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on 25 November 2002
12 years on from the double cd set 'very best of' comes another updated set to take us through the 12 years of hits that have passed since. Well almost....... Eltons biggest seller 'Candle in the wind 97' is not included here - ok 'Something in the way you look tonight' is but that was never the reason people bought the single (good song though this is).
So what's been dropped from the previous set ? US chart topper and 'Sergeant Pepper' favourite 'Lucy in the sky with diamonds', 'Pinball wizard', 'Part time love', 'Passengers' and 'I don't wanna go on with you like that' plus the two new tracks included previously (but not big hits) 'Easier to walk away' and 'You gotta love someone'
Now included are 'Island girl' (strangely not on 'Very best of..' even though it topped the US charts), plus, well all the hits from 1991 onwards including the Lion King stuff and the superb singles from Eltons recent 'Songs from the West Coast' album.
The music quality is high throughout and whilst one may debate endlessly about the choice of cuts, this comes highly recommended. If you haven't got any Elton John, this is an opportunity to plug the gap in your cd collection. Buy the bonus 3 cd set if you can whilst stocks last...
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 November 2014
This is a virtually faultless overview of Elton John's vast repertoire of work, all the hits from three decades at the top are all wrapped up in a neat two disc package. This collection spans the lengthy period of 1970-2002, and contains all of the essentials, fully remastered, and in chronological order.

The man is a master singer/songwriter, and one of the great voices and talents in popular music. If you only intend to buy one Elton John career-spanning compilation, 'The Greatest Hits 1970-2002' must surely be the one. My personal favourites include 'Your Song', 'Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me', 'Someone Saved My Life Tonight', 'I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues', 'Tiny Dancer', and of course, as a self confessed 'The Lion King' enthusiast, 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight?', and 'The Circle of Life'.

This is, quite simply a goldmine of some of the best pop music ever written. The CD's nicely put-together booklet provides a good write-up of Elton's career, many black-and-white/colour photographs, and some music magazine covers.
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on 16 December 2002
This album chronicles 32 years of one of Britain's finest solo male performers who consistently releases music of the highest quality. And this is exactly what this album proves. 'Your Song' as an opening sets an impossibly high standard to follow, but each song hits the same quality and sentiment. The first disc is more nostalgic, it's funny to hear the original 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me' without George Michael shouting "ladies and gentlemen, Mr Elton John!". But however nostalgic each song sounds as new and original now. The second disc is more erratic, songs vary quickly between tracks; the hauntingly mantra-like 'Believe' sounds odd on the same disc as 'I'm Still Standing' - but there we go. 'Written in the Stars' is a nice reminder of the horribly underrated 'Aida' album done with Tim Rice.
All in all, this album is top notch and unbeatable. Some people have complained why his highest grossing single (and the highest grossing single of all time in the UK), 'Candle in the Wind '97' isn't on here... the answer is Elton John promised that would never be re-released since the single has a direct affiliation with the Princess of Wales Charity. Still, listen to the original, it's equally as good. Whilst you're at it, listen to 'Tiny Dancer' - a forgotten classic that shows music writing at it's absolute finest.
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VINE VOICEon 2 November 2002
It's been a few Christmases since there was a complete Elton John hits package released, so I suppose this one was due and might even be justified. In some ways, Elton's a bit like the Beatles and the Stones, in that his singles output, albeit at times fantastic, isn't really representative of his album work.
That doesn't really matter though, at least not when your singles output is this good... The 70s pop is sensational, and even the much maligned mid-80s output sounds like good solid power pop in retrospect. The only letdown (and I suppose it's for the sake of completeness) is the number of tracks culled from the 90s, most of which are bland and over-produced. So many greatest hits compilations fall into this trap - by trying to represent an artist's career, they give too much emphasis to the periods when they simply weren't very good. Thankfully the package redeems itself at the end with the Songs from the West Coast tracks, which were something of a return to form.
Equally thankfully, it's the original versions of Candle in the Wind and Your Song that are present. Disappointingly, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Passengers, I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That, Ego, Healing Hands, Empty Garden, Part Time Love and the Thom Bell sessions are all missing - but I suppose that's more of a comment on how many great songs Elton (and Bernie Taupin) have written than a fault on the compiler's part. So kick back, forget who is and who isn't meant to be cool nowadays, and revel in, quite simply, some of the best pop ever written.
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on 13 June 2016
To over-simplify massively, Elton John, like his buddy Rod Stewart, the recently departed David Bowie and one or two survivors from that era, made some sensational music in his 1970s heyday, but relatively little to the same standard thereafter. ironically, since the millennium he has done rather better but there was a 15-20 year spell in between during which - The Fox apart - he seemed to be mostly on autopilot churning out harmless but unmemorable downtempo ballads.
That's not to say that the post 1976 stuff is poor, it just suffers by comparison with what went before. CD2 sits gathering dust while I enjoy the delights of Rocket Man, Your Song, Crocodile Rock and all the other classics of the early and mid-seventies on the first three-quarters of CD1.
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on 18 November 2002
Well, I guess if you want to be literal "Greatest Hits: 1970-2002" does offer up most of Elton John's greatest hits. The album can not claim to be a comprehensive collection in that regard because it only provides songs written by John, meaning covers like "Pinball Wizard" and "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" are omitted (too bad he never recorded a version of "Honky Tonk Women" that he used to play with the lights on at the end of concerts). However, the problem from my perspective is simply that some of Elton John's best songs were not hits, such as "Levon," which was always an FM favorite but never made it over to Top 20 AM radio.
Yes, picking this up is a better deal than picking up all the Elton John hits albums individually. But liking Elton John for just his hits is really a superficial appreciation of the man and his music. There are only seven songs in this collection from albums Elton John and Bernie Taupin put out before the double-album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," which is the duo's high water mark. I think I can make a pretty good argument that some of the songs released on those earlier albums but left off of this collection are better than pretty much everything that came afterwards. We are talking about songs like "Skyline Pigeon," "The King Must Die," "The Greatest Discovery," "Burn Down the Mission," "Madman Across the Water," and "Have Mercy on the Criminal." Go check out the "Elton John Live in Australia" album and see how many more of these "forgotten" songs are included instead of later "hits."
Again, if all you want are the hits, this will suffice. But if you want the best of Elton John take the high road and pick up his first half-dozen albums. You will end up having more great Elton John songs in your music collection that way.
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on 1 January 2015
This 2-disc collection of Elton Johns greatest hits is probably the best collection available. There is an album called 'Rocketman: The Definitive Hits' but this only has 18 tracks and doesn't have some of Elton Johns classic songs like Can You Feel The Love Tonight? or Sad Songs (Say So Much).
But if you buy this 2-disc set it has 34 songs with a lot of gems which you won't find on any other greatest hits (Kiss The Bride, Nikita, Island Girl).

A fantastic purchase that spans decades of Elton John hit records.
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on 19 November 2002
Sir Elton John always delivers! Everytime a new song is out that he sings, everyone talks about it! Elton has delivered some of the best and well known songs in history and what better than to have all of his best songs since 1970 all in one place. Hey this cd has brought me great listening pleasure and i hope he carries on to bring out another!!!
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on 6 March 2015
The Greatest Hits 1970-2002 is another very good compilation CD album by Elton John and includes a very good selection of the Pinner born singers UK chart hits.It is a shame that the single "Little Jeannie" was not a bigger hit in the UK like it was in America as that song could have been included as well but the selection of songs is very good all the same.There are some album versions of songs and the 7" single versions would have been better.
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on 18 June 2015
Over the years, have had Elton's 'records' being of 'a certain age'- relaised we didn't have them anymore and would like them on cd. All his best stuff, for me the best years- Covers all the early hits- those sing along, feet tapping songs- and ends on the great 'musical theatre' type stuff he wrote for the lion king- which my daughter used to love. In all this showcases this Man's talent as a performer and a writer.
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