classic rock fan | 06/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"for however brief a time elton john was the greatest and most popular musicican working and this comp spanning his first four year(his best)is 40 min of the greatest music ever assembled that i highly reccomend for the newcomer or if you just want one cd in your collection without buying the two cd collection.
note* the only glaring ommisson from this cd is "tiny dancer" so if your just going to buy this cd i'd reccomend getting that song as well,but thats just friendly advice"
5+ For the music...2 for the unimproved sound quality
wadrad | Land of Bitburger, Bratwurst, und Lederhosen | 07/21/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Yep, I know...it's mostly my own fault, but when I saw Elton John's Greatest Hits had been reissued I badly wanted to upgrade my old MCA CD which had less-than-great sound quality.
I read the product description under the "Editorial Reviews" header, and it said: "Digitally remastered reissue of his 1974 'Hits' collection on a 24 karat gold CD from DCC. Featuring every one of his Top 10 singles recorded up to that point, 'Your Song', 'Rocket Man', 'Honky Cat', 'Crocodile Rock', 'Daniel', 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', 'Bennie and the Jets', 'Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me' plus three more tracks. Standard jewel case"
AHHHH...but I missed the last sentence disclaimer: "--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title."
Well, this Polydor release/version is NOT digitally remastered...in fact, the sound quality is EXACTLY the same as the low-quality MCA CD I picked up in a pawn shop many years ago (yeah, I'm a geek...I compared the spectrographs of a couple songs from both CDs on my computer...they were identical...which comfirmed what my ears had already guessed). If you're not picky about sound quality, that won't likely be a big problem, but if you were looking for some improvement, you won't get it with this re-release.
As for the music, it's just standard, awesome Elton (before he got too crotchety). The 70's were his decade and his Greatest Hits (vol 1 and 2) are terrific displays of everything he had going while in his prime. If you can find a remastered version of this CD, get it...this music deserves much better treatment than it has on this release version.