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Classic DVD Review: Elton John | One Night Only – The Greatest Hits

The singer-pianist revists his finest moments — with some unnecessary assists.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


MAIN COURSE: More than two hours of Elton John classics — ballads like Your Song and Daniel, glitter-pop gems like Bennie and the Jets and The Bitch is Back, and later fare like I’m Still Standing — captured live during an energetic romp at Madison Square Garden in late 2000.

SIDE DISHES: Just one — that video for I Want Love, with Robert Downey Jr. wandering through an empty mansion. FINAL VERDICT: Although the title is a bit of a fudge — this set was actually taped over several nights — One Night Only does capture John at his finest, ably recreating the cream of his catalog. One downside: Too many guest-star duets (much as I like Billy Joel, nobody needs to hear him sing Goodbye Yellow Brick Road; ditto for Mary J. Blige on I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues). Next time, Elton should stick to one vocalist only.