To Be Continued... (4CD) Original recording remastered, Best of, Box set, Limited Edition
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Elton John has been a force in pop music since the mid-1960s. This extravagant and colourful box set presents, in chronological order, his hit songs through 1990. Designed to accommodate a large booklet and the four CDs, which when placed side-by-side present a likeness of Elton, the package indicates the care and expense this huge-selling artist commands.
With the exception of some very early work with Long John Baldry, the music is exclusively focused on the songs Elton wrote in conjunction with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Their unique songwriting method, whereby Taupin first submits lyrics to which John then gives musical shape, is discussed at length in an insightful interview with the two men. This method has produced a truly astonishing number of hit records, particularly throughout the 70s. Discs 2 and 3 contain all the monster hits--"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Daniel", "Benny and the Jets", "Crocodile Rock", as well as many others. The combination of John's pliable and emotive voice, Taupin's well-wrought words and strong production values led to mega-stardom.
The 1980s were a period of transition and growth for Elton John. Disc 4 has a number of hits from that period--"Sad Songs", "Sacrifice" and "You Gotta Love Someone"--as well as featuring several live performances before a full orchestra, including "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me". His voice and stage persona both reflected a maturing Elton John.
This box set, compiled by Taupin and John themselves, was completed in 1990 and summed up Elton John's career to that point. Its title, To Be Continued, has proven to be more than wishful thinking as he continues to maintain his vitality in popular music to this day. --Wally Shoup
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Disc 1 contains mostly rarities and album tracks along with a few hits singles. The rarest track here, a song Elton recorded in 1965 while he was a member of Bluesology. He also wrote the song, and despite his own criticism, his lyrics aren't that bad (I'm beginning write my own songs, and you should see how bad mine are), but the melody is better (and proof that Elton can write music in his sleep). There are more rarities here: "Lady Samantha", "It's Me That You Need", the demo of "Your Song", the first version of "Your Song", "Friends", "Bad Side Of The Moon" and "Rock And Roll Madonna". The album tracks here are also very good: "Border Song" (actually a single), "Take Me To The Pilot", "Sixty Years On", "Country Comfort" (surprisingly, the only representatice of "Tumbleweed Collection" here), and "Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters". As for the hits, they're the usual: "Your Song", "Levon", "Tiny Dancer", "Rocket Man" and "Honky Cat". Despite the fact we've heard these songs thousands of times, they're still great. I did find it a little bothersome that "Burn Down The Mission" wasn't included.Read more ›
Disc 1 starts with 1965's "Come Back Baby", a song Elton wrote and recorded as a member of Bluesology. To this day, Elton says its one of the worst things he's ever written. After that comes some of his most obscure works - "Lady Samantha", "It's Me That You Need", "Rock And Roll Madonna", plus the demo version of "Your Somg". A few selections from his first album are included like the hit version of "Your Song", "Take Me To The Pilot" and the stirring "Sixty Years On". It's followed by "Country Comfort", the lone track frm "Tumbleweed Connection" included here (surprisingly, "Burn Down The Mission" is omitted). "Honky Cat" and Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters" close out the first disc.
Discs 2 and part of disc 3 contain all the smash hits -"Crocodile Rock", "Daniel", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Bennie And The Jets" and many others are all here. The only hits missing are the studio versions of "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" and "Candle In The Wind". Also featured are rare numbers like "Jack Rabbit", "Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again)" and "Skyline Pigeon", plus a moving solo live rendition of "I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)".Read more ›
Disc 1 of this 4 - disc set chronicles Elton's early years, and includes several extremely rare recordings such as "Come Back Baby", "Lady Samantha" and the demo of "Your Song". Also included are such familiar tracks like the stirring "Sixty Years On", "Mona Lisa And Mad Hatters", "Take Me To The Pilot", "Border Song" and the swaying "Country Comfort".
Discs 2 and 3 cover the years when Elton was tearing up the chartswith countless hit singles and several hit albums. Included here are "Philadelphia Freedom", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Bennie And The Jets", "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", "Honky Cat" and many others all including on one set (though for some disturbing reason, the classic studio versions of "Candle In The Wind" and "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" have been omitted from this collection). Also included are several key album tracks like "Funeral For A Friend"/"Love Lies Bleeding", B - sides like "Jack Rabbit", and a moving live version of "I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)".Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
It's a nice, big, bulky box filled with four CD's and a fantastic booklet about the history of Elton John - photos galore. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2003 by Marty From SF
This a great box set. When I am down, I play this and it lifts my spirits. Elton is a very versatile artist. When you listen to the box set it gives you that indication. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2003 by michael matthews
For Elton John fans who don't want to buy all of his studio albums -and he made so many- "To Be Continued" encompasses most of Elton John's best work from 1965-1990. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2003 by mirasreviews
This is THE essential collection of Elton's work through the late eighties. I cannot say enough about it. I could write an essay on the material here. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2003 by Clay Davis
This was the first box set I ever bought back in 1990, when box sets were these monster, tree-killing behemoths, instead of the streamlined marvels they are today! Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2002 by D. Hawkins
If you are like me, then you are a big fan of Elton John and his music, but are somewhat overwhelmed when you search Amazon for his albums and return nearly 200 results. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2002 by Steve R
I Think This Will Be A Nice Way To Introduce John's songs. Goes to 1965 to 1990. It Has A lot of his Greatest Hits Like Bennie And The Jets, Rocket Man,Your Song,Pinball Wizard,and... Read morePublished on July 18 2002
"To Be Continued" was the greatest collection of Elton John of all time.Released in 1990 this box set delives the great song of Elton in 70 's and 80's. Read morePublished on June 30 2002 by Daniel Sarti
The Greatest Hits from the greatest musician, Thats all that needs to be said.Published on Jan. 26 2002 by James
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