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New Elton John Compilation, Diamonds

When it comes to Elton John, there are few that can boast of the singles popularity that he’s enjoyed since the relative beginning of his career. And still, he is a big name that can sell titles and produce more than casual interest. Of course, there are a number of ‘best of’ collections bearing his name and all too familiar songs. But again, few artists have sustained a strong enough career over decades that can add to a library like he has. With charting singles, and popular deep cuts, Elton rules in the annals of Rock and Roll.

On November 10, Universal Music will release several versions of a new ‘best of’ set called Diamonds. The best thing about Diamonds is that it will be made available in several ways (CD, 2CD, 3CD) in order to appease the casual fan AND the FAN fan!

The CD edition will contain seventeen classics that everyone knows. The 2CD edition adds in another seventeen tracks, switching the track-list about a bit to create a more consistent flow between the two discs. And then there’s a career-defining 3CD Limited Edition Box that provides an additional seventeen tracks with moderate (but still recognizable) hits added (“Pinball Wizard”, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) to name a couple).

The 3CD Box sweetens the purchase with a 72-page hardbound book filled with a span through Elton John’s illustrious career trek. The box finishes with a set of postcards, neatly tucked into a preserving jacket of their own.

Also, along with the expected Digital downloads of the packages, there will also be a 2LP, 180g-weight gatefold set with 21 songs.

Say what you will about the frequency of these ‘best of’ sets but Elton John’s career is one that can do this kind of thing. My eye is on the 3CD Box because that is the prize intended. The CD, and 2CD sets are merely breakdown for the casual fan who will refuse to buy the Box but still want this set. There’s no word yet on whether these have been newly remastered but I certainly hope that they were.

Diamonds (CD1) – Elton John

01 – Your Song
02 – Tiny Dancer
03 – Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
04 – Crocodile Rock
05 – Daniel
06 – Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
07- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
08 – Candle In The Wind
09 – Bennie And The Jets
10 – Philadelphia Freedom
11 – Island Girl
12 – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
13 – Mama Can’t Buy You Love
14 – I’m Still Standing
15 – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
16 – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
17 – Can You Feel The Love Tonight

Diamonds (2CD) – Elton John

CD1:
01 – Your Song
02 – Tiny Dancer
03 – Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
04 – Honky Cat
05 – Crocodile Rock
06 – Daniel
07 – Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
08 – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
09 – Candle In The Wind
10 – Bennie And The Jets
11 – The Bitch Is Back
12 – Philadelphia Freedom
13 – Island Girl
14 – Someone Saved My Life Tonight
15 – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
16 – Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
17 – Little Jeannie
CD2:
01 – Song For Guy
02 – Blue Eyes
03 – I’m Still Standing
04 – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
05 – Sad Songs (Say So Much)
06 – Nikita
07 – I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That
08 – Sacrifice
09 – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
10- Something About The Way You Look Tonight
11 – I Want Love
12 – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
13 – Are You Ready For Love?
14 – Electricity
15 – Home Again
16 – Looking Up
17 – Circle Of Life

Diamonds (Limited Edition 3CD Box) – Elton John

CD1:
01 – Your Song
02 – Tiny Dancer
03 – Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
04 – Honky Cat
05 – Crocodile Rock
06 – Daniel
07 – Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
08 – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
09 – Candle In The Wind
10 – Bennie And The Jets
11 – The Bitch Is Back
12 – Philadelphia Freedom
13 – Island Girl
14 – Someone Saved My Life Tonight
15 – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
16 – Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
17 – Little Jeannie
CD2:
01 – Song For Guy
02 – Blue Eyes
03 – I’m Still Standing
04 – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
05 – Sad Songs (Say So Much)
06 – Nikita
07 – I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That
08 – Sacrifice
09 – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
10 – Something About The Way You Look Tonight
11 – I Want Love
12 – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
13 – Are You Ready For Love?
14 – Electricity
15 – Home Again
16 – Looking Up
17 – Circle Of Life
CD3:
01 – Skyline Pigeon
02 – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
03 – Pinball Wizard
04 – Mama Can’t Buy You Love
05 – Part-Time Love
06 – Victim of Love
07 – Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)
08 – Kiss The Bride
09 – That’s What Friends Are For [Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder]
10 – The One
11 – True Love [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
12 – Believe
13 – Live Like Horses [Elton John and Luciano Pavarotti]
14 – Written In The Stars [Elton John and LeAnn Rimes]
15 – This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore
16 – Good Morning To The Night [Elton vs PNAU]
17 – Step Into Christmas

Diamonds (2LP) – Elton John

LP1:
Side A –
01 – Your Song
02 – Tiny Dancer
03 – Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
04 – Crocodile Rock
05 – Daniel
Side B –
01 – Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
02 – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
03 – Candle In The Wind
04 – Bennie And The Jets
05 – Someone Saved My Life Tonight
LP2:
Side C –
01 – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
02 – Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
03 – Song For Guy
04 – Blue Eyes
05 – I’m Still Standing
06 – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
Side D –
01 – Nikita
02 – Sacrifice
03 – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
04 – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
05 – Are You Ready For Love?

 

Two More Newly Remastered Elton John Classics Coming To Vinyl LP

As a service to Elton John fans who are vinyl LP collectors, this next piece of news is absolutely essential.

On June 30, there will be brand NEW 2017 remasters of classic album hits, Tumbleweed Connection (1970), and – my favorite – Honky Château (1972), both to be reissued on 180g-weight vinyl. These add to the previously reissued vinyl editions (on April 28, 2017) of 2016 remasters for: Too Low For Zero (1983), Songs From the West Coast (2001), Madman Across The Water (1971), Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975), Elton John (1970), and 17.11.70 (1971).

If you are a current collector of vinyl, those two Elton John classics are great pick-ups.

New Elton John, Wonderful Crazy Night, Set For February

Elton John Wonderful Crazy NightWith the impending release of the next Elton John album, I certainly have my breath held deeply. In the beginning years of EJ’s long and hits-laden career, his style of music was less Pop-oriented than they eventually became. (And that transition was okay because Elton was rockin’ solid!) It goes without saying that I absolutely adore much of his music leading up to Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which includes the debut of Elton John, Tumbleweed Connection, the phenomenal Madman Across The Water, the even more phenomenal Honky Château, and the creeping transitional Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player. I emphatically climbed back on board with the melancholic Blue Moves.

It doesn’t matter where you or I stand on Elton John, he’s still a master of song.

On February 5th, Virgin Records will release Elton John‘s 33rd album (!), Wonderful Crazy Night. Judging by the pre-release track, “Looking Up”, I’m pleased to say that this song is filled with strong EJ goodness. It’s a track that can go several ways on the spectrum of your Elton fascination scale. It certainly has a strong production standard.

Wonderful Crazy Night will issue on standard CD, Deluxe CD with 2 bonus tracks, DD, and a vinyl LP set.

Keep your fingers crossed.

 

Talia’s Overflow Notes- 06/25/2013

Hello.
Matt has asked me to do a column where I mention music releases that slip by him and also about speculation and rumors that have been popping up online and in print media.  I will be citing the sources of my information.  Matt and I wanted to put this together for the readers of MusicTAP because not everybody has the time to scour music sites and pick up information.  There are two music boards I get a ton of my information from.  They are invaluable to me.  Realistically speaking though, not everybody has the patience to sift through the many threads at these boards.
 I am distilling this down into a one-stop place for you to find out the information.  I am also doing this because I am a firm believer that there should be no such thing as having a monopoly on music release information and speculation.  A lot of huge music fans don’t get to visit music sites.  This is for you so that you can save time.  Please note that what I report is just me cherry-picking based on my interests.  It is not meant to be definitive or all-encompassing.  Mistakes inevitably get made from time to time.
–Steve Talia
Overflow
Jimi Hendrix – As I mentioned over at the comments section of MusicTAP,  Experience Hendrix/Sony via the official bootleg label, Dagger, will be releasing the previously vinyl/bonus download-only Jimi Hendrix-Live In Cologne 1969 on CD for an expected July 9th release.  It is available at AuthenticHendrix.com  This came courtesy of an Experience Hendrix e-mail.
Also for Hendrix fans who missed out on it the first time around and having since gone out of print, Experience Hendrix/Sony is reissuing the 4-CD box set commonly referred to as The Purple Box on August 20.
In the rumored source department, courtesy of the Hoffman Board, the future game plan for Hendrix releases may be as follows: two live shows of which both were recorded and filmed (my speculation is Miami Pop ’68 and Royal Albert Hall ’69).  The old Stages box set (which is long out of print) of four individual shows will be reissued as individual releases.  Whether these come out as widely distributed general Sony releases or on the Dagger label remains to be seen.  After that, more unspecified live shows will be released.
The Kinks – In Kinks news, Muswell Hillbillies: Deluxe Edition will be available from Ume (U.K.) for release on July 15th.  This news is courtesy of both the Hoffman Board and IMWAN.
Elton John – Elton John‘s latest work, The Diving Board, will be available in multiple formats which include vinyl and Super Deluxe Editions will be available on September 16 in the U.K. and on September 24 in the United States on Capitol.  For those of you who can’t wait, pre-orders are already being taken at Elton John’s official website.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – In Emerson Lake & Palmer speculation, a Tweet from Chris Welch indicates that we should expect to hear an announcement in the near future for a (my speculation) 2-CD/1-DVD disc of audio of the Trilogy album.  This news comes from IMWAN.
Led Zeppelin – In high anticipation of the upcoming Led Zeppelin individual album box sets, one tiny bit of word has slipped out that Jimmy Page has been keeping his sound engineer very busy with all of the unreleased live material being included in these sets.  One early round of speculation was that these box sets of each individual album were to likely contain a CD of the re-mastered album, another CD of unreleased studio material appropriate to each album and live tracks and then a potential disc of a 5.1 mix of the album and unreleased film.  No date has been set in stone for these boxes.  The last word was that a chunk of the albums would come out this year, but not all of them.  This news comes from Rolling Stone, the Hoffman Board and IMWAN.
The Beatles – There will also be an upcoming reissue of The Beatles-Live At The BBC on Capitol which is being targeted for September.  It will be a straight reissue.  There will be no new re-mastering.  This comes from the Hoffman Board and IMWAN.
Fleetwood Mac – As it concerns the upcoming Fleetwood MacThen Play On reissue coming from Rhino that Matt reported on first, there is speculation on whether two different versions will be released or not.  The one up for pre-order at Amazon U.K. is the English track lineup with (“Oh Well Parts 1 & 2”) put together.  If it gets put up for pre-order at the domestic U.S., people are wondering if it will be the same track lineup as the one for the one at Amazon U.K. or if the U.S. will get the original U.S. track order.  My guess is that if it does come out in the U.S. as well, it will likely retain the U.K. running order and songs.  This speculation comes from the Hoffman Board.