Greatest Hits 1970-2002

Greatest Hits 1970-2002

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by Elton John
     
 

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Elton John's three-decade career has seldom run dry of pop hits, whether they're the radio staples of the '70s or the stage and screen anthems of his latter days. This two-CD set serves as a perfect primer for both eras. Focusing on the former Reginald Dwight's heyday, Disc 1 reinforces just how well his long-standing creative relationship with lyricist Bernie Taupin… See more details below

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Elton John's three-decade career has seldom run dry of pop hits, whether they're the radio staples of the '70s or the stage and screen anthems of his latter days. This two-CD set serves as a perfect primer for both eras. Focusing on the former Reginald Dwight's heyday, Disc 1 reinforces just how well his long-standing creative relationship with lyricist Bernie Taupin has withstood time. "Crocodile Rock," the duo's first chart-topper, may have been a silly ode to the '50s, but the pair's impressive breadth of subject matter included nods to Marilyn Monroe ("Candle in the Wind"), tennis pro Billie Jean King ("Philadelphia Freedom"), and, of course, love's redemptive qualities ("Someone Saved My Life Tonight"). "Benny and the Jets," "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)," and "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" have become classic-rock standards alongside "Tiny Dancer," used to devastating effect in Cameron Crowe's 2000 movie Almost Famous. Disc 2 delves into John's '80s and '90s pop, including Top 40 hits "I Guess That's why They Call It the Blues" and "Sacrifice," and also highlights his forays into Disney soundtracks ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight," "Circle of Life" from The Lion King) and Broadway (the LeAnn Rimes duet "Written in the Stars" from Aida). The inclusion of the '70s-flavored "I Want Love" and "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore," culled from John's 2001 outing with Taupin, Songs from the West Coast, shows how the legend has come full circle. Those quick enough to snatch up initial pressings of this compilation are rewarded with a four-track bonus disc that includes a gorgeous, previously unreleased duet of "Your Song" with Italian tenor Alessandro Safina, complete with a symphonic arrangement and a children's choir.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Greatest Hits 1970-2002 commemorates Elton John's career in a double-disc set. Seeing songs such as "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Candle in the Wind," and "Bennie and the Jets" back to back on disc one reaffirms John's diverse yet universal songwriting talent. This talent matures gracefully into the '80s, '90s, and beyond on the second disc with"Don't Go Breaking My Heart," "I'm Still Standing," and "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues." For most casual fans, this will replace the need for collections such as Greatest Hits, Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, and Greatest Hits, Vol. 3.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/12/2002
Label:
Utv Records
UPC:
0044006347820
catalogNumber:
063478
Rank:
7817

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Your Song
  2. Levon
  3. Tiny Dancer
  4. Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time)
  5. Honky Cat
  6. Crocodile Rock
  7. Daniel
  8. Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
  9. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  10. Candle in the Wind
  11. Bennie and the Jets
  12. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
  13. The Bitch Is Back
  14. Philadelphia Freedom
  15. Someone Saved My Life Tonight
  16. Island Girl
  17. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

Disc 2

  1. Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  2. Little Jeannie
  3. I'm Still Standing
  4. I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues
  5. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
  6. I Don't Wanna Go on With You Like That
  7. Nikita
  8. Sacrifice
  9. The One
  10. Can You Feel the Love Tonight?
  11. Circle of Life
  12. Believe
  13. Blessed
  14. Something About the Way You Look Tonight
  15. I Want Love
  16. Written in the Stars
  17. This Train Don't Stop There Anymore

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elton John   Primary Artist
Thom Bell   Conductor

Technical Credits

Elton John   Composer,Producer
Peter Collins   Producer
Davey Johnstone   Composer
Thom Bell   Arranger,Producer
Gus Dudgeon   Producer,Remastering
Paul Gambaccini   Liner Notes
Patrick Leonard   Producer
Ann Orson   Composer
Gary Osborne   Composer
Greg Penny   Producer
Phil Ramone   Executive Producer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Tim Rice   Composer
Chris Thomas   Producer
Wilbur C. Rimes   Producer
Carte Blanche   Composer

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