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To Be Continued... (4CD) [Best of, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Box set]

Elton John Audio CD
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Boxed Sets Ever July 13 2004
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By 1990, Elton John had had more success in his 20 - year career than anybody could ever have expected. So it was no surprise thta the boxed set "To Be Continued" was released. It contained four discs filled with big hits, rarities and four new studio tracks made to entice hardcore fans (which still doesn't make them bad). The results were great, to say the least.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Retrospective May 31 2004
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Released in 1990 to celebrate his 25th anniversary in the music business, "To Be Continued" presents Elton John's career in a way no other collection does. It fatures not only major hit singles but album tracks, demos, live performances and b- sides, all on just 4 discs.
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)".
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Boxed Set Jan. 28 2004
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Originally released in 1991 and reissued by MCA a few years ago, this is a truly decadent boxed set that covers over 20 years of great music from rock's true Captain Fantastic, Elton John. And with 67 tracks (in chronological order), this is a more than complete helpin' of Elton.
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)".
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5.0 out of 5 stars His Best Collection!
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 more
Published on Oct. 18 2003 by Martin A Hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars To Be Continued
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 more
Published on Oct. 12 2003 by michael matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Elton John
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 more
Published on Feb. 20 2003 by mirasreviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful showcase of incredible talent
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 more
Published on Jan. 31 2003 by Clay Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Christmas Present for Lovers of Good Music!
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 more
Published on Oct. 22 2002 by D. Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton has simply done too many albums to buy them all
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 more
Published on Aug. 15 2002 by Steve Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton's 1# Collection
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 more
Published on July 18 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The biggest collection of all time
"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 more
Published on June 30 2002 by Daniel Sarti
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits
The Greatest Hits from the greatest musician, Thats all that needs to be said.
Published on Jan. 26 2002 by James
4.0 out of 5 stars A Limited Edition Reissue of a 1990 Boxed Set - -
For those of you who haven't followed Elton's career since the beginning or thoroughly researched his catalog, this boxed set may appear a bit uneven or even confounding. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2001 by J. Wade
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