Preview Elton John’s ‘Jewel Box’ Collection with ‘Regimental Sgt. Zippo,’ a Trippy Nod to the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Era of the 1960s

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On Nov. 13, Sir Elton John will release Jewel Box, a new collection of archival material from as far back as 1965 and as recently as 2019. Billed as a collection of “Buried treasures, Precious gems and Sparkling collectibles from the world’s favourite singer-songwriter,” Jewel Box is indeed a massive and impressive-looking set from the iconic musician.

Jewel Box will be available in a variety of formats, including:

8-CD Super Deluxe (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)
2-LP And This Is Me (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)
3-LP B-Sides and Rarities (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)
4-LP Deep Cuts (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)

As a preview of what’s in store for fans, Elton shared a track called “Regimental Sgt. Zippo” on Friday, a song that is as much a playful nod to the BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as you might suspect, given its title.

The title track of an unreleased debut album, this track captures Elton and Bernie in full 60s psychedelic mode. Recorded and produced at the DJM studios, the same building that housed the Beatles’ publishing company, Northern Songs, the song is an affectionate nod to Sgt Pepper and the era. Within six years of this May 1968 recording Elton John would be a superstar the size of the Beatles, and close friends with John Lennon, something that would have been hard to predict at the time Regimental Sgt. Zippo was recorded.

Listen below:

All told, Jewel Box features 148 songs spanning 1965 to 2019. More than 80 tracks are receiving their first-ever digital release, while 60 of those haven’t ever been unearthed in any official format. So this is packed with plenty of material for dedicated Elton enthusiasts, to say the least.

As you might expect given its name, the Super Deluxe Edition (click here to pre-order a copy) brings together a dense collection of material that makes up the Jewel Box:

An in-depth exploration of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s extensive catalogue including early rarities and deep cuts personally curated by Elton. The release the fans have been waiting for. With an eye watering amount of previously unheard and unreleased tracks this is a treasure trove for Elton John fans. The eight disc  box set will be a beautiful hardcover book with discs housed in the back, wrapped in an outer slipcase. The collection spans the period 1965 to 2019.

  • DISC 1 / DISC 2: Deep Cuts – A selection of personal favorites, curated by Elton.  The box set book includes a track by track written commentary by Elton John with Alexis Petridis.
  • DISC 3 / DISC 4 / DISC 5: Rarities 1965 -1971 – Elton’s much sought-after 1960s and early 1970s demos and music that cemented the foundations of the iconic John-Taupin writing partnership. The compelling, previously unreleased, missing piece in his illustrious story. Daryl Easlea narrates this fascinating story with contributions from those who were there at the time.
  • DISC 6 / DISC 7: B-Sides 1976-2005 – Flipsides, never before compiled together. Those B-Side gems that are now given another chance to sparkle – many never previously available digitally.
  • 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 book, closing ‘Jewel Box’ with the 2020 Academy Award winning “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”.

As a further preview of the Jewel Box, here’s “Sing Me No Sad Songs,” a previously unreleased band demo from 1969:

And “Snow Queen”:

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