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Elton John -- Greatest Hits 1970-2002

11 Ratings: 2.5
2002 CD release

This is the first attempt to consolidate all of Sir Elton's hit singles, from three labels, in one collection. It once would've required at least four CDs to own the best stuff here. Many think the legendary performer was at his best in the early to … see full wiki

Tags: Music, Pop, 1970s, Albums, 1980s
1 review about Elton John -- Greatest Hits 1970-2002

Some notable omissions but a fine collection nonetheless.

  • Dec 4, 2008
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+4
Yes I realize there is always considerable consternation among collectors about the plethora of "Best of" and "Greatest Hits" packages that are put on the market every year.  Some artists simply don't warrant a "Greatest Hits" collection while the music of more important and prolific performers is constantly being repackaged.   But if you are someone like me "Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002" is a fine value.   This collection replaces 3 previous vinyl "Greatest Hits" albums I now own.  I will be keeping those vinyl LP's for the tunes that were not included in this particular package.

I must say that Universal has done an outstanding job with the series of anthologies they have released in the past few years.  This collection offers up 34 of Elton Johns' biggest and best.  There is no doubt that everyone will probably quibble about a few of the tracks that were included as well as those that failed to make the cut.  But overall, I am quite pleased with this one.  Just about all the big ones you would expect to find are included.  Among the hits that did not make it are 1979's soulful "Mama Can't Buy You Love" and 2 hits from 1982 "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)" and the wonderful "Blue Eyes".  The collection comes in a very attractive package that includes a nicely done 40 page booklet.   One of the unique features of the booklet is a fold-out section showing all 41 album covers from Elton Johns' fabulous career.  The remastering on these tracks is also first rate.  Again, if the price of this collection was $30.00 or more I might be much more critical.  But the price is extremely reasonable and as such "Elton John:   Greatest Hits 1970-2002" a collection you are sure to enjoy for years to come.   Highly recommended
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April 15, 2009
The problem with artists like Elton John is that they have such a good catalog of songs that making a Greatest Hits collection is practically a losing battle, as you'll never get the full experience from them. "Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road" is practically a GH album in itself, so why would you bother to select just a few tracks from it? As far as GH collections go I agree that this is one of the better packages, but I still consider a glorified sampler of his catalog.
 
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