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Track Listings

Disc 1 (of 2)

1. Listen I've Been Loving You
2. Listen Here's to the Next Time
3. Listen Lady Samantha
4. Listen All Across the Havens
5. Listen It's Me That You Need
6. Listen Just Like Strange Rain
7. Listen Bad Side of the Moon
8. Listen Rock & Roll Madonna
9. Listen Grey Seal
10. Listen Friends
11. Listen Michelle's Song
12. Listen Seasons
13. Listen Variation on Michelle's Song (A Day in the Country)
14. Listen Can I Put You On
15. Listen Honey Roll
16. Listen Variation on Friends
17. Listen I Meant to Do My Work Today (A Day in the Country)
18. Listen Four Moods
19. Listen Seasons Reprise

Disc 2 (of 2)

1. Listen Madman Across the Water
2. Listen Into the Old Man's Shoes
3. Listen Rock Me When He's Gone
4. Listen Slave
5. Listen Skyline Pigeon
6. Listen Jack Rabbit
7. Listen Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again)
8. Listen Let Me Be Your Car
9. Listen Screw You (Young Man's Blues)
10. Listen Step into Christmas
11. Listen (Ho! Ho! Ho!) Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas
12. Listen Sick City
13. Listen Cold Highway
14. Listen One Day (At a Time)
15. Listen I Saw Her Standing There
16. Listen House of Cards
17. Listen Planes
18. Listen Sugar on the Floor

About the Album

At the time Rare Masters was released in 1992, most of the selections on this 37-track double-disc compilation were indeed rare. They were issued on non-LP singles, B-sides, the Friends soundtrack, one-offs; some were buried on album tracks, and some even stayed in the vault. Since then, Elton John's catalog has been remastered and reissued, with much of the best of this material appearing as bonus tracks, but the album still was worthwhile, since it not only has some songs that never appeared elsewhere on disc (such as "Step Into Christmas"' B-side, "(Ho Ho Ho) Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas"), but it also is a hell of a listen in its own right, showcasing great songs and forgotten gems from John's prime period. There aren't too many hits here, but the quality is startlingly high and consistent, showcasing John and Taupin's partnership at its peak -- though they might not have hit the charts, "Bad Side of the Moon," "Rock & Roll Madonna," "Into the Old Man's Shoes," "Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again)," "Screw You (Young Man's Blues)," and the radio staple "Madman Across the Water," plus "Grey Seal" (later re-recorded for Goodbye Yellow Brick Road) are among the finest songs of the era, and they're the linchpins on a rarities collection, not a proper album. It doesn't quite keep that same high level throughout, largely due to the pleasant but forgettable instrumentals from Friends, but it's still an essential part of any Elton John collection. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
Artist: Elton John
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.6 x 5.6 x 5.6
UPC: 0073145141382

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