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This gatefold 3-LP set brings together highlights from the "Jewel Box" 8-CD box set and includes selections of Elton's much sought-after 1960s and early 1970s demos, never previously released, and a series of Elton's non-album B-sides. Rarities 1965 -1971 - Elton's much sought-after 1960s and early 1970s demos and music that cemented the foundations of the iconic John-Taupin writing partnership. The compelling, previously unreleased, missing piece in his illustrious story. B Sides 1976-2005 - Flipsides, never before compiled together. Those B-Side gems that are now given another chance to sparkle.
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Huddie William Ledbetter (January 23, 1888 - December 6, 1949), better known by the stage name Lead Belly, was an American folk and blues singer, musician and songwriter notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the folk standards he introduced, including his renditions of "Goodnight, Irene", "Midnight Special", "Cotton Fields", and "Boll Weevil".
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The String Queens trio is a Washington, DC based group of all-black women musicians (1 violinist, 1 violist, 1 cellist) who perform multiple genres of music including pop, classical, jazz, R&B, and gospel just to name a few. The String Queens have played at a variety of venues, for numerous artists including Whitney Houston, Solange Knowles, Janelle Monae, Larry Graham, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Estelle, Aretha Franklin and many more.
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Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 - June 15, 1996) was an American jazz singer, sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing, timing, intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.
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Blondie is an American rock band co-founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band were pioneers in the American punk and then the new wave scene of the mid-1970s in New York. Their first two albums contained strong elements of these genres, and although highly successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978. Over the next three years, the band achieved several hit singles including "Heart of Glass", "Call Me", "Rapture" and "The Tide Is High". The band became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop, reggae, and early rap music.
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Curated by Elton himself and taken from the "Jewel Box" 8-CD boxset, this 4LP gatefold black vinyl album takes a trip through a glittering career encompassing his favorite hidden gems and overlooked classics from a staggering body of work.
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Yekwon Sunwoo (born February 10, 1989 in Anyang) is a South Korean classical pianist. In 2017, at 28 years old, Sunwoo was the first Korean to win the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He won the Sendai International Music Competition in 2013.
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William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 - April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. He led the group for almost 50 years, creating innovations like the use of two "split" tenor saxophones, emphasizing the rhythm section, riffing with a big band, using arrangers to broaden their sound, and others. Many musicians came to prominence under his direction, including the tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, the guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry "Sweets" Edison, plunger trombonist Al Grey, and singers Jimmy Rushing, Helen Humes, Thelma Carpenter, and Joe Williams.
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