To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which was reissued this week, DiS has a very special Elton John competition.
Critics sling around terms like 'seminal' and 'game-changing' an awful lot, but Sir Elton's seventh album really is a genuine classic. 40 years on, his 15-million selling breakthrough album has been remastered and re-issued on CD, vinyl, limited-edition yellow vinyl, and in a box set featuring recording of ‘Live At Hammersmith 1973’ on CD, a DVD of Bryan Forbes’ 1973 film ‘Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye To Norma Jean and Other Things’, along with a 100-page illustrated hardback book packed with rare photos, memorabilia and a new essay containing interviews with Elton John and Bernie Taupin. You can pick up your copy from store.eltonjohn.com.
Also included on the Deluxe Edition and box set versions is a suite of nine new cover versions of classic songs from 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' performed by Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, Fall Out Boy, Hunter Hayes, Imelda May, John Grant, Miguel featuring Wale, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band.
DiS has been given a 7" test pressing of 'Benny & The Jets', signed by Sir Elton. It's a super-rare artefact, in fact, we hear this is the only one in existence!
Elton is well known for being "on it" with new music. Just last year, in a chat with the Guardian he spoke about his love of DiS-favourites These New Puritans and Factory Floor. With this in mind and for a chance to win this one-of-a-kind prize, simply tell us:
Who would you love to hear cover an Elton John song?
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. DiS' editorial team will pick a winner on Sunday 30th March at 5pm. We will also compile a playlist of some of your suggestions, publish them on DiS and send them over for Elton's consideration.
p.s. Kate Bush has set the bar quite high for Elton John covers...