There are few that will deny the greatness of Elton John songs, especially his 70s output, likely his best known. And while many of us have our favourites, along with ones that we tolerate, we are in general agreement that the string of Elton John hits (thus far encompassing 3 solid volumes of Greatest Hits packages - who else?) left a lasting impression on the psyche of rock music.
On the latest collection of Elton John hits, we have a collection of Number Ones tallying 12. To fill the album up, the label slips in 5 other charting classic album cuts for a total of 17. They are housed in an “Earth-Friendly” digipak, that is to say, everything but the CD is bio-degradable; the tray is foam rather than plastic.
Released as a part of the current Rocket Man ‘best of’ collection, this cut and paste compile really doesn’t provide anything that would surpass previously released collections, especially the before-mentioned volumes. What this set gives you is a single disc blend of songs that seem to be the most popular as most of the songs have all hit the lofty #1 position. But, if you have ever had an empty feeling, this collection is likely to bring it back. Why? Because, given the wealth of selections, a single disc compilation could have been better assembled than some of the inclusions found here.
There is a live duet of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” that includes George Michael. And while the duet was actually pretty good, I have to question whether it really belongs here. I would prefer the Elton John original. In fact, I would have preferred a more solid single disc collection than this provided. As such, I highly recommend the 3-volume Greatest Hits that have long been available by periods; choose your favourite one. There is also the more complete 2002 2CD Box, Elton John's Greatest Hit (1970-2002) to consider.
For those who just want a collection of BIG Elton John hits, I guess that this fits the bill. But Elton deserves a much broader, better selected set (it’s actually impossible to cover EJ greatness in a single volume). And while I give this set 3 stars, the music found here is easily 5 star status.