Elton: Jewel Box
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Elton John Announces Career-Spanning Box Set Featuring Treasure Trove of Rare Material

The legendary Elton John has announced the forthcoming release of Elton: Jewel Box. Released on November 13th via UMe / EMI, Elton: Jewel Box is an unrivaled 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 catalog, Elton: Jewel Box covers deep cuts, rarities from the earliest stages of his and Bernie Taupin’s musical journey, B-side 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 by extensive notes, including a track-by-track commentary by Elton for Deep Cuts. Three different LP collections are also available to pre-order now – a 4LP gatefold black vinyl set of Deep Cuts (curated by Elton himself), a 3LP gatefold black vinyl set of Rarities and B-side highlights, and a 2LP gatefold black vinyl set “And This Is Me…”. All audio was mastered at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer Sean Magee. With an unprecedented number of previously unheard and unreleased tracks painstakingly excavated from deep within the UMG archives, this is the ultimate treasure trove for Elton John fans.

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. Listen here. Previously unreleased, the track was written and recorded as a band demo in 1969. “Sing Me No Sad Songs” is a fascinating first taste of what was to come from Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin, and one that mentions not one, but two, future smashes in its lyrics – “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” from 1984’s Breaking Heartsalbum and Elton’s first UK chart-topping single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” from 1976.

Elton John: Jewel Box

Speaking of the release, Elton says, “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.”

Available to pre-order here, Elton: Jewel Box compromises of the below formats:

Disc Guide

Discs 1 & 2: Deep Cuts – A selection of personal favorites, 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.”

Elton: Jewel Box is yet another marker in an incredible few years for the world’s favorite singer-songwriter. Since the release of the ultimate greatest hits album Diamonds in 2017, Elton has undertaken a breathtaking 3 years of activity that are unmatched in their ambition, reach and impact across generations of music fans. Elton announced his record-breaking Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour at New York’s Gotham Hall in January 2018, with a typically forward-looking virtual reality spectacular. Encompassing 5 continents and over 300 dates, this 3-year-long tour started in September 2018 and marks his retirement from touring after more than 50 years on the road. August 2018 saw Elton named as the most successful male solo artist in Billboard Hot 100 chart history. In 2019, the Farewell Tour was named Billboard’s Top Rock Tour and Pollstar’s Major Tour Of The Year. 2019 also saw the release of Elton’s critically acclaimed global bestselling autobiography, Me. The 2019 epic fantasy musical motion picture of Elton’s life, Rocketman, has been a commercial and critical hit, taking over $200m at the box office. It has won an Oscar, 2 Golden Globe Awards, and a Critics’ Choice Award, and garnered BAFTA nominations. Its soundtrack was also nominated for a GRAMMY Award. 2019 also saw Elton awarded the Légion d’ honneur, France’s highest award, for his lifetime contribution to the arts and the fight against HIV/AIDS.  He was also honored with both a Royal Mail stamp collection and Royal Mint coin collection. Diamonds, the ultimate greatest hits package of Elton and Bernie, has spent a staggering 148 consecutive weeks in the UK album charts, including 29 weeks in the Top 20 in 2020 alone, selling over a million copies worldwide in the process and recently reaching double-platinum status in the UK.

An unparalleled career that has forever changed the cultural landscape, Elton John’s collaborations with Bernie Taupin and others continue to shape the cultural landscape, break records, top charts, and win new fans across the generations. We’ve had the book, the film, the farewell tour, the fashion collections, and the greatest hits. And now, with Elton: Jewel Box, fans finally have the treasure trove of previously unheard and unreleased tracks they have been waiting for from the world’s favorite singer-songwriter.

About Elton John:

Elton’s career achievements to date are unsurpassed in their breadth and longevity. Elton is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 1 diamond, 40 platinum or multi-platinum, 23 gold albums, over 50 Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 300 million records worldwide.

He holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind 1997,” which sold over 33 million copies. Diamonds, the Ultimate Greatest Hits album, reached the Top 5 of the UK album charts on its release in November 2017, becoming Elton’s 40th UK Top 40 album in the process. This release celebrated 50 years of his songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin. August 2018 saw Elton named as the most successful male solo artist in Billboard Hot 100 chart history, having logged 67 entries, including nine No. 1 singles and 27 Top 10s.

Among the many awards and honors bestowed upon him are six GRAMMYs, including a GRAMMY Legend Award, a Tony and two Oscars, a Best British Male Artist BRIT Award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Kennedy Center Honor, Legend of Live Award, 13 Ivor Novello Awards between 1973 and 2001, and a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II for “services to music and charitable services.”

In 1992, Elton established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which today is one of the leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations and has raised over $450 million to date in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. In June 2019, President Emmanuel Macron presented Elton the Légion d’ honneur, France’s highest award, for his lifetime contribution to the arts and the fight against HIV/AIDS. Elton was awarded the Companion of Honour in the 2020 New Year Honours list. The highest acknowledgment in the list, Elton, became one of only 64 people to hold the honor. September 2019 saw The Royal Mail issue a set of 12 stamps as a tribute to Elton being one of the most popular and enduring music artists of all time. Elton is one of only two individual music artists to be featured in a dedicated stamp issue. In July 2020, the Royal Mint released an Elton John commemorative coin, the second in their music legends series, to celebrate “one of the most successful and enduring artists of all time.”







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  Stone’s Throw From Hurtin’

14  The North

15  Hoop Of Fire

16  Boogie Pilgrim



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


CD3: 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



1  Hourglass       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 Version

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 Version

17  The Girl On Angel Pavement     Arranged Band Version

18  Smokestack Children      Arranged Band Version

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



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    Piano/Tambourine 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


CD7: 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



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



4LP Bespoke Gatefold Black Vinyl Set Jewel Box – Deep Cuts



LP 1

1 Monkey Suit      Elton John and Leon Russell

2 Where To Now St. Peter ?

3 Mellow

4 The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34)


1 Chameleon

2 Gone to Shiloh     Elton John and Leon Russell

3 We All Fall In Love Sometimes

4 Too Low For Zero


1 The Power      with Little Richard

2 All That I’m Allowed

3 The Bridge

4 The New Fever Waltz


1 Stone’s Throw From Hurtin’

2 The North

3 Hoop Of Fire

4 Boogie Pilgrim

LP 3

1 Ticking

2 Crystal

3 All Quiet On The Western Front


1 Tell Me When The Whistle Blows

2 Freaks In Love

3 Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)   Elton John and  Leon Russell

4 The Emperor’s New Clothes

LP 4

1 House

2 (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket

3 Understanding Women

4 Shoot Down The Moon


1 Have Mercy On The Criminal

2 Blues For Baby And Me

3 My Quicksand

4 Street Kids




3LP Gatefold Black Vinyl Set Jewel Box – Rarities and B-Sides



LP 1

1 Come Back Baby     Bluesology

2 Scarecrow      Piano/Tambourine Demo

3 A Dandelion Dies In The Wind   Piano Demo

4 Velvet Fountain     Piano Demo

5 Get Out Of This Town     Piano/Tambourine Demo

6 Countryside Love Affair    Piano Demo

7 The Witch’s House     Piano Demo

8 Year Of The Teddy Bear    Piano Demo


1 A Little Love Goes A Long, Long Way  Piano Demo

2 Mr. Lightning Strikerman    Piano Demo

3 I Couldn’t Fall In Love With Anybody Else  Piano Demo

4 I Get A Little Bit Lonely    Piano Demo

5 Nina        Band Version

6 Angel Tree      Piano/Guitar/Tambourine Demo

7 Here’s To The Next Time    Piano/Tambourine Demo


1 Watching The Planes Go By    Band Demo

2 When The First Tear Shows    Arranged Band Version

3 Tartan Coloured Lady     Arranged Band Version

4 When I Was Tealby Abbey    Piano Demo

5 Turn To Me      Arranged Band Version

6 And The Clock Goes Round    Piano Demo

7 I Can’t Go On Living Without You   Arranged Band Version


1 Regimental Sgt. Zippo    Band Version

2 Cry Willow Cry     Band Demo

3 Skyline Pigeon     Piano Demo

4 Two Of A Kind      Arranged Band Version

5 The Girl On Angel Pavement    Arranged Band Version

6 Smokestack Children     Arranged Band Version

7 There’s Still Time For Me    Piano/Guitar/Tambourine Demo

LP 3

1 The Tide Will Turn For Rebecca   Piano Demo

2 Taking The Sun From My Eyes   Arranged Band Version

3 Sing Me No Sad Songs    Band Demo

4 Rolling Western Union      Piano Demo

5 Amoreena      Piano Demo

6 Madman Across The Water    Piano Demo


1 Snow Queen      Elton John and Kiki Dee

2 The Retreat

3 Billy And The Kids

4 Medicine Man

5 Peter’s Song



2LP Gatefold Black Vinyl Set Jewel Box – “And This Is Me…”




1 Empty Sky

2 Lady Samantha

3 Border Song

4 My Father’s Gun


1 All The Nasties

2 I Think I’m Going To Kill Myself

3 Philadelphia Freedom

4 Song For Guy


1 Sartorial Eloquence

2 Elton’s Song

3 Cold As Christmas

4 I Fall Apart


1 Amazes Me

2 The Last Song

3 American Triangle

4 (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again     Elton John and Taron Egerton