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Release date: 24th March 2022
Format: 2LP, 2CD
Elton John’s 1972 album Honky Château is reissued for its (belated) 50th anniversary. The album features songs such as the transatlantic top 10 single ‘Rocket Man’, ‘Honky Cat’ and ‘Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters’ and was very much Elton’s step into global superstardom. Recorded at the now legendary Château d’HérouvilleIt (25 miles north-west of Paris) it was originally released in May 1972, and kicked off a stream of classic albums including 1973’s Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
2CD - The double CD offers the original album, a newly created selection of outtakes from the original session tapes and eight live recordings from the Royal Festival Hall show in 1972, where the tracks received their live debut, just a few days after being recorded at the Château. It includes a 40-page booklet with an essay featuring interviews from those who were there at the time.
2LP - The 2LP vinyl edition includes the nine session demos but not the Royal Festival Hall live performances. It comes with a booklet featuring an essay and images e