Elton John - Too Low For
Zero - LPR 15262 - (Condition 90-95%) - LP Record
John's Greatest Hits Volume II, a compilation album
released in 1977, is the sixteenth official album release for Elton John. The
original 1977 US version features one song from 1971 and two songs from 1974
that weren't on the first greatest hits album. It also features several hit songs
from 1975 and two hit singles from Elton's last year of performing in 1976.
are several versions of the album. There were two original versions, one in
the United States and Canada and another for Great Britain and the rest of
the world, both released in 1977. The British version, released on DJM
Records, included "Bennie and the Jets", a song that had appeared
on the 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road but had only recently been
released as a single (1976) in Elton John's home country. In North America,
where the album was released by MCA Records, this song had already appeared
on the first volume of Greatest Hits. It was replaced with "Levon",
an even older song (from 1971's Madman Across the Water album) that had not
yet been collected.
album also contained two songs that would later be replaced, "Sorry
Seems to Be the Hardest Word" and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
both from 1976. These were the newest songs on the collection, and the only
two not owned by DJM/This Record Company. They had been released on Elton
John's own label named The Rocket Record Company and were owned by his own
royalty collection company, Sackville Productions. They appeared on this DJM
album by mutual agreement. In North America, all his records were released by
MCA (the singles from 1976 as well as the Blue Moves album also carried the
Rocket logo), so, at that time, no agreement was necessary.
original album contained a booklet containing lyrics to the songs (even to
the covers of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Pinball
Wizard"), with illustrations or performance photos for each song.
1992, a new version was released worldwide. Elton John had moved to Polygram
Records, who got the rights to all of his DJM recordings (pre-1976). MCA now
controlled his post-DJM recordings, including his later work on Geffen
Records which had been taken over by MCA. Geffen's Greatest Hits Volume III
was deleted and replaced with Greatest Hits: 1976–1986, which also contained
"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" and "Don't Go Breaking My
Heart" from the original version of Greatest Hits – Volume 2. On the new
edition, those two songs were replaced with two singles not on the original
version, 1971's "Tiny Dancer" and 1975's "I Feel Like a Bullet
(In the Gun of Robert Ford)". Meanwhile, since the current edition of
Greatest Hits Volume One now included "Bennie and the Jets"
worldwide, Volume 2 now included "Levon" worldwide.
the US, it was certified gold in September 1977, platinum in November 1977,
3× platinum in March 1993, 4× platinum in September 1995, and 5× platinum in
August 1998 by the RIAA.
of these versions contain "The Bitch Is Back", "Someone Saved
My Life Tonight", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Island
Girl", "Grow Some Funk of Your Own" and John's covers of
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Pinball Wizard".
John - Too Low For Zero - LPR 15262
Skaila Kanga, Ray Cooper,
Kiki Dee, Stevie Wonder, Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson, Davey Johnstone & Elton