Elton John's longtime songwriting partner, lyricist Bernie Taupin admitted he was insecure about the pairs earliest songwriting attempts seeing the light of day. Set for release on November 13th is the massive eight-disc box set teeming with rarities and unreleased tracks, titled Elton: Jewel Box, which includes a whopping 148 songs spanning Elton's entire career.
During a chat with Rolling Stone, Taupin came clean with his initial thoughts on the early material seeing release: “Being 100 percent honest, I was a tad hesitant at first. To see the product of our initial attempts at songwriting 50 years after the fact. . . you can imagine it’s a little alarming to reconvene with. I wasn’t sure I wanted people to hear these things, to be honest.”
He went on to say, “I thought I might be embarrassed by their naivety, especially the very, very early work. After all, at that time I was really faking it. The whole idea of how to construct a song was foreign to me. The idea of verse/chorus/bridge was big-pants terminology to me. Back then, I was throwing it down on the page. It was brain-to-pencil sort of freeform. It was a gradual process to find my voice. There was a lot of mimicry involved, a lot of purloining from what was currently a hit. It wasn’t plagiarism. It was trying to join a gang.”