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#1135957 - 12/27/06 04:01 PM Elton John
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My interest in piano, first primered by the music of Chopin, then a few other classical artists, then sprouted into some jazz, Beatles and now Elton John.
He has got to be one of the greatest piano pop singers today in my opinion, now that I appreciate piano.

Is there a recommendation for a comprehensive or best works-type collection of original sheet music by Elton John for purchase either in store or on the web?
Please recommend me any book names and where I can order them.
Thank you!
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#1135958 - 12/27/06 04:24 PM Re: Elton John
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In my opinion , the best sheet music book on Elton John is the Elton john Collection[/b] It is published by the Hal Leonard Corp. It is the best piano solo book I have come across yet on Elton John. It has 22 great songs in it. It is on the intermediate level and then there are a few on the advanced level and even a few on the beginners level. I ordered it from Sheet music plus. I believe there is a link for it somewhere on the forum. You've got great taste in music, Elton John is one of all time favorites!

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#1135959 - 12/27/06 04:51 PM Re: Elton John
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thanks for the recommendation on this. i want to order it but i wish there was a way to order this collection electronically sent to me to PRINT rather to wait 3-7 days.

is there a way to do this for books like this or only for single scores?

and i still have to say, Paul has to shave.
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#1135960 - 12/27/06 09:58 PM Re: Elton John
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I know that you can get single songs electronically, but I don't know of anywhere where you can get the entire book electronically. Maybe somebody on this forum knows of a way. It seems like there are so many knowledgable people on this forum! ;\)

Paul shaves now.......but he doesn't look happy. I think he looked so much happier with the beard and moustache way back then ,he just looked so much more peaceful \:D

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#1135961 - 12/27/06 10:01 PM Re: Elton John
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He wasn't being divorced by Heather Mills then.
LOL

He is happier.

Linda was a nicer person than HM imo. HM seems flakey and greedy imo.
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#1135962 - 12/27/06 10:44 PM Re: Elton John
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Paul has experienced more personal pain in his life than many people realize, especially in the last several years.

His mother died when he was only 14 years old.

Paul's beloved first wife, Linda, died of breast cancer in 1998 after almost thirty years of marriage. She was only 56 years old. He took it pretty hard.

His marriage to Heather Mills was a disaster, putting him through a brutal and very public divorce proceeding, only about eight years after Linda died.

However, I think he'll come through it alright. He has a bit of a namby pamby image, but IMO he was the emotionally toughest Beatle of them all. He was the one most responsible for keeping them together for the last couple years of the Beatle's existence.

He was the best all-around musician and vocalist in the band, and had the best head for the business end of the music industry.

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#1135963 - 12/27/06 11:07 PM Re: Elton John
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Billy and Elton... Face to Face with "Your Song"

http://www.dailymotion.com/visited/search/Billy%2BJoel/video/xbzri_billy-joel-elton-john

Both are incredibly talented and it is truly hard to put one at a higher rank than the other. The only reason I might rank BJ a little higher is that BJ is more of a complete package. But Elton is a consumate performer and genious at finding melodies to match lyrics. Elton's career has also been more consistent, while Billy has had long breaks between tours.

Personally I love both of them.

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#1135964 - 12/27/06 11:37 PM Re: Elton John
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Both Elton and Billy have had ups and downs in their long careers. However, there's no denying their greatness when they were in their prime.

I think the biggest problem both of them have faced is drugs/alcohol. Unfortunately, drug and alcohol abuse has been a pandemic in the music world for decades. So many great performers have either died or seen their careers go belly-up because of it.

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#1135965 - 12/28/06 12:13 AM Re: Elton John
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wolfmindist[/b] thank you for that great video, it was so awesome. What a feeling that must of been to be there and watch Elton and BJ perform on the same stage together. I think if I was there I would have been overcome with emotion and cried! They are both phenomenal performers. Between the two Elton is my favorite , he is just an incredible songwriter and performer. He has written so many different kinds of songs over the years, it seems like there is a different kind of song for every kind of emotion and mood.I can always find a song of Eltons to listen to , to fit whatever mood I am in.
Billy Joel has done some great stuff too and I've always liked the song "The Piano Man" it is just a one of a kind song.It has great rhythym Both of these performers have had to overcome alot of personal obstacles but they always managed to pull through.

I think Paul Mccartney needs to get his beard and moustache back \:D In the last few years that I have seen him perform he just didnt have that spirit in him and it showed through his music and yes Musiclover[/b] I think you're right his personal problems over the last few year with that Heather Mills has taken a toll on him. \:\( In my opinion his personal woes has affected his performance as a musician, it's a shame, he had a what seemed like a perfect bond with Linda (we should all be so lucky!) and their love :2hearts: always shined right through his music. You could just feel their love through his music.

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#1135966 - 12/28/06 12:29 AM Re: Elton John
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ARIAS: I agree with much of what you said.

Sir Paul isn't a spring chicken anymore. He'll be 65 years old in 2007. He is a living legend, and will be remembered long after his death.

The Heather Mills fiasco hasn't helped Paul, but he's well past his musical prime, even if she had never come on the scene.

Alas, I'm afraid Father Time has caught up with the most successful singer/songwriter of the 20th century.

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#1135967 - 12/28/06 11:09 AM Re: Elton John
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YEAH YEAH YEAH I agree Sir Paul is definetly a musical legend and will be remembered long after his death. I always liked his voice, and I Think he has a nicer voice than Elton or Billy, although I think Eltons voice may not be as sweet sounding as Sir Paul.... Elton has a more powerful voice.........Eltons voice travels far.
And while we are talking about great legends although I do agree Paul was the most talented of the Bealtles I liked John Lennon, my favorite all time song is IMAGINE, it is so beautiful and has so much meaning to it. I think when Yoko came around she kinda messed up his career, it was a mistake for him to put her on that one album of his, she had ZERO talent!

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#1135968 - 12/28/06 11:24 AM Re: Elton John
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Yoko was a horrible singer. I checked out one of her CDs at the library... it was the worst thing I ever heard. Yikes! Did Lennon really like her singing?
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#1135969 - 12/28/06 11:28 AM Re: Elton John
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I think this thread needs some Elton Video Links so I will hunt some down for this one like I did for Billy Joel and Ray Charles.
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#1135970 - 12/28/06 11:34 AM Re: Elton John
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Fairly recent thread on Elton... includes a couple videos also.
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/37/372.html
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#1135971 - 12/28/06 11:40 AM Re: Elton John
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Agathis posted this on a thread a little further back.... (thread begian in April 2006). Agathis is still a member of the PW for FYI to this date and hopefully he'll be around a long time.

Link to post excerpt from another Elton thread at PW:

Agathis posted:
"hi there, glad someone asked. the best elton site i have seen is

http://www.eltonscafe.com

go into the kitchen section, that will have everything. you get quite a few elton solo piano versions, mp3, midi and even entire score in alot of cases painstakingly done, by ear, from listening to the mp3... theres no better way to learn these, you have the mp3 to hear, the score to read, and the midi file, you can slow it down to any speed you want until you can play these licks. his riffs are neverending and hearing him solo piano is amazing in my opinion.. curious what ya think!

Tip for newbies and perhaps others: use PW forum boards search engine to find all sorts of older threads when researching a topic. The archives are chock full of info.
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#1135972 - 12/28/06 11:43 AM Re: Elton John
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FWI for PW newbies: The search engine is at the top of the page at PW.

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#1135973 - 12/28/06 11:52 AM Re: Elton John
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Elton and Axel... doin' Bohemian Rhapsody

This is pretty good; sound level could be higher though.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xxv5_bohemian-rhapsody-elton-and-axel
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#1135974 - 12/28/06 11:54 AM Re: Elton John
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#1135975 - 12/28/06 11:56 AM Re: Elton John
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Elton and George Michael... Don't Let The Son Go Down On Me. This is a fun tune to play and sing, with that spirtual feel to it.

http://www.dailymotion.com/visited/search/Elton%2BJohn/video/x2sjm_elton-johngeorge-michael
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#1135976 - 12/28/06 12:07 PM Re: Elton John
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Talk about the use of a powerful song... this person at Daily Motions posted a video tribute a tribute to Horse Racing's fiinest atheletes and their connections to the tune circle of life.

The tribute may bring a tear to your eye if you fancy horses like Ruffian, Secratariat, Man O' War, Seattle Slew, Lost In The Fog, Sea Biscuit. At end of the video you will see some wonderful pictures of Barbaros Baby brother; who looks to be a very promising colt.



I am weeping now. Very touching video to a very powerful tune by Elton for the Lion King.

http://www.dailymotion.com/visited/search/Elton%2BJohn/video/xb3v5_circle-of-life0001
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#1135977 - 12/28/06 12:20 PM Re: Elton John
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#1135978 - 12/28/06 12:21 PM Re: Elton John
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Can You Feel The Love Tonight
by Elton (Lion King Movie)
Link:
http://www.dailymotion.com/visited/search/Elton%2BJohn/video/x63bv_elton-john-can-you-feel
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#1135979 - 12/28/06 12:24 PM Re: Elton John
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Goodbye England's Rose (tune is Candle In The Wind); Elton's tribute to Princess Diana. Requested to sing it by Diana's children.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9o8i_elton-john-candle-in-the-wind-97
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#1135980 - 12/28/06 12:31 PM Re: Elton John
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Elton John and Christine Aguilera... Bennie and the Jets
Link at:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xdk7r_christina-aguilera-and-elton-john
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#1135981 - 12/28/06 12:35 PM Re: Elton John
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Original Music Video for "I Believe In Love".
Powerful lyrics.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x58zr_elton-john-believe
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#1135982 - 12/28/06 12:37 PM Re: Elton John
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Don't Go Breaking My Heart sung by Elton and SPICE (girls singing group) TV show perf.?

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5kvu_elton-john-spice-dont-o-breaking
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#1135983 - 12/28/06 12:39 PM Re: Elton John
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#1135984 - 12/28/06 12:42 PM Re: Elton John
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Elton John Croc Rock
Shades of jerry Lee Lewis in this tune...

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xg46v_elton-john-crocodile-rock

This is a fun song to rock out on the piano...
And the chord progressions are not too difficult.
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#1135985 - 12/28/06 12:45 PM Re: Elton John
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Elton at Diva concert... with Tina Turner;
Proud Mary

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x63qb_elton-john-tina-turner-cher
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#1135986 - 12/28/06 12:49 PM Re: Elton John
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Don't Ask Me Why--- Wembley Tour...
EJ and BJ playing together

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6ss6_billy-joel-dont-ask-me-why-1984
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