David Browne
November 13, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

Rare Masters

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Elton John
genre
Pop

We gave it a B+

What sounds like overkill — a double-CD collection of outtakes and B sides from Elton John’s peak creative period, 1967-75 — turns out to be a thoroughly enjoyable reminder of how well the balding imp’s music has held up. Fans should love rarities like the rawer alternate take of ”Madman Across the Water,” but you don’t need to be a diehard to appreciate these early, stately ballads and impudent, tossed-off boogies on Rare Masters. B+

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