El­ton John box set boasts trea­sure trove of rare and un­re­leased tracks

Chicago Sun-Times - - ENTERTAINM­ENT -

LOS AN­GE­LES — El­ton John is open­ing up his vault and re­leas­ing an ex­pan­sive col­lec­tion of rarely heard and un­re­leased tracks.

John an­nounced Thurs­day that the eightCD col­lec­tion, “El­ton: Jewel Box,” will be re­leased on Nov. 13. The col­lec­tion in­cludes “Sing Me No Sad Songs,” an un­re­leased stu­dio demo from 1969.

The “Jewel Box” col­lec­tion in­cludes 148 songs, 60 of them un­re­leased, that span record­ings from 1965 to 2019 and his early col­lab­o­ra­tions with song­writer Bernie Taupin.

Two of the CDs in­clude songs spe­cially cho­sen by John, along with nar­ra­tion about them by the six-time Grammy win­ner.

“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 bands were just un­be­liev­able in the stu­dio,” John said in a state­ment. “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.”

No price for the col­lec­tion was an­nounced.

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