Goldmine magazine has given Jewel Box five stars in its review.
The writer says that Elton has delved into his archives to create an anthology offering a different sort of perspective on his ''storied career'' and with over a third of the tracks previously unreleased, it should appeal to longtime fans.
''The set takes a thematic approach,'' says the review, and the two 'Deep Cut' CDs are where one can find songs that Elton believes have been overlooked.
''It's fun to learn that he considers Mellow, from Honky Chateau, 'the best piano solo I've ever recorded.' Similarly, you'll listen to The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909-1934) from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road differently after realizing John considers its fantastic band performance'' to be an example of his seventies touring lineup at its finest.
But the reviewer thinks the three 'Rarities 1965-1971' discs are likely to be the ones that fans listen to first.
''They're great fun to explore. They start with the simplicity of 'Come Back Baby.' It's also fascinating to hear the demo Scarecrow, that marks the first time John set music to the lyrics of his lyricist Bernie Taupin.''
Goldmine also has a longer piece on Elton: more details are coming soon.