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4CDs+DVD+Book for new super deluxe box (click to enlarge)

Elton John‘s 40th anniversary reissue of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has been officially announced and is available to pre-order.

As we revealed, the Super Deluxe Edition includes a newly remastered version of the album, a second disc containing covers (as well as some demos and outtakes from the sessions), and a two-disc recording from Elton’s December 1973 performance at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. The fifth and final disc is a DVD containing the 1973 documentary Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye To Norma Jean and Other Things. The SDE comes in a presentation box and accompanied by what looks like a really good a 100-page book (see video below).

There will also be a two-CD deluxe, which will just have CD 1 & 2 from the SDE, as well as a 2LP vinyl version (album only) and a Pure Audio Blu-ray audio edition. The hi-res blu-ray is confirmed as having a 5.1 surround mix of the album on it in addition to the remastered stereo mix

Amazon are pursuing a very aggressive pricing policy with the Super Deluxe Edition box set. At the time of writing, it’s available very cheaply: £30 from the UK, $53 Canadian and $66 US.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary editions are released on 24 March 2014. Full track listings below.


Super Deluxe Edition 4CD+DVD

Pure Audio / Blu-ray Audio

2LP Vinyl Edition

2CD Deluxe



Super Deluxe Track listing (discs 1 & 2 only for 2CD Deluxe)

Disc One:

  1. Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding
  2. Candle In The Wind
  3. Bennie And The Jets
  4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  5. This Song Has No Title
  6. Grey Seal
  7. Jamaica Jerk Off
  8. I’ve Seen that Movie Too
  9. Sweet Painted Lady
  10. The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34)
  11. Dirty Little Girl
  12. All the Girls Love Alice
  13. Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock’n’Roll)
  14. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
  15. Roy Rogers
  16. Social Disease
  17. Harmony

Disc Two:

  1. Candle In The Wind – Ed Sheeran (3:22)
  2. Bennie and the Jets – Miguel (5:10)
  3. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Hunter Hayes (3:15)
  4. Grey Seal – The Band Perry (3:48)
  5. Sweet Painted Lady – John Grant (3:58)
  6. All The Girls Love Alice – Emili Sande (3:40)
  7. Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock And Roll) – Imelda May (2:51)
  8. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting – Fall Out Boy (3:42)
  9. Harmony – Zac Brown Band (2:55)
  10. Grey Seal (piano demo) – Elton John (3:20)
  11. Grey Seal (1970 Original) – Elton John (3:37)
  12. Jack Rabbit – Elton John (1:51)
  13. Whenever You’re Ready (We’ll Go Steady) – Elton John (2:52)
  14. Screw You (Young Man Blues) – Elton John (4:43)
  15. Candle In The Wind (Acoustic) – Elton John (3:52)
  16. Step Into Christmas – Elton John (4:10)
  17. Ho Ho Ho (Who’d Be A Turkey At Christmas?) (4:04)
  18. Philadelphia Freedom – Elton John (5:21)
  19. Pinball Wizard – Elton John (5:15)

Disc 3: BBC Elton John Hammersmith Odeon 22nd December 1973

  1. Funeral For A Friend
  2. Love Lies Bleeding
  3. Candle In The Wind
  4. Hercules
  5. Rocket Man
  6. Bennie And The Jets
  7. Daniel
  8. This Song Has No Title
  9. Honky Cat

Disc 4: BBC Elton John Hammersmith Odeon 22nd December 1973

  1. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  2. The Ballad Of Danny Bailey
  3. Elderberry Wine
  4. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  5. I’ve Seen That Movie Too
  6. All The Girls Love Alice
  7. Crocodile Rock
  8. Your Song
  9. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting

DVD Disc 5:

  • Bryan Forbes’ 1973 film Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye To Norma Jean and Other Things (45 minutes)

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29 responses to Elton John / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road super deluxe pre-order

  1. Chris says:

    It would be awesome if the Blu-Ray Audio of GYBR had a 5.1 surround mix of the entire album. I have that preordered (as well as the Super Deluxe box set) just in case it should have it. Please let us know as soon as you get the lowdown on the Blu-Ray Audio disc.

  2. It’s confirmed that the Bluray will have the 5.1 version.

  3. José David says:

    Why is not inclued 5.1 in super deluxe edition?

  4. Steven Roberts says:

    Hmm. OK, so we have the original album remastered on disc 1 (no surprises there).

    Disc 2 is a mix of covers by other artists (why, exactly?) and demos. ZERO interest there.

    Disc 3 and 4 – a period live show. Now, this might be fantastic – and it would have to be to get me to pony p the readies.

    Honestly, between my Japanese SHM-SACD (which features a flat transfer from the original master tapes) and the 2003 deluxe package (which featured a 5.1 mix on the hybrid SACD), I’m happy to say I’m covered for this album.

  5. Gazelle says:

    I realise I’m probably in the minority, but I’m looking forward to hearing John Grant tackle ‘Sweet Painted Lady’.

  6. Michael Cucka says:

    The Elton John website also has a limited ed. yellow vinyl:
    http://store.eltonjohn.com/goodbye-yellow-brick-road-gold-vinyl

  7. Lenny says:

    I’m sure I’m not alone on this, but who needs a disc of recent cover versions in a box set designed for collectors? The whole point is that collectors have the ultimate package of the original album, in the context of it’s time and place. Bonus tracks? Great. A live show from that time? Sure. a 5.1 surround sound disc of the album? Wonderful. A version of “Funeral for a Friend” by some contemporary artist or some unknown? Save it for a covers CD released all by itself. Anyhow, that’s my opinion.

  8. Mr Tim says:

    Not bad. i was exspecting to dismiss this ( what with the cover versions etc..) but the book, documentary and the live show swing it for me . you will never please everybody but for the price listed on amazon of £54 its definitely a maybe..certainly compared to other sets with similar content levels and far sillier prices. you never know we might be plesently suprised by the cover version set.

  9. Ben Mills says:

    I am super exceited by this release. But WHY OH WHY does ANYONE care about other artists covering Elton’s songs? That, to me dear friends, is a waste of a disc…….

  10. Justin says:

    Cannot believe that the box doesn’t include the blu-ray 5.1, if there is indeed one coming. DVD has one 45 min doco only?….bit of a waste IMHO. I’m sure they could’ve rustled up the ‘Classic Albums’ show or some contemporary recollections/interviews to fill it out.
    As I said on last update on this set, I hoped this would be the equivalent of the Pink Floyd ‘Immersion’ boxes…..sadly, it isn’t. If you bought one of those, you didn’t need to shell out for anything else.

  11. Justin says:

    From the HFPA Facebook page, via ‘Quadrophonic Quad’ site…

    “On March 24th a brand new 40th Anniversary 2014 remaster of Elton John’s iconic 1973 ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ album will be available on High Fidelity Pure Audio! Also included with this new stereo mix will be a 5.1 surround mix of the album, and as usual a download card to download a portable MP3 version of the album.

    Selling over 31 million albums worldwide and going platinum in the US 7 times over, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ is widely regarded as the double album that made Elton John a household name – and 40 years on it will be given the full HD treatment on Pure Audio.”

    From the horses mouth I guess. No idea if it’s a new mix or a transfer of the SACD surround mix.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Thanks. I would guess it’s a transfer of the SACD mix. The ‘flat transfer’ from the recent Japanese SHM-SACD would have been nice on this, but presumably we’re just getting the new stereo remaster.

  12. David says:

    This is currently £30 on Amazon UK and so worth a pre-order.

    A few points though.

    Super deluxe editions should be ‘the definitive versions’ of the album in question and include all the available audio related to that album. I don’t see any excuse for not including the 5.1 mix in this case especially when it is there and being released separately.

    As previously noted the cover versions are not contemporary to the original album and should have been left off.

    As far as the HFPA is concerned, why do they include a low quality MP3 download as part of a high-res format. This was also the case with the recent Genesis HFPA of ‘Selling England…’ and presumably the modus operandi going forward. Big let down there and would have been a good selling point for the format to include access to high quality files.

    At £30 I will get the box and also buy the Blu-ray separately but would not have bought the box if it was priced more than that.

  13. David says:

    Oh and another thing about the HFPA format.

    The Universal website, the information given about their upcoming releases, lack of information with the releases and the missed release dates and availability across the globe is done so badly you need Indiana Jones to track down any relevant information and then get hold of one.

    If I found out HFPA was run solely by Peter Griffin it would not surprise me.

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  15. My Jelly says:

    At last a classic album released in a superb package the bonus being the Hammersmith Christmas gig released officially for the first time the cassette will have to binned. The downside being the covers disc yawn! which will have 2/3 worth listenable tracks. At £30 on Amazon UK at present if you’re a collector snap it up now.

  16. Luc Swaenen says:

    who’s correct here…?? 5 or 6 disc (amazon)

    They could throw in a copy of the Blu-Ray

  17. Laurie Handcock says:

    Thanks heaps SDE – deal of the day .. you guys (and girls) rock !! – just picked up (pre-ordered) the Super Deluxe Box Set of GBYBR for 28 quid including post to Australia. The 2LPs alone would cost a lot more than that at retail over here !!

  18. Fortang says:

    Hi Paul, looks like the 2-disc deluxe may not include the same 2nd disc as the super deluxe, according to the track listing on Amazon U.S.

    Looks like all the cover versions are there but the rest of the tracks are different. Could be a selection of the live versions?

  19. Chris says:

    Well, I recently heard that the Blu-Ray Audio for GYBR will not only contain the original album’s 2014 stereo remaster, but also its 2003 5.1 surround mix (heard from Amazon)! If you heard that already, then you get the idea.

    As for me, I’m excited about this… Gonna be great to hear GYBR in 5.1 surround as soon as I get it!

  20. Philip says:

    Give the guy a break – this is the greatest album of all time and by a long way. The pack will be well worth having for the book alone.

    Just thinking about this brilliant piece of work makes me cry tears of joy – I can still remember being given the album for Christmas 1973 and playing it in my bedroom before Christmas dinner. Every song is brilliant; an album of huge contrasts and with such lush orchestral arrangements.

    The title track has remained my all time favourite song and I think always will.

    Elton and Bernie are up there with the best of them – Gamble and Huff, the Gibb Brothers and Lennon and McCartney! xx

  21. Paul says:

    What is the region code on the UK version super deluxe dvd? Is it safe to buy the Amazon UK version for a USA customer?

  22. Catweazle says:

    Just received my box, looks great. Now I know this has been discussed before, but those covers (I just listened to them) are … well, unessential. While they’re certainly not bad they just don’t feel right in this context. And there surely must be more demos/outtakes/mixes/B-sides around than the ten on that disc, all bar one having long been released?

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