One Night Only: The Greatest Hitsby Elton John
Before we get to the music, let's clear up a couple of matters. First, despite the goofy cover image of Elton John in a claustrophobic, fruit-wallpapered room, One Night Only -- The Greatest Hits is a live album. Secondly, One Night Only was recorded over two nights -- October 20 and 21, 2000 -- at New York's Madison Square Garden. As for the "Greatest Hits" part of the equation, Elton more than backs that up. Spanning from the earnest 1972 ballad "Your Song" to the, er, earnest 1995 ballad "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" every song on One Night Only cracked the Top 20 on the singles chart. And Elton, with the help of a handful of special guests, runs through them all with unfettered enthusiasm. Bryan Adams shows up for a loose, barroom-style sing-along of "Sad Songs (Say So Much)," Kiki Dee capably reprises her role in the bicentennial smash "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," and Mary J. Blige darn near steals the show with her throaty lead vocals on "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues." As for Elton, well, the strained high notes on "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Rocket Man" suggest that the voice isn't quite what it used to be, but he can still croon his way through "Candle in the Wind," which has its old "Norma Jean" lyrics back intact. But the rockers are where Elton and his nine-piece band really hit their stride: The rollicking piano runs and energetic bellows that punctuated "Crocodile Rock" and "Bennie & the Jets" prove that -- after 30 years dominating the pop charts -- Elton John is still standing.
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I got this one as a Christmas gift and I like it, however I would have preferred a regular not concert.