Thursday 11/26/2020 11:15am ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Diamonds (2017)

Diamonds is the ultimate greatest hits album by British singer-songwriter Elton John spanning his biggest hits from 1970 to 2016. The album was released on November 10, 2017. It was released in a single disc version, a 2-CD version, a 3-CD deluxe box set and a 2-LP vinyl version.

It is the first Elton John career-spanning compilation released since Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits in 2007. It was released to commemorate the 50 years of John’s work with lyricist Bernie Taupin, since 1967. Although their collaboration began in 1967, the oldest hit in the album is “Your Song”, from the 1970 album Elton John. The limited edition 3-CD box set version of Diamonds includes a 72-page hardback book with annotations for the stories behind each track and a set of five postcards of illustrations of Elton John by contemporary artist Richard Kilroy.

In January 2019, the British Phonographic Industry certified Diamonds Platinum for sales of 300,000 units. In the United States the Recording Industry Association of America certified Diamonds Gold for sales of 500,000 units.

Disc one

1. “Your Song” 1970 4:03
2. “Tiny Dancer” 1971 6:16
3. “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)” 1972 4:42
4. “Honky Cat” 5:13
5. “Crocodile Rock” 1973 3:55
6. “Daniel” 3:54
7. “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” 1973 4:54
8. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” 3:14
9. “Candle in the Wind” 3:50
10. “Bennie and the Jets” 5:23
11. “The Bitch Is Back” 1974 3:45
12. “Philadelphia Freedom” 1975 5:20
13. “Island Girl” 1975 3:43
14. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” 6:45
15. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (duet with Kiki Dee)” 1976 4:35
16. “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” 3:52
17. “Little Jeannie”  4:49

Disc two

1. “Song for Guy” 1978 6:34
2. “Blue Eyes” 1982 3:28
3. “I’m Still Standing” 1983 3:04
4. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” 4:43
5. “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” 1984 4:48
6. “Nikita” 1985 5:44
7. “I Don’t Wanna Go on with You Like That” 1988 4:34
8. “Sacrifice” 1989 5:05
9. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (duet with George Michael)” 1993 5:48
10. “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” 1997 4:00
11. “I Want Love” 2001 4:37
12. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” 1994 4:01
13. “Are You Ready for Love” 1979 3:32
14. “Electricity” 2005 3:32
15. “Home Again” 2013 5:02
16. “Looking Up” 2016 4:06
17. “Circle of Life” 4:53

Disc three

1. “Skyline Pigeon” (Piano Version) 1973 3:54
2. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” 1974 6:16
3. “Pinball Wizard” 1975 5:14
4. “Mama Can’t Buy You Love” 1979 4:04
5. “Part-Time Love” 1978 3:13
6. “Victim of Love” 1979 3:22
7. “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)” 1982 5:10
8. “Kiss the Bride” 1983 4:23
9. “That’s What Friends Are For 1985 4:15
10. “The One” 1992 5:53
11. “True Love (duet with Kiki Dee)” 1993 3:35
12. “Believe” 1995 4:47
13. “Live Like Horses (duet with Luciano Pavarotti)” 1997 5:07
14. “Written in the Stars (duet with LeAnn Rimes)” 1999 4:17
15. “This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore” 2001 4:39
16. “Good Morning to the Night (with Pnau)” 2012 3:24
17. “Step Into Christmas” 1973 4:29

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