SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

Elton: Jewel Box

We are delighted to announce ‘Elton: Jewel Box’, an in-depth exploration of Elton John’s extensive catalogue including rarities from 1965-1971, lesser-known B-Sides, and deep cuts personally curated by Elton.

Released on November 13th via UMC / EMI, Elton: Jewel Box is an unrivalled 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 catalogue, Elton: Jewel Box covers deep cuts, rarities from the earliest stages of his and Bernie Taupin’s musical journey, B-sides spanning 30 years and songs discussed in his best-selling, critically acclaimed 2019 memoir Me. 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 with extensive notes including a track-by-track commentary by Elton for Deep Cuts.

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.

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‘Sing Me No Sad Songs’ is today unveiled for the very first time

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 early taste of what was to come from Elton and Bernie, 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.

Available to pre-order now, ‘Elton: Jewel Box’ compromises of the following formats…

Discs 1 & 2: Deep Cuts

A selection of personal favourites, 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.


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 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
10. One Time, Sometime Or Never – 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