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Greatest Hits (1974)

Artist: Elton John
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Format: CD
Sku: 60405531
UPC: 731451253225
UPC 14: 00731451253225
Release Date: 10/20/1992
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Your Song ~ Elton John
2. Daniel ~ Elton John
3. Honky Cat ~ Elton John
4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road ~ Elton John
5. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting ~ Elton John
6. Rocket Man ~ Elton John
7. Bennie And The Jets ~ Elton John
8. Candle In The Wind ~ Elton John
9. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me ~ Elton John
10. Border Song ~ Elton John
11. Crocodile Rock ~ Elton John
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Elton John (vocals, piano, electric piano, organ, Mellotron); Davey Johnstone (acoustic & electric guitars, banjo, background vocals); Frank Clark (acoustic guitar); Clive Hicks (guitar, 12-string guitar); Colin Green (guitar); Jean-Louis Chautemps, Alain Hatot (saxophone); Ivan Jullien (trumpet); Jacques Bolognesi (trombone); Brian Dee (organ); Ken Scott, David Hentschel (ARP synthesizer); Dee Murray (bass, background vocals); Dave Richmond (bass); Nigel Olsson (drums, maracas, background vocals); Barry Morgan (drums); Ray Cooper (tambourine, bells); Carl Wilson, Toni Tenille, Bruce Johnston (background vocals).
Muze PNote Engineers include: Robin Geoffrey Cable, Ken Scott, David Hentschel.
Muze PNote Recorded at Trident Studios, London, England; Strawberry Studios, France; Caribou Ranch, Colorado between 1970 and 1974.
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Elton John (vocals, piano, electric piano, organ, Mellotron); Frank Clark (acoustic guitar); Davey Johnstone (acoustic & electric guitars, banjo, background vocals); Clive Hicks (guitar, 12-string guitar); Colin Green (guitar); Jean-Louis Chautemps, Alain Hatot (saxophone); Ivan Jullien (trumpet); Jacques Bolognesi (trombone); Brian Dee (organ); Ken Scott, David Hentschel (ARP synthesizer); Dave Richmond (bass); Dee Murray (bass, background vocals); Nigel Olsson (drums, maracas, background vocals); Barry Morgan (drums); Ray Cooper (tambourine, bells); Carl Wilson, Bruce Johnston, Toni Tenille (background vocals).
Muze PNote Engineers: Robin Geoffrey Cable (tracks 1, 9); Ken Scott (tracks 2-3, 6, 10); David Hentschel (tracks 4-5, 7, 11); Clive Franks (track 8).
Muze PNote Recorded at Trident Studios, London, England; Strawberry Studios, France; Caribou Ranch, Colorado between 1970 and 1974.
Muze PNote All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
Muze PNote This Gold Disc includes one track, "Candle In The Wind," that isn't on the standard CD release.
Muze PNote Personnel: Elton John (vocals, flute, piano, electric piano, organ, Farfisa, Mellotron, keyboards); Bruce Johnston (vocals, background vocals); Davey Johnstone (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, background vocals); Clive Hicks (guitar, 12-string guitar); Colin Green (guitar); Frank Clark (acoustic guitar); Jean Louis Chautemps, Alain Hatot (saxophone); Ivan Julian, Ivan Jullien (trumpet); Jacques Bolognesi (trombone); Brian Dee (organ); David Hentschel, Ken Scott (synthesizer); Dee Murray (bass guitar, background vocals); Dave Richmond (bass guitar); Nigel Olsson (drums, maracas, background vocals); Barry Morgan (drums); Ray Cooper (tambourine, bells); Lesley Duncan, Madeline Bell, Roger Cook, Toni Tennille, Tony Burrows, Tony Hazzard, Carl Wilson , Kay Garner, Billy Hinsche (background vocals).
Muze PNote Recording information: Caribou Ranch, CO (03/1970-01/1974); Caribou Ranch, Colorado, U.S.A (03/1970-01/1974); Strawberry Studios, France (03/1970-01/1974); Trident Studios, London, England (03/1970-01/1974).
Muze PNote Photographers: Terry O'Neill ; David Larkham.
Muze PNote Arranger: Paul Buckmaster.
Muze PNote After Elton released 9 records in a four year span and undertook massive tours as well, GREATEST HITS was the second album he put out in 1974. The unprecedented success John had with lyricist Bernie Taupin resulted in a compilation of ten songs of which nine easily landed in Billboard's Top 20 at one point. John's enormous talents enabled him to shift gears from tender balladry ("Your Song") to raucous rock'n'roll ("Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting"), all the while pumping each song with abundant enthusiasm.
Muze PNote Such was the widespread appeal of these compositions that when "Bennie And The Jets" was initially released, many black radio stations added it to their playlists, assuming that the singer was black. Seeing as the former Reginald Dwight had long been enamored of rhythm & blues, this was an easily made mistake. If "Crocodile Rock" gave EJ an outlet for expressing his love of early rock music, then "Border Song" allowed him to display gospel's influence on his music-making, right down to the choir he chose to back him on this song.

Producer: Gus Dudgeon

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Carl Wilson
Muze Guest Artist Toni Tennille
Muze Guest Artist Bruce Johnston

Artist Overview

With his outrageous costumes and campy theatricality, the man formerly known as Reginald Dwight typified 1970s rock in all its excess, yet evaded fad-dom with an indomitable spirit, genial persona, and simple genius. From his beginnings as a sensitive singer and pianist through his ascent to superstardom, Elton John has enjoyed one of the longest and most successful careers in rock & roll. While a brief breakup with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin left some scars, John would rebound by the end of the '80s, remaining a constant on the pop charts, the definitive voice of musical eulogy with ever-evolving hit "Candle in the Wind," and a Broadway mover-and-shaker with long-running hits like LION KING, AIDA, and BILLY ELLIOT.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations The Lion King (Special Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Best Of-Laughter In The Rain
Muze Music Compilations Love Album
Muze Music Compilations Hungry Years
Muze Music Compilations Ladies & Gentlemen-Best Of George Michael
Muze Music Compilations Aida
Muze Music Compilations Mary
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 3-Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Best Of The '70s-Millennium Collection
Muze Music Compilations Almost Famous
Muze Music Compilations I Need You (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Bob The Builder
Muze Music Compilations Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top 10 Through The Years: 70s
Muze Music Compilations Platinum Collection (Greatest Hits I, II & III)
Muze Music Compilations Casey Kasem Presents: americas Top Ten
Muze Music Compilations Genius Loves Company
Muze Music Compilations Disney's Superstar Hits: Ultimate Collection Of Movie Hits
Muze Music Compilations Gold:Classic Rock
Muze Music Compilations Elizabethtown, Vol. 1
Muze Music Compilations 80
Muze Music Compilations My Lives
Muze Music Compilations Curtain Call
Muze Music Compilations Gold(2cd)
Muze Music Compilations Monster Music 123755-00 Monster Music® Ray Charles "Genius Loves Company" Music SuperDisc
Muze Music Compilations Timbaland Presents Shock Value(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 70's Pop Number 1's
Muze Music Compilations Rocket Man: Number Ones (Rmst) (Spkg)
Muze Music Compilations Billboard Top 10 Karaoke:70's Vol 4
Muze Music Compilations Goin Home:tribute To Fats Domingo
Muze Music Compilations Classic Rock Number 1's
Muze Music Compilations Billboard Top 10 Karaoke Box Set Vol
Muze Music Compilations Hope & Glory
Muze Music Compilations Twenty Five
Muze Music Compilations Ta-dah
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Very Best Of Burt Bacharach
Muze Music Compilations Temptation:music From The Showtim(ost
Muze Music Compilations Billboard 1970'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Muze Music Compilations The Essential Now That's What I Call Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Live At Knebworth 1990
Muze Music Compilations Gnomeo And Juliet (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Easy 80S
Muze Music Compilations Singers Songwriters
Muze Music Compilations T Bone Burnett Presents:speaking Cloc
Muze Music Compilations Bridge School Concerts 25Th Ann Ed
Muze Music Compilations 50 Words For Snow
Muze Music Compilations Party Rock(w/ Book)
Muze Music Compilations Singers Songwriters:1974-1975
Muze Music Compilations In2ition
Muze Music Compilations Romantically Yours
Muze Music Compilations Save Rock And Roll
Muze Music Compilations Under The Influence
Muze Music Compilations SAVE ROCK AND ROLL(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Life Is Easy

Associated Artists and Works

Two Rooms: Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin ~ Artists, Various
Boko Suzuki
Cast, Original
Classic Dream Orchestra
Dido
Fedd, Jimmy
Gaga, Lady
Jimmy Fedd
On, Pickin'
The Lion King ~ Original Soundtrack
All the King's Men [Original Motion Picture Soundt ~ Original Soundtrack
Pickin' On
Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & B ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/25/1990
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1974
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 512532
Music Label Name Label : Rocket Group Pty LTD
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : AAD
Music UPC UPC : 00731451253225

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.128)
- Ranked #135 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "[T]his set documents why Elton John was one of the biggest-selling pop stars of the Seventies."

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