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Elton John prepping 40th Anniversary 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' set

10/7/2013

Elton John is waiting until 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of his groundbreaking Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album, which was released 40 years ago this week (October 5th, 1973). The project, which has been in the works for some time, even had the "Rocket Man" reaching out to fans via his website (EltonJohn.com) asking them to contribute memorabilia, photos, ticket stubs, and magazine articles from the era to help with the package.

Although very little is known about the project -- which will be Elton's first major foray into a single album commemorative set -- a CD of covers is being readied by producer Peter Asher and a full remastering of Elton's original album seems likely. In 2003 Elton re-issued the album in surround sound, adding several bonus tracks, and a special "Making Of" DVD. There's been no word as to whether the new set will feature the same extras or all new bells and whistles for 2014.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which was Elton John's seventh studio set, hit Number One in the U.S. on November 10th, 1973 and topped the charts for eight consecutive weeks. The album, which was his third straight chart-topper, featured the hits "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" (#12), "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" (#2), and "Bennie And The Jets" (#1). A mainstay of FM radio since its release, classic tracks featured on Goodbye Yellow Brick Road are its opening number, "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding," "Candle In The Wind," "Grey Seal," "Sweet Painted Lady," "All The Girls Love Alice," and "Harmony," among others.

Peter Asher, who started his career off in the '60s as part of Peter & Gordon, before going on to produce and manage the likes of James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, was hired by Elton to produce the covers CD of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road for the upcoming package: "This is a bonus CD, the thing I'm doing for Elton. It's a bonus CD of eight or nine songs, with a completely re-done, remastered, repackaged, remarketed version. So far, I've done Miguel doing 'Bennie And The Jets,' which is unbelievably great -- he's brilliant. Fall Out Boy have done 'Saturday's Alright For Fighting,' Ed Sheeran's done 'Candle In The Wind,' and I've got The Band Perry doing a song. It's going to be amazing -- I'm very excited about it."


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