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Star Tells ''Goldmine'' About Vast Music Collection And What Went Into Making ''Jewel Box''

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Elton's Jewel Box is on the cover of the January 2021 issue of Goldmine magazine. Inside are some photos, including one of EJ playing DJ, and another of him with ''the brother I never had,'' Bernie Taupin.

 
There's also an interview with the pop maestro himself--about his new box set, record collecting habits, and more.
 
Elton said that Jewel Box allowed him to ''rediscover all of this music that I created and haven't heard in ages. It brought me back to so many wonderful memories and only solidifies just how blessed I am to have my career, my memories, and my family.''
 
In addition, Elton talked about how he chose the material for Jewel Box, noting that he has a team and archivist behind him, and that he didn't hesitate when assessing tracks he did with Leon Russell on The Union album.
 
The 73-year-old was asked about another collaborator, Little Richard. They recorded The Power for his Duets album, and Elton said he wanted to do something with him ''in a style he was not really known for. I wanted it to be in the gospel style similar to his 1965 single, I Don't Know What You've Got But It's Got Me.''  He considers this to be one of the greatest moments of his life.
 
Looking further back, Elton recalled that Tony King, who was then working for music publisher Dick James, came up with the idea of having a session supergroup. The Bread and Beer Band consisted ot Elton, members of Hookfoot, the Hollies' Bernie Calvert, percussionists Lennox and Rolfo, and vocalist Liza Strike. A sampling appears on Jewel Box. 
 
Elton also spoke about his own record collection. Although he previously sold 70,000 items, including singles, LPs, 8-track tapes, cassettes, and compact discs at a Sotheby's auction to raise funds for his AIDS charity, the rocker has managed to amass ''over 120,000 CDs and 15,000 pieces of vinyl,'' which are stored in ''my home shelves  so I can access whatever I want, whenever I want.''
 
As for what he wants now, Elton would like ''any vinyl by Lewis Taylor. There is nothing available from him on vinyl at the moment.''
 
The magazine has already gone out to subscribers and will be on the newsstand in the U.S. at select Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Millionand record stores. 
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