11/8/13

Music Lists #19: Elton's 100


In the February 1974 issue of Creem magazine, Elton John revealed a list of his favorite albums.  A pretty respectable one, if you ask me - even though he does kinda cheat by including greatest hits LPs.  Elton is a worthy discophile nonetheless, and I thought it might be worthwhile to reprint his list for Retrospace readers.

From the article:
Being one of the most avowed record gluttons on public record - with more records than he's ever been able to count - we figured that having Elton John list his personal favorite albums might yeild an interesting compilation. "Sure thing," said Elton when we approached him with the idea, and he immediately began spewing record titles like a man possessed. When we finally had to forceably wrench the pen from his hands, he'd already gotten up to 286 and was just beginning to hit his stride. What we've done is amputate one hundred entries from the list (thrown together in no particular order), but should you want to know the full roster, just slide a quarter our way and we'll mail the full , uncensored edition back to you in a plain brown wrapper.



1. AFTERMATH (The Rolling Stones)
2. RUBBER SOUL (The Beatles)
3. PET SOUNDS (The Beach Boys)
4. THE KINKS' GREATEST HITS
5. DIRECT HITS (The Who)
6. GASOLINE ALLEY (Rod Stewart)
7. LITTLE RICHARD'S GREATEST HITS
8. EDDIE COCHRAN MEMORIAL ALBUM
9. JERRY LEE LEWIS' GREATEST HITS VOL. I
10. THE IMMORTAL OTIS REDDING
11. ANTHOLOGY (The Temptations)
12. TALKING BOOK (Stevie Wonder)
13. FROM THE BEGINNING (Smokey & Miracles)
14. CALL ME (AI Green)
15. ANY Monty Python album
16. THE BAND
17. IN MEMPHIS (Dusty Springfield)
18. BOOKENDS (Simon & Garfunkel)
19. HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED (Bob Dylan)
20. BEST OF THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL
21. RETROSPECTIVE (Buffalo Springfield)
22. FOR YOUR PLEASURE (Roxy Music)
23. MOTT (Mott the Hoople)
24. LESLIE GORE'S GREATEST HITS
25. WORDS AND MUSIC (Jimmy Webb)
26. 12 SONGS (Randy Newman)
27. MISS BUTTERS (The Family Tree)
28. Qt'+%& (Led Zeppelin)
29. JESSE WINCHESTER
30. SATURATE BEFORE USING (Jackson Browne)
31. XMAS ALBUM (Phil Spector)
32. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (Charlie Rich)
33. SPLIT ENDS (The Move)
34. NILSSON SCHMILLSON
35. LEON RUSSELL
36. ROY OR BISON'S GREATEST HITS
37. SONGS FOR SWINGING LOVERS (Frank Sinatra)
38. BLONDE ON BLONDE (Bob Dylan)
39. THERE'S A RIOT GOIN' ON (Sly)
40. FOREVER CHANGES (Love)
41. CHINA STORY (The Goons)
42. COSMO'S FACTORY (Creedence Clearwater)
43. THE BYRDS' GREATEST HITS VOL. I
44. ASTRAL WEEKS (Van Morrison)
45. SGT. PEPPER (The Beatles)
46. GOLD RECORDS (Elvis Presley)
47. SAM COOKE'S GREATEST HITS
48. NEIL DIAMOND'S GREATEST HITS
49. WHAT'D I SAY (Ray Charles)
50. RICKY NELSON'S GREATEST HITS
51. DEAR MR. FANTASY (Traffic)
52. ARETHA FRANKLIN'S GREATEST HITS
53. BAND OF GOLD (Freda Payne)
54. GRIS GRIS (Dr. John)
55. SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN
56. GREATEST HITS (Gladys Knight & Pips)
57. LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III
58. EVERYONE KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE (Neil Young)
59. ZIGGY STARDUST. (David Bowie)
60. HIGHWAY (Free)
61. CONNIE FRANCIS' GREATEST HITS
62. 1st SOLO LP (Scott Walker)
63. SONGS FOR A SEAGULL (Joni Mitchell)
64. CHILDREN OF THE FUTURE (Steve Miller Band)
65. LOVE UNLIMITED
66. SALTY DOG (Procol Harum )
67. ELECTRIC LADYLAND (limi Hendrix)
68. LADY IN SATIN (Billie Holliday)
69. GARY GLITTER
70. ELECTRIC WARRIOR (T. REX)
71. THE BONZO DOG DO DAH BAND
72. FOUR SEASONS' GREATEST HITS
73. SOUL CLASSICS VOL. I (James Brown)
74. SLADEST (Slade) .
75. THE SPINNERS
76. SATIN DOLL (Oscar Peterson)
77. IAN & DEAN'S GREATEST HITS
78. SCHOOL'S OUT (Alice Cooper)
79. TALES OF MEN'S SHIRTS (The Goons)
80. THE ALLMAN BROS. BAND
81. MARIANNE FAITHFULL'S GREATEST HITS
82. WITH A LITTLE HELP (Joe Cocker)
83. I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW {Johnny Nash)
84. PEARL (Janis Joplin)
85. MOON DANCE (Van Morrison)
86. DRIFTERS' GREATEST HITS
87. LET IT BLEED (The Rolling Stones)
88. BUDDY HOLLY'S GREATEST HITS
89. FOUR TOPS' GREATEST HITS
90. TAPESTRY (Carole King)
91. THE STYLISTICS
92. ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN (The Youngbloods)
93. ELI & THE 13th CONFESSION (Laura Nyro)
94. DEE DEE SHARP'S GREATEST HITS
95. LIVE (Donny Hathaway)
96. TO LOVE SOMEBODY (Nina Simone)
97. THE EVERLY BROTHERS' GREATEST HITS
98. DROWNING IN THE SEA OF LOVE (Joe Simon)
99. SPIRIT
100. BRAND NEW KEY {Melanie)

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