You Wanted It (I Think), So Here It Is ... Elton John's "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2"

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that '...volume two' poll (with the album where he's dressed up as a cricketer) should prove interesting.

have at it, then!

http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drc500/c529/c52925qnio6.jpg

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Tiny Dancer 12
Someone Saved My Life Tonight 9
Philadelphia Freedom 6
Levon 5
The Bitch Is Back 2
I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford) 2
Island Girl 1
Grow Some Funk of Your Own 1
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds 1
Pinball Wizard1


Eisbaer, Monday, 10 December 2007 06:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Philadelphia Freedom," easily my favorite Elton ever

Matos W.K., Monday, 10 December 2007 06:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

"tiny dancer"

J0rdan S., Monday, 10 December 2007 06:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

'Levon' since the day Cameron Crowe committed 'Tiny Dancer' to treacly celluloid.

MaggieGo, Monday, 10 December 2007 06:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

I opened this thread expecting to vote for "I'm Still Standing". Forgot about all of these others.

Pleasant Plains, Monday, 10 December 2007 06:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

i will be esp. curious if "island girl" gets any votes at all -- it's one of the most prototypically 70s songs in existence AFAIC (not just the music, but also those bernie taupin lyrics that probably weren't all that PC back then but nowadays kinda REALLY stick out like a sore thumb -- not to mention that it blows my mind that anyone would be "turning tricks for the dudes in the big city" on lexington & 47th street at any point -- NYC must've been RADICALLY different then, or bernie was totally ignorant of manhattan's street geography [??]).

Eisbaer, Monday, 10 December 2007 06:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

"I'm Still Standing" is the next volume, I think.

Matos W.K., Monday, 10 December 2007 06:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

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I feel strongly about this.

The Reverend, Monday, 10 December 2007 06:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

BLUE JEAN BABY...

Cunga, Monday, 10 December 2007 06:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

I can bitch, I can bitch
`Cause I'm better than you
It's the way that I move
The things that I do

JN$OT, Monday, 10 December 2007 10:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

great cover art! never seen that before.

oh my god, 'tiny dancer' by such a long way

Charlie Howard, Monday, 10 December 2007 10:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

PF. Gene Page is an unsung minor hero.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Monday, 10 December 2007 10:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Someone Saved My Life Tonight" is his best ever song, so that's the obvious pick here.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 10 December 2007 10:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

it blows my mind that anyone would be "turning tricks for the dudes in the big city" on lexington & 47th street at any point

well a few blocks away 53rd & 3rd was still the youngmale hustling spot when I worked around there in 82, you'd see obvious activity in the middle of the workday. and the year after that I was working down on Park Avenue South and every AM the hookers would taunt and tempt the businessmen on their way to work.

new york city has changed a lot just in the time I've lived here. it's hard to imagine sometimes.

m coleman, Monday, 10 December 2007 11:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

"I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)"

I always loved this song and think it would be better remembered if it had a better title. at the time I thought it was about Squeaky Fromme trying to assasinate Gerald Ford *arcane 70s reference

m coleman, Monday, 10 December 2007 11:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

Philadelphia Freedom is ALWAYS piping out of the office of the copy editor. And thus ALWAYS in my fucking head.

(Seriously, the guy had to count that he actually had 13 albums in the office, and yet I hear that song probably about twice a day).

I eat cannibals, Monday, 10 December 2007 18:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

my vote shall be "Levon," and it shall be a good song.

Alex in Baltimore, Monday, 10 December 2007 19:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Someone Saved My Life Tonight", Elton plays Nilsson

Euler, Monday, 10 December 2007 19:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Funk"!

Jazzbo, Monday, 10 December 2007 20:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

Hmm...tough one. I think Philadelphia Freedom is "the best" song on here, all things considered, but I have been kind of obsessed with Levon lately; plus the latter seems more like an archetypal Bernie/Elton creation. Nonsensical lyrics nonetheless delivered with genuine-seeming passion through a great melody...

dell, Monday, 10 December 2007 20:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

"The Bitch Is Back", because Elton is singing about himself, and that's one of the things I like about him - he's a git sometimes, but he knows he's a git. "Pinball Wizard" comes a close second.

snoball, Monday, 10 December 2007 20:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

"I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)" is my favorite of his ballads (was this really a hit?). There's something fervid and Technicolor about it that makes it spiritually closer to "The Bitch is Back" or "Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n' Roll)" than "Daniel" or "Tiny Dancer."

I always took it as a coming out song. But I rarely know what his songs are about.

Kevin John Bozelka, Monday, 10 December 2007 20:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

But I rarely know what his songs are about.

-- Kevin John Bozelka, Monday, 10 December 2007 20:32 (Yesterday) Link

This is the essence of Bernie Taupin.

The Reverend, Tuesday, 11 December 2007 04:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

I must have picked this record up fifteen times, always expecting to see "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" -- instead we get "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds."

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 11 December 2007 04:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

I've always loved Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Tuesday, 11 December 2007 04:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

Levon, though Philly Freedom is close.

Mark Rich@rdson, Tuesday, 11 December 2007 04:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

Man, this is tough. I could go with any of six choices...

...can't decide.

Rock Hardy, Tuesday, 11 December 2007 05:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

"sweet freedom whispered in my ear...
you're a butterfly"

nicky lo-fi, Tuesday, 11 December 2007 06:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

I always vote for songs about prostitutes

zaxxon25, Tuesday, 11 December 2007 17:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm Still Standing!@ yeah yeah yeah

I voted for the someone shaved my wife tonight.

Abbott, Tuesday, 11 December 2007 19:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

you nearly had me roped and tiiiiiiiiiiiied

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 03:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

Love "Grow Some Funk of Your Own" (his best [only?] Stones rip) and "Philadelphia Freedom," but "...Robert Ford" is weird and beautiful like Bowie's "Quicksand."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 03:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

I must have picked this record up fifteen times, always expecting to see "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" -- instead we get "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds."

wikipedia informs us that "don't go breaking my heart" was in fact on the original version of this album, along with the amazing "sorry seems to be the hardest word," but both were pulled in the '90s because of rights issues, and replaced with future ILM fave "i feel like a bullet (in the gun of robert ford)" and future cameron crowe fave "tiny dancer." coincidentally, "breaking my heart" and "sorry seems" are also two of the clearest, most straightforward lyrics bernie taupin ever wrote.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 04:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

wikipedia informs us that "don't go breaking my heart" was in fact on the original version of this album, along with the amazing "sorry seems to be the hardest word,"

I thought there was something fishy about that track listing! I used to have the original vinyl (lol I'm old etc) and I thought I was just having an alzheimers moment.

Rock Hardy, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 04:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

"only Stones rip"? dude, "The Bitch Is Back" and "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"

Matos W.K., Wednesday, 12 December 2007 05:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Many xposts:

Taupin is pretty opaque -- "I like livin' easy without family ties/'Til the whippoorwill of freedom zapped me right between the eyes" -- but his claim that "Levon" is pretty straightforward makes sense to me.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 05:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

He is indeed. My favorite ever line of his comes from "Grey Seal": "The roots were formed by twisted roots, your roots were twisted then." What the hell? But "Solar Prestige a Gammon" just might be his quintessential lyric.

Has anyone ever made a Steely Dan-esque hoodwinking-the-masses argument for Taupin?

Kevin John Bozelka, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 07:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

SOMEONE SAVED SOMEONE SAVED SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIIIGHT

...but only because I really only discovered it a year and a half ago, whereas I've been rocking "Levon" for the past seven and have gotten a little burnt out on it.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 07:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

"only Stones rip"? dude, "The Bitch Is Back" and "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"

I see those as glam more than Stone rips. "Saturday Night's..." always sounded like Mott the Hoople to me.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 14:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Did "Grow some funk" ever get compiled onto any other EJ hits compilation that wasn't "every single" styled? (or "Ego"?)

heh, like I care.

Mark G, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 14:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

Taupin is pretty opaque -- "I like livin' easy without family ties/'Til the whippoorwill of freedom zapped me right between the eyes"

that one isn't opaque at all! it's kinda awful, but not opaque.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

Did "Grow some funk" ever get compiled onto any other EJ hits compilation that wasn't "every single" styled? (or "Ego"?)

I'd love to see a poll of the singles from his underrepresented wilderness period (1977-1982).

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

granted, most of them suck (no one mention "Little Jeannie," please).

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

But it's nonsensical. He liked living easy without family ties UNTIL he had a dramatic encounter with the concept freedom?

Then again, not the first illogical Taupin lyric.

The Deacon, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

i think he's saying he liked living free and easy until he was zapped between the eyes by the downsides of that lifestyle. whippoorwill = loneliness.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

Philadelphia Freedom for the bassline alone. Also, it makes me cry (with happiness).

2for25, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

whippoorwill = loudmouth who won't shut the fuck up at three in the morning.

(in my book, at least.)

I read in one of those Billboard #1 Hits! books that "Philadelphia Freedom" was written for Billie Jean King and that bass drum beat is supposed to be the sound of a tennis ball hitting the court.

Pleasant Plains, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

loudmouth who won't shut the fuck up at three in the morning.

yet another downside to the free-and-easy lifestyle!

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

the philadelphia freedoms were the tennis team that billie jean king coached.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

Once again, fcc living up to his username.

Pleasant Plains, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

What's the Federal Communications Commission got to do with it?

Myonga Vön Bontee, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 17:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Srsly, tho, that's interesting about those two missing songs - always thought they were kinda conspicuously absent. I never owned the original.

"Someone Saved My Life Tonight" for me, but another tough choice. Can't wait for Vol. 3.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

wasn't a volume three released in the eighties and replaced with a new one in the nineties?

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Sunday, 16 December 2007 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

one more time, cos i like the photo and the likeness:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/242/445423237_80aaadad2f.jpg

Bob Six, Sunday, 16 December 2007 00:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Monday, 17 December 2007 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Tiny Dancer is not even on this album.

billstevejim, Monday, 17 December 2007 00:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

That is factually incorrect.

The Reverend, Monday, 17 December 2007 00:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Okay, well the version I had did not include this song.. And it had "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" and "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word."

billstevejim, Monday, 17 December 2007 00:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, as fact checking cuz noted above, "Tiny Dancer" wasn't on the original 1977 pressing, but was added to the 1992. That song is kind of a revisionist hit -- missed the top 40 in the U.S. at the time and didn't even chart in the U.K., became popular later on largely because of Almost Famous. Now suddenly you hear it on classic rock radio as often as "Rocket Man" or anything else he did in that era.

Alex in Baltimore, Monday, 17 December 2007 00:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh, my mistake. I should have continued reading the entire thread.

As a child in the late 80s, I always assumed "Tiny Dancer" was a decently well-known song since I heard it on my parents' adult contemporary stations a LOT. 10 years later, I was quite upset to see SPIN placing it in their "singles of the year," since everyone should have been appreciating it all along.

billstevejim, Monday, 17 December 2007 00:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

became popular later on largely because of WKRP in Cincinnati

Pleasant Plains, Monday, 17 December 2007 01:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

hey I said "largely" not "solely"

Alex in Baltimore, Monday, 17 December 2007 01:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

It was at least well-known-enough that Friends used the "Tony Danza" joke...

Doctor Casino, Monday, 17 December 2007 02:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Hold my order, terrible dresser"

Pleasant Plains, Monday, 17 December 2007 03:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Suprising!

piscesx, Thursday, 29 January 2009 17:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

coincidentally, "breaking my heart" and "sorry seems" are also two of the clearest, most straightforward lyrics bernie taupin ever wrote.

― fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 04:53 (1 year ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Whoa, fact checking cuz.. I just saw the 7" in a charity shop (one big crack through the vinyl), Taupin's name isn't on the a-side!

Mark G, Thursday, 29 January 2009 17:28 (nine years ago) Permalink


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