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Elton John Deluxe Edition [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Elton John Audio CD
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A former student of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, the man born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in 1947 left school and immediately began his path in the music industry. His first band, Bluesology, was formed in 1961. He would later take his stage name from the Bluesology saxophonist Elton Dean and their charismatic frontman, Long John Baldry. Elton John was introduced to Bernie Taupin ... Read more in Amazon's Elton John Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0010NX2CE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,798 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Your Song
2. I Need You To Turn To
3. Take Me To The Pilot
4. No Shoe Strings On Louise
5. First Episode At Hienton
6. Sixty Years On
7. Border Song
8. The Greatest Discovery
9. The Cage
10. The King Must Die
Disc: 2
1. Your Song
2. I Need You To Turn To
3. Take Me To The Pilot
4. No Shoe Strings On Louise
5. Sixty Years On
6. The Greatest Discovery
7. The Cage
8. The King Must Die
9. Rock And Roll Madonna
10. Thank You Mama
See all 20 tracks on this disc

Product Description

2CD .. -Deluxe- //Digi, Incl. 28-Page Booklet

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton John Deluxe 7 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Another remaster,another addition to Universal's very successful "Deluxe Edition" series.Some of which have been excellent value.We have already seen "Captain Fantastic" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" given very lavish deluxe treatment.According to the extensive essay by John Tobler contained within the booklet of this double cd reissue of one of Sir Elton's career defining early 70's albums for DJM records,it has been released(along with Tumbleweed Connection Deluxe Edition)to commemerate 40 years of recording.And what a wealth of material it contains.It's not so much how good the album sounds,it's all the extra material contained on the second disc,most of which is previously unreleased,that make these new deluxe editions a must have for any fan of Mr.John!
It's not the first remaster of course.Almost all his classic 70's back catalogue was first given a clean up in 1995 by the late Gus Dudgeon,Elton's longtime producer and collaborator.The remainder of the 70's albums and most of the 80's and 90's were finished by 2003.
And for those us who were quick enough to snap them up,six of his classic 70's albums were reissued in Hybrid SACD 5.1 by Universal America's excellent "Chronicles" series a few years back.If you have an SACD player,they are pretty nice sounding surround remixes though the Stereo layer was still the 1995 remaster(track down the deluxe edition of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road:Remastered SACD/+DVD" and you'll understand what I'm talking about).
So onto the 2008 clean up.The albums themselves sound like they were recorded yesterday,very nice indeed.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Reginald Dwight's 2nd album proper was recorded in a week in January 1970 at Trident Studios in London and then released in the spring of 1970. It included the monster hit "Your Song" and after years of soul-destroying session work and an underachieving debut album "Empty Sky", both the single and album finally kick-started Elton John's extraordinary career - which is still strong nearly 40 years after the event (lyrics above). This 2 June 2008 DELUXE EDITION 2CD set is a fully upgraded version of that forgotten album and along with the 2CD DELUXE EDITION of the LP that followed it, "Tumbleweed Connection" (see my separate review) these two beauties are in my books already up there as REISSUES OF THE YEAR.

Here's the layout:
DISC 1 is the 10-track album originally released in the UK in April 1970 on DJM Records DJLPS 406 and in the USA on Uni Records 73090 (39:29 minutes)

DISC 2 is the BONUS DISC with a primo haul of 20 tracks, 17 of which are PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED DEMO, PIANO and BBC VERSIONS. The other 3 tracks are NON-ALBUM SINGLES from the period (69:53 minutes)

PACKAGING:
The LP originally sported a matt gatefold sleeve, which has been faithfully reproduced in the upgraded 28-page booklet that accompanies this set. Along with period photos of Elton, there's a very informative new essay by noted writer JOHN TOBLER, session details on the bonus tracks, both CDs are picture discs and the booklet reflects both the rear sleeve ensemble photo and the lyrics on the inner spread in the same way they were on the gatefold of the original album - all very nice touches indeed. But the big news is the SOUND....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By David Calcano VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
YES!!! The bonus cd is worth the money! the demos are revelatory in every way, you can hear Elton John still a bit shy behind his piano, with a voice waiting to be spread across the world. I will concentrate the review on the bonus tracks, for reviews on the album there are many that you can read, but man, it is a FANTASTIC ALBUM!
The bonus cd starts with a 'Your song' piano only demo which is a beauty in itself, in this album you'll also be able to hear Elton singing along some of the orchestral movements of the final version of the 'Greatest Discovery'. These piano only demo songs just inspire me to write an Indie Movie of true characters and go along with it, they are so truthful, there's no S..t here, and anyone who appreciates music will just love them.

Elton's talent is evident in every song, the melodies are just brilliant, I never get tired of these songs it has so many GREAT moments even forgeting about 'Your Song' which is the big hit. 'Sixty Years On' in its piano version will make you cry... is such a brilliant underrated song.

Seriously these demos are worth the money of this reissue. 'Rock n' Roll Madonna' sounds amazing, with a great groove, although in this one I'd say the band version is superior, which doesn't mean this one is not good though. B-Sides and rarities were already included in the previous reissue (Grey Seal, Bad Side of the of the Moon and Rock n' Roll Madonna) is nice to see they are also included here along with the rest of the goodies into a single cd.

And finally you get three songs from a BBC sessions (Border Song, Your Song and Take me to the pilot) and again they sound naked and truthful... I have many Elton John live albums but the innocence of these recordings are unique.

Let the music play!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply an Elton John classic
Had on vinyl since the early 70s. This is essential for any EJ fan. I bought it for the extras as I still play the vinyl regularly. Well worth it for some great versions. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. G. Blundell
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD ISSUE
For those who delve into the older style Elton ,coupled with the additional disc with edits ;I would certainly suggest this is purchased .
Published 6 months ago by MUSICMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Version
The trouble with Amazon reviews is that often there's no distinction between the bog-standard version or the Deluxe version of a particular CD release. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Philbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement
Purchased as a replacement for a much loved LP....Goodness his voice has melowed over the years, eh?! Great early stuff and beautiful arrangements. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rod Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Great album bad package
First of all this is a great album, Your song, 60 years on, The greatest Discovery and the great King must die to name a few. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. R. G. Prizeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought back to life
This re-issue just shows how good EJ was in those early years and the quality of songs is just amazing combined with a production of simplicity that in my opinion was never created... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2009 by Gary Nichols
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic second album given deluxe treatment
This was the album where Elton John found his voice. Gone were the psychedelic leanings and world-weary vocal stylings of failed debut 'Empty Sky', to be replaced by a dark... Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2008 by Flashbackcaruso
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