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.
From \Your Song"""""" to """"""""The Train Doesn''t Stop Here Anymore"""
This is the first attempt to consolidate all of Sir Elton''s hit singles, from three labels, in one collection. It once would''ve required at least four CDs to own the best stuff here. Many think the legendary performer was at his best in the early to mid-''70s, and the incredible string of singles that ran from 1970''s "Your Song" through 1977''s "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" remains mighty impressive. But in retrospect, as they''re presented here, ''80s hits like "I''m Still Standing" and "Sad Songs" add much to an already amazing legacy. Three Disney tunes, the lush "The One," and two from Songs from the West Coast, which was hailed as a return to those ''70s golden days, represent the later years. Collectively, these tracks reinforce the notion that, despite Michael Jackson''s later proclamations, John was once the closest thing post-''60s music had to a genuine king of pop, respected by hipsters and the mainstream alike. --Bill Holdship
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