Burberry has partnered with Elton John to release a limited edition vinyl LP box set of six of his classic albums. Selected by John himself, this unique set of records comprises six remastered albums originally released between 1970 and 2001, including one album previously unreleased on vinyl.
Available exclusively to Burberry in a limited edition run of 800 copies worldwide, the collection of vinyl LPs is presented in a specially designed Burberry box, each individually numbered, flecked with gold glitter and embossed with John’s signature in gold lettering. The 180-g, 12-inch vinyl LPs include all the original artwork and sleeve notes. The albums were remastered from the original tapes by legendary engineer Bob Ludwig, and the vinyl cut at the renowned Abbey Road Studios in London.
“I’m really thrilled to see these albums reintroduced in such stylish form,” John says. “Choosing these six wasn’t easy; however, I think they are a very good representation of my catalog between 1970 and 2001. It’s been a pleasure as always to work with Burberry and in particular Christopher Bailey – a dear friend. Producing these albums was a real labor of love for everyone involved.”
The box set will be available beginning November 1st exclusively at Burberry stores across Asia, Europe, Canada and the US and at Burberry.com for $375.
This partnership continues a long-standing relationship between the musician and fashion company. John most recently appeared in the brand’s Billy Elliot inspired Festive campaign last year.
THE FEATURED ALBUMS
The earliest album in the box set, originally released in 1970, this was the first album to launch John into the spotlight, with a track list including “Your Song” and “Take Me To The Pilot.”
John’s first live album was named after the date on which it was recorded in front of an intimate audience at famed A&R Studios in New York, with his original band of piano, bass and drums, and was released in 1971. This became his fourth album to simultaneously appear in the Billboard Top 100 charts in the US – a feat that had not been accomplished by any artist since The Beatles.
Madman Across the Water
Released in 1971, and selected for this box set by John as one of his “favorite albums of all time,” it includes his classics “Tiny Dancer” and “Levon” as well as the epic “Indian Sunset” – a centerpiece of his current Million Dollar Piano concerts in Las Vegas.
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
Released in 1975, this autobiographical record detailing the early days of John and Bernie Taupin’s song writing partnership, was primarily written in the music room aboard the final voyage of the ocean liner SS France from Southampton to New York. The album was the first by any artist to enter at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in the US.
Too Low For Zero
Recorded on the Caribbean island of Montserrat and released in 1983, this was the first album in seven years to be completely comprised of songs written by John and Taupin. Also reuniting his 1970’s band, the track list includes “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues,” “One More Arrow,” “I’m Still Standing” and “Kiss the Bride.”
Songs From the West Coast
Previously unreleased on vinyl, this album was recorded in multiple studios across California and released in 2001. Featuring the hit singles “I Want Love,” “This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore” and “Original Sin,” this is one of John’s favorite albums “all the way through, from start to finish.”
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