Elton John has had too many hits over the last three decades for the 12 songs in this collection to seriously be considered his "greatest," but that's hair-splitting. This hourlong concert, performed by John, his band, and several guest singers before a packed house at New York's Madison Square Garden in October 2000, certainly does contain some of his (and lyricist Bernie Taupin's) best and most popular tunes, like "Candle in the Wind," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," and "Your Song." And while Elton is a rather unlikely pop star these days--chubby, middle-aged, far less flamboyant than in his '70s heyday--he can still put on a good show, and that's just what he and his band (including longtime cohorts Davey Johnstone on guitar and Nigel Olsson on drums) do.
Some of his choices for guests are a bit puzzling: Bryan Adams adds little excitement to "Sad Songs (Say So Much)," while singer Ronan Keating of the British group Boyzone, a virtual unknown in the United States, is superfluous on "Your Song," perhaps Elton's most enduring tune (revived to considerably better effect on the Moulin Rouge soundtrack). On the other hand, Billy Joel is a good foil for Elton on "Yellow Brick Road," Mary J. Blige adds some soulful fervor to "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues," Kiki Dee shows up to duet with Elton on "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" for the first time in several eons, and the young American singer Anastacia is a revelation on a hard-rocking "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting." --Sam Graham
1. Funeral For A Friend (Love Lies Bleeding) 2. Candle In The Wind 3. Bennie And The Jets 4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (w/Billy Joel) 5. Someone Saved My Life Tonight 6. Little Jeannie 7. Philadelphia Freedom 8. Tiny Dancer 9. Can You Feel The Love Tonight? 10. Daniel 11. Rocket Man 12. Club At The End Of The Street 13. Blue Eyes 14. I Guess That's Why They Call It The bBues (w/Mary J. Blige) 15. The One 16. I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That 17. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word 18. Sacrifice 19. Come Together 20. Your Song (w/Ronan Keating) 21. Sad Songs (Say So Much) (w/Bryan Adams) 22. I'm Still Standing 23. Crocodile Rock 24. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) (w/Anastacia) 25. The Bitch Is Back 26. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me 27. Don't Go Breaking My Heart (w/Kiki Dee)
Aditional Bonus Music video:
I Want Love