I’m not really sure why I bought this disc at work , except probably it was cheap and it was still in the shrink wrap with the HMV $10.00 price sticker on it (I paid $1.50). One wonders why something like this would even turn up donated to a thrift store. Did someone shoplift it and have a pang of conscience? It can’t have been a gift to someone – usually people remove price stickers before giving gifts… Maybe someone bought it and, before even tearing off the shrinkwrap, decided they didn’t want it, or discovered they already had it (and in that case, why not return it?), or… I just don’t know. But it happens often enough that one wonders.
The internet tells me that this set was released to celebrate Elton’s 60th birthday (in 2007), the first-ever compilation to cover the first 35 years of his career. There was also a limited edition version that had a DVD with some live performances and videos on it. I got just the CD version. A quick look at Wikipedia shows 17 different versions of the set released worldwide.
Anyway, I didn’t really need this disc. I already own all three of Elton’s Greatest Hits sets, and while there are a couple of newer songs here, most is stuff already on those other three sets. Still, there’s a part of me that snaps up anything Elton John that I don’t already have (like I did with this set). It’s interesting to see what was chosen and, let’s be honest, there’s really no way to write about Elton John’s hits without just being amazed at what he and Bernie Taupin have accomplished. It’s otherworldly. The sense of melody and the strong songwriting, even whether you like all the songs or not, are all arguably part of our fabric and culture. Surely, not everything they have done has been a hit, but when you get some of the big guns collected together like this, all you can do is marvel.
And this one, well, it was a pleasure to listen to. As always.
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Bennie & The Jets
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (w. Kiki Dee)
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me (w. George Michael)
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
AND OTHER FAVOURITES
Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
Candle In The Wind
Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)