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Title - 'Rocket Man - Number Ones' (Island / UMe)
Artist - Elton John

There have been within the past several years, many greatest hits record that try to deliver what they claim to, as being as definitive with reflecting an artist and their career. Unfortunately, most of those hits records really could've been more that should've been desired. Nevertheless, there are performers who have shown that they really are as strong as when they first came out, and Elton John is really one of those few.

This year has marked a few milestones that've been just great, including his recent 60th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden, and also the 40th anniversary since he met his longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin, and made music history. Now, another hits record has came out to celebrate his career, but does it deliver.

Elton John's 2007 'Rocket Man: Number Ones' is a welcomed single disc retrospective that remains as definitive as his voice. Unlike other hits records, this one mostly delivers in the feeling of being all about #1. The collection includes 17 great tracks that've all been #1 at one time on Billboard in Adult Contemporary, Pop, or even in the U.K. The songs have all been remastered well and sound great. The collection includes great #1's including Your Song, Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me with George Michael, his sooulful late 80's ballad Sacrifice which hit #1 in the U.K., as well as the overlooked cover of The Beatles Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, which was not featured in his previous Greatest Hits 1970-2002 in the U.S. edition, and Don't Go Breakin' My Heart with Kiki Dee.

Although this collection handles well, there are a few #1 tracks that actually were overshadowed here including Something About The Way You Look Tonight from 1997, and Believe which was a #1 Adult Contemporary hit in 1995 from Made In England. The DVD does makeup though, by showing Elton at his best from highlights of his 2005 NBC special The Red Piano, where he showed even though he is older, he hasn't lost his edge.

All in all, 'Rocket Man: Number Ones' is a decent and well-received hits package that gently reintroduces Elton John, to audiences that might be more into acts like Beyonce' and Usher. But it does deliver great music that still stands the test of time today. I definitely recommend this record for anyone who doesn't yet own a Elton John album, that should know what its like to hear the rocket man stand.





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