Love Songs (Elton John album)

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This article is about the 1990s album. There is another Elton John album of the same title released in the UK in 1982.
Love Songs
Love Songs EJ-Album.jpg
Compilation album by
Released6 November 1995 (1995-11-06)[1]
Recorded1970–1996
GenreRock, pop
Length70:50
LabelRocket
ProducerGus Dudgeon, Chris Thomas
Elton John chronology
Made in England
(1995)
Love Songs
(1995)
The Big Picture
(1997)
Singles from Love Songs [US version]
  1. "You Can Make History (Young Again)"
    Released: October 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]

Love Songs is a compilation album by British singer-songwriter Elton John. The album was first released on 6 November 1995 by John's own label The Rocket Record Company, in conjunction with Mercury Records.[1] The album was released in North America by MCA Records almost a year after the European release, on 24 September 1996. In the US, it was certified gold in December 1996, platinum in March 1997, 2× platinum in December 1998 and 3× platinum in August 2000 by the RIAA.

The album was a major success upon its release, topping the albums charts in three countries, was certified platinum in 11 countries and multi-platinum in 7.

The release also spawned a music video compilation, which was originally released on laserdisc, VHS, and VCD.

Compilation and songs[edit]

In a sense, it may be considered an unofficial Greatest Hits Volume 4. On the US version, ten of the fifteen tracks had been released in the period since the "Volume 3" collection, including the artist's second tenure on MCA and two songs from the then-recent Made in England. (Two of these tracks, however, were live versions of old songs, namely "Candle in the Wind" and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"). "You Can Make History (Young Again)" and "No Valentines" were the two new songs made specifically for this release. The former was about John and Taupin each finding love and idealism in their new life partners. Unfortunately, Taupin's relationship would eventually end and is covered in the lyrics of "Mansfield" on the 2001 release, Songs from the West Coast.

The UK version saw an alternate track order with the inclusion of such songs as "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues", "Nikita", "True Love" (a duet with Kiki Dee), "Please", "Song for Guy", and the original version of "Candle in the Wind". In addition, "Blessed" is represented as the single edit. The North American version contains the full length version of the song. "You Can Make History (Young Again)" and "No Valentines" do not appear on this version since they were recorded after its release. Due to a production error, the US CD booklet and cassette lyric sheet provide the lyrics for "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" directly after "Candle in the Wind".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, except where noted.

European version
No.TitleWriter(s)AlbumLength
1."Sacrifice" Sleeping with the Past (1989)5:07
2."Candle in the Wind" Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)3:48
3."I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"John, Taupin, Davey JohnstoneToo Low for Zero (1983)4:42
4."Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (live duet with George Michael) non-album single (1991)5:47
5."Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Blue Moves (1976)3:48
6."Blue Eyes"John, Gary OsborneJump Up! (1982)3:26
7."Daniel" Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player (1973)3:53
8."Nikita" Ice on Fire (1985)4:52
9."Your Song" Elton John (1970)4:01
10."The One" The One (1992)5:52
11."Someone Saved My Life Tonight" Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)6:45
12."True Love" (duet with Kiki Dee)Cole PorterDuets (1993)3:32
13."Can You Feel the Love Tonight"John, Tim RiceThe Lion King (1994)4:00
14."Circle of Life"John, RiceThe Lion King (1994)4:49
15."Blessed" Made in England (1995)4:06
16."Please" Made in England (1995)3:52
17."Song for Guy"JohnA Single Man (1978)5:04
Total length:77:24
North American version
No.TitleWriter(s)AlbumLength
1."Can You Feel the Love Tonight"John, RiceThe Lion King (1994)4:02
2."The One" The One (1992)5:55
3."Sacrifice" Sleeping with the Past (1989)5:09
4."Daniel" Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player (1973)3:55
5."Someone Saved My Life Tonight" Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)6:47
6."Your Song" Elton John (1970)4:03
7."Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (live duet with George Michael) non-album single (1991)5:50
8."Believe" Made in England (1995)4:44
9."Blue Eyes"John, OsborneJump Up! (1982)3:29
10."Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Blue Moves (1976)3:50
11."Blessed" Made in England (1995)5:03
12."Candle in the Wind" (live) Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1987)4:02
13."You Can Make History (Young Again)" previously unreleased4:56
14."No Valentines" previously unreleased4:11
15."Circle of Life"John, RiceThe Lion King (1994)4:50

Music video compilation[edit]

  1. "Sacrifice"
  2. "Candle in the Wind (Live in Australia, 1984)"
  3. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
  4. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (Live duet with George Michael)
  5. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (Live in Barcelona, 1992)"
  6. "Blue Eyes"
  7. "Daniel (Live in Australia, 1984)"
  8. "Nikita"
  9. "Your Song (Live at Wembley Stadium, 1984)"
  10. "The One"
  11. "Someone Saved My Life Tonight (Live in Edinburgh, 1976)"
  12. "True Love" (Duet with Kiki Dee)
  13. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
  14. "Circle of Life"
  15. "Blessed"
  16. "Please"
  17. "Song for Guy (Live in Australia, 1984)"
  18. "Believe"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Australian Top 50 Albums[3] 7
Austrian Top 75 Albums[4] 4
Belgium (Wallonia) 100 Albums[5] 4
Chile (APF)[6] 1
Danish Albums Chart[7] 4
French Compilations[8] 1
German Albums[9] 7
Italian Albums Chart[10] 2
Japanese Albums Chart[11] 12
New Zealand Top 40 Albums[12] 1
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[13] 1
Portugal Albums Chart[14] 2
Spain Albums Chart[15] 8
Swedish Top 60 Albums[16] 2
Swiss Top 100 Albums[17] 2
UK Albums Chart[18] 4
Chart (1996) Peak
position
Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums[19] 5
Canadian Top Albums[20] 11
Finnish Top 50 Albums[21] 2
Hungarian Top 40 Albums[22] 8
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[23] 3
US Billboard 200[24] 24
Chart (1999) Peak
position
US Catalogue Albums[24] 17
Chart (2006) Peak
position
Spanish Top 100 Albums[25] 42

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
German Albums Chart[26] 43
Chart (1997) Position
German Albums Chart[27] 82

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
Argentina[28] CAPIF 2× Platinum
Australia[29] ARIA 3× Platinum
Austria[30] IFPI Platinum
Canada[31] Music Canada 2× Platinum
Finland[32] IFPI Platinum
France[33] SNEP 2× Platinum
Germany[34] BVMI Platinum
Hungary[35] MAHASZ Gold
Japan[36] Oricon Gold
Poland[37] ZPAV Gold
Spain[38] IFPI Platinum
Sweden[39] IFPI Platinum
Switzerland[40] IFPI 2× Platinum
United Kingdom[1] BPI 3× Platinum
United States[41] RIAA 3× Platinum
Summaries
Europe[42] IFPI 5× Platinum

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Europe 6 November 1995 Rocket/Mercury Records CD 528,788-2
North America 24 September 1996 MCA Records Cassette MCAC-11481
CD MCAD-11481
United States 2001 Island Records CD 314,548,841-2

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