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Elton John / Elton: Jewel Box 8CD box set

Deep Cuts, Rarities and B-sides • 8CD box and vinyl variants

Elton John delves deep into his archive for a new 8CD box set called Elton: Jewel Box, which features an astonishing amount of rarities, deep cuts and B-sides.

This collection contains 148 songs spanning 1965 to 2019, of which 60 are previously unreleased. The first two CDs feature ‘Deep Cuts‘, a selection of personal favourites curated by Elton himself and what follows that are three CDs of Rarities. The rarities include many, many piano demos and band demos mostly recorded before he was signed or had released his first album, Empty Sky, in 1969.

There are 65 tracks in total across the three rarities discs, including 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.


Jewel Box 8CD deluxe box set (click image to enlarge)

Discs six and seven are B-sides compiled together for the first time. These start from 1976 and go all the way through to 2005. Many of these are being offered on CD for the first time.

The eighth and final disc is Elton’s ‘Mike Yarwood’ CD, it’s called ‘And This Is Me‘. It’s a bit of an excuse to sneak a few proper hits into this set although the justification is to collection songs that are mentioned in Elton’s biography, Me, which is coming out as a paperback edition soon. This CD ends with the duet with Taron Egerton, ‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’.


Elton offers a track-by-track commentary for the ‘Deep Cuts’ in the CD book (click image to enlarge)

The CD set comes in hardcover book-style packaging (it’s not totally clear how big this is) which slots into an outer slipcase. Each section comes accompanied with extensive notes including a track-by-track commentary by Elton for his ‘Deep Cuts’.

In terms of vinyl, you have three options: all 31 ‘Deep Cuts‘ from the first two CDs in the box set are available as a 4LP set. Additionally there is a ‘Rarities & B-sides 3LP vinyl package. This features just over half (‘highlights’) of the 65 rarities from the CD box and just five of the 36 B-sides from the eight-CD box. Finally the ‘And This Is Me‘ compilation which completes the box set is also available as a 2LP vinyl package.

All the ‘Deep Cuts’ from the CD box are available as a 4LP vinyl set (click image to enlarge)

Speaking about this Jewel Box 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 box set. I’m sure my fans will enjoy it as much as I have.”

All the audio for Jewel Box was mastered by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios and all formats will be released on 13 November via UMC/EMI.

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Elton: Jewel Box 8CD box set

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 COLOURED 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 Version
17. THE GIRL ON ANGEL PAVEMENT Arranged Band Version
18. SMOKESTACK CHILDREN – Arranged Band Version
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 FAC – Piano Demo
17. MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER – Piano Demo
18. HOLIDAY INN – Piano Demo
19. ALL THE NASTIES – Piano Demo

CD 6: 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

Elton: Jewel Box: Deep Cuts 4LP vinyl

LP 1: SIDE A

1. MONKEY SUIT – Elton John and Leon Russell
2. WHERE TO NOW ST PETER?
3. MELLOW
4. THE BALLAD OF DANNY BAILEY (1909-34)

LP 1: SIDE B

1. CHAMELEON
2. GONE TO SHILOH – Elton John and Leon Russell
3. WE ALL FALL IN LOVE SOMETIMES
4. TOO LOW FOR ZERO

LP 2: SIDE A

1. THE POWER – with Little Richard
2. ALL THAT I’M ALLOWED (I’M THANKFUL)
3. THE BRIDGE
4. THE NEW FEVER WALTZ

LP 2: SIDE B

1. STONE’S THROW FROM HURTIN’
2. THE NORTH
3. HOOP OF FIRE
4. BOOGIE PILGRIM

LP 3: SIDE A

1. TICKING
2. CRYSTAL
3. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

LP 3: SIDE B

1. TELL ME WHEN THE WHISTLE BLOWS
2. FREAKS IN LOVE
3. NEVER TOO OLD (TO HOLD SOMEBODY) Elton John and Leon Russell
4. THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES

LP 4: SIDE A

1. HOUSE
2. (GOTTA GET A) MEAL TICKET
3. UNDERSTANDING WOMEN
4. SHOOT DOWN THE MOON

LP 4: SIDE B

1. HAVE MERCY ON THE CRIMINAL
2. BLUES FOR BABY AND ME
3. MY QUICKSAND
4. STREET KIDS

Elton: Jewel Box: Rarities & B-sides 3LP vinyl

LP 1: SIDE A

1. COME BACK BABY – Bluesology
2. SCARECROW – Piano/Tambourine Demo
3. A DANDELION DIES IN THE WIND – Piano Demo
4. VELVET FOUNTAIN – Piano Demo
5. GET OUT OF THIS TOWN – Piano/Tambourine Demo
6. COUNTRYSIDE LOVE AFFAIR – Piano Demo
7. THE WITCH’S HOUSE – Piano Demo
8. YEAR OF THE TEDDY BEAR – Piano Demo

LP 1: SIDE B

1. A LITTLE LOVE GOES A LONG WAY– Piano Demo
2. MR. LIGHTNING STRIKERMAN – Piano Demo
3. I COULD NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYBODY ELSE – Piano Demo
4. I GET A LITTLE BIT LONELY – Piano Demo
5. NINA – Band Version
6. ANGEL TREE – Piano/Guitar/Tambourine Demo
7. HERE’S TO THE NEXT TIME – Piano/Tambourine Demo

LP 2: SIDE A

1. WATCHING THE PLANES GO BY – Band Version
2. WHEN THE FIRST TEAR SHOWS Arranged Band Version
3. TARTAN COLOURED LADY – Arranged Band Version
4. WHEN I WAS TEALBY ABBEY – Piano Demo
5. TURN TO ME – Arranged Band Version
6. AND THE CLOCK GOES ROUND – Piano Demo
7. I CAN’T GO ON LIVING WITHOUT YOU Arranged Band Version

LP 2: SIDE B

1. REGIMENTAL SGT. ZIPPO – Band Version
2. CRY WILLOW CRY – Band Demo
3. SKYLINE PIGEON – Piano Demo
4. TWO OF A KIND – Arranged Band Version
5. THE GIRL ON ANGEL PAVEMENT Arranged Band Version
6. SMOKESTACK CHILDREN – Arranged Band Version
7. THERE’S STILL TIME FOR ME Piano/Guitar/Tambourine Demo

LP 3: SIDE A

1. THE TIDE WILL TURN FOR REBECCA – Piano Demo
2. TAKING THE SUN FROM MY EYES Arranged Band Version
3. SING ME NO SAD SONGS – Band Demo
4. ROLLING WESTERN UNION – Piano Demo
5. AMOREENA – Piano Demo
6. MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER – Piano Demo

LP 3: SIDE B

1. SNOW QUEEN – Elton John and Kiki Dee
2. THE RETREAT
3. BILLY AND THE KIDS
4. MEDICINE MAN
5. PETER’S SONG

Elton: Jewel Box: And This Is Me  3LP vinyl

LP 1: SIDE A

1. EMPTY SKY
2. LADY SAMANTHA
3. BORDER SONG
4. MY FATHER’S GUN

LP 1: SIDE B

1. ALL THE NASTIES
2. I THINK I’M GOING TO KILL MYSELF
3. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM
4. SONG FOR GUY

LP 2: SIDE A

1. SARTORIAL ELOQUENCE
2. ELTON’S SONG
3. COLD AS CHRISTMAS (IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR)
4. I FALL APART

LP 2: SIDE B

1. AMAZES ME
2. THE LAST SONG
3. AMERICAN TRIANGLE
4. (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John and Taron Egerton

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Jake Burrows

Love this box. I love the 60’s tunes here. I’ve been wanting to hear these for years now.

Ian Hills

The reason the DJM era b-dides have been omitted is because they are already availible as bonus tracks on the remastered CD’s and on the Rare Masters compilation, 1976-1986 B-sides haveonly ever been released on the original vinyl singles.

Daljit Saund

Under David Furnish, Elton John Inc. has become quite a marketing machine, maximising revenue from repackaged old material as well as all the EJ merchandise now available.

Anyway, I can’t find out anywhere if the ‘book’ that comes with the CD set is also provided with the vinyl set. Is it the case that if you buy the vinyl and want the book as well, then you have to buy the CD set as well? See – maximise revenue ploy!

The original LP sleeves were the best, especially the ones that came in booklet format – e.g. Tumbleweed Connection. The booklet insert (and poster) for Captain Fantastic with Alan Aldridge illustrations accompanying Taupin lyrics was, well…fantastic! They know how to do magic in them days!! Electronic generation is deprived of this experience with passionless downloads.

Nostalgia!

Electric Sydney

Elton himself has an unboxing video, c’mon Paul!

Mark Phillips

I’d really like to see a definitive singles collection set for Elton – there’s never been one and every greatest hits cherry picks differently. It seems daft that there’s a B sides collection but not a chronological A sides set! Same applies to Mr Mccartney too.

Tony

Judging by the photo of the cd BOXSET it looks like it’s a pretty big BOXSET if you take into account the 3 cds that are lined up against the height of it!

Tony Sandell

Sounds good then.
Looking forward to the unboxing video.

mike

A bit naughty that Come Down In Time (Jazz Version) is only available on exclusive 10″ vinyl if you buy the 50th Anniversary vinyl of Tumbleweed Connection.

Would have been nice to have this included in this box set.

Looks like they are saving it for Jewel 2!

mike

Available in SHM CD format from CDJapan for £125,24

https://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/UICY-79376

Jewel Box [SHM-CD]
17000yen
(18700yen Tax incl. in Japan)

GBP £125.24

Plus delivery

Plus import tax and a charge for collecting the tax!

https://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/UICY-79376

Amazon Japan only seem to be selling the CD version

https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B08F6Y5425?tag=sdejp-22&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1

Would really like the SHM CD version — although after buying Diamonds Boxset in SHM CD format I felt really disillusioned.

Andrew

The zeros and ones are the same on regular CDs unless they use different masterings, so you could save a lot of money by buying the regular.

geroeg

what makes you thing the SHM would be any better?

Fathomie

“what makes you thing the SHM would be any better?” It wouldn’t be. Taken from the same masters there is no difference, at all, between ordinary and SHM-CD. As Andrew says, bits are bits are bits. The only time SHM releases are worth having is if there is no comparative standard release. Even then I balk at paying premium prices for a disc construction that has no proven benefits.

Deano Gag

Two tracks from Leather Jackets, hopefully paves the way to issuing the full remastered album. Maybe leaves too much of a bad taste for Elton to approve, but there’s some good fun pop music on there. The sound just needs beefing up.

Paul Berney

I totally agree. I’m crazy for Go It Alone from Leather Jackets, one of my favourite Elton songs (shame he didn’t include it in Deep Cuts, he must not realise how fantastic it is), but the official stream of the album and that song is horrendous. I can’t believe they’d even put that up. Surely if not a remaster, at least raise the sound to a standard decent level, instead of the hot mess on streaming platforms. Go It Alone can only be played LOUD!

Paulg

Leather Jackets has never been remastered. The story goes that Gus Dudgeon refused to do it when he remastered the rest of Elton’s back catalogue in the 90’s because it was recorded at the height of Elton’s drinking and drug taking and he had been embarrassed to be associated with it. The fact that Victim of love , a much worse album was remastered seems to suggest that to be true.

John Keane

I’m delighted with this release, especially the 65 rarities. However, as they say in Oliver Twist “Please sir I want more”.

There’s another 2 CD’s worth. 35 songs from 1967-70 period that are not made the cut. They include the Demo for “First Episode at Hienton” and “Child” the only demo still missing from the “Elton John” album sessions, once the Jewel Box has been released. Also the balance of the demos for “Empty Sky” and “Tumbleweed Connection” tracks that also missed the cut.

Personally I would have liked Elton to also have revisited the best of the piano/band demos, that were never finished into full songs, and to finish them onto polished songs with the current band [Not possible in the present situation] He could bring in Caleb Quaye, but sadly Dee Murray is no longer with us to add his great playing.

The 35 outstanding songs:
1. “Onetime, Sometime Or Never” – demo (Sep 1967),
2. “I Get a Little Bit Lonely” – demo (1967),
3. “Hey Lord You Made The Night Too Long” – demo (1967),
4. “I want to See You Smile – demo (Dec 1967),
5. “You’ll Be Sorry to See Me Go” – demo (1968),
6. “Sarah’s Coming Back” – demo (1968),
7. “Best Of Both Worlds” – demo (Apr 1968),
8. “Since The Poet Came” (Oct 1968),
9. “Digging My Grave” – demo (Dec 1968),
10. “Child” – demo (Feb 1969),
11. “Empty Hands” – demo (1969),
12. “Hanging Upside Down” (1969),
13. “Say Hello To Mrs Jones” (1969),
14. “She’s Only Anne” (1969),
15. “Empty Sky” – demo (1969),
16. “Val-Hala” – demo (1969),
17. “Western Ford Gateway” – demo (1969),
18. “Hymn 2000” – demo (1969),
19. “Lady What’s Tomorrow” – demo (1969),
20. “Sails” –demo (1969),
21. “The Scaffold” – demo (1969),
22. “Gulliver” – demo (1969),
23. “It’s Hay Chewed” – demo (1969),
24. “The Last to Arrive” – demo (Apr 1969),
25. “Big Circle Of Stone” – (Aug 1969),
26. “She Sings Rock And Roll” – (Oct 1969),
27. “Scales” –(from the Film Friends) (Apr 1970),
28. “First Episode at Hienton” demo (1970),
29. “Ballard Of A Well Known Gun” (1970),
30. “My Father’s Gun” – demo (1970),
31. “Where To Now St. Peter? – demo (1970),
32. “Love Song” – demo (1970),
33. “Into The Old Man’s Shoes” – demo (1970),
34. “Season of Rain” – demo (1970),
35. “Indian Maiden” (year?).

Then there are are many early Bernie lyrics that we re aware of, but its unknown if Elton composed any music for, such as

“Colour Slide City”
“Silas J. Hughes”
“Swan Queen Of The Laughing Lake”
“Mirrors Of My Mind”
“You’re My Woman”
“Chinese Lady”
“Snakes And Letters”
“Bluebottle Blues”

The Captain and The Kid were certainly prolific back in the day!. “The honey the hive could be holding”. I predict a Jewel Box volume II idc,including more deep cuts and covering demos and outtakes 1971-1975.

Peter Thomas

Onetime, Sometime or never is on the third disc of rarities.
The listing was wrong and has been corrected.

Jeanie Kincer

Wow! Where did this list of demos come from? Just saw “Hanging Upside Down” and another title “The Pack Up and Go Song” on a tape label in Elton’s FB post with the teaser video for “Hour Glass” and had never heard of either.

Todd R.

Ok, how do I put this.

This is the first EJ item I am truly out of my mind excited for – since TO BE CONTINUED (4cd box set early 1990s). When DIAMONDS came out a while back I kept asking how a 60 year career is contained in a 3-disc set, when half that time (some 20 years before) took 4-discs. ( Fleetwood Mac did the same from THE CHAIN to the 50th anniversary led red set). This set (credit where due – love the matching graphics to DIAMONDS….) with the exhaustive b-sides and unreleased material looks to be the real deal. If Prince can put out an 8-disc set for a 30-year-old double album, certainly Elton John can put out 8-discs about HIS ENTIRE CAREER. Looking forward to it all.

ThatGuy

Prince could have released an 8-disc set just concentrating on one song ;o)

Beechlander

I have no interest in this but was interesting to note that lockdown spurred him on to look back and revisit his old material for box set release. With live performances on the back-burner hitting artists income (not that EJ would be affected) and time on their hands we could well see a feast of retrospective sets in the near future.

George

If your a true Elton fan how on earth can you have no interest in this??????

Mid Steen

I’m a Huge Elton Collector in Australia – I used to buy from all around the World ( Back when we could buy from all the Amazon’s around the world ) But, Why has Australia ( ie: JB HiFi & Sanity ) missed out on the 8 CD Box Set ? They ( at this stage ) Only have 2 of the Vinyl Sets listed ? Has Anybody from Australia Got a suggestion as to where I can purchase the 8 CD Box Set ? Its looking likely I’ll have to resort to ebay ( Then I get stung with PayPal’s “exchange Rate” & ebay’s “Import Duties” + the wait >> HOW Slow is the whole Postal System – Even ebay’s Global Shipping Program at the Moment !! )

Alan Blevin

Try either JPC.de or Importscd.com.
Never even waste your time looking at buying box sets in Australia even if they are available.For example in a recent JPC order the money I saved over Australian prices on the Tom Petty,John Prine and Joni Mitchell boxes got me the U2 box for “free”.

Andrew

I notice jb hifi has it now!

karl

Very nice but I’ll wait till it goes on sale…..

Don Henson

This set looks fantastic!! Almost none of the B-sides have been on CD/digital previously. I have bad vinyl rips of most of them. The early unreleased material looks fascinating. I have heard some of these titles whispered of over the years but heard none of them. I just sincerely hope that the remaining unreleased 5.1 mixes will somehow see the light of day. Looking forward to it very much. Already preordered.

Keith Brittain

So I fussed earlier about the three demos discs of mostly pre “Empty Sky” songs, and that I would vastly prefer three discs of rough mixes and alternates of hits and “classic” album tracks. I wonder, however, if “vault” tracks exist, since Elton’s catalog is supposedly one of the victims of the infamous June 1, 2008 Universal fire. Thoughts anyone? Paul – any word on this?

David Smith

My understanding is that all the original masters were kept in England and the ones lost in the fire were actually copies of the masters. I could be wrong though

Tom m hans

Rare Masters has all b sides through 75. Maybe that explains the gap in this box set?

Perry Lewis

I find it a bit odd that for example b’sides stop at 2005 or that the rarities were just early in his career.
I would of prefered multiple sets by era like 60s to early 70s then 79s then 80s etc.

MS

probably because from 67-70 him and Bernie were staff writers and just wrote so many songs, either for others, or that they did the demos to try and push their own careers. Many of these rarities are piano demos and never recorded by a full band. Once he broke out in 1970 and basically did 2 albums a year, there weren’t many rarities I guess. The songs that didn’t quite make the cut became the B sides. There probably weren’t many B sides in later years because I don’t think many 2 sided vinyl singles were produced. The singles seemed to be just for radio play or digital download.

MS

I wanna love this collection, but I guess I was hoping for something different. I’ve long been hoping for like a 5 CD collection of say 75 album cuts. No singles, just album tracks which are among Elton’s finest songs. I’ve done this on my own with my own favorites, but it would be nice to see a commercial release of this. But this is Elton’s vision and they wanted to get out the rarities so I get it. I’ve heard a lot of this stuff on Dick James demos and the rare masters set etc. Many of the songs that are just piano demos don’t have the greatest sound and aren’t that good song wise either. Being re-mastered may help the quality though. It was really after 1970 that Elton developed his amazing melodies. I wish they would have trimmed down the rarities to just 1 cd, maybe 2. It would have been nice to have another “deep cuts” cd instead. I’m curious why they added Border Song and Philadelphia Freedom to this set as well. They were singles and already included on greatest hits packages. I’m on the fence with this but most likely will buy for the collection of it. I have everything else, so why not. It looks like a nice presentation with the book and stories behind the songs and overall an interesting collection of songs with a great history.

mike

Dear Paul

I was wondering if Amazon Japan will be selling the SHM-CD version of this collection.

I clicked on the link and it seems to be the CD version.

CD Japan are selling the collection for £125 plus delivery plus the awful import duty into UK.

If you or any one else could help it would be great.

Thank you

Shane

Even though I wasn’t a fan of the blue hue of the last collection, this is even worse. Just me?
Is there a particular reason for green, in general, and maybe this particular shade?
Had it looked better, I would have considered the purchase as an intro to his music, but there is no way I want this in my house:)

Kauwgompie

Hahaha!!
We really need a “like” button here Paul.

gary oliver

Now thats what i call Shane music ! …

Disc A – Emerald vinyl

1. green onions
2. everythings gone green
3. green door
4. the other mans grass is always greener

Disc B – Lime vinyl

1. green green grass of home
2. green tambourine
3. little green apples
4. pretty green
.

Jarmo Keranen

Bonus Disc A
1.Greensleeves
2.Green Manalishi
3.Green River
4.Greenpack Dollar

Bonus Disc B
1.Leaves That Are Green
2.Velvet Green
3.Love Is Green
4.Green Circles

DJ Control

Limited Edition single sided flexi-disc

1. It’s Not Easy Being Green

Lee

Intriguing collection indeed, but as always missing some subjective personal choices. Firstly, I can’t understand why the b-sides start from 1976, this was when he started releasing his own material on his Rocket label. Up until then, DJM had released his material in the UK, and of course that deal was acrimoniously stopped by 1976. So is this the reason the DJM b-sides have been omitted – Paul can you comment? It’s a shame as those b-sides are fantastic, for eg Sick City, One Day At A Time, Sugar On The Floor etc.
It’s great that some overlooked gems are included here, Ticking for example is a vastly underrated song and stands as a classic in my view. Chameleon, (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket, Tell Me When The Whistle Blows are all great inclusions (Captain Fantastic just seems to sound better as the years roll by). Take Me Down To The Ocean (b-side to Empty Garden and featured in the film Summer Lovers) should have been a single, great song.
As an all time EJ fan, up to 1977 anyway, it’s a really interesting set.

JFH

All of the pre-Snow Queen b-sides, including the excellent titles you mention, are already available on various CDs. The intent here was to close the vinyl/digital divide and focus on what has never been issued on CD before. For the post-CD years in the collection, it was about making sure to include B-sides that had never been released worldwide before.

David Bly

Lee…

Regarding the DJM material, first of all I agree with you that those B-sides should’ve been re-released. One of my favourite compliations of the DJM era is an (originally) cassette and 8-track only compliation called ”Lady Samantha”. It has 14 tracks, all B-sides or other tracks not on EJ albums (like ”Friends’) at that time – 1974.
It was also released on LP in Europe in 1979, and in the UK in 1980. It was released on CD during the 1980s, but only in Europe and Japan. It’s last known releases were on CD in Japan in 1995 and Mexico (!) in 1999. It’s never been released in the US or Canada in any form.

But on to the main aspect…
The rights to all Elton’s DJM releases is owned by Universal, so there does not seem to be any reason why those earlier tracks could not be used. My impression is that maybe Elton prefers some of the later material to the old, and yet they just released a new version of his 2nd album along with bonus tracks, some never released before, so who knows.

A link to a page on the original cassette version, which I have…

https://www.discogs.com/Elton-John-Lady-Samantha/release/5490167

Paulg

I have the DJM CD but I had never seen the cassette before. I didn’t realise it had a different cover picture.

Since this collection is clearly aimed at hard core fans my assumption is that they know we all have the DJM B Sides from the Gus Dudgeon remasters or from Past Masters.

Jeff

Ok for the last time… all B -sides from 1968 thru 1975 have been already culled together in a 2 cd set from 1992 called Rare Masters. Buy this along with the upcoming boxset and your B side issues are solved, barring of course b sides made after 2005 (still a head scratcher) and any other stray songs that some of the previous commenters pointed out.

See wiki article for track listing..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rare_Masters

David Smith

I think the reason there are no B sides post 2005 is because to best of my knowledge he stopped releasing physical singles, all the singles from Captain and the Kid on were online/download only with no extra tracks. He did the usual trick of releasing a standard and deluxe album version post 2005, with either extra tracks or a DVD making of

Jarmo Keranen

What about sound the quality? Rare Masters is almost 30 years old and not remastered. Compared to these days cd:s they sound very thin. If you make your own collection of both of these the different of sound is terrible. They should make a new remastered version of Rare Masters !

Steven Roberts

Uneven, as others have said. Would have preferred it to be all demos and/or b-sides (and remixes) without the superfluous deep cuts and ‘Me’ disc. Book looks interesting, though.

I shall be waiting for your price alert on this, Paul :)

Jonathan Riley

so this is cheaper for american’s at the moment to order from amazon.co.uk and get it shipped to the USA. It’s 99.99 from the UK instead of 118 from amazon.com

jd

Like most here, I own everything on discs 1, 2 & 8 (save the final cut). I seriously doubt there is much replay value for me with the rarities discs. I’m just not sure about pre 1970 Elton being a must buy, and most of the unreleased material is from 1965-1968.

I’m very interested in the two b-sides discs, and especially, the book!
Even at this very reasonable price point, I’m just not sure. Elton’s b-sides are good and worth owning but he was never one to save his A game for b-sides like The Wildhearts always do.

Brian

Very excited about this set. I’ve been wanting the Geffen-era B-sides on CD forever… it’s been a huge hole in his CD catalog. I’m disappointed that the Tom Moulton 12-inch remix of “Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance!)” is not included, though, especially since the US 45 was edited down from that.

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Keith Brittain

A lot of the “Deep Cuts”& “And this is Me” songs are my favorites too, so that’s cool (although I have them all). And I would like to have the two discs of b-sides because there are definitely some tracks there that I don’t have. But the three discs of “pre-fame” demos make no sense. Why does “Reg” think we have a keen interest in demos of songs we don’t know (pre “Empty Sky”), but not, say, rough mixes / alternate versions of classic Elton songs that we love – “The Bitch is Back,”, “Crocodile Rock,” etc. Not sure that I’m going to get this one.

Dean

The set may simply not be for you. Do we know the rough mixes/alternate versions are available? Regardless, there is already 8 full CD’s here. This isn’t a Greatest Hits box, so demo’s of early works ought to be fascinating, imo.

Damon Sedgwick

I’m definitely interested. He produced great stuff before Empty Sky, albeit in the style of those years. I’m super stoked about this release.

Jarmo Keranen

Shame there isn’t version that contains only years 1968-76. That would be a must buy for me!

Jeff

Yes… i agree it is a bit uneven in the way it is presented. I understand why the b-sides start at 76, because the Rare Masters 2 cd set from the 90s covered that ground already. But why stop at 2005 when he had 3 more proper studio albums with b sides and /or bonus tracks is beyond me. The only conclusion i can draw is the record label change after 2005.

But as to why the rarities stop at 71, I am dumbfounded. Like you said, my hope is that there is a volume 2 to be eventually released?!??!

Still happy about this release overall. Could do without discs 1, 2 and 8 though.

All the Best – Jeff

Arthur O'Brien

Maybe someone already said this (suprised ig they didn’t), but what about the B-Sides before 1976? Why would they exclude those?

Scott Foltz

All of the non-LP singles and b-sides from 1968 – 1975 were included on the “Rare Masters” box set from 1992, so that is probably why; but I agree it would have been nice to have them on here as well. I would have preferred a repeat of that set here in place of the deep cuts discs. And they could easily have filled another disc or two with other b-sides and one-off tracks (soundtrack cuts, guest appearances, etc.)

DaveM

About effing time. I have been waiting 35 years for some of those B sides to make it to CD. Best news all year and a total surprise, a bit like the recent FMac box. Somebody pinch me, I must be dreaming.

Mick

Oooooo the notorious “Snow Queen” is here. ;-)
Kind of surprised “From Denver To L.A.” didn’t make the cut.

Larry Davis

Ordered…was hoping this would replace the bulky packaged Rare Masters, but it seems to be a continuation of it, which is fine…and was hoping it would include all the odds & ends from To Be Continued to replace it, Diamonds has most of it but not all…I guess the not-carried-over tracks, I can always compile em or download em, but this looks like a most interesting set…and finally, someone calls a set like this “Jewel Box”, a better use of the term than crappy plastic CD cases & companion term to “Diamonds”…ordered from Amazon UK, at least $20 less than the US site, just happy they ship it to the US!!

Peter

Definitely going for this. Never in doubt. What with the Prince set, Bob Mould and this I shall be having conversations with the bank manager ! Thanks Paul.

MARK LEVY

As far as vinyl goes, I’m sticking with my remastered Very Best Of Elton John

Wayne K.

I only want the rarities and b-sides. Why can’t we just get. Set with that? Looks like vinyl only gets that. I don’t mind it but I just don’t need the deep cuts CDs. Still, we could have got nothing. There are some stray tracks missing. I guess Elton doesn’t like those?

Kauwgompie

This looks great but it is a bit weird. The rarities and demos go up to 1971, there are obviously many more demos and rarities after that. You would think this is for the period up to the early 70’s but then they included B-sides up to 2005. They left out the 80’s remixes as well as any rarity or demo after 1971 (except for the B-sides). So even though this looks beautiful, this is an uneven effort. It leaves me thinking there could be (should be) a Jewel Box part 2.

Jeff

Yes… i agree it is a bit uneven in the way it is presented. I understand why the b-sides start at 76, because the Rare Masters 2 cd set from the 90s covered that ground already. But why stop at 2005 when he had 3 more proper studio albums with b sides and /or bonus tracks is beyond me. The only conclusion i can draw is the record label change after 2005.

But as to why the rarities stop at 71, I am dumbfounded. Like you said, my hope is that there is a volume 2 to be eventually released?!??!

Still happy about this release overall. Could do without discs 1, 2 and 8 though.

All the Best – Jeff

Wayne Olsen

Holy shit! Best thing to happen in 2020 (until our Election Day)

Sean

Re-election day.

Denise Brumfield

AMEN and AMEN

Paul Berney

€87 in Ireland for the 8 CD set. In fairness, it’s very pricey, but it’s tasty. Sadly, several of my favourite Elton songs are still getting the shaft. The fantastic Go It Alone, the gorgeous Rocky V theme Measure Of A Man and his brilliant cover of Chapel Of Love from Four Weddings And A Funeral. I love the idea of this set, but kinda missed out a little. Deep Cuts is a good idea, but more so a couple of discs of lesser known tracks (including the ones I mentioned) would have been better. And instead of the This Is Me section, I’d have given the single disc of Diamonds, just because the price is so hefty and we should at least be afforded the few bigger classics, regardless of having them already. Sometimes I’d love to sit with an artist and plan something like this. But as Elton released the 3 CD Diamonds set not long ago with all his biggest hits, this set is clearly intended as a companion, given the title is Jewel Box and the artwork is in the same style. Expensive, but could be something really worth investing in.

noyoucmon

In June I finished a something like 30-month deep dive into all his extant recordings from Empty Sky to the Here and There live album, including deluxe editions, examining one disc per month, and while I was thought I was done of course I think I need this. Somehow seeing that it includes “Choc Ice Goes Mental” just seals the deal!

John Barleycorn

£79.99 on Elton’s official store plus I saw a pop up message about becoming a member of his Rocket Club and you get 10% off your first order. Postage costs for this item unknown.

Paul Lewis

The vinyl is also available as a complete box set of all 9 LPs from Elton’s official store/Universal/Sound Of Vinyl… presumably just a slipcase but the price is pretty good compared to buying all 3 on Amazon today.

Patrick

were are all the Extended Mixes/Remixes

Gerbrand

The promo video shows it’s a 100-page book

Paul

From the promo video, it appears as though this set is the same height and width as the “Diamonds” box set. Which would be nice, allowing both to sit side by side (the Greatest Hits and the Rare/B-Side sets)

Scott Foltz

Going by the photo, I’m guessing it’s probably around 12″ tall. CDs are 5″ in diameter and there are three stacked up (with a slight space in between) next to the book in the photo which are only slightly taller. So it’s definitely bigger than the Diamonds box.

Stephen K

I don’t follow Elton John closely, but I know that there’s nothing remotely close to a singles collection when it comes to his 80’s material. Some a-sides weren’t from albums, others were remixed, and good luck finding that stuff digitally. The 70’s material was mostly remastered and released, with expanded editions of albums, but that activity doesn’t seem to have reached his 80’s material. Now you have a fair number of b-sides on CD, but you don’t have the a-sides on CD to pair it with! We could really use a large companion box set of singles and other b-sides and remixes. This is a step in the right direction, but it’s putting the cart before the ox, or however the saying goes. I wouldn’t collect his ancillary body of work prior to collecting his main body of work. The “deep cuts” discs just seem lazy, like New Order’s Retro box that featured a whole disc (out of four) that simply contained album tracks. Are the albums still in print? Yes? You don’t need deep cuts.

Tony Sandell

Great news .
The LP’s are available in a BOXSET on certain sites if anyone is interested.

Paul

Is it truly a box set – looks like it’s just the 3 vinyl sets with a poster included.

andy

Yeah, looks like just a bundle of the 3 sets for a single price.

Tim South

What a fine idea by Elton to consider putting together this collection . C’mon now Sting it’s your turn next…

Andrew M.

I have to agree with this. Sting’s box sets so far have been mostly re-hashed greatest hits or album collections, which is a shame since there is so much non-lp juiciness to choose from. Mr. Sumner, let me know if you need a curator!

Jamie

Was looking forward to finally mopping up all his non album stuff but… still a fair chunk missing! No Act of War with Millie Jackson, no Through the Storm with Aretha Franklin… maybe one day we’ll finally get everything in one place. As for the hits do we really need the same songs over & over? Not really! A missed opportunity

David Smith

To be fair the hits are not on this. You get 3 CDs of previously released material of deep cuts and personal favourites, leaving 5 CDs of unreleased songs and bsides, plus a book for only £80. Can’t really complain and given his output and 50 year career there were bound to be some omissions, you knows maybe it’s a licensing issue for the duets

David Ware

Hi, for info on amazon. Fr the price is now 93 euros

tippy wooder

I’m not a big Elton fan. A passing interest only, really. But this look staggeringly good. This is the kind of thing I’d like to see from other artists, too – rather than the odd extra track tacked on to the end of a CD, or a second disc with a choice selection… Obviously Elton John has quite the archive to dig into (like Prince), but imagine a set like this from Bowie? That would be something extraordinary.