Elton John has today (16) shared three more tracks from the upcoming, expansive rarities collection Elton: Jewel Box. The lead among them is “Here’s To The Next Time,” which will be part of the Rarities CD 3 in the box set, which follows on November 13.
The slow, bluesy track was recorded at DJM Studios in late 1967, when the artist was still known as Reg Dwight. This recording is the demo of the number that became the B-side of his debut single “I’ve Been Loving You,” released in March 1968, by which time he had become Elton John.
The second track in the new three-song preview of the anthology is “Billy And The Kids.” It will be featured on CD7, the second of two discs titled B-Sides 1976-2005. The uptempo song from 1986, which captures the superstar’s style of the period, was only released as the B-side of “Slow Rivers,” Elton’s much-underrated duet with Cliff Richard. That was the second single from that year’s Leather Jackets album. Many devotees thought that “Billy And The Kids” was deserving of a place on the LP.
The last of the three newly-unveiled vintage tracks is from CD2 of the Deep Cuts in Jewel Box, personally chosen by Elton. “Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)” is his duet with longtime hero, the late Leon Russell, from their 2010 collaboration album The Union. The heartfelt ballad was the penultimate track on the record.
The box set collection of deep cuts, rarities and flipsides has already been previewed with the tracks “Sing Me No Sad Songs” and “Regimental Sgt. Zippo.” The box will contain 148 songs beginning in 1965 with his first appearance on disc, with Bluesology on “Come Back Baby,” and concluding in 2019. It will be available on 8CD, 4LP, 3LP, 2LP, digital download, and streaming formats.
Elton: Jewel Box is released on November 13. Pre-order it here.