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Elton John - Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits

Elton John, Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

2007 marks a momentous year for Sir Elton John, starting with his 60th Birthday on Sunday, March 25, which he intends to celebrate with his 60th sold out concert at New York’s Madison Square Gardens, thereby breaking his own world record in the process.

To mark the occasion on the following day, Sir Elton releases his first one CD hits collection that will be promoted throughout the year. As well as a UK bonus track (the #1 single Are You Ready For Love), the CD album includes a new single in the form of Tinderbox.

There’s even a special edition 2-disc edition that includes a bonus DVD featuring five promo videos spanning the last four decades and five tracks from his legendary Red Piano Las Vegas show.

The main CD features 18 tracks of hits spanning the likes of Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Candle In The Wind. It mixes the ballads with the rowdier numbers such as Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting) and I’m Still Standing.

Some of its overly sentimental, particularly the latter stuff, but there’s no getting away from the quality of recordings such as I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues and Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time).

Fans will lap it up as part of the birthday celebrations, even though there’s been greatest hits collections in the past. But it’s hard to begrudge such an enduring and popular artist his place in the limelight, particularly now that he’s reached 60 years of age.

Download picks: Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting), I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues, Rocket Man

Track listing:

  1. Bennie And The Jets [Live]
  2. Philadelphia Freedom
  3. Daniel
  4. Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time)
  5. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
  6. Tiny Dancer
  7. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
  8. I Want Love
  9. Candle In The Wind
  10. Crocodile Rock
  11. I’m Still Standing
  12. Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
  13. Your Song
  14. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
  15. Sacrifice
  16. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  17. Tinderbox
  18. Are You Ready For Love