'Funeral for a Friend/Tonight,' live with Ray Cooper, 1977 tour
In 1979 Elton John decided to drastically scale back his touring band, hitting the road with just his piano and percussionist Ray Cooper. The shows featured wonderfully stripped down arrangements of his classics, but none was as effective as a medley "Funeral for a Friend/Tonight." Both songs give John freedom to show off his amazing piano skills, and the sorrow of both tracks becomes all the more apparent in the sparse arrangements.
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