The Elton John CD Review

To Be Continued... (1990)


Disc One (1965-1972):
1.Come Back Baby
2.Lady Samantha
3.It's Me That You Need
4.Your Song (Demo)
5.Rock and Roll Madonna
6.Bad Side of the Moon
7.Your Song
8.Take Me to the Pilot
9.Border Song
10.Sixty Years On
11.Country Comfort
12.Grey Seal
13.Friends
14.Levon
15.Tiny Dancer
16.Honky Cat
17.Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters

Disc Two (1972-1974):
1.Rocket Man
2.Daniel
3.Crocodile Rock
4.Bennie and the Jets
5.Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
6.All the Girls Love Alice
7.Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
8.Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again)
9.Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
10.Jack Rabbit
11.Harmony
12.Young Man's Blues
13.Step Into Christmas
14.The Bitch is Back
15.Pinball Wizard
16.Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Disc Three (1974-1982):
1.Philadelphia Freedom
2.One Day at a Time
3.Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
4.I Saw Her Standing There
5.Island Girl
6.Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word
7.Don't Go Breaking My Heart
8.I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)(live)
9.Ego
10.Song For Guy
11.Mama Can't Buy You Love
12.Cartier
13.Little Jeannie
14.Donner Pour Donner
15.Fanfare
16.Chloe
17.The Retreat
18.Blue Eyes

Disc Four (1982-1990):
1.Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)
2.I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues
3.I'm Still Standing
4.Sad Songs (Say So Much)
5.Act of War
6.Nikita
7.Candle in the Wind (live)
8.Carla Etude (live)
9.Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (live)
10.I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That
11.Give Peace a Chance
12.Sacrifice
13.Made For Me
14.You Gotta Love Someone
15.I Swear I Heard the Night Talkin'
16.Easier to Walk Away

 

Elton's first (and only) box set to date. A four CD compilation that mirrors what most box sets look like--a compilation of various sources of material over the years. Throw in mostly hits, a few live performance, some favorites and some long lost tracks, and you've got a good representation of the last twenty-five years of Elton's recording.


The first disc contains a lot of unreleased material that doesn't contain anything that special, other than the early works that everyone already knows. It does contain two valuable trinkits for fans, the first is Come Back Baby which was written (lyrics also) and sung by Elton in his early group, Bluesology. Although extremely pretentious, it's a nice inclusion. The second treat is an actual demo of Your Son" before the producer took over and added bells and whistles. Stripped down naked, it's still a beautiful piece of work.


Disc Two has only two years of material (1972-1974) simply because that was the definitive point in Elton's career. Whereas mostly hits are there, he does include a couple of "should have beens" from the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road sessions as well as some of the more pleasing B-sides.


The third disc is from 1974-1982, when things weren't as bright as before, but the disc does a good job of keeping mostly memorable stuff here. There are some exceptions--do we really need a sixty second commercial of Elton selling Cartier's Jewelry?


Lastly, the most pleasing aspect of the final disc is we get four new songs that are actually quite good. Along with producer Don Was, Elton churned out You Gotta Love Someone, I Swear I Heard The Night Talkin', Made For Me, and Easier to Walk Away. After hearing this work, one has to wonder why he never worked with Don Was again. The only embarrassment from the last disc is a rendition of John Lennon's Give Peace A Chance that is nothing more than a hodge podge of individuals obviously stoned from controlled substances giggling and carrying on throughout. It's a small infraction.


The set also comes with a large booklet with musician credits, interviews, plenty of pictures and a nice biography. As the title suggested, although this was a box set, Elton was definitely not stopping here. He had plenty of life still left in him.


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