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#135 – Greatest Hits (Elton John)

In 150-125, Top 150 on May 30, 2011 at 10:00 am

Greatest Hits, Elton John (November 8, 1974)

Let’s get real, this album kicks ass…if you are an Elton John fan. Or if you are just ready for a little nostalgia. This album is packed with some of Elton John’s top ten hits and I recognized all of them except one two…”Border Song” and “Honky Cat”.

Track Listing

Side One

  1. Your Song
  2. Daniel
  3. Honky Cat
  4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  5. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
Side Two
  1. Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time)
  2. Candle in the Wind
  3. Bennie and the Jets
  4. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
  5. Border Song
  6. Crocodile Rock
All of the tracks on this album were top tens on the charts, with the exception of “Border Song”, but so I’ve found, it was the first single of Elton’s that made it to the chart, and as such, is speculated as the reason for inclusion.
The album is fun, and it really showed me that Elton John has a broader range than I knew. Look, I’m not a huge Elton John fan (it just reminds me of when I was young, and on Saturdays and Sundays driving around looking at open houses with my family…which I really did love, but I don’t know…he’s just not my thing).
This album gives you a wicked taste of the diversity and power with which Elton John performs. Live, I’m sure he’s great. He rocks out – he belts his tunes, he pounds the keys, and he’s created unique songs with catchy choruses, bridges, and some sections you just can’t help but dance to or sing to. Also, I have to say I didn’t know that “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” was Elton John. What the hell!? How did I not know this? It’s a great tune, and that can’t be denied. This song is kick ass, and I love it. It makes me want to let loose. Its a good road trip song, and a great song to sing at the top of your lungs with friends.
So this album is about 45 minutes long, and its just good, simple, classic pop-rock fun with Elton and friends (ha). You can’t help but enjoy it.  What does each song make you think of? Any memories associated with it?
“Benny and the Jets” makes me think of vacuuming my house on Saturday afternoons (a weekly chore in the Paron household when I was young), with Easy Rock Q97.5 playing, and this tune blaring out of the speakers, and me dancing like a fool…I guess more swaying back and forth with oompf…as chorus comes in: “B-b-b-b-benny and the Jetsssssssssss” and then that great piano riff after. Rad!
So enjoy this album – it might not be your favourite album in the world, but no doubt, Elton John is mega-influential musician, songwriter and artistic personality in pop culture and rock and roll music.
Enjoy!
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