Watch Elton John Unbox His ‘Jewel Box’ Collection — Out Friday 11/13 (Preview/Pre-Order)

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On Friday, Nov. 13, Sir Elton John will unleash a deep-dive through his collected works with Jewel Box, a venerable treasure trove of content from throughout his amazing, unrivaled career.

The set was announced a while back and has been previewed with a few tracks, dusted off and shared to the masses (some of them for the first time ever!).

Jewel Box will be available in a variety of formats:

8-CD Super Deluxe (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store, on *SALE* for a limited time)
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)

In the hours leading up to its release, Elton himself opened the package and took a look inside at the contents of the Jewel Box, discovering much of it for the first time himself. Watch:

In a new chat with USA Today previewing Jewel Box, Sir Elton spoke with candor regarding the material that finally sees the light of day with this project:

“I was a bit reticent to listen to these old things because I haven’t heard them for years and years and years. Then when I got to listen to them, I was quite pleasantly surprised that they weren’t as awful as I thought they might be because they were made at a time when we were just starting out.”

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”.

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