-definition, as well as a 3LP Premium vinyl set, the concert features the 14-song performance of The Red Piano show including all of the fan favorites such as "Candle in the Wind," "Believe" and "Rocket Man." The DVD and Blu-ray discs feature a documentary about the making of The Red Piano show, including footage of Elton discussing the genesis of the show.
The show debuted to critical acclaim in February 2004, with reviews proclaiming it as "A must-see" and noting that Elton is "still standing" as an indestructible talent. Using a red piano as a starting point, Elton enlisted his friend and photographer David LaChapelle to develop art and imagery that would complement the music and enhance the experience for the audience.
Featuring multi-color neon sculpture, pop art, inflatables, baubles, balloons and the band, the production raises the bar for Las Vegas performance. Viewers may have a good time just taking the show in at its surface (lights, inflatables and colors), or use their imagination to find the deeper meanings in the show.
Discussing the show, Elton said, "It's what I am like from an artistic point of view.It's fun, it's deep, it's the songs I really love and it gives me a chance to get across what I am all about, visually as well as musically."
"Our customers showed they were fans of Elton John by the success we had with The Dream Ticket DVD Set. After seeing that Elton had created The Red Piano, we wanted to help the show get to all of Elton's fans who might not have had the chance to see the show live or who want to see it again from the best seat in the house," said Gary Arnold, Senior Entertainment Officer for Best Buy. "We are especially excited that Elton has made The Red Piano a "must have" for fans by including the 2 CD live audio soundtrack from the collection to help Elton's music from the show fit into fans' lives."
DVD/CD: 2 x DVD-9, 2 x CD
Audio Formats: DTS 5.1 Surround Sound, PCM Stereo
Format: NTSC Color
Elton John: Main Performer
The Elton John Band:
Davey Johnstone - Musical Director, guitars, vocals
Guy Babylon - Keyboards
Bob Birch - Bass, vocals
John Mahon - Percussion, vocals
Nigel Olsson - Drums, vocals
All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin except Pinball Wizard, written by Pete Townshend.
Technical & Production Credits:
Executive Producer: Clive Banks
Assistant: Caroline Stewart
The Red Piano show is created and designed by David LaChapelle
Elton John The Red Piano DVD is produced and created by Twenty-First Artists Ltd.
Creative Direction: Clive Banks
Project Manager: John Pearson
Business Affairs: George Kangis
Tour Director: Keith Bradley
Elton John is managed by Frank Presland, Clive Banks, Johnny Barbis and Keith Bradley for Twenty-First Artists Ltd.
Recorded live at The Colosseum, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Director: David Mallet
Producers: Dione Orrom and Paul Morphos
Executive Producer for Serpent Productions: Rocky Oldham
Audio Producer: Phil Ramone
Recorded and Mixed by Frank Filipetti
Front of house Sound Engineer: Clive Franks
Authoring and Encoding by Rich Osborn at Abbey Road
Documentary directed by George Scott for Fuse Films
Edited by Phil McDonald
Elton John Band interviews by George Scott
Elton John crew interviews and dressing room video by MLB Advanced Media
Producer: Tara Gore
Editor: Eric Milliken
Design by INTRO, London (introwebsite.com)
Red Piano stills photography by Carl Studna
Photograph of David LaChapelle by Thomas Schweigwert
See booklet and DVDs for complete credits.
Red Piano Show 1:38:15
01. Bennie And The Jets
02. Philadelphia Freedom
05. Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
06. Answer In The Sky
07. Tiny Dancer
08. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
09. Candle In The Wind
10. Pinball Wizard
11. The Bitch Is Back
12. I'm Still Standing
13. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
14. Your Song
Red Piano Documentary
01. Behind-The-Scenes Documentary 53:23
02. The David LaChapelle Films 57:32
Audio CD 1:
01. Bennie And The Jets 8:19
02. Philadelphia Freedom 5:59
03. Believe 6:08
04. Daniel 4:10
05. Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time) 13:45
06. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues 5:05
07. Answer In The Sky 5:31
08. Tiny Dancer 6:36
Audio CD 2:
01. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me 13:48
02. Candle In The Wind 3:55
03. Pinball Wizard 7:04
04. The Bitch Is Back 4:13
05. I'm Still Standing 3:21
06. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting 8:52
07. Your Song 5:41
At this time, no professional reviews could be found of this Best Buy Exclusive Box Set. Though, there are plenty of reviews available online of Elton's Red Piano Las Vegas shows.
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