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Massive Elton John ‘Jewel Box’ to Feature Rarities, Obscure B-Sides, Deep Cuts

Elton John will release the massive 8-CD Jewel Box collection on Nov. 13 , packed with rarities from 1965-1971, deep cuts and obscure B-sides. The 148-song set, personally curated by the singer, will chronicle his early stages collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin, and comes with a hardcover book as well as extensive notes and track-by-track commentary by John for the two Deep Cuts discs.

It will be available in three different vinyl versions (4LP, 3LP, 2LP) as well as on digital download and streaming services, with all audio remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Grammy-winning mastering engineer Sean Magee. The previously unreleased 1969 song “Sing Me No Sad Song,” the first taste of the collection, was released on Thursday (Sept. 17) and it provides a fascinating glimpse into John’s musical evolution. The rollicking track features lyrical precursors of both 1984’s “Sad Songs (Say So Much) and the 1976 hit “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

“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,” John says in a statement.

“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 format of the discs is described as follows:

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. Thirty-six 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.”

Listen to “Sing Me No Sad Songs” and see a preview of the set and the full track list below.

Track List

CD 1: Deep Cuts

1. “Monkey Suit” – Elton John And Leon Russell
2. “Where To Now St Peter?”
3. “Mellow”
4. “The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34)”
5. “Chameleon”
6. “Gone To Shiloh” – Elton John And Leon Russell
7. “We All Fall In Love Sometimes”
8. “Too Low For Zero”
9. “The Power” – With Little Richard
10. “All That I’m Allowed”
11. “The Bridge”
12. “The New Fever Waltz”
13. “Stones Throw From Hurtin’
14. “The North”
15. “Hoop Of Fire”
16. “Boogie Pilgrim”

CD 2: Deep Cuts

1. “Ticking”
2. “Crystal”
3. “All Quiet On The Western Front”
4. “Tell Me When The Whistle Blows”
5. ‘Freaks In Love”
6. “Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)” – Elton John And Leon Russell
7. “The Emperor’s New Clothes”
8. “House”
9. “(Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket”
10. “Understanding Women”
11. “Shoot Down The Moon”
12. “Have Mercy On The Criminal”
13. “Blues For Baby And Me”
14. “My Quicksand”
15. “Street Kids”

CD 3: Rarities Part One: 1965–1968

1. “Come Back Baby” – Bluesology
2. “Mr. Frantic” – Bluesology
3. “Scarecrow” – Piano / Tambourine Demo
4. “A Dandelion Dies In The Wind” – Piano Demo
5. “Velvet Fountain” – Piano Demo
6. “A Little Love Goes A Long Way” – Piano Demo
7. “If You Could See Me Now” – Piano Demo
8. “Mr. Lightning Strikerman” – Piano Demo
9. “Countryside Love Affair” – Piano Demo
10. “I Could Never Fall In Love With Anybody Else” – Piano Demo
11. “I Get A Little Bit Lonely” – Piano Demo
12. “The Witch’s House” – Piano Demo
13. “Get Out Of This Town” – Piano / tambourine Demo
14. “Year Of The Teddy Bear” – Piano Demo
15. “Where It’s At” – Piano / percussion Demo
16. “Who’s Gonna Love You” – Piano / percussion Demo
17. “Nina” – Band Version
18. “Angel Tree” – Piano / guitar / tambourine Demo
19. “Here’s To The Next Time” – Piano / tambourine Demo
20. “Thank You For All Your Loving” – Band Version
21. “Watching The Planes Go By” – Band Version
22. “When The First Tear Shows” – Arranged Band Version
23. “Tartan Colored Lady” – Arranged Band Version

CD 4. Rarities Part Two: 1968

1. “Hourglass” – Arranged Band Version
2. “71-75 New Oxford Street” – Band Demo
3. “Turn To Me” – Arranged Band Version
4. “Reminds Me Of You” – Piano Demo
5. “I Can’t Go On Living Without You” – Arranged Band Demo
6. “And The Clock Goes Round” – Piano Demo
7. “When I Was Tealby Abbey” – Piano Demo
8. ‘I’ll Stop Living When You Stop Loving Me” – Piano Demo
9. “Trying To Hold On To A Love That’s Dying” – Piano Demo
10. “Sitting Doing Nothing” – Band Version
11. “Regimental Sgt. Zippo” – Band Version
12. “Cry Willow Cry” – Band Demo
13. “There Is Still A Little Love” – Band Demo
14. “If I Asked You” – Band Demo
15. “Skyline Pigeon” – Piano Demo
16. “Two Of A Kind” – Arranged Band Demo
17. “The Girl On Angel Pavement”- Arranged Band Demo
18. “Smokestack Children” – Arranged Band Demo
19. “Baby I Miss You” – Band Demo
20. “All Across The Havens” – Piano / Guitar Demo
21. “Bonnie’s Gone Away” – Piano / Guitar Demo
22. “Just An Ordinary Man” – Piano Demo
23. “There’s Still Time For Me” – Piano / Guitar / Tambourine Demo

CD 5: Rarities Part Three: 1968–1971

1. “The Tide Will Turn For Rebecca” – Piano Demo
2. “Dick Barton Theme Devil’s Gallop” – Bread And Beer Band
3. “Breakdown Blues” – Bread And Beer Band
4. “Taking The Sun From My Eyes” – Arranged Band Version
5. “It’s Me That You Need” – Band Demo
6. “Sing Me No Sad Songs” – Band Demo
7. “The Flowers Will Never Die” – Piano Demo
8. “In The Morning” – Band Demo
9. “Open Your Eyes To The Sun” – Band Demo
11. “Slow Fade To Blue” – Piano / Guitar Demo
12. “Rolling Western Union” – Piano Demo
13. “My Father’s Gun” – Piano Demo
14. “Amoreena” – Piano Demo
15. “Burn Down The Mission” – Piano Demo
16. “Razor Face” – Piano Demo
17. “Madman Across The Water” – Piano Demo
18. “Holiday Inn” – Piano Demo
19. “All The Nasties” – Piano Demo

CD6: B-sides Part One: 1976–1984

1. “Snow Queen” – Elton John And Kiki Dee
2. “Conquer The Sun”
3. “Cartier”
4.” White Man Danger”
5. “Tactics”
6. “Steal Away Child”
7. “Love So Cold”
8. “Les Aveux” – Elton John And France Gall
9. “Donner Pour Donner” – Elton John And France Gall
10. “J’veux D’la Tendresse”
11. “Fools In Fashion”
12. “Can’t Get Over Getting Over Losing You”
13. “Tortured”
14. “Hey Papa Legba”
15. “Take Me Down To The Ocean”
16. “Where Have All The Good Times Gone?” – Alternate Mix
17. “The Retreat”
18. “Choc Ice Goes Mental”
19. “A Simple Man”

CD 7: B-sides Part Two: 1984–2005

1. ‘Lonely Boy”
2. “Highlander”
3. “Billy And The Kids”
4. “Lord Of The Flies”
5. “Rope Around A Fool”
6. “Medicine Man”
7. “I Know Why I’m In Love”
8. “Big Man In A Little Suit”
9. “God Never Came Here”
10. “The North Star”
11. “Did Anybody Sleep With Joan Of Arc”
12. “So Sad The Renegade”
13. “A Little Peace”
14. “Keep It A Mystery”
15. “How’s Tomorrow”
16. “Peter’s Song”
17. “Things Only Get Better With Love”

CD 8: And This Is Me …

1. “Empty Sky”
2. “Lady Samantha”
3. “Border Song”
4. “My Father’s Gun”
5. “All The Nasties”
6. “I Think I’m Going To Kill Myself”
7. “Philadelphia Freedom”
8. “Song For Guy”
9. “Sartorial Eloquence”
10. “Elton’s Song”
11. “Cold As Christmas (In The Middle Of The Year)”
12. “I Fall Apart”
13. “Amazes Me”
14. “The Last Song”
15. “American Triangle”
16. “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” – Elton John And Taron Egerton

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