Elton John pretty much ruled radio in the mid ‘70s. He released an unbroken string of six No. 1 albums, starting with his first classic, 1972’s ‘Honky Chateau,’ and including his 1973 masterpiece, the two-record set ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,’ and the 1975 autobiographical concept album ‘Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy,’ which he wrote with his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin. His 1974 ‘Greatest Hits’ collection remains one of the bestselling albums ever released, and for good reason: The 10-song set contains some of the best songs to grace the airwaves during the first half of the ‘70s. John has stayed busy over the years, releasing chart-topping soundtrack records, duet projects and occasionally ambitious albums that combine nostalgia with a sharp sense of mortality. On top of all this, he’s a consummate showman, a piano player with style, elegance and the good sense to wear a duck costume onstage from time to time.
Reissue Roundup: Fall Sets From Elton John, Jimi Hendrix and More
Archival sets include deluxe editions of classic records, remixed collections of big hits and previously unreleased live shows.
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Veteran is enjoying the feeling of not knowing what he’ll do next.
Underrated Elton John: The Most Overlooked Song From Every Album
For all the great singles, sometimes the best moments on the Rocket Man's records are the deep cuts.
Bernie Taupin Didn’t Want Elton John Box Set Released
Lyricist feared that putting out the duo’s early songs would leave him “embarrassed.”
How an 'Exhausted' Elton John Still Hit No. 1 With 'Island Girl'
Despite feeling the effects of his monumental success, the singer continued to churn out hit singles.