Greatest Hits 1976-1986

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When Elton John left Geffen for MCA, Greatest Hits, 1976-1986 replaced Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 1979-1987. The newer collection is a better collection than its predecessor, since it trims the failed single "Heartache All Over the World," which was added as an incentive for hardcore collectors, and "Too Low for Zero," replacing them with "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," and "Who Wears These Shoes?" Those three cuts are added to ten songs that illustrate that John could still craft a killer pop single during the '80s.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When Elton John left Geffen for MCA, Greatest Hits, 1976-1986 replaced Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 1979-1987. The newer collection is a better collection than its predecessor, since it trims the failed single "Heartache All Over the World," which was added as an incentive for hardcore collectors, and "Too Low for Zero," replacing them with "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," and "Who Wears These Shoes?" Those three cuts are added to ten songs that illustrate that John could still craft a killer pop single during the '80s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731454884020
  • Catalog Number: 548840
  • Sales rank: 13,355

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elton John Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Voices
Casey Jones Guitar, Overdubs
Nik Kershaw Guitar
George Michael Vocals, Background Vocals
The Spinners Background Vocals
James Newton Howard Synthesizer, Piano, Strings, Accordion, Conductor, Keyboards, Electric Piano, fender rhodes
Bill Champlin Background Vocals
Kiki Dee Vocals, Background Vocals
Davey Johnstone Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
MFSB Strings, Horn
Kenny Passarelli Bass
David Paton Bass
Bob Babbitt Bass
Leroy Bell Guitar, Overdubs
Thom Bell Conductor, Keyboards
Tony Bell Guitar
David Bitelli Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bill Champain Background Vocals
Charles Collins Drums
Ray Cooper Accordion, Vibes
Raul d'Oliveira Trumpet
Bobby Eli Guitar
Chuck Findley Trombone, Trumpet
Max Gronenthal Background Vocals
Jerry Hey Flugelhorn
Jim Horn Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Katie Kissoon Background Vocals
Fred Mandel Synthesizer, Keyboards
Dave Mattacks Drums
Reggie McBride Bass
Charlie Morgan Drums
Dee Murray Bass, Background Vocals
Nigel Olsson Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Onward International Horns Horn
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Roger Pope Drums
Rhymn Ace Rhythm
Paul Spong Trumpet
Richard Taylor Trombone
Philip Todd Alto Saxophone
Larry Washington Percussion
Paul Westwood Bass
Pete Wingfield Background Vocals
Stevie Wonder Harmonica
Richie Zito Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Rick Taylor Trombone
Charlie Collins Drums
Technical Credits
Casey Jones Contributor
Elton John Producer, Engineer, Contributor, Remixing
James Newton Howard Arranger, String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment, Orchestral Arrangements
Leroy Bell Contributor
Thom Bell Arranger, Producer
David Bitelli Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Ray Cooper String Arrangements
Gus Dudgeon Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Stuart Epps Engineer
Clive Franks Producer, Remixing, Remastering
Jim Horn Arranger, Brass Arrangment
Ann Orson Composer
Bill Price Engineer
Renate Engineer
Vartan Art Direction
Chris Thomas Producer
Carte Blanche Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What happened to the original version of this?

    I want to know who's idea it was to make this remake of "Greatest Hits Vol. 3". This collection spans hits from 1976 through 1986, and I have a couple of problems with it. I'll go through each hit chronologically. From 1976, it has his only hit from "Blue Moves", "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word", and his duet with Kiki Dee, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart". This does not have any selections from "A Single Man", "Victim of Love" or "The Fox". Not that I particularly care about those albums, but it's sad when one completely ommits an album. His 1979 single, "Mama Can't Buy You Love", and his only hit from "21 at 33", "Little Jeannie", are included on here, though. From "Jump Up!", we have the unforgettable "Empty Garden" and a 1996 remake of "Blue Eyes". "Greatest Hits Vol. 3" had 4 selections from "Too Low For Zero", but on this one, only three of them remain. My only question is, why did they remove "Too Low for Zero" and keep "Kiss the Bride"? It's good that they decided to keep "Sad Songs" from "Breaking Hearts" on this collection, but why did they add "Who Wears These Shoes"? If I was to add another song from "Breaking Hearts", I would have chosen "Restless"! The compilation's closing tracks ("Nikita and "Wrap Her Up" from "Ice on Fire") close the album, but my only argument with that is the order they are presented in. "Nikita" does not make a good finale, but "Wrap Her Up" does. Also, why did they have to pull off the totally awesome "Heartache All Over the World"? The record company had no excuse for making this compilation, and "Greatest Hits Vol. 3" should have stayed.

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