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Most box sets supplement a few scattered hits with album-side tracks and rarities. When it comes to cataloguing the second bestselling solo artist in the history of recorded music behind Garth Brooks, however, questions about what to include and what to leave out become pretty tricky. Which brings us to the masterfully assembled four-CD compendium of Elton John's songs, To Be Continued..., an elegant collection that sacrifices a few of the tunemith's hits to capture the amazing depth and breadth of his genius. First released in 1990 and finally restored to print in 2000, To Be Continued... is the definitive collection of Elton's and lyricist Bernie Taupin's work. The ...
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Barnes & Noble - Bill Crandall
Most box sets supplement a few scattered hits with album-side tracks and rarities. When it comes to cataloguing the second bestselling solo artist in the history of recorded music behind Garth Brooks, however, questions about what to include and what to leave out become pretty tricky. Which brings us to the masterfully assembled four-CD compendium of Elton John's songs, To Be Continued..., an elegant collection that sacrifices a few of the tunemith's hits to capture the amazing depth and breadth of his genius. First released in 1990 and finally restored to print in 2000, To Be Continued... is the definitive collection of Elton's and lyricist Bernie Taupin's work. The arsenal of hits, primarily wistful, elegant ballads "Daniel," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" and feel-good rockers "Bennie and the Jets," "Crocodile Rock," "I'm Still Standing" is nothing short of staggering, but album-siders such as "Country Comfort," "Harmony," "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters," and "Tiny Dancer" recently resurrected by the movie Almost Famous make it clear that Sir Elton has recorded a warehouse full of Top 40-worthy rock classics that never got their chance to shine. As for the rarities, the lyrically challenged "Come Back Baby" written by Elton alone when he was a member of the band Bluesology in 1965, the charmingly bashful demo of "Your Song," and the whimsical take of John Lennon's "One Day at a Time" with Lennon on backing vocals reveal the human side of Captain Fantastic. Lennon's figure looms throughout To Be Continued...; the set includes Elton's versions of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Give Peace a Chance," as well as Lennon's final live performance when he joined Elton at New York's Madison Square Garden to play the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There." Disc four's moving "Empty Garden Hey Hey Johnny" is Elton's Lennon eulogy. But Lennon is not the only friend paying a visit here. Stevie Wonder blows harmonica on "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues," Dusty Springfield lends her pipes to "The Bitch Is Back," and don't go forgetting a certain duet with Ms. Kiki Dee. The booklet includes color photographs of Elton in all his outrageous glory and Bernie and an extensive interview in which they reveal the stories behind the songs. Did you know "Philadelphia Freedom" was inspired by Billie Jean King's professional tennis team? If its title is any indication, To Be Continued... will be followed by another box, though it's hard to imagine them surpassing what's on these four discs.
All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This four-CD set has had a somewhat confused history, mostly owing to licensing changes and the mergers and acquisitions of various record labels. Prepared in the late '80s by MCA Records, which had the rights to Elton John's U.S. catalog, To Be Continued... marked a major improvement over the sound of his extant CDs of the period. But MCA's rights lapsed in the 1990s, and the Elton John catalog reverted to Polydor Records, which put it back out in upgraded editions on the Island Records label. This set was deleted by 1994, and was soon selling for serious amounts of money as a collector's item. Then, in 1999, MCA's parent company, Universal Music, bought Polydor, and suddenly this box reappeared. As to its virtues, the 68 songs here include all of the highlights of the first 25 years of Elton John's career -- not just the hits and the notable album tracks, but outtakes, unissued live tracks, and demos. Disc one opens with the first original song that Elton John ever recorded, a solo composition called "Come Back Baby," cut with Bluesology, his mid-'60s band, and also includes the solo demo of "Your Song" and a previously unissued outtake of "Gray Seal"; their presence alone ensures that most fans will regard this set as a must-own item. There's nothing quite as compelling as those early treasures, but disc two and disc three do pull together all of the essential sides from across ten years of history, including John's work with John Lennon, Kiki Dee, and France Gall, and includes a previously unissued live version of "I Feel Like a Bullet In the Gun of Robert Ford." Disc four, covering the years 1982-1990, is highlighted by the single mix of "Act of War," featuring Millie Jackson, and a previously unissued live version of "Carla Etude." The accompanying booklet includes some very interesting reminiscences by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, but obviously not enough on the specific tracks -- the producers felt compelled to add in a free-standing sheet detailing recording dates and personnel. Astonishingly, the sound on this set has held up extremely well, despite its dating back to the 1990 -- one can hear Caleb Quaye and Les Thatcher's guitars cleanly on the outtake of "Gray Seal," and the piano, bass, and orchestra on "Friends" are close and vivid. And the more recent stuff sounds even better. It's a rare occurrence in pop music reissues, especially with all of the upgrades in sound, sources, and technology going on all of the time, but producer Andy McKaie built something to last with this box.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2000
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 008811011024
  • Catalog Number: 110110

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come Back Baby (2:45)
  2. 2 Lady Samantha (3:03)
  3. 3 It's Me That You Need (4:01)
  4. 4 Your Song (3:33)
  5. 5 Rock & Roll Madonna (4:17)
  6. 6 Bad Side of the Moon (3:12)
  7. 7 Your Song (4:00)
  8. 8 Take Me to the Pilot (3:46)
  9. 9 Border Song (3:21)
  10. 10 Sixty Years On (4:56)
  11. 11 Country Comfort (5:07)
  12. 12 Grey Seal (3:35)
  13. 13 Friends (2:24)
  14. 14 Levon (5:22)
  15. 15 Tiny Dancer (6:15)
  16. 16 Madman Across the Water (5:57)
  17. 17 Honky Cat (5:13)
  18. 18 Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (4:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time) (4:42)
  2. 2 Daniel (3:53)
  3. 3 Crocodile Rock (3:55)
  4. 4 Bennie and the Jets (5:20)
  5. 5 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (3:14)
  6. 6 All the Girls Love Alice (5:08)
  7. 7 Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding (11:07)
  8. 8 Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again) (2:53)
  9. 9 Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting (4:54)
  10. 10 Jack Rabbit (1:51)
  11. 11 Harmony (2:46)
  12. 12 Young Man's Blues (4:42)
  13. 13 Step into Christmas (4:30)
  14. 14 The Bitch Is Back (3:44)
  15. 15 Pinball Wizard (5:14)
  16. 16 Someone Saved My Life Tonight (6:44)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Philadelphia Freedom (5:38)
  2. 2 One Day (At a Time) (3:48)
  3. 3 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (6:15)
  4. 4 I Saw Her Standing There (3:42)
  5. 5 Island Girl (3:44)
  6. 6 Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (3:47)
  7. 7 Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Kiki Dee (4:31)
  8. 8 I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford) (3:34)
  9. 9 Ego (3:58)
  10. 10 Song for Guy (6:39)
  11. 11 Mama Can't Buy You Love (4:03)
  12. 12 Cartier (0:53)
  13. 13 Little Jeannie (5:11)
  14. 14 Donner Pour Donner - France Gall (4:25)
  15. 15 Fanfare/Chloe (6:20)
  16. 16 Retreat (4:45)
  17. 17 The Blue Eyes (3:26)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Empty Garden (Hey, Hey Johnny) (5:11)
  2. 2 I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues (4:42)
  3. 3 I'm Still Standing (3:02)
  4. 4 Sad Songs (Say So Much) (4:09)
  5. 5 Act of War (4:43)
  6. 6 Nikita (5:43)
  7. 7 Candle in the Wind (3:57)
  8. 8 Carla Etude (4:46)
  9. 9 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (5:38)
  10. 10 I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That (7:21)
  11. 11 Give Peace a Chance (3:47)
  12. 12 Sacrifice (5:08)
  13. 13 Made for Me (4:22)
  14. 14 You Gotta Love Someone (4:58)
  15. 15 I Swear I Heard the Night Talkin' (4:30)
  16. 16 Easier to Walk Away (4:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elton John Primary Artist, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Mellotron
Casey Jones Overdubs
Rick Wakeman Organ
Millie Jackson Vocals
Nik Kershaw Guitar
John Lennon Vocals, Vocal Harmony
The Spinners Background Vocals
Dusty Springfield Background Vocals
Victor Feldman Percussion
James Newton Howard Synthesizer, Conductor, Electric Piano, Mellotron, fender rhodes
Robert John Concert Master
Chris Spedding Electric Guitar
Madeline Bell Background Vocals
Bill Champlin Background Vocals
Roger Cook Background Vocals
Kiki Dee Background Vocals
Lesley Duncan Background Vocals
Herbie Flowers Bass
Roger Glover Bass
Tony Hazzard Background Vocals
Davey Johnstone Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Background Vocals
Clydie King Background Vocals
Tim Renwick Guitar
Sweet Pea Atkinson Background Vocals
Shirley Lewis Background Vocals
Ken Scott Synthesizer
Kenny Passarelli Bass, Background Vocals
David Paton Bass
Brian Dee Organ, Harmonium
Bob Babbitt Bass
Guy Babylon Keyboards
Leroy Bell Guitar
Thom Bell Conductor, Keyboards
Tony Bell Guitar
Rex Bishop Bass
Jacques Bolognesi Trombone
Sir Harry Bowens Background Vocals
Stuart Brown Guitar
Paul Buckmaster Conductor
Tony Burrows Background Vocals
Alan Carvell Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Conga
Jean Louis Chautemps Saxophone
Charles Collins Drums
Ray Cooper Percussion, Conga, Cymbals, Tambourine, Vibes, Shaker
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Terry Cox Drums
Ian Duck Harmonica
Bobby Eli Guitar
Chuck Findley Trombone, Trumpet
Carl Fortina Accordion
Clive Franks Bass
Kay Garner Background Vocals
Mel Gaynor Drums
Colin Green Guitar
Alain Hatot Saxophone
David Hentschel Synthesizer
Jerry Hey Flugelhorn
Clive Hicks 12-string Guitar
Steve Holly Drums
Jim Horn Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Gordon Huntley Steel Guitar
Mick Inkpen Drums
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Mortonette Jenkins Background Vocals
Marlena Jeter Background Vocals
Ivan Julian Trumpet
Michael Landau Guitar
Jody Linscott Percussion
Dennis Lopez Percussion
Steve Lukather Guitar
Fred Mandel Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards
Michael Mason Synclavier
Reggie McBride Bass
Donald Ray Mitchell Background Vocals
Jonathan Moffett Drums
Barry Morgan Drums
Dave Murphy Saxophone
Dee Murray Bass, Background Vocals
Tony Murray Bass
Gordon Neville Background Vocals
Brian Odgers Bass
Nigel Olsson Drums, Background Vocals
Ann Orson Background Vocals
David Paich Organ
Lenny Pickett Tenor Saxophone
Roger Pope Drums
Caleb Quaye Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Background Vocals
Dave Richmond Bass
Barry St. John Background Vocals
Liza Strike Background Vocals
Les Thatcher Acoustic Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Larry Washington Percussion
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Alan Weighall Bass
Romeo Williams Bass
Stevie Wonder Harmonica
Richie Zito Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Diana Lewis Synthesizer
Sunny Background Vocals
Johnny Van Derek Violin
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Sue Background Vocals
Frank Clark Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Randy Jackson Bass
Alvin Taylor Drums
Tower of Power Horn Section Overdubs
Dr. Winston O'Boogie Guitar
Jessie Mae Smith Background Vocals
Tony Barrows Background Vocals
Deon Eustus Bass
Sherlie Matthews Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer, Producer, Remixing, Arp String Ensemble
Mose Allison Composer
James Newton Howard Composer, String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Robert John Orchestra Leader
Burt Bacharach Composer
Davey Johnstone Composer
Gene Page Orchestral Arrangements
Ken Scott Engineer
Thom Bell Arranger
Michel Berger Producer
Paul Buckmaster Arranger
Hal Davis Composer
Gus Dudgeon Producer, Simmons
Stuart Epps Engineer
Clive Franks Producer, Remixing
Jim Horn Brass Arrangment
Marty Paich Arranger, String Arrangements
Ann Orson Composer
Gary Osborne Composer
Bill Price Engineer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Don Was Producer
Clive Thomas Engineer
Chris Thomas Producer
Greg Adams Bass Arrangement
Steve Brown Producer
Jack Baverstock Producer
Dinah Card Composer
Carte Blanche Composer
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    Greatest One Of All Time

    This is One Of The Greatest Box Set Of All Time. It's so big (like An Record Or LP). Rare Photos, Rare Songs like Pinball Wizard From Tommy. #1 Elton John Collection.

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