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Elton John
One Night Only - The Greatest Hits (Universal Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Recorded live at Madison Square Garden in October 2000, Elton John's live greatest hits album is nothing short of superb. All the hits are here: "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," "Rocket Man," "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?," "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)," and "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues". And, they've never sounded so alive.

Guest appearances by Kiki Dee ("Don't Go Breaking My Heart"), Ronan Keating ("Your Song"), Bryan Adams ("Sad Songs (Say So Much)"), Mary J. Blige ("I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues"), and Anastacia ("Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)") are the few drawbacks to the album. Sure, the guest appearances are nice, and often add to the music, but Elton John has such a classic piano-rock voice that you can't help but want to hear him. Is that so wrong?

Other than that, this album is amazing, delving out the classics with class and spirit, bringing them to life time and time again as you sit there and remember why you fell in love with them in the first place. A knockout album, to say the least. I'll give it an A.

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