Elton John

Live at the Anaheim Convention Center

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One of rock's early bootleggers was Rubber Dubber Records, a label that was active until 1971. When Rubber Dubber folded, its releases became extremely hard to find -- and by the mid-1970s, collectors were paying top dollar for Rubber Dubber vinyl. When this two-LP set (which boasted a deluxe black-and-white foldout cover) surfaced in 1971, Rubber Dubber had an asking price of six dollars, but by 1974 and 1975, collectors were willing to pay a lot more for it. The double-LP documents a December 11, 1970, concert by Elton John and Leon Russell at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California. Its first LP is devoted to a 23-year-old John, who is in good to excellent form during a set that includes "Your Song," "Bad Side of the Moon," "Can I Put You On," and the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Woman." While those gems are succinct, John devotes 19 minutes to an enjoyable, if long-winded, performance of "Burn Down the Mission." And the second LP is devoted entirely to Russell, whose set includes memorable performances of everything from "Roll Away the Stone" and "Hummingbird" to Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" and Merle Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee." The sound quality is OK but not great -- the bootlegger probably used a home recorder, although a good one. Regardless of the imperfect sound, this is a bootleg that many vinyl collectors would love to get their hands on.