As previously reported, this year's Record Store Day will be celebrated with three release dates. The titles coming out on the first of these dates, August 29th, will include a deluxe double LP marking the 50th anniversary of Elton John. This contains a previously unreleased demo of Border Song.
The demo was provided by PMC owner Peter Thomas, who was approached by Universal Music and Elton's management company, Rocket Entertainment. Peter is a longtime collector of Elton's early music and it was when he was working at BBC Radio on a programme about Trident Studios (where Elton John was recorded) in the late seventies that he received a copy of various EJ demos.
Thomas said: ''Elton is in great voice and this demo includes a fine piano solo too. It is sure to be sought after by other fans of Elton's work. In many ways I prefer this demo to the release as its rawness and simplicity suit the lyrics and sentiment of the song--one of living together in peace, a familiar theme for music from this period. It is unusual in that the lyrics, normally only written by Bernie Taupin, were finished off by Elton in the final verse and transformed the sentiment of the song.''
PMC (which stands for the ''Professional Monitor Company') is a UK-based manufacturer of professional monitor and audiophile speaker systems. Customers have included Elton, Stevie Wonder, Prince and Robbie Williams.
Incidentally, in 2011, when T Bone Burnett received the President's Merit Award from the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy in L.A., Thomas presented a pair of AML2 monitors to the producer. This also marked the 10th anniversary of the Wing, so an event billed as Shaken, Rattled & Rolled, was held at the Village recording studios. Elton and Leon Russell sent video messages of congratulation. Both served as honorary event co-chairs in recognition of the work Burnett did on their collaborative album, The Union, which was mixed with AML2 monitors.