Rarely has a greatest-hits collection been as effective as Elton John
's first compilation of Greatest Hits
. Released at the end of 1974, after Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
had effectively established him as a superstar, Greatest Hits
is exactly what it says it is -- it features every one of his Top Ten singles ("Your Song," "Rocket Man," "Honky Cat," "Crocodile Rock," "Daniel," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Bennie and the Jets," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"), plus the number 12 "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" and radio and concert favorite "Border Song." Despite the exclusion of a couple of lesser hits from this era, most notably "Levon" and "Tiny Dancer," Greatest Hits
is a nearly flawless collection, offering a perfect introduction to Elton John
and providing casual fans with almost all the hits they need.