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Rare Masters

Elton JohnAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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listen  1. I've Been Loving YouElton John 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Here's To The Next TimeElton John 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Lady SamanthaElton John 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. All Across The HavensElton John 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. It's Me That You NeedElton John 4:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Just Like Strange RainElton John 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Bad Side Of The MoonElton John 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rock And Roll MadonnaElton John 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Grey SealElton John 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. FriendsElton John 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Michelle's SongElton John 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. SeasonsElton John 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Variation On Michelle's Song (A Day In The Country)Elton John 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Can I Put You OnElton John 5:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Honey RollElton John 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Variation On FriendsElton John 1:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. I Meant To Do My Work Today (A Day In The Country)Elton John 1:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Four MoodsElton John11:01Album Only
listen19. Seasons RepriseElton John 1:39$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Madman Across The Water [feat. Mick Ronson]Elton John 8:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Into The Old Man's ShoesElton John 4:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Rock Me When He's GoneElton John 5:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. SlaveElton John 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Skyline PigeonElton John 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Jack RabbitElton John 1:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again)Elton John 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Let Me Be Your CarElton John 4:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Young Man's BluesElton John 4:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Step Into ChristmasElton John 4:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be A Turkey At Christmas)Elton John 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Sick CityElton John 5:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Cold HighwayElton John 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. One Day At A TimeElton John 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. I Saw Her Standing ThereJohn Lennon 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. House Of CardsElton John 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. PlanesElton John 4:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Sugar On The FloorElton John 4:33$1.29  Buy MP3 

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(Hollywood CA) JUNE 24, 2013 - Capitol Records is proud to announce the release of Elton John’s The Diving Board, the artist’s first solo studio album in seven years, on Tuesday, September 24. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album features 12 new songs written by Elton and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as three piano interludes composed by the artist.

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  • Audio CD (October 20, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001DXH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

During Elton John's most commercially successful period, between 1970 and 1975, he was also at his most prolific. Usually producing two albums a year, he also knocked off a dozen or so non-LP B-sides, a handful of demos for other artists, and even a soundtrack album for 1971's obscure Friends. Rare Masters, which brings much of this work together with a handful of other odds and ends (an alternate version of "Madman Across the Water," John's debut single, "I've Been Loving You"), is hardly a substitute for Greatest Hits, but its generally high quality is impressive. --Rickey Wright

Product Description

This 2 CD set is the original 1992 Polydor/Chronicles release. Catalog 314-514-138-2. Outer cardboard slip cover, booklet and jewel case are all in great condition.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Compilation of Odd Tracks & Rarities November 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
When I was a lot younger I bought all of Elton John's albums and singles on vinyl. When I upgraded my albums to CD I was disappointed (at first) to find that many of the B-sides that appeared on singles were not issued to CD. Later releases of Elton John's 1970s era albums contain many of these B-sides as bonus tracks. So buyer beware if you have the later EJ reissues.

This set is great because nearly all of the 1970s era B-sides are in one place. These are oddities and rarities, some very beautiful. One of them, "Skyline Pidgeon" is one of my all time EJ favorites. This version is better than the harpsicord based original that appears on 1969's "Empty Sky" album. This version of "Skyline Pidgeon," often called the "piano version" was issued in 1973 as the B-side to the hit single "Daniel". It was probably recorded at the same time as the "Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player" album.

Besides the famous "I Saw Her Standing There" live duet with John Lennon (which also appears on the extended edition of "Here And There"), one of the prettiest Elton John tracks on this collection is "One Day At A Time." This beautifully produced piece was issued as the B-side to Elton John's #1 hit single, "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." Yes, the A-side was penned by Lennon/McCartney. "One Day At the Time" was written and originally recorded by John Lennon and appeared on his "Mind Games" album in late 1973. You know what? I always liked Elton John's version of this song better than Lennon's.

"Step into Christmas" is a great holiday track to which I bought and still own the original 45. The B-side to this record was the hilarious "Ho Ho Ho Who'd Be A Turkey at Christmas". I'm sure this was recorded as a throwaway for the single.. but hey...
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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I understand that apparently most (all?) of the rarities on this box set are available on the newly-remastered individual albums as bonuses. But even if that's true, who cares? The fact that the soundtrack to "Friends" has been re-released in ANY form is worth the price of admission in itself, as it is quite simply the loveliest soundtrack work Elton has ever done (forget "The Lion King"!), weaving light rock/pop and orchestrations into a distinctive whole of hippie innocence. As wonderful as this all is, there is one complaint I have--one which annoys me to no end and the only thing that keeps me from awarding this set five stars. The song sequence of the "Friends" soundtrack, for some weird reason, has been slightly juggled. Why, I don't know, as I can't think of any good reason for it. But this means that those of us who adored the vinyl version of it first won't be able to listen to it in the same order that was on our old records. Some probably won't notice this, but I found it annoying because I loved the original song sequence exactly as it was. I've actually gone through the trouble of using my CD-burner to make a backup of my own "Friends" CD with the songs in their original sequence. The box is otherwise perfect and the songs magnificent throughout, but be prepared to have to do at least some track-play programming every time you insert the CD if you want to hear "Friends" the same way you did all those tender years ago.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for the "Friends" music ?? January 14, 2005
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This 2-CD set is where you can obtain the "Friends" music from the movie, "Friends" (1971) on CD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete set of Elton rarities 1968-1975 August 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was delighted to find this 1992-release 2CD set for sale in November 1993 in a music retail store in Melbourne without having being aware previously of its existence. What a great find, I exulted!! I already knew of these songs via a 1981 Elton John discography I had read, but was pessimistic about tracking down the ridiculously overpriced original 7" vinyl singles needed to complete my collection of Elton's early work.

Some great stuff on here that you won't hear on any other Elton album (or anywhere else for tht matter):

1968 I've Been Loving You - his first single. Not real great but, hey, everyone's got to start somewhere!

1969 Lady Samantha - groovy evocative song, the best of his pre-fame singles

1970 B-sides Grey Seal and Bad Side Of The Moon. The latter has a catchy repeated intro line that I still can't figure out what they're singing despite many, many listens; it sounds like "Who's a mile high, who's a mile high ...!!" but I could be wrong there!

1970 Friends - a nice song , sort of romantic and sentimental

1970 Can I Put You On . I like this one - it sounds like it could have been recorded for Tumbleweed Connection . Rocking finale

1971 The extended version of Madman Across The Water is cool

1972 The re-recorded version of Skyline Pigeon, done at the same time as the Don't Shoot Me... sessions. Fantastic song

1973 Let Me Be Your Car. Elton does this as a piano + voice demo and gives it a lot of sparkle

1974 Cold Highway and Sick City . B-sides to Caribou singles would have helped that album if included in place of dud tracks.

1974 Live version of John Lennon /Elton version of I Saw Her Standing There. Indispensible night of magic at Madison Square Garden in Nov.
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5.0 out of 5 stars greatness
I'm giving this rating, because for one simple fact it's Elton John at his best. I love this album because it has rare music you can't find anywhere else. Read more
Published 4 months ago by sharon strickland
1.0 out of 5 stars Seller did a good job but this disc is awful.
The disc arrived in a timely manner and was well packaged. However, the tracks on this disc are a waste of recording space. The sound is crude at best.
Published 9 months ago by Cynthia Phelps
5.0 out of 5 stars ELTON JOHN RARE MASTERS CD
Bought it for the soundtrack to "Friends". The price was fair and shipping fast.It met expectations and I am more than happy!!
Published 9 months ago by K. JONES
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton
Love this album, mostly because of the entire "Friends" soundtrack. There are a few other tracks that are great, as well as some rarely heard songs from Elton's early... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Patricia Crapet
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton rocks
Recently purchased this digital album....loving me some Elton.
Still has what it takes...but loving the old school Bernie Taupon music.
Published 21 months ago by denise
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton In The Early Days
It was hard to pin an explanation on this most unusual album of all the rare masters.
The one highlight for me was the inclusion of the soundtrack music from " Friends... Read more
Published 21 months ago by John Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Way To Get "Friends" Soundtrack On CD
The "Friends" soundtrack is the main attraction here. "Can I Put You On", "Michelle's Song" & "Seasons" make this worthwhile, even if most of the other tracks are available on... Read more
Published on August 24, 2012 by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete your Elton John collection...
I love this collection and I've never been a fan of the Friends soundtrack. Although many of the non-released or demo tracks contained here now show up on the deluxe re-releases... Read more
Published on December 31, 2011 by Maven
4.0 out of 5 stars Friends, and extras
I believe "Honey Roll" (which is a very different kind of song from the rest of the "Friends" soundtrack) was shoehorned into the movie by having Paul turn on a car radio! Read more
Published on December 6, 2011 by tourist in the city
4.0 out of 5 stars Some new & some old Friends
While I purchased this 2 CD set primarily for the complete "Friends" soundtrack, the set contains a couple of gems including a wonderful alternate version of Madman Across the... Read more
Published on November 2, 2011 by B. Hemphill
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