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Greatest Hits 1976-1986

Elton John

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Album Review

When Elton John left Geffen for MCA, Greatest Hits, 1976-1986 replaced Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 (1979-1987). The newer collection is a better collection than its predecessor, since it trims the failed single "Heartache All Over the World," which was added as an incentive for hardcore collectors, and "Too Low for Zero," replacing them with "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," and "Who Wears These Shoes?" Those three cuts are added to ten songs that illustrate that John could still craft a killer pop single during the '80s.

Customer Reviews

Why did they do this?

These aren't bad songs, but why did they put "Greatest Hits, Vol. 3" out of print? That showed a perfect indication on Elton's strongest material from the 80's! "Heartache All Over the World" wasn't that bad of a song. And why did "Too Low for Zero" get kicked off? They took those off and added two of his 1976 hits, and a song from "Breaking Hearts" that nobody else has ever heard of. The order of the songs isn't perfect either. These are still great songs, so 4/5.

Empty Garden

This song was a tribute to his friend John Lennon. It is a beautiful song. Well worth the purchase.

Actually kind of important, now.

Well, this hits collection goes well hand-in-hand with the new Number 1s hits collection. If you have that and this, you have virtually all his hits from 1970 to 1996. This is an overview of his post-70s material. I'd go for the 70s stuff first, but this is incredible, too. Really, this should be used to expose you to Elton, but his albums are always far better than any hits package.


Born: March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In terms of sales and lasting popularity, Elton John was the biggest pop superstar of the early '70s. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers with equal aplomb. He could dip into soul, disco, and country, as well as classic pop balladry and even progressive rock. His versatility, combined with his effortless melodic skills, dynamic charisma, and flamboyant stage shows, made him the most popular recording artist of the '70s....
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