We all know how powerful first impressions are, and it just so happens that the first time I heard Elton John tear into “Take Me to the Pilot“, it was from the live New York City club radio broadcast later released as 11/17/70 ,  so the stripped down live arrangement has always been my benchmark for the song. We present it  (from another radio broadcast in 1993) to herald both the start of Elton John’s massive multi-year “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour as well as his upcoming residency along with Bernie Taupin here In the Studio  beginning September 24 for two consecutive weeks. –Redbeard