Elton John commemorated the 40th anniversary of his classic album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by reissuing it as a remastered CD, 2CD Special Edition and “Super Deluxe” edition.
The Super Deluxe collection features a remastered version of the album and rare demos and outtakes taken from the original recording sessions. Of particular interest is a separate disc of covers by contemporary artists like Miguel, Fall Out Boy, Emeli Sandé, Hunter Hayes, Ed Sheeran, and many more.
Miguel takes on the piano man’s hit single “Bennie and the Jets”, while Fall Out Boy put their own spin on “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”. Sheeran tackles the ballad “Candle In the Wind”, Sandé contributes a cover of “All The Girls Love Alice”, and Hunter Hayes gives his own rendition of the title track. The Super Deluxe edition also comes with exclusive concert footage from Elton John’s 1973 performance at the Hammersmith Odean in London, the documentary Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye to Norma Jean and Other Things, and a beautiful 100-page book.
Forty Years Later
“I didn’t ever envisage being a star. It happened so quickly and so stupidly. Suddenly, from nowhere, I was in the same room as George Harrison. I couldn’t believe it.” – Elton John
Elton John was at his prolific peak when Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was written and recorded in a span of just two weeks. In 2003, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The 30th anniversary deluxe edition that was released that year was not as prolific as this year’s remastered set, with only four bonus B-side tracks and remixes. Yet its induction and commemoration only highlighted the long way Elton John has come in his musical career.