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SACD Hybrid+DVD Versions Debut New Acoustic Mix Of “Candle In The Wind”

There is more than one twist on the road to Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Deluxe Edition – 30th Anniversary Edition) (Island/UMe), released December 1st, 2003, not the least of which is that the landmark album has been remastered, remixed and expanded for two formats--a two-SACD Hybrid set and a two-SACD Hybrid package with a “making of” DVD bonus disc. The SACD Hybrid version offers CD stereo, SACD Stereo and SACD 5.1 Surround Sound mixes, the latter startling in its clarity. Only an SACD Hybrid can be played in CD players as well as SACD-capable players.

Both packages also include a debut track. While creating the remarkable 5.1 surround sound mix, producer/engineer Greg Penny started with the original multi-track master reels. In the process he constructed a wonderfully stark and powerful acoustic mix of “Candle In The Wind,” consisting of Davey Johnstone’s acoustic guitars, Elton’s voice, and backing vocals. The Deluxe Edition is remixed by Penny, who produced Elton’s Made In England album (which produced the hits “Blessed” and “Believe”) and as a young fan, actually sat in on the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road originally produced by Gus Dudgeon. Now, 30 years later, Penny has overseen Elton’s first Deluxe Edition--and it is Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

The original double album was #1 for eight weeks shortly after being released in October 1973 and stayed on the Top 200 Albums chart for a week shy of two years. Certified seven times platinum, the album spun off two huge platinum hits-—the #1 “Bennie And The Jets” and #2 title song. “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” went Top 40 and “All The Young Girls Love Alice” became a fan favorite. The album also included the original “Candle In The Wind,” which would become the best-selling song in history via a later version.

Also added to each Deluxe Edition are three b-sides recorded at the sessions but not included on the original album or any version of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: “Jack Rabbit” and “Whenever You’re Ready (We’ll Go Steady Again)” (b-sides for “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting”) and “Screw You (Young Man’s Blues)” (b-side for the title track).

The DVD disc for the SACD Hybrid set is “The Making Of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” a marvelous near-60-minute long episode from the “Classic Albums” TV series revealing the inside story with archive footage and interviews with Elton, lyricist Bernie Taupin, bandmembers Johnstone and Nigel Olsson, producer Gus Dudgeon, orchestrator Del Newman, Tim Rice and others.

The booklet for both versions features newly penned liner notes by noted Elton expert John Tobler, photos of original tape boxes, newly unearthed hand-typed and hand-corrected Taupin lyric sheets, all of the art from the original package and complete lyrics. David Larkham, the original album artwork designer, was brought in to update the artwork as the finishing touch on these spectacular releases.

For further press information regarding Super Audio CD or for interviews with Greg Penny, please contact:

Katie King


Tel : 0208 360 2442

Mobile : 07974 161 179


Glen Goldsmith


Tel: 01483 811 234

Mobile: 07812 766 338


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