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Fantastic selection let down by the 90s material,
This review is from: The Greatest Hits 1970-2002 (Audio CD)
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.