Elton John announces 'Diamonds' ultimate greatest hits collection

By ABC News Radio

UMeThere have been well over a dozen Elton John greatest hits compilation albums since the very first, in 1974. That’s what happens when you have a career that spans five decades. Now we’re about to get yet another.

Diamonds, billed as the “ultimate greatest hits collection from Elton John” arrives November 10 in four different packages: a single CD, a double-CD set, a three-CD limited edition box set, and a double-LP, each with the usual digital versions.

What hits you get depends on the version you buy. The 17-track single CD contains Elton’s essential hits, from “Your Song” to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” but focuses mostly on his early catalog. The 2-CD set, each again with 17 tracks, gives you everything the single CD does, plus even more early hits, and later hits as well, like “Home Again” from 2013’s The Diving Board, and “Looking Up” from last year’s Wonderful Crazy Night.

The 3-CD limited-edition box set, as you might expect, pulls out the stops, with 51 tracks in all. It’s also the only version that includes “That’s What Friends Are For,” Elton’s Grammy-winning 1985 collaboration with Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder that raised over three million dollars for AIDS research. The box set also includes an illustrated 72-page hardcover book, as well as a set of five postcards featuring illustrations by Elton. The double-LP includes 21 tracks in all with exclusive notes for each track

Diamonds also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Elton’s prolific songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin, whom Elton first met in 1967.

You can pre-order Diamonds now. All the information, as well as the complete track listing for all of the packages and a look at the extras, is on Elton’s website.

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