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"Yellow Brick Road" Gets Surround Reissue

Thirty years after its original release, Elton John�s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road will be reissued in Surround Sound 5.1 in expanded form November 11th. The remastered two-disc reissue will include three B-sides -- "Jack Rabbit," "Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again)" and "Screw You (Young Man's Blues)" -- recorded during the sessions for the album but never paired with the original album material. A limited-edition deluxe version of the package will include a DVD documenting the making of the album, featuring interviews with Elton John, lyricist Bernie Taupin and late producer Gus Dudgeon.
Greg Penny -- who produced Elton John's 1995 album, Made in England -- handled remastering duties for the project and inadvertently created the collection's principal attraction, an acoustic version of "Candle in the Wind" with only vocals and guitar.
"I was looking for anything that would be a bonus I could add to the album that wouldn't betray the quality of the whole record," Penny says. "I happened to solo up the lead vocal and acoustic guitars to check the relationship between the two in the mix. I played it for Elton, and he loved it. It's very simple, and it's a wonderful way to end the album." Penny was also present for much of the original recording of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in France -- he was seventeen at the time -- and the package will include photos he took during the sessions. "I was probably Elton's biggest fan at that time," says Penny. "I was a young guy who wanted to be a record producer. I saw Elton do his vocals, and I saw all the background vocal sessions, and then I went back to England with Elton. When I got home none of my friends would believe it."
Penny will soon begin remastering John's first fourteen albums, from Empty Sky to Blue Moves, in Surround Sound.
COLIN DEVENISH (rollingsstone.com)

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