'Elton John's Greatest Hits, Volume III (1987) Remaster (2009)'!
From the years 1979 to 1987, Elton John continued to establish himself as a Pop-Rock icon, although not always under the easiest of circumstances. In 1978, for a couple of years he and penultimate songsmith, Bernie Taupin parted ways, so it was up to the English gentleman to prove that he could make it on his own. After auspicious beginnings on the album, 'A Single Man', with the excellent instrumental, 'Song For Guy', it was evident that Elton missed Bernie more than he would probably have admitted, and with the likes of Davey Johnstone joining Alice Cooper's band for his '79 opus, 'From The Inside', Elton was indeed on his own. However, fortunately for us all, the two put aside their differences and came up with some strong material in the early '80s, if not their best overall. In any case, now YOU can check out the newly remastered, 'Greatest Hits, Volume III' to judge for yourself! On this disc, YOU will also find the rare collaboration with Heidi Stern aka Jennifer Rush on her Hit, 'Flames Of Paradise', and the Friendship anthem number one (As long as no one asks Andrew Gold!), 'That's What Friends Are For' where Elton joins Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder & Gladys Knight to make the charts jingle! - Rick Wilson, former Rock Radio Journalist with Radio Canale Grandé.
01) I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues (Too Low For Zero) 1983 ***** No Blues here!
02) Mama Can't Buy You Love (The Thom Bell Sessions: E.P.) 1979 ***** Great, catchy tune!
03) Little Jeannie (21 At 33) 1980 **** My next door neighbor, Jeanie, loves this one! lol
04) Sad Songs (Say So Much) (Breaking Hearts) 1984 ***** Not so sad song after all!
05) I'm Still Standing (Too Low For Zero) 1983 ***** Yes, he is!
06) Empty Garden (Hey-Hey Johnny!) (Jump Up!) 1982 **** Tribute to John Lennon?
07) Heartache All Over The World (Leather Jackets) 1986 **** A bit dated, these days!
08) Too Low For Zero (Too Low For Zero) 1983 ***** Great title tune!
09) Kiss The Bride (Too Low For Zero) 1983 ***** Neat video!
10) Blue Eyes (Jump Up!) 1982 ***** Great ballad!
11) Nikita (Ice On Fire) 1985 ***** Great video, especially when one realizes who Nikita actually is!
12) Wrap Her Up (Ice On Fire) 1985 **** Madonnaesque!
13) Part-Time Love (A Single Man) 1978 ***** Great effort without Bernie Taupin!
14) Passengers (Breaking Hearts) 1984 ***** Nice groove not to be confused with Iggy Pop!
15) Dear John (Jump Up!) 1982 ***** Nice hidden treasure anno 1982!
16) Song For Guy (A Single Man) 1978 ***** Great instrumental! Guy Babylon?
17) Flames Of Paradise with Jennifer Rush (Heart Over Mind) 1987 ***** Neat duet! Where is she now, though?
18) That's What Friends Are For with Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder & Gladys Knight (single) 1985 ***** Friendship anthem!