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By Victoria M.
Greatest Hits volume II
Catchy, dance-in-your-seat, sleep soundly, road trip. That is the best and easiest way I could describe Elton John’s Greatest Hits Volume II.
Sir Elton Hercules John, or Reginald Kenneth Dwight (his birth name) was born on March 25, 1947 and still lives today. He is an English rock singer-songwriter, composer, pianist, occasional actor, and knight. At the age of 65, Elton John is happily married to German recording engineer Renate Blauel. In his four-decade career, Elton John has solf more than 250 million records, making him the most successful artists of all time. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998 after he played for Her Majesty. He was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996. He received knighthood for “services to music and charitable services.”
Greatest Hits volume II was recorded during the years 1971, and 1974-1976. Some of the songs, such as “The Bitch is Back” were recorded in Colorado and California. Others, such as “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word” were recorded in Toronto. Needless to say, Sir John has recorded and played music all over the world. Greatest Hits vol. II is actually probably one of his worst albums (yet it’s still fantastic). Although every song on it is unique, they all have similarities, such as: if you listen carefully, you can hear Sir Elton John playing the piano in every piece, though, of course there are other instruments such as his soaring vocals, moving guitar, drums, and a variety of string instruments.
This album stood out to me because of the song “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” which Sir John recorded with Kiki Dee. The song starts off with a slow and rhythmic piano introduction, slowly adding drums, then in comes Elton John with his soothing and suiting vocals singing “don’t go breaking my heart,” setting the mood for the dance-in-your-seat beat that picks up when Kiki Dee joins in. It is a masterpiece Sir John wrote himself. Personally, I would buy this album- and any other album by Elton John- without a moment’s hesitation. I wouldn’t say that his album Greatest Hits Volume II is the most superb album he has ever done, however I would say Elton John in a singing-songwriting genius.
Victoria is a grade 12 student who has been inspired by this album to go out and buy another Elton John album!