Elton John / Diamonds

Does this new hits set sparkle?

A new Elton John greatest hits collection Diamonds will be issued in November, with a limited box set also available.

The compilation will be available in three physical formats: a two-CD set, a triple CD limited edition box set and a 2LP gatefold vinyl package.

The three-CD deluxe format (51 tracks) includes a bonus CD “personally curated by Elton” and includes a 72-page hardcover book with words by Elton and Bernie Taupin and track-by-track notes on every song. You also get a series of postcards in a card wallet. The box (pictured above) looks like the standard Universal Music style box set (like the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road deluxe)

The two-CD set (34 tracks) comes in standard jewel case packaging with a 16-page booklet while the 180g double vinyl package comes with printed inner sleeves and a download code. The vinyl has the fewest number of tracks at 21.

Diamonds will be released on 10 November 2017.

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Diamonds / 3CD deluxe edition

1.  Your Song
2.    Tiny Dancer
3.    Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
4.    Honky Cat
5.    Crocodile Rock
6.    Daniel
7.    Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
8.    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
9.    Candle In The Wind
10. Bennie And The Jets
11. The Bitch Is Back
12. Philadelphia Freedom
13. Island Girl
14. Someone Saved My Life Tonight
15. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
16. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
17. Little Jeannie

1. Song For Guy
2. Blue Eyes
3. I’m Still Standing
4. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
5. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
6. Nikita
7. I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That
8. Sacrifice
9. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
10. Something About The Way You Look Tonight
11. I Want Love
12. Can You Feel The Love Tonight
13. Are You Ready For Love?
14. Electricity
15. Home Again
16. Looking Up
17. Circle Of Life

1. Skyline Pigeon (Piano Version)
2. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
3. Pinball Wizard
4. Mama Can’t Buy You Love
5. Part-Time Love
6. Victim of Love
7. Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)
8. Kiss The Bride
9. That’s What Friends Are For [Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder]
10.The One
11. True Love [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
12. Believe
13. Live Like Horses [Elton John and Pavarotti]
14. Written In The Stars [Elton John and LeAnn Rimes]
15. This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore
16. Good Morning To The Night (Elton vs PNAU)
17. Step Into Christmas

Diamonds / 2LP vinyl gatefold

Side A
1. Your Song
2. Tiny Dancer
3. Rocket Man
4. Crocodile Rock
5. Daniel

Side B
1. Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
2. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
3. Candle In The Wind
4. Bennie And The Jets
5. Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Side C
1. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
2. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
3. Song For Guy
4. Blue Eyes
5. I’m Still Standing
6. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues

Side D
1. Nikita
2. Sacrifice
3. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (George Michael and Elton John)
4. Can You Feel The Love Tonight
5. Are You Ready For Love?

Diamonds / 2CD standard edition

1.  Your Song
2.    Tiny Dancer
3.    Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
4.    Honky Cat
5.    Crocodile Rock
6.    Daniel
7.    Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
8.    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
9.    Candle In The Wind
10. Bennie And The Jets
11. The Bitch Is Back
12. Philadelphia Freedom
13. Island Girl
14. Someone Saved My Life Tonight
15. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
16. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
17. Little Jeannie
1. Song For Guy
2. Blue Eyes
3. I’m Still Standing
4. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
5. Sad Songs (Say So Much)
6. Nikita
7. I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That
8. Sacrifice
9. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
10. Something About The Way You Look Tonight
11. I Want Love
12. Can You Feel The Love Tonight
13. Are You Ready For Love?
14. Electricity
15. Home Again
16. Looking Up
17. Circle Of Life



89 responses to Elton John / Diamonds

  1. David says:

    This needs a 24bit Hi-Res digital release!

  2. James says:

    What no Levon???? Anyway I’ll pass on this rehash.

  3. Doug Hegle says:

    I recommend soending the $$$ on the 5.1 surround sound audio DVD of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road… Its an amazing treat for your ears… The mix is fantastic

  4. MARK LEVY says:

    As far as vinyl goes, I tracked down a 180g version of the 1990s compilation The Very Best Of Elton John from 2014. A much better substitute and more tracks for your bucks!

  5. Andy Sodergren says:

    This doesn’t even round up all the hit singles (which to truly do that for Elton, you may have to go to a fourth disc). Such Top 40 hits like In Neon, Who Wears These Shoes, Wrap Her Up, Club at the End of the Street, A Word in Spanish, Bite Your Lip, Ego, just to name a few, were left off. Either they make it a true comprehensive “hits” collection or they go the Pure McCartney route where you have the biggest hits along with a sampler of Elton’s favorite tunes in a four or five disc set. This set really does neither.

  6. Allen Chapman says:

    I am listening to this now. They tracks sound, at least to me, to have been either remixed or maybe just remastered. I’m hearing little things here and there that I’ve never really noticed before.
    I’m a sucker for these kinds of releases. Doesn’t matter that I have nearly everything on this on other collections or albums.

  7. Mike Williams says:

    Best Buy in the U.S. has a 17-track single CD version:
    Your Song
    Tiny Dancer
    Rocket Man
    Crocodile Rock
    Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    Candle in the Wind
    Bennie and the Jets
    Philadelphia Freedom
    Island Girl
    Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
    Mama Can’t Buy You Love
    I’m Still Standing
    I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues
    Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
    Can You Feel the Love Tonight

  8. Gis Bun says:

    Another EJ compilation. And 3 CD releases. Seriously? To buy the sing CD release for a guy with almost 50 years of music is ridiculous.
    If EJ curated the third CD, who did the first 2? Why didn’t he? It’s his music.

  9. MARK LEVY says:

    I was looking forward to a good Elton John best of on new vinyl, if the version of Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me hadn’t been swapped, I would have been tempted. The Very Best Of Elton John is a good substitute.

  10. elliott buckingham says:

    the 1990 dbl cd set hasn’t yet been beaten for tracklisting I goor remastered reissue of that would be better and add tiny dancer to it

  11. Mike Williams says:

    Since no one else has mentioned it, I always liked the single “Someday Out Of The Blue” from “The Road To El Dorado”. There is an Elton-Animated video of this great track that can be found online…

  12. Herman Bulten says:

    Nice for a beginner. But it could be great if they put a DTS HD Master 5.1 audio blu ray was included, then it would be great with all the 51 songs on it !

  13. Kwc says:

    Where is all that i’m allowed ?
    I also agree this should have included b, sides & rarities.

  14. Derek Langsford says:

    The 5.1 SACDs were excellent. Was saddened they stopped the series. They should have started with the Greatest Hits compilations in 5.1 to create interest for the albums in 5.1. But that was not to be.

  15. Charlie Waffles says:

    This is a poor collection, Reg. You have way more better songs that are not being included. I will pass.

  16. Mick says:

    Add me to the list of those who clamor for a CD release of 17-11-70+.
    I’m also still (un)patiently waiting for “Don’t Shoot Me…” and “Caribou” to finally get SACD hybrid releases.
    That said – this set looks like a nice collectible, and a great Christmas gift for the Elton fan in Your life.
    I’m curious…would the download code from the LP version mirror the LP tracklisting, or that of one of the CD configurations?

  17. David Kelly says:

    What we really need is a multi disc version of “Live In Australia” with complete audio and all available video. I think they shot some film at another concert, if I remember watching the complete broadcast years ago and in the closing parts Elton was in a different suit. Also Rare Masters Vol Two could mop up a lot of b sides and remixes.

  18. Bob says:

    Wouldn’t expect anything better from Universal ! It’s a mess along with thier archive lol. Haven’t a clue what they got… Especially contracts …

    Should be a complete box set with 1 or 2 discs each for the 70’s,80’s ,90’s and 00’s. All single edits or do 12″ versions. None of this tosh.

  19. Chris Squires says:

    The loss for me here is the meagre 21 tracks on the Vinyl edition.. I think the Phil Collins singles box and Pure McCartney was the right way to do it.

    If you have 2CD and 3/4CD versions the Vinyl should, as an absolute minimum, have the same set as the 2CD. This Vinyl is 13/30 tracks short of each CD variant.

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  21. Jim says:

    Agree with a much earlier comment that this is for fans who have lost another GH somewhere along the way, or who will want to gift this for someone. Let’s face it even the most obsessive fan would tire of listening to this if every single 7 inch was included. Its a great compilation. My 2 cents – would love to see Crystal and the title track from Too Low For Zero get included. Both were huge radio hits in Australia and i think Crystal was actually a single in this territory.

  22. Smeery says:

    Another Greatest Hits compilation with the obvious selections how about a trawl through the BBC archives? Release Live ‘In Concert’ cds periodically and a 3cd set of studio takes for the true collector
    Come on Reg get trawlling?

  23. MARK LEVY says:

    Why on earth has Elton opted for the duet version of Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me with George Michael instead of the original version?

  24. Phil Fogel says:

    I’d love the book but CD 3 is very disappointing. Where is Healing Hands, or Mona Lisa & Mad Hatters part 1 &2 which are 2 of his best tracks. Club At The End Of The Street? Made In England? or Something from Captain & The Kid from 2006?

  25. Francis says:

    Oh wow, I have noticed that ‘This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore’ is included. Even so, I still will not be purchasing the collection.

  26. Francis says:

    I would have preferred a bigger box set with more CDs because there are loads of singles missing – The first and original version of ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ (so much better than the later re-recorded version with George Michael), ‘Bite Your Lip (Get Up And Dance)’, ‘Crazy Water’, ‘Sartorial Eloquence (Don’t You Want To Play This Game No More)’, ‘Harmony’, ‘Dear God, ‘Nobody Wins’, ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’, ‘Princess’, ‘Cold As Christmas (In The Middle Of The Year)’, ‘Who Wears These Shoes’, ‘Passengers’, ‘Act Of War’ (with Millie Jackson), ‘Wrap Her Up’, ‘Breaking Hearts’, ‘Slow Rivers’ (with Cliff Richard), ‘Cry To Heaven’, ‘Heartache All Over The World’, ‘Town Of Plenty’, ‘A Word In Spanish’, ‘Healing Hands’, ‘Club At The End Of Our Street’, ‘You Gotta Love Someone’, ‘Easier To Walk Away’, ‘Runaway Train’ (featuring Eric Clapton), ‘Simple Life’, ‘The Last Song’, ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ (with RuPaul), ‘Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing’ (with Marcella Detroit), ‘Made In England, ‘ Please’, ‘Recover Your Soul’, ‘Candle In The Wind’ (re-recorded 1997 version), If The River Can Bend’, ‘I Want Love’, This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore’, ‘Your Song’ (with Alessandro Saffina), ‘Turn The Lights Out When You Leave’, ‘Flames Of Paradise’ (Jennifer Rush with Elton John), ‘Through The Storm’ (Aretha Franklin featuring Elton John). – If all these tracks had been included I would have purchased the collection but as they are not I will be giving it a miss and buying his CD albums and CD singles instead to get them.

  27. Roel Glas says:

    As others have said, still waiting on deluxe editions of Madmen, Honky Chateau & Don’t Shoot Me… and an updated …To Be Continued… and continuation of the SACD’s.
    I would jump at this compilation if it had the “Friends” single on it. Still have the original DJM 7″. Quite a big hit in Oz at the time

  28. Neil says:

    Where’s our Rare Masters Vol. 2? Where’s our To Be Continued 2 (he literally promised it would be continued)? Where the Madman Deluxe Edition? Where are the BBC sessions? Where are the DJM demos? What about a live show from 1971 / 1972?

    I would spend my last pound on this stuff if Elton could bring himself to release anything outside of the same old same old. How is it that I can be disappointed and yet utterly unsurprised at the same time?

  29. Daniel ( from Berlin ) says:

    i met elton john only one time at a book release party he gave for
    over 20 “bel-ami” boys. he adored them in 2003. he was nice but more
    interested in the boys like me – i was there because my publisher released the “bel-ami” books
    at this time and had the opportunity to bring some guys / stuff also to that party. crazy party!!
    later he signed ( in 2008 ) my book – with works inspired by his songs and combined with parts of his lyrics – with some lovely words.
    i remember that i asked my publisher in 2006 about if elton john would like my book or not
    and the publishing director said to me: “he will love it! elton is a bitch!”

    • AlexKx says:

      Dude, that’s freaking awesome!!! I absolutely love you all’s work!!!! You are a hero of mine! I think I know who you are (just as a fan; we’ve never met) but you all are some of the most beautiful guys created by God! I am so proud of you all! I am so thankful for the great work (photos, film) that you all have done! Truly glorious and special! You all do such a great job performing as well so it’s not just you all’s beauty! Wonderful!

  30. Alastair says:

    Still hoping for a CD version of 17-11-70+

  31. CJ says:

    I might go for it. If I do, it will be for the three disc, since that actually has some o fmy favorite songs on it.

    Does he just hate “In Neon”? I remember that one being on the radio almost constantly when I was a kid. I thought it was a hit, but maybe our local DJ just really liked it.

    I want b-sides and remixes and unreleased material. There comes a point with some artists where Greatest Hits sets cross the line from redundant into excessive and then into annoying.

    • Randy Metro says:

      I am an Elton fan but I have never met an Elton remix/extended version that I liked. I’ve become old skool and have begun to like songs that are short & concise. Not edits, but as the song was presented in it’s album version. I was surprised to see how albums in the 50’s & 60’s would be 15 minutes to a side. A lot of Elvis’ songs , amongst others, were under 2 minutes. Yeah, I know, it’s not the 5o’s or 60’s anymore; but I’m kind of an archeologist exploring the evolution of rock & pop music.

  32. Larry Davis says:

    Nice rehash… That’s all I have to say…looks like an updated GH 1970 – 2002, sorta…if the TBC box was 4 discs up thru 1990, this surely coulda been 6 discs…TBC updated… Elton has a huge catalogue, much of it obscure, some rarities still not on CD… I have Rare Masters…that’s a keeper…will rebuy TBC as well…and the new triple cheap…

  33. Ian Burgess says:

    I have it all. Several times over. Don’t need this release.

    Could do with a set – 2/3/4/cd in box book or whatever containing all the non-album stuff. 12″ remixes / extended. B sides, charity / compilation / soundtrack album contributions etc

    The non-album album!

  34. Matthew Langhorn says:

    Anybody would think Christmas is coming!

  35. peter m says:

    Glad to see little jeannie on a uk best of
    Usually found on American versions, I think it’s one of his best.

  36. RobDeighton says:

    Should be called ‘Reg holds back’. There’s so much he could with his back catalog – yet we are spoon fed the same old stuff

  37. Kevin says:

    As far as I’m concerned, nothing tops the 1992 remasters, with the 1995/96 remasters coming in second (although there was some brickwalling, it wasn’t excessive, and at least Gus Dudgeon was involved). I’d rather see a proper compilation of the classic 1970s b-sides—basically Rare Masters without the Friends soundtrack and demos.

  38. Louise says:

    Love Elton but don’t get the point behind this, other than a stop gap between albums. Anyone who’s a real fan will have these already numerous times, other than maybe the Pnau track and a couple of more recent ones. A nice “rarities” type collection would be better, there must be loads in the vault, 12 inch mixes etc… come on Elton!

  39. AlexKx says:

    O.k. maybe I should not have said or described it as “generic”. No “music home video” companion disc? No new songs?

  40. AlexKx says:

    How is this different from “Greatest Hits 1970-2002”?! It IS generic though the book and artwork looks nice.

  41. Simonf says:

    Utterly uninspiring sleeve, and although the first disc is all good, it starts rapidly falling apart by halfway through disc two. Think I’ll stick with my double vinyl The Very Best Of Elton John (1990) which I found in a charity shop for just 50p some years ago!
    Speaking of singles collections, I do hope Paul that you will be bigging up the forthcoming The Fall – Singles 1978-2016; seven discs of Fall mightiness, with all 7″ A and B sides in correct chronological order courtesy of Cherry Red. That’s how to do a singles collection: Elton et all, take note.

    • EW99 says:

      I am definitely looking forward to that Fall set.

    • Randy Metro says:

      SimonF: I have the 2CD The Very Best of Elton John with the blue cover and Elton with a tasseled (?) hat from 1990. A few months ago I played it and there was some CD rot or something. The last couple songs on each CD were playable but had a lot of surface noise and skips. Have you listened to yours recently???

  42. SimonP says:

    Is CD 3 the one he curated? If so he has terrible taste. Now I think about it, that last sentence might be the world’s stupidest edition of statin’ the bleedin’ obvious!

    • Jack Rabbit says:

      Is it just a coincidence that Elton has “curated” a disc that contains all the sizable hits that aren’t on the 2 CD version?

      The only deep cut there is Victim Of Love, a song Elton holds in such high regard that in the hundreds of concerts he has played since its release he has never felt the urge to perform.

  43. John Barleycorn says:

    It’s all a little bit done to death now but the deluxe version with the hardback book would be value at around £25 approx. Not at £38. Hopefully in time patience will be rewarded…
    I got the 4-disc Pure McCartney set for £20 eventually (thanks, SDE Paul) and I really like it, discovered loads of tracks I hadn’t come across before. This track list offering from Elton is more formulaic.

  44. Andrew r says:

    Why no Bowie like retrospective? he must have enough back catalogue
    to justify A 5 years like box set . empty sky through to goodbye yellowbrick is a hell of a run!
    I Will start the naming 5 years (take me to the pilot) any takers?

  45. Ty Tudor says:

    Im in.
    For me, ‘Home Again’ is perhaps the most over looked track of recent years.
    Thankfully this sing is on both editions.

  46. Ty Tudor says:

    Paul, you have been very very busy recently with this superb website.
    I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say thank you.

    I wondered – is there a chance you can tell us a bit more about yourself – and your personal music collection?
    Best and apologies ;)

  47. Charles Christopher says:

    Shouldn’t that be the “fewest” tracks, not “least” tracks?
    Sorry, the communications major in me is dying inside.

  48. Daniel ( from Berlin ) says:

    Start the re-releases of his 80’s albums with all b-sides and 12″ mixes!!
    this compilation is boring!

  49. David Perry says:

    I am not seeing Kiss the Bride on the LP.

    What a miss!

  50. Catweazle says:


  51. Randy Metro says:


    There are 5 or 6 on the bonus 3rd disc that are usually on most of his Greatest Hits collections. He issued a 2 CD with a bonus CD already, though it may have been around 2000 or 2002, so time for another set for the newbies. I do have all the other GH’s, some in only download form. I have the big 4 CD “…to be continued” deluxe box set which I could have settled for. It went up to 1990 when most of his big hits began to dry up. One of my favorite singles, Grow Some Funk of Your Own (#14 hit in the US), is missing from all sets up above.

  52. Rhinojack says:

    I’m still waiting, …in vain I think, for the SACD 5.1 multichannel releases of “Don’t Shoot Me, I’m…” and “Blue Moves”.

  53. Tg says:

    Awful generic, dated-looking design.
    Would have preferred a more archival representation.
    His early records had such great packaging.
    and the tracklisting – obviously geared toward the more casual listener.

    • Ben Williams says:

      I would have preferred a reissue of the To Be Continued set in a smaller book packaging and then done a part two of his career from when that original set came out up to the current day. There’s some great B-sides from the last 25 years I think and some great material that could make a great box.

      This Diamonds set track listing is dangerously close to the Greatest Hits 1970-2002 set, except this time the chronology takes a nose dive after the Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me duet.

  54. fredpostman says:

    No ‘Ego’ or ‘Crazy Water’? favourite Elton singles.

  55. Andrew Edwards says:


    Any information about the tracks being remastered for this 2017 release? It has been some time since some of these tracks have been revisited for release.

  56. Jamie Mott says:

    When I saw this I was excited initially. Then deep inside I knew that when I looked at the setlist it would be yet another rehash of the same old same old. I love the tunes but I already have all these tracks remastered numerous times over. I was so hopeful it would contain numerous b-sides and album tracks (lots of them) thrown in between 10 hits or so. Songs like Meal Ticket, Dirty Little Girl, Ticking, Slave and Amoreena to name just a couple. Electricity is really the only thing about this that excites me.

    • Keith says:


      Ticking, ticking…

      Now there’s an example of a brilliant song: seemingly really simple, but builds so slowly and in the end has such emotional punch. The way the piano leads the song and the synth gradually bleeds/blends in. Surely a most under-rated song.

      • Doug Hegle says:

        Ticking was probably the most powerful song ive ever heard live…
        St Paul Mn Civic Center 1982. Eltons vocal and piano had the concrete vibrating throughout the civic center

  57. Stefano says:

    How about releasing the 12 inch versions? The extended version of ‘I’m Still Standing’ for instance has never been released on CD as far as I know.

  58. Tony says:

    Unnecessary. Who is the audience for a set like this? Seems like they just want to milk cash from longtime fans and those who will buy this just because they want a “complete” collection of Elton John releases. I don’t see anything that isn’t readily available elsewhere. Just my opinion.

    • Stevie B says:

      The audience is people buying a Christmas present for the Elton John fan in their life, and fans who never got round to buying a GH package or had one some years ago but lost it in a house move/separation etc.

    • Michael says:

      Probably me. While I would’ve preferred a deluxe edition of Too Low For Zero, this looks pretty neat. Just about all the singles I’ve loved by him are present and accounted for…and the box is a beauty.

    • Paul says:

      totally agree. However, its just a greedy industry and not just EJ fans that suffer.

  59. Ben Williams says:

    Nice looking deluxe edition design. All the big, big hits are here pretty much.

    My gripe with the tracklisting – no Levon or Leon Russell duets, or anything from Tumbleweed Connection but Victim Of Love?! Hmm… Surprised the deluxe set isn’t 4 discs and they could have done all the singles in order. Ahh well.

    If there are any people left that want an Elton John best-of that don’t own one already then get this but this could have been like Pure McCartney or Nick Cave’s Lovely Creatures and been something interesting for long-time fans.

  60. David Smith says:

    It’s disappointing to have yet another Elton greatest hits, albeit more comprehensive than usual. It would be nice if they sent a little love to his long time fans with some reissues, remasters, bonus disc etc. At least we got the vinyl this year.

    • Dave H says:

      If you have a few extra quid laying around, there’s a limited Burberry edition with diamond encrusted box for £250,000.

      • Lemmin says:

        And you have no idea how beautifully the diamonds enhance the sound. The diamonds aren’t brick walled in the slightest!

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