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Editors’ Notes

Rocket Man is a tightly packed album that demonstrates why Elton John ruled the school in the ’70s. Voraciously musical, he won with snarky ballads (“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”), titanic mock-rock (“Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”), soul pastiches (“Philadelphia Freedom”) and a wonderful re-imagining of a Beatles classic (“Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”).

Customer Reviews

I like all the deep cuts better

If you really like Elton John Then you know that the so called hits (like this list of songs) is not always the best songs on the LP. Take Tiny Dancer for instance, Good tune, but not the best tune on Madman Across The Water. Daniel and Crocodile Rock not the best tunes on Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player, And the LP Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is loaded with great tunes not represented on this CD. Point is if you want to get into Elton John Go for his earlier albums. This is just another greatest hits album. One of many (Elton's Deep Album Cuts Are Better Then His Hits) I promise.

Great Complation

This guy is one of the artist I really want to see, he is still great even though he is sixty years old. Every song is great, he does a great live show and this album shows it with Bennie and the Jets his cover of LSD is great, not as good as the Beatles, but iTunes won't let its uses get Beatles tracks. This is by far the best complation of all of Sir Elton John's best songs. R.I.P. Brad Delp.

wow, best deal on iTunes

9.99 for these 17 tracks??? WOW. This is almost identical to Elton's greatest hits volume 1 and 2 with Sacrifice, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, and his live Don't Let the Sun (a song from 1974, rerecorded in the 90s) thrown in. There's no early-mid 80s material here, which is weird--almost totally 1970-76, but everyone knows that that WAS his best period. Still, most people who shop for greatest hits are casual fans or people wanting a taste of what an artist has to offer. This is one of the best hits collections in rock. You will be a fan after hearing these songs 3 or 4 times. Then you'll go on to buy his non-hits, which is truly his best stuff.


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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