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CD1 brilliant, CD2 suffers by comparison.
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.