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


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 21 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Best of, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Box set
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000008H2Y
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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