5 Classic Albums [1970-1973] [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released in the U.K. in the summer of 2012, Classic Album Selection boxes five of Elton John's classic early albums beginning with 1970's Elton John and running through 1973's Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player, all presented in their mid-'90s expanded editions with bonus tracks and packaged as mini-LPs. That's five albums in just over three years, a remarkably prolific run that becomes even more impressive when the quality of the five records is considered. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, the double-album that followed Don't Shoot Me by a few months in 1973, was the record that turned Elton into an international superstar, but these albums provide the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released in the U.K. in the summer of 2012, Classic Album Selection boxes five of Elton John's classic early albums beginning with 1970's Elton John and running through 1973's Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player, all presented in their mid-'90s expanded editions with bonus tracks and packaged as mini-LPs. That's five albums in just over three years, a remarkably prolific run that becomes even more impressive when the quality of the five records is considered. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, the double-album that followed Don't Shoot Me by a few months in 1973, was the record that turned Elton into an international superstar, but these albums provide the foundation for his entire career, establishing his breadth as a singer/songwriter and containing his most enduring songs, including the hits "Your Song," "Tiny Dancer," "Levon," "Honky Cat," "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters," "Daniel," "Crocodile Rock," and numerous other songs just as strong. Most Elton fans likely own these albums but anybody looking to get John's very best in a convenient -- and very affordable -- fashion shouldn't ignore this handsome little box set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2012
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 602537069118
  • Catalog Number: 001749602
  • Sales rank: 56,577

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Your Song (4:04)
  2. 2 I Need You to Turn To (2:32)
  3. 3 Take Me to the Pilot (3:46)
  4. 4 No Shoe Strings on Louise (3:31)
  5. 5 First Episode at Hienton (4:48)
  6. 6 Sixty Years On (4:35)
  7. 7 Border Song (3:22)
  8. 8 The Greatest Discovery (4:12)
  9. 9 The Cage (3:28)
  10. 10 The King Must Die (5:21)
  11. 11 Bad Side of the Moon (3:15)
  12. 12 Grey Seal (3:35)
  13. 13 Rock and Roll Madonna (4:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ballad of a Well-Known Gun (4:59)
  2. 2 Come Down in Time (3:25)
  3. 3 Country Comfort (5:06)
  4. 4 Son of Your Father (3:48)
  5. 5 My Father's Gun (6:20)
  6. 6 Where to Now St. Peter? (4:11)
  7. 7 Love Song (3:41)
  8. 8 Amoreena (5:00)
  9. 9 Talking Old Soldiers (4:06)
  10. 10 Burn Down the Mission (6:35)
  11. 11 Into the Old Man's Shoes (4:02)
  12. 12 Madman Across the Water (8:52)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Tiny Dancer (6:17)
  2. 2 Levon (5:22)
  3. 3 Razor Face (4:44)
  4. 4 Madman Across the Water (5:57)
  5. 5 Indian Sunset (4:16)
  6. 6 Holiday Inn (4:58)
  7. 7 Rotten Peaches (5:09)
  8. 8 All the Nasties
  9. 9 Goodbye (1:48)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Honky Cat (5:13)
  2. 2 Mellow (5:32)
  3. 3 I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself (3:35)
  4. 4 Susie (Dramas) (3:24)
  5. 5 Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time) (4:41)
  6. 6 Salvation (3:58)
  7. 7 Slave (4:22)
  8. 8 Amy (4:03)
  9. 9 Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (5:00)
  10. 10 Hercules (5:35)
  11. 11 Slave (2:53)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Daniel (3:54)
  2. 2 Teacher I Need You (4:09)
  3. 3 Elderberry Wine (3:33)
  4. 4 Blues for My Baby and Me (5:42)
  5. 5 Midnight Creeper (3:53)
  6. 6 Have Mercy on the Criminal (5:57)
  7. 7 I'm Gonna Be a Teenage Idol (3:55)
  8. 8 Texan Love Song (3:33)
  9. 9 Crocodile Rock (3:56)
  10. 10 High Flying Bird (4:27)
  11. 11 Screw You (Young Man's Blues) (4:43)
  12. 12 Jack Rabbit (1:49)
  13. 13 Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again) [Vers (2:51)
  14. 14 Skyline Pigeon (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elton John Primary Artist, Track Performer
Paul Buckmaster Conductor
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer
Jean-Luc Ponty Contributor
Lesley Duncan Composer
Ken Scott Engineer
Steve James Producer
Paul Buckmaster Arranger, String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Ed Caraeff Cover Photo
Gus Dudgeon Producer
Caleb Quaye Contributor
Bernie Taupin Composer
Diana Lewis Contributor
David Larkham Art Direction, Sleeve Design
Michael Ross Art Direction, Sleeve Design
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