Greatest Hits: 1976-1986

Greatest Hits: 1976-1986

by Elton John


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When Elton John left Geffen for MCA, Greatest Hits, 1976-1986 replaced Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 (1979-1987). The newer collection is a better collection than its predecessor, since it trims the failed single "Heartache All Over the World," which was added as an incentive for hardcore collectors, and "Too Low for Zero," replacing them with "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," and "Who Wears These Shoes?" Those three cuts are added to ten songs that illustrate that John could still craft a killer pop single during the '80s.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/1992
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811069322
catalogNumber: 10693

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elton John   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Voices
Casey Jones   Guitar,Overdubs
Nik Kershaw   Guitar
George Michael   Vocals,Background Vocals
Spinners   Background Vocals
James Newton Howard   Synthesizer,Piano,Strings,Accordion,Conductor,Keyboards,Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Bill Champlin   Background Vocals
Kiki Dee   Vocals,Background Vocals
Davey Johnstone   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
MFSB   Strings,Horn
Kenny Passarelli   Bass
David Paton   Bass
Bob Babbitt   Bass
Leroy Bell   Guitar,Overdubs
Thom Bell   Conductor,Keyboards
Tony Bell   Guitar
David Bitelli   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bill Champain   Background Vocals
Charles Collins   Drums
Ray Cooper   Accordion,Vibes
Raul d'Oliveira   Trumpet
Bobby Eli   Guitar
Chuck Findley   Trombone,Trumpet
Max Gronenthal   Background Vocals
Jerry Hey   Flugelhorn
Jim Horn   Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Fred Mandel   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Reggie McBride   Bass
Charlie Morgan   Drums
Dee Murray   Bass,Background Vocals
Nigel Olsson   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Onward International Horns   Horn
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Roger Pope   Drums
Rhymn Ace   Rhythm
Paul Spong   Trumpet
Richard Taylor   Trombone
Philip Todd   Alto Saxophone
Larry Washington   Percussion
Paul Westwood   Bass
Pete Wingfield   Background Vocals
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Richie Zito   Acoustic Guitar
Rick Taylor   Trombone
Charlie Collins   Drums

Technical Credits

Casey Jones   Contributor
Elton John   Producer,Engineer,Contributor,Remixing
James Newton Howard   Arranger,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment,Orchestral Arrangements
Leroy Bell   Contributor
Thom Bell   Arranger,Producer
David Bitelli   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Ray Cooper   String Arrangements
Gus Dudgeon   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Stuart Epps   Engineer
Clive Franks   Producer,Remixing
Jim Horn   Arranger,Brass Arrangment
Ann Orson   Composer
Bill Price   Engineer
Renate   Engineer
Vartan   Art Direction
Chris Thomas   Producer
Carte Blanche   Composer

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Greatest Hits 1976-1986 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I want to know who's idea it was to make this remake of "Greatest Hits Vol. 3". This collection spans hits from 1976 through 1986, and I have a couple of problems with it. I'll go through each hit chronologically. From 1976, it has his only hit from "Blue Moves", "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word", and his duet with Kiki Dee, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart". This does not have any selections from "A Single Man", "Victim of Love" or "The Fox". Not that I particularly care about those albums, but it's sad when one completely ommits an album. His 1979 single, "Mama Can't Buy You Love", and his only hit from "21 at 33", "Little Jeannie", are included on here, though. From "Jump Up!", we have the unforgettable "Empty Garden" and a 1996 remake of "Blue Eyes". "Greatest Hits Vol. 3" had 4 selections from "Too Low For Zero", but on this one, only three of them remain. My only question is, why did they remove "Too Low for Zero" and keep "Kiss the Bride"? It's good that they decided to keep "Sad Songs" from "Breaking Hearts" on this collection, but why did they add "Who Wears These Shoes"? If I was to add another song from "Breaking Hearts", I would have chosen "Restless"! The compilation's closing tracks ("Nikita and "Wrap Her Up" from "Ice on Fire") close the album, but my only argument with that is the order they are presented in. "Nikita" does not make a good finale, but "Wrap Her Up" does. Also, why did they have to pull off the totally awesome "Heartache All Over the World"? The record company had no excuse for making this compilation, and "Greatest Hits Vol. 3" should have stayed.