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Elton John / Jewel Box unboxed

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Elton John‘s new rarities package Jewel Box is released today. SDEtv takes a close look at both the 8CD deluxe version and the various vinyl editions. Watch the video:

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Elton: Jewel Box 8CD box set

CD 1: DEEP CUTS

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. STONES THROW FROM HURTIN’
14. THE NORTH
15. HOOP OF FIRE
16. BOOGIE PILGRIM

CD 2: DEEP CUTS

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

CD 3: 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

CD 4. RARITIES PART TWO: 1968

1. HOURGLASS – Arranged 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 Demo
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

CD 5: RARITIES PART THREE: 1968–1971

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 – 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 FAC – Piano Demo
17. MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER – Piano Demo
18. HOLIDAY INN – Piano Demo
19. ALL THE NASTIES – Piano Demo

CD 6: 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

CD 7: 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

CD 8: AND THIS IS ME…

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

Elton: Jewel Box: Deep Cuts 4LP vinyl

LP 1: SIDE A

1. MONKEY SUIT – Elton John and Leon Russell
2. WHERE TO NOW ST PETER?
3. MELLOW
4. THE BALLAD OF DANNY BAILEY (1909-34)

LP 1: SIDE B

1. CHAMELEON
2. GONE TO SHILOH – Elton John and Leon Russell
3. WE ALL FALL IN LOVE SOMETIMES
4. TOO LOW FOR ZERO

LP 2: SIDE A

1. THE POWER – with Little Richard
2. ALL THAT I’M ALLOWED (I’M THANKFUL)
3. THE BRIDGE
4. THE NEW FEVER WALTZ

LP 2: SIDE B

1. STONE’S THROW FROM HURTIN’
2. THE NORTH
3. HOOP OF FIRE
4. BOOGIE PILGRIM

LP 3: SIDE A

1. TICKING
2. CRYSTAL
3. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

LP 3: SIDE B

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: SIDE A

1. HOUSE
2. (GOTTA GET A) MEAL TICKET
3. UNDERSTANDING WOMEN
4. SHOOT DOWN THE MOON

LP 4: SIDE B

1. HAVE MERCY ON THE CRIMINAL
2. BLUES FOR BABY AND ME
3. MY QUICKSAND
4. STREET KIDS

Elton: Jewel Box: Rarities & B-sides 3LP vinyl

LP 1: SIDE A

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

LP 1: SIDE B

1. A LITTLE LOVE GOES A LONG WAY– Piano Demo
2. MR. LIGHTNING STRIKERMAN – Piano Demo
3. I COULD NEVER 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

LP 2: SIDE A

1. WATCHING THE PLANES GO BY – Band Version
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

LP 2: SIDE B

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: SIDE A

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

LP 3: SIDE B

1. SNOW QUEEN – Elton John and Kiki Dee
2. THE RETREAT
3. BILLY AND THE KIDS
4. MEDICINE MAN
5. PETER’S SONG

Elton: Jewel Box: And This Is Me  3LP vinyl

LP 1: SIDE A

1. EMPTY SKY
2. LADY SAMANTHA
3. BORDER SONG
4. MY FATHER’S GUN

LP 1: SIDE B

1. ALL THE NASTIES
2. I THINK I’M GOING TO KILL MYSELF
3. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM
4. SONG FOR GUY

LP 2: SIDE A

1. SARTORIAL ELOQUENCE
2. ELTON’S SONG
3. COLD AS CHRISTMAS (IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR)
4. I FALL APART

LP 2: SIDE B

1. AMAZES ME
2. THE LAST SONG
3. AMERICAN TRIANGLE
4. (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John and Taron Egerton

40 responses to Elton John / Jewel Box unboxed

  1. Kauwgompie says:

    Paul, Your videos are getting better and better. Loved the little pop ups within the video of the various covers. I just received my Jewel Box today. As Paul said, what a beautiful box!! As a casual EJ fan, I was not familiar with most “Deep Cuts”. Beautiful songs. There is a certain value in the artist picking out his best work (minus the hits). Sound quality of the demos is great, hours of new, high quality music to listen to. Value is also very good for a gorgeous, sturdy box with beautiful book and 8 discs. Got this box from Udiscover for 35% off. Paid $76 including taxes and shipping. This has been a particular good year for box sets. My candidates for SDE of the year:

    -Prince, Sign O The Times (unreleased music is truly high quality)
    -Tears For Fears, Seeds Of Love (excellent value, includes e’thing you ever wanted related to this album, including outstanding 5.1 mix)
    -Elton John, Jewel Box (beautiful, sturdy box w great content)
    -Ultravox, Vienna (excellent value, including 5.1 mix)

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Thanks for the kind comments! I’m looking forward to doing some end-of-year round-ups myself… I reckon Prince and TFF will be in many a list.

  2. Gerbrand says:

    The book shows the tracklisting of the unreleased 1968 album “Regimental Sgt. Zippo”. It’s disappointing that one of the 12 tracks, “You’ll Be Sorry To See Me Go”, is not included in this box set. Especially while the song (demo) is on youtube. A missed opportunity.

    Otherwise a very nice box set from what I’ve listened to sofar.

  3. Reg Strikes a Bargain says:

    I have just received my copy. It was from Ebay, brand new still sealed. I had it in my watch list for £ 75 which I thought was good and was offered 10% off which I accepted, paying £67.50 which I think is a super deluxe bargain for this fantastic set

  4. Beechlander says:

    Not a fan of EJ in general but having watched the unboxing video this set looks excellent – well put together and very good value. Think the CD set is £70-odd and LP box £120ish via his website – a rare occasion where a “big star” isn’t charging big prices. If only more sets were like this.

  5. Phil Cohen says:

    Great video. I’m really looking forward to my set, which should arrive tomorrow from one of Universal Music’s sites (Udiscover). The first dealer that I ordered from was not able to obtain the set, but, of course, Universal is able to supply the set promptly, and their price was good, because of a site-wide sale.

  6. Jeremy says:

    As always I enjoyed your unboxing video Paul. You realise of course that you had serious competition with this one – EJ did his own unboxing video for this set which is an absolute must see, if only to hear his comments about how it was compiled and the degree of input he himself had. This is not always the case with artists, some of whom seem content to let their record companies put these things together with little artist input other than the obligatory sign-off.

  7. Paul Lewis says:

    Great video Paul, thanks. The Rarities vinyl is infuriating really… if you’re the sort of person who wants this kind of (expensive) set, you’re going to want all of it, not a selection. There seem to be a view things poorly thought out with “equivalent” vinyl sets recently… the absence of the slew notes in the 4LP Lennon vinyl, no track by track notes in the 3LP Wildflowers vinyl. All seemingly unnecessary unless they are trying to force you into buying vinyl and CD sets!

  8. noyoucmon says:

    My 8-disc set is on the way, but why, oh why, can’t more companies put the CDs in slipcovers?? What was done for Bowie’s Conversation Piece and the various Beatles deluxe boxes of recent years should be standard. Seeing naked discs unceremoniously stuck in little slots makes them look and feel like an afterthought when every other element of a box is “deluxe.”

  9. -SG- says:

    This set bares a very strong resembalence to Bing Crosby – Bing: A Musical Autobiography. Released in 1954 Crosby was the biggest recording star on the planet. It was one of, if not the first “Super Deluxe” box set containing 5 LP’s and a 24 page booklet, and a locking box. I know Elton John is a major record collector, so it would not surprise me if he was inspired in some way by that set as he curated his own musical biography.

  10. StevieT says:

    A fantastic unboxing video Paul, as usual. You must have a very understanding wife/partner. I am very tempted, it is around £89 currently. My favourite all time Elton track is Ego, which I have on 7″ picture sleeve. I laughed out loud at Kevin’s suggestion to submit a list of products to avoid covering in future. My wife asked what I was laughing at, and of course I couldn’t tell her! Just off to get my credit card (again).

  11. Kevin says:

    You and you’re damned unboxing videos!!

    Was trying really hard not to buy this, then watched you’re video and bought it!!

    Looks like a real quality set, with great content.

    Maybe in future I can send you a list of things I’m trying to not buy and you could avoid producing videos of them. That would be much appreciated by my wife.

  12. Phil Fogel says:

    Thanks for mentioning the vinyl comes with a download code, you must be tired of me asking it every time lol. Wow this has to be the nicest designed box set I’ve seen, the graphics are gorgeous.

  13. wayne k says:

    Got mine today. Haven’t listened to it yet but book itself is handsomely produced. It’s neck and neck with the Bob Mould set for best designed of the year.

  14. Larry Davis says:

    Great unboxing vid as usual…looks like a nice shade of green with the purple highlights, ribbon, etc, looks great…the Mylene box is green as well…looking for good deals and will prob have the CD set mid next week…and finally heard my Bob Mould box arriving Sunday…thank frikking goodness…

  15. Peter says:

    Little bit disappointed now to find you could buy all 3 albums in 1 box set. I ended up purchasing all 3 parts separately at extra cost.

  16. Guy says:

    Many thanks, Paul, a great unboxing video as ever!

    Just one question, sorry if missed it – you mention a download in the vinyl box, is that just for the vinyl tracks or do you get the non-vinyl tracks from the 8cd version as well?

    Cheers! Guy

  17. DaveM says:

    Great unboxing as usual and all formats look really nicely done. My CD box came today but won’t be opened until Christmas. I can wait, Elton’s my favourite male solo artist, so may as well tie it in with a special occasion, particularly after decades of waiting for those B sides on CD.

  18. Tony Sandell says:

    Got my cd and vinyl BOXSETS today and I totally agree with Paul as they are both fantastic items.
    The vinyl box is huge and I wish they had done the Goodbye yellow brick road set in this fashion as one of the greatest albums of all time deserves more than just a small box.
    I can’t wait to start going through everything but working all weekend so it will have to wait but as usual a nice video from Paul to whet my appetite.
    This is the best site on the internet for music lovers as far as I am concerned.

  19. Gary Hunter says:

    Excellent video Paul, the book looks very impressive.

  20. Andrea says:

    Actually, the man himself has done his own unboxing video, which is really something I think:
    https://youtu.be/A1XSik5YMD8

  21. Stan Butler says:

    I’m not really a big enough Elton fan to buy this (the 3 CD Diamonds set will do me for now) but it looks a really lovely CD box at decent value, and I may well be tempted if a deal ever comes up. There’s something about the slip-case and book that adds a touch of class over, say, a clam shell box.
    The 4LP Deep Cuts vinyl does seem very expensive compared to the other two, which average out at about £12-15 per LP. Even allowing for the slightly more lavish packaging it’s a big jump.
    Another great unboxing video, Paul.

  22. frank says:

    It’s a real shame they didn’t try to work all of the tracks into the beautiful vinyl sets. The box for those and the packaging for Deep Cuts looks fab. As a big vinyl fan, I’d normally opt for it, but luckily I still own and play CD’s regularly, so the CD set it is! Looks like I should grab a copy of Diamonds deluxe while I’m at it. Thanks for the video Paul! Fantastic as always.

  23. Rowly75 says:

    So the ‘green’ vinyl in the set is slightly smaller than the other three to hold the others in? Bit different?! I’m out though soz, more of a casual fan tbh, good video! Maybe he can have a word with Macca about pricing £80 for 8 discs. 8 discs would be 300+ in McCartney money!

  24. Michael Jackson says:

    As a long standing Elton fan have been looking forward to this unboxing, and with the boxset
    Putting aside the rarities/demos offers an alternative to the hits that maybe other lesser fans may find interesting?
    Anyway a great unboxing, and don’t know if
    It’s just the tumultuous year we are all going through, but my interest and love of music seems to have increased and there’s usually no better place to start online than with Super Deluxe!

  25. SeanL says:

    Thank you Paul, the unboxing video’s definitely influence some of my purchases
    The vinyl boxset looks amazing….. do I push the button….damn right I do !

  26. Gerbrand says:

    While you mention the difference in format/size with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Deluxe) you forget to mention it’s identical in size to the Diamonds set. Strangely, you did something similar with John Lennon’s Gimme Some Truth (not mentioning the identical in size Imagine set). Either way, thanks for the video!

  27. Dan says:

    I’m a big fan, but this feels like something that will be a one-time listen. It would have been nice if they did a continuation of where the ‘To Be Continued…’ box set left off. Here’s hoping they’ll also release some full live shows from the 80s/90s at some point.

  28. David Roest says:

    This bocset along with Sign O The Times and The Seeds Of Love are definitely the better boxsets of this year.

  29. Electric Sydney says:

    WowPaul. I have no idea how you find hours in the day to exist. Outstanding unboxing video (of course). If you only did the videos it would be enough but of course then there’s everything else box set related that brought me here in the first place. I know this is over the top but thanks.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Thank you :)

      • -SG- says:

        I was thinking something along those lines too. Paul, you are like a one man magazine… deal alerts, videos, reviews, upcoming releases, SDE shop…. I look forward to these unboxing videos, I find them really helpful, especially when I am not sure about a release. The general unboxing video that is usually posted on youtube by a collector has an element of showing off, while yours have an objective critical review.

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