Elton John’s classic 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is now available in Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos mixes to mark its 50th anniversary. The high definition mixes are launched alongside a new collection of merchandise inspired by the LP and its memorable artwork.
Elton’s official store offers such new items as “Bennie and the Jets” T-shirts, a “psychedelic daisy” tee and another with a close-up of the portrait of the star as featured on the album cover. Another of the timeless hits from the record, “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” is featured in a tattoo design raglan and a crewneck and there are various hoodies available with artwork of Elton, including one with a tracklisting for the LP.
The 17-track album has now sold an estimated 20 million copies worldwide and is often regarded as the high point of Elton’s bejeweled catalog. There has been much online conjecture among fans in recent months about the potential arrival of the high-res editions.
As explained on Elton’s website at the time of producer Greg Penny’s new Atmos mix of the Diamonds compilation, the word derives from “atmosphere” and is technology created by Dolby Laboratories. Originally, this was for use in modern movie theaters and big budget action films, but it is now being developed for music, primarily available to the consumer via Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Tidal. Diamonds was released in Atmos in March, to coincide with Elton’s 75th birthday.
Other recent Dolby Atmos releases have included the Rolling Stones’ definitive compilation Forty Licks, Sheryl Crow’s breakthrough album Tuesday Night Music Club and other such landmark records as the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, newly mixed by Giles Martin, and Dire Straits’ Brothers In Arms, by Guy Fletcher.
Listen to Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album in its new Dolby Atmos mix.