"The album I’ve been waiting to make for decades." Elton said that about The Diving Board, but he needn’t have; you can hear it, plain as day. Stripped down to just piano, bass, drums and vocals (like in the early days), Elton sings a compelling crop of new songs penned with Bernie Taupin and plays three piano interludes himself. Producer T Bone Burnett helped Elton find the sound he was searching for, a sound that rings true on either CD or double-180-gram vinyl. The deluxe edition CD adds a bonus song from the sessions, Candlelit Bedroom, plus three of the album’s songs recorded live at Capitol Studios: Home Again; Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight), and The New Fever Waltz. Super deluxe edition comes in a specially designed embossed box and includes the deluxe CD, the vinyl set, a DVD with the Capitol Records studio performances and behind-the-scenes footage, a case-bound photo book and an exclusive art print (some "deluxe editions" throw that word around lightly; this one does not). Oscar Wilde Gets Out; A Town Called Jubilee; Can’t Stay Alone Tonight; Take This Dirty Water, and The Ballad of Blind Tom are among the other magical moments on Elton John’s first new studio album in seven years…a glorious return to the sound of his breakthrough years! Capitol.
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