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Elton John "To Be Continued" 4 Cassette Box Set BRAND NEW

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Album Features
UPC: 008811011048
Artist: Elton John
Format: Cassette
Release Year: 1990
Record Label: MCA (USA)
Genre: Glam Rock, Rock & Pop
Number Of Discs: 4

Details
Contributing Artists: John Lennon, Kiki Dee, Millie Jackson, France Gall
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Recording Type: Mixed
Recording Mode: Stereo
SPAR Code: DDD

Album Notes
This collection includes 3 previously unreleased tracks and 18 that were previously not available in the U.S. It also contains a 40 page booklet with liner notes by Eric Lustbader and interviews with Elton John and Bernie Taupin.Personnel includes: Elton John (vocals, piano); John Lennon (vocals, guitar); France Gall, Kiki Dee, Millie Jackson (vocals).Digitally remastered by Tim Young (Townhouse, London, England) and Gus Dudgeon (Tape One, London, England).This four-CD set has had a somewhat confused history, mostly owing to licensing changes and the mergers and acquisitions of various record labels. Prepared in the late '80s by MCA Records, which had the rights to Elton John's U.S. catalog, To Be Continued... marked a major improvement over the sound of his extant CDs of the period. But MCA's rights lapsed in the 1990s, and the Elton John catalog reverted to Polydor Records, which put it back out in upgraded editions on the Island Records label. This set was deleted by 1994, and was soon selling for serious amounts of money as a collector's item. Then, in 1999, MCA's parent company, Universal Music, bought Polydor, and suddenly this box reappeared. As to its virtues, the 68 songs here include all of the highlights of the first 25 years of Elton John's career -- not just the hits and the notable album tracks, but outtakes, unissued live tracks, and demos. Disc one opens with the first original song that Elton John ever recorded, a solo composition called "Come Back Baby," cut with Bluesology, his mid-'60s band, and also includes the solo demo of "Your Song" and a previously unissued outtake of "Gray Seal"; their presence alone ensures that most fans will regard this set as a must-own item. There's nothing quite as compelling as those early treasures, but disc two and disc three do pull together all of the essential sides from across ten years of history, including John's work with John Lennon, Kiki Dee, and France Gall, and includes a previously unissued live version of "I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)." Disc four, covering the years 1982-1990, is highlighted by the single mix of "Act of War," featuring Millie Jackson, and a previously unissued live version of "Carla Etude." The accompanying booklet includes some very interesting reminiscences by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, but obviously not enough on the specific tracks -- the producers felt compelled to add in a free-standing sheet detailing recording dates and personnel. Astonishingly, the sound on this set has held up extremely well, despite its dating back to the 1990 -- one can hear Caleb Quaye and Les Thatcher's guitars cleanly on the outtake of "Gray Seal," and the piano, bass, and orchestra on "Friends" are close and vivid. And the more recent stuff sounds even better. It's a rare occurrence in pop music reissues, especially with all of the upgrades in sound, sources, and technology going on all of the time, but producer Andy McKaie built something to last with this box. ~ Bruce Eder

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