Elton John is tiny dancing his way through the back catalogue of his career for a new box set.
The Rocketman is releasing 148 songs recorded between 1965 and 2019 on his new Elton: Jewel Box collection. It is being advertised as “the ultimate exploration into Elton’s extensive back catalog,” Jewel Box is said to include rarities, lesser-known B-sides, and deep cuts in a collection personally curated by the icon himself.
Among the songs are recordings from his earliest sessions with song writer and lifelong friend Bernie Taupin, plus other rare songs he discussed in Me, his 2019 memoir. All sections will be partnered with notes and track-by-track commentary by John.
In his statement announcing the box set John said, “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.”
In addition to the announcement, John released a song from the box set titled “Sing Me No Sad Songs,” a previously unreleased track written and recorded as a band demo in 1969. Listen to it below.
Elton: Jewel Box will be released on November 13th on 8CD, 4LP, 3LP, 2LP, digital download, and streaming formats.