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Elton: Jewel Box Collection Releasing on November 13

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Elton John today announces the forthcoming release of Elton: Jewel Box (pre-order at Amazon). Releasing on November 13 via UMe / EMI, Elton: Jewel Box is an unrivaled collection containing 148 songs spanning 1965 to 2019 on 8CD, 4LP, 3LP, 2LP, digital download, and streaming formats.

The ultimate exploration into Elton’s extensive back catalog, Elton: Jewel Box covers deep cuts, rarities from the earliest stages of his and Bernie Taupin’s musical journey, B-side spanning 30 years, and songs discussed in his best-selling, critically-acclaimed 2019 memoir Me (buy at Amazon).

The 8 CD boxset of buried treasures comes in a beautiful hardcover book with the discs housed in the back, all wrapped in an outer slipcase. Each section comes accompanied by extensive notes, including a track-by-track commentary by Elton for Deep Cuts. Three different LP collections are also available to pre-order – a 4LP gatefold black vinyl set of Deep Cuts (curated by Elton himself), a 3LP gatefold black vinyl set of Rarities and B-side highlights, and a 2LP gatefold black vinyl set “And This Is Me…”.

All audio was mastered at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer Sean Magee. With an unprecedented number of previously unheard and unreleased tracks painstakingly excavated from deep within the UMG archives, this is the ultimate treasure trove for Elton John fans.

As a first taster of some of the many gems gathered within Elton: Jewel Box, “Sing Me No Sad Songs” is today unveiled for the very first time. Previously unreleased, the track was written and recorded as a band demo in 1969.

“Sing Me No Sad Songs” is a fascinating first taste of what was to come from Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin, and one that mentions not one, but two, future smashes in its lyrics – “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” from 1984’s Breaking Hearts album and Elton’s first UK chart-topping single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” from 1976.

Speaking of the release, Elton says, “To delve back through every period of my career in such detail for Jewel Box” has been an absolute pleasure. Hearing these long lost tracks again, I find it hard to comprehend just how prolific Bernie and I were during the early days. The songs just poured out of us, and the band were just unbelievable in the studio.

“I always want to push forward with everything I do and look to the future, but having time during lockdown to take stock and pull these moments from my memory from each era has been a joy. As a devout record collector myself, this project has really excited me, and I couldn’t be happier with the level of craft involved in such a carefully curated, lovingly constructed boxset. I’m sure my fans will enjoy it as much as I have.”

The Elton: Jewel Box Formats:

Disc Guide

Discs 1 & 2: Deep Cuts – A selection of personal favorites, curated by Elton. The box set book includes a track-by-track commentary by Elton.

Discs 3, 4, and 5: Rarities 1965 -1971 – Elton’s much sought-after 1960s and early 1970s demos and music that cemented the foundations of the iconic Elton John / Bernie Taupin writing partnership. The compelling, previously unreleased, missing piece in his illustrious career. Daryl Easlea narrates this fascinating story with contributions from those who were there at the time. These discs encompass 65 songs, all but a few of which have been stored in the vaults for more than 50 years. Most of these demos were recorded during sessions before Elton was signed to a recording contract or released his first album. Also included are the first song ever written by Elton and his debut appearance on a record (both “Come Back Baby” – 1965), Elton and Bernie’s first composition (“Scarecrow” – 1967), and newly-unearthed piano/vocal demos of some of Elton’s most acclaimed songs from his early albums. The packaging appropriately contains rare archival artwork and select original lyric sheets.

Discs 6 & 7: B-Sides 1976-2005 – Non-LP tracks and flipsides, never before compiled together. 36 gems that are now given another chance to sparkle – 17 previously only available on vinyl, resulting in all of Elton’s studio B-sides now being offered digitally for the first time in his career.

Disc 8: And This Is Me… – To coincide with the release of the updated paperback edition of Me, the final collection celebrates the songs mentioned by name by Elton in his acclaimed autobiography, closing Jewel Box with the 2020 Academy Award-winning duet with Taron Egerton, “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again.”

CD1: DEEP CUTS

Monkey Suit – Elton John and Leon Russell

Where To Now St Peter?

Mellow

The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34)

Chameleon

Gone To Shiloh – Elton John and Leon Russell

We All Fall In Love Sometimes

Too Low For Zero

The Power with Little Richard

All That I’m Allowed

The Bridge

The New Fever Waltz

Stone’s Throw From Hurtin’

The North

Hoop Of Fire

Boogie Pilgrim

CD2: DEEP CUTS

Ticking

Crystal

All Quiet On The Western Front

Tell Me When The Whistle Blows

Freaks In Love

Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody) – Elton John and Leon Russell

The Emperor’s New Clothes

House

(Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket

Understanding Women

Shoot Down The Moon

Have Mercy On The Criminal

Blues For Baby And Me

My Quicksand

Street Kids

CD3: RARITIES – PART ONE 1965 – 1968

Come Back Baby Bluesology

Mr. Frantic Bluesology

Scarecrow – Piano/Tambourine Demo

A Dandelion Dies In The Wind – Piano Demo

Velvet Fountain – Piano Demo

A Little Love Goes A Long Way – Piano Demo

If You Could See Me Now – Piano Demo

Mr. Lightning Strikerman – Piano Demo

Countryside Love Affair – Piano Demo

I Could Never Fall In Love With Anybody Else – Piano Demo

I Get A Little Bit Lonely – Piano Demo

The Witch’s House – Piano Demo

Get Out Of This Town – Piano/Tambourine Demo

Year Of The Teddy Bear – Piano Demo

Where It’s At – Piano/Percussion Demo

Who’s Gonna Love You – Piano/Percussion Demo

Nina – Band Version

Angel Tree – Piano/Guitar/Tambourine Demo

Here’s To The Next Time – Piano/Tambourine Demo

Thank You For All Your Loving – Band Version

Watching The Planes Go By – Band Version

When The First Tear Shows – Arranged Band Version

Tartan Coloured Lady – Arranged Band Version

CD4: RARITIES PART TWO 1968

Hourglass – Band Version

71-75 New Oxford Street – Band Demo

Turn To Me – Arranged Band Version

Reminds Me Of You – Piano Demo

I Can’t Go On Living Without You – Arranged Band Version

And The Clock Goes Round – Piano Demo

When I Was Tealby Abbey – Piano Demo

I’ll Stop Living When You Stop Loving Me – Piano Demo

Trying To Hold On To A Love That’s Dying – Piano Demo

Sitting Doing Nothing – Band Version

Regimental Sgt. Zippo – Band Version

Cry Willow Cry – Band Demo

There Is Still A Little Love – Band Demo

If I Asked You – Band Demo

Skyline Pigeon – Piano Demo

Two Of A Kind – Arranged Band Version

The Girl On Angel Pavement – Arranged Band Version

Smokestack Children – Arranged Band Version

Baby I Miss You – Band Demo

All Across The Havens – Piano/Guitar Demo

Bonnie’s Gone Away – Piano/Guitar Demo

Just An Ordinary Man – Piano Demo

There’s Still Time For Me – Piano/Guitar/Tambourine Demo

CD5: RARITIES PART THREE 1968 – 1971

The Tide Will Turn For Rebecca – Piano Demo

Dick Barton Theme (Devil’s Gallop) – Bread And Beer Band

Breakdown Blues – Bread And Beer Band

Taking The Sun From My Eyes – Arranged Band Version

It’s Me That You Need – Band Demo

Sing Me No Sad Songs – Band Demo

The Flowers Will Never Die – Piano Demo

In The Morning – Band Demo

Open Your Eyes To The Sun – Piano/Tambourine Demo

One Time, Sometime or Never – Band Demo

Slow Fade To Blue – Piano/Guitar Demo

Rolling Western Union – Piano Demo

My Father’s Gun – Piano Demo

Amoreena – Piano Demo

Burn Down The Mission – Piano Demo

Razor Face – Piano Demo

Madman Across The Water – Piano Demo

Holiday Inn – Piano Demo

All The Nasties – Piano Demo

CD6: B SIDES PART ONE 1976-1984

Snow Queen – Elton John and Kiki Dee

Conquer The Sun

Cartier

White Man Danger

Tactics

Steal Away Child

Love So Cold

Les Aveux – Elton John and France Gall

Donner Pour Donner – Elton John and France Gall

J’veux D’la Tendresse

Fools In Fashion

Can’t Get Over Getting Over Losing You

Tortured

Hey Papa Legba

Take Me Down To The Ocean

Where Have All The Good Times Gone? – Alternate Mix

The Retreat

Choc Ice Goes Mental

A Simple Man

CD7: B-SIDES PART TWO 1984-2005

Lonely Boy

Highlander

Billy And The Kids

Lord Of The Flies

Rope Around A Fool

Medicine Man

I Know Why I’m In Love

Big Man In A Little Suit

God Never Came Here

The North Star

Did Anybody Sleep With Joan Of Arc

So Sad The Renegade

A Little Peace

Keep It A Mystery

How’s Tomorrow

Peter’s Song

Things Only Get Better With Love

CD8: AND THIS IS ME…

Empty Sky

Lady Samantha

Border Song

My Father’s Gun

All The Nasties

I Think I’m Going To Kill Myself

Philadelphia Freedom

Song For Guy

Sartorial Eloquence

Elton’s Song

Cold As Christmas (In The Middle Of The Year)

I Fall Apart

Amazes Me

The Last Song

American Triangle

(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Elton John and Taron Egerton

4LP Bespoke Gatefold Black Vinyl Set Jewel Box – Deep Cuts

LP 1

Monkey Suit – Elton John and Leon Russell

Where To Now St. Peter?

Mellow

The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34)

B

Chameleon

Gone to Shiloh – Elton John and Leon Russell

We All Fall In Love Sometimes

Too Low For Zero

LP2

The Power – with Little Richard

All That I’m Allowed

The Bridge

The New Fever Waltz

B

Stone’s Throw From Hurtin’

The North

Hoop Of Fire

Boogie Pilgrim

LP 3

Ticking

Crystal

All Quiet On The Western Front

B

Tell Me When The Whistle Blows

Freaks In Love

Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody) – Elton John and Leon Russell

The Emperor’s New Clothes

LP 4

House

(Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket

Understanding Women

Shoot Down The Moon

B

Have Mercy On The Criminal

Blues For Baby And Me

My Quicksand

Street Kids

3LP Gatefold Black Vinyl Set Jewel Box – Rarities and B-Sides

LP 1

Come Back Baby – Bluesology

Scarecrow – Piano/Tambourine Demo

A Dandelion Dies In The Wind – Piano Demo

Velvet Fountain – Piano Demo

Get Out Of This Town – Piano/Tambourine Demo

Countryside Love Affair – Piano Demo

The Witch’s House – Piano Demo

Year Of The Teddy Bear – Piano Demo

B

A Little Love Goes A Long, Long Way – Piano Demo

Mr. Lightning Strikerman – Piano Demo

I Couldn’t Fall In Love With Anybody Else – Piano Demo

I Get A Little Bit Lonely – Piano Demo

Nina – Band Version

Angel Tree – Piano/Guitar/Tambourine Demo

Here’s To The Next Time – Piano/Tambourine Demo

LP2

Watching The Planes Go By – Band Demo

When The First Tear Shows – Arranged Band Version

Tartan Coloured Lady – Arranged Band Version

When I Was Tealby Abbey – Piano Demo

Turn To Me – Arranged Band Version

And The Clock Goes Round – Piano Demo

I Can’t Go On Living Without You – Arranged Band Version

B

Regimental Sgt. Zippo – Band Version

Cry Willow Cry – Band Demo

Skyline Pigeon – Piano Demo

Two Of A Kind – Arranged Band Version

The Girl On Angel Pavement – Arranged Band Version

Smokestack Children – Arranged Band Version

There’s Still Time For Me – Piano/Guitar/Tambourine Demo

LP 3

The Tide Will Turn For Rebecca – Piano Demo

Taking The Sun From My Eyes – Arranged Band Version

Sing Me No Sad Songs – Band Demo

Rolling Western Union – Piano Demo

Amoreena – Piano Demo

Madman Across The Water – Piano Demo

B

Snow Queen – Elton John and Kiki Dee

The Retreat

Billy And The Kids

Medicine Man

Peter’s Song

2LP Gatefold Black Vinyl Set Jewel Box – “And This Is Me…”

LP1

Empty Sky

Lady Samantha

Border Song

My Father’s Gun

B

All The Nasties

I Think I’m Going To Kill Myself

Philadelphia Freedom

Song For Guy

LP2

Sartorial Eloquence

Elton’s Song

Cold As Christmas

I Fall Apart

B

Amazes Me

The Last Song

American Triangle

(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Elton John and Taron Egerton

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Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded VitalThrills.com to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.

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