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The Greatest Hits 1970-2002

The Greatest Hits 1970-2002

1 Jan 2002
4.8 out of 5 stars 161 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2002
  • Release Date: 19 Feb. 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 2:36:03
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  • ASIN: B003UPQBO6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 161 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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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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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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By Brit Boy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Nov. 2014
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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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By A Customer on 16 Dec. 2002
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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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