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Austin City Limits Salutes Stevie Ray Vaughan In Epic Hour Airing On October 17

Austin City Limits celebrates an icon with Stevie Ray Vaughan 30 Years On, an epic hour featuring the guitar giant’s two classic appearances on the ACL stage, on the 30th Anniversary of his tragic death. Widely hailed as one of the premier blues-rock guitarists, the Grammy-winning Vaughan made magic in his ACL outings and the broadcast captures his magnetic performances. The installment premieres October 17 at 9pm ET/8pm CT as part of the live music beacon’s Season 46. With live music still on pause, ACL continues to provide viewers a front-row seat to the best in live performance. The series airs weekly on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings) and full episodes are made available online for a limited time at pbs.org/austincitylimits immediately following the initial broadcast. 

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s two iconic appearances on the ACL stage in 1983 and 1989 rank among the most highly-requested episodes in the program’s archives. Stevie Ray Vaughan 30 Years On, an hourlong special, showcases the pair of performances in a rare broadcast, bookends of an incredible career cut short by the guitar hero’s tragic death in a helicopter crash at age 35 on August 27, 1990. The Texas bluesman’s towering command of the Fender Stratocaster was unparalleled, and Vaughan bridged the gap between blues and rock ‘n’ roll with an excitement that hadn’t been witnessed since Jimi Hendrix’s reign, sparking a rebirth of the blues, and inspiring a new generation of music fans. Three decades later, his lasting influence continues to resonate as countless musicians credit Vaughan’s ACL appearances as their inspiration to pick up the guitar. Vaughan and Double Trouble were inducted into the inaugural class of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in 2014 and the hometown legend is forever memorialized with a bronze statue in Austin. 

The thrilling hour opens with Vaughan’s December 1983 ACL debut, with the iconic riff of his signature “Pride and Joy,” as the virtuoso captivates with his passion-fueled guitar music and blistering Stratocaster solos. Performing alongside Double Trouble, featuring Chris Layton on drums and Tommy Shannon on bass, the guitar-slinger soars on a pair of inspired covers: the title track to his 1983 debut album Texas Flood, with a slowburn reading of the Lone Star classic, dazzling with his ability to play the guitar behind his back, and an epic interpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child” that is pure rock ‘n’ roll swagger.

Vaughan made his final ACL appearance on October 10, 1989, less than a year prior to his untimely death, newly sober and at the height of his powers, in a performance for the ages. Delivering back to back highlights from his acclaimed 1989 final album In Step, including “Tightrope,” “Cold Shot” and “Leave My Girl Alone,” Vaughan’s performance is extraordinary, displaying a combination of raw power, deep emotion and technical brilliance with note perfect solos. Augmented by the addition of keyboardist Reese Wynans, Double Trouble and Vaughan sizzle with an exhilarating performance of their 1989 smash “Crossfire,” punctuated by the guitar icon’s scorching runs. “This one goes out to anyone who’s still suffering in any way,” says the all-time great as he launches into the shimmering instrumental “Riviera Paradise,” pushing the guitar to new heights and continuing to explore new boundaries.

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Chip In To Watch The Spinal Tap Virtual Reunion

Chip in to be part of the Pennsylvania Democrats’ Spinal Tap cast reunion with Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and host Patton Oswalt! This one-time live event is only streaming October 14th at 9 PM ET, and every dollar raised goes directly towards ending Trumpism by winning Pennsylvania.

Click HERE to donate!

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Selena: The Series Debuts On Netflix December 4

Today, Netflix debuted the teaser video for Selena: The Series – A coming-of-age story following Selena as she chases her dreams, and the heart-wrenching and life-changing sacrifices she and her family make as they navigate the highs and lows of success, loss, love, and music.  Part one of the two-part series premieres on Netflix on December 4, 2020.

Before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice. The two-part coming-of-age drama Selena: The Series explores the once-in-a-generation performer’s journey as a young artist, from singing small gigs in Corpus Christi with her family to becoming one of the most successful Latin artists of all time — and the years of grit and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together before Selena’s meteoric rise to fame.

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Apple Shares Teaser For Bruce Springsteen Documentary Letter to You

Apple shared a short teaser trailer for Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You, an upcoming Bruce Springsteen documentary that’s set to debut on Apple TV+ on October 23.

The documentary will feature Springsteen recording live with The E Street Band for the first time in 35 years, and it will be available exclusively on Apple Music. From the ‌Apple TV‌+ description of the documentary:

A tribute to the E Street Band, rock ‘n’ roll, and the way music has shaped Bruce Springsteen’s life, this documentary captures Bruce reflecting on love and loss while recording with his full band for the first time since Born in the U.S.A.

The release of the documentary is timed with the release of the “Letter to You” album, which is also launching on October 23. The full album features nine newly released songs along with new recordings of three unreleased compositions from the 1970s.

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Amy Winehouse – The Collection Arrives On December 4

On December 4, The Collection, a 5CD collection featuring the albums Frank, Back To Black and Lioness: Hidden Treasures, will be released via Island/UMe. Frank was Amy’s debut album, originally released on October 20, 2003, and features the hit single “Stronger Than Me” for which Amy won an Ivor Novello Award in 2004. Back To Black, widely regarded as a masterpiece by fans can citics alike,  was originally released on October 27, 2006, and has sold over 16 million copies worldwide to date. It features the singles “Rehab,” “You Know I’m No Good,” “Back To Black,” “Tears Dry On Their Own” and “Love Is A Losing Game.” Lioness: Hidden Treasures is a posthumous compilation album, first released on December 2, 2011, and notably features the Grammy Award- winning duet “Body and Soul” with Tony Bennett.

In addition to these three albums, the set contains Live In London, a concert recorded at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London in 2007 and a collection of remixes from Frank and Back To Black, such as a Hot Chip remix of “Rehab,” and a Kardinal Beats remix of “Love Is A Losing Game.” These two discs appear on CD for the first time as part of this set. 

Preorder The Collection HERE. 

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AC/DC Reunite And Announce New Album PWR UP

 

The heavy metal band AC/DC is back.

The group announced it has reunited with its original members, Brian Johnson on lead vocals, guitarists Angus and Stevie Young, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd.

AC/DC is also releasing a new album called “PWR UP.”

The band released its previous album, “Rock or Bust” in 2014. Johnson left the band during the album’s tour due to hearing issues and was replaced by Axl Rose. Williams left in 2016, and founding member Malcolm Young died in 2017 after being diagnosed with dementia.

In advance of the “PWR UP” release, the band also released a snippet of the single “Shot in the Dark”.

This year, the group observed the 40 th anniversary of its biggest album, 1980’s “Back in Black.” Driven by the singles “You Shook Me All Night Long” and the title track, the album has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.

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The Best of Bond…James Bond Featuring Theme Songs From All 25 Films Out On November 20

On November 20, UMe will release an updated version of The Best of Bond…James Bond, a digital, 2CD and 3LP black vinyl compilation featuring celebrated theme songs from the longest-running film franchise. In addition, a limited-edition gold vinyl will be available exclusively via uDiscover Music and Sound of Vinyl. The new collection will include “No Time To Die” by Billie Eilish from No Time To Die, the 25th film in the series. Also now included will be Adele’s “Skyfall” from Skyfall, the highest-grossing Bond film to date, and Sam Smith’s Spectre theme, “Writing’s On the Wall,” – Oscar winners for Best Song in 2013 and 2016, respectively.

In addition to Billie Eilish, Adele and Sam Smith, included is the signature instrumental “James Bond Theme” by The John Barry Orchestra, which remains one of the most recognizable themes from film. The collection also includes Dame Shirley Bassey (“Goldfinger,” “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Moonraker”). With “Goldfinger,” Bassey achieved her first Top 10 hit, reaching No. 8 on The Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Adult Contemporary charts. Bassey made her Oscars debut at the 85th Academy Awards, where she performed a spectacular rendition of “Goldfinger” as part of the telecast’s James Bond 50th Anniversary tribute, which was celebrated by UMe with vinyl reissues of long-out-of-print soundtracks to Dr. No, Goldfinger and Live And Let Die. 

Along with Louis Armstrong (“We Have All The Time In The World”), Nancy Sinatra (“You Only Live Twice”), Lulu (“The Man With The Golden Gun”), The Best Of Bond…James Bond also includes Paul McCartney & Wings (“Live And Let Die”). Written by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney, performed by Paul McCartney & Wings and produced by former Beatles producer George Martin, the title theme song hit No. 2 on the chart, and it was nominated for both a GRAMMY Award, for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) / Best Background Arrangement, and an Academy Award, for Best Original Song. The single “Live And Let Die” became the first Bond theme song to win a GRAMMY award (Best Pop Vocal Performance, 1973), and the song continues to be a highlight in McCartney’s live performances.

The Best Of Bond…James Bond also features Carly Simon (“Nobody Does It Better”), Tina Turner (“GoldenEye”), Duran Duran (“A View To A Kill”), Sheryl Crow (“Tomorrow Never Dies”), Madonna (“Die Another Day”), Garbage (“The World Is Not Enough”). With the release of “Skyfall,” Rolling Stone compiled its Top 10 James Bond Theme Songs, all 10 of which, of course, appear on this set, including Tom Jones (“Thunderball”) and Matt Monro (“From Russia With Love”).

Preorder The Best of Bond…James Bond HERE.

Track Listing:

Disc 1

1. James Bond Theme – The John Barry Orchestra
2. From Russia With Love – Matt Monro
3. Goldfinger – Shirley Bassey
4. Thunderball – Tom Jones
5. You Only Live Twice – Nancy Sinatra
6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – The John Barry Orchestra
7. We Have All The Time In The World – Louis Armstrong
8. Diamonds Are Forever – Shirley Bassey
9. Live And Let Die – Paul McCartney & Wings
10. The Man With The Golden Gun – Lulu
11. Nobody Does It Better – Carly Simon
12. Moonraker – Shirley Bassey
13. For Your Eyes Only – Sheena Easton
14. All Time High – Rita Coolidge

Disc 2

1. A View To A Kill – Duran Duran
2. The Living Daylights – A-Ha
3. License To Kill – Gladys Knight
4. GoldenEye – Tina Turner
5. Tomorrow Never Dies – Sheryl Crow
6. The World Is Not Enough – Garbage
7. Die Another Day – Madonna
8. You Know My Name – Chris Cornell
9. Another Way To Die – Jack White & Alicia Keys
10. Skyfall – Adele
11. Writing’s On The Wall – Sam Smith
12. No Time To Die – Billie Eilish

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Fake Gig Posters Exhibit Opening Online At Gallery 1988 On September 25

Gallery 1988 has curated some of their favorite print artists to create traditional gig posters – but for fictitious bands from movies and TV shows. 

So, get ready to see some concerts and events you wish you could attend. The pieces will be for sale first on gallery1988.com this Friday (September 25) at Noon PT.

Don’t miss your chance to get this limited artwork. 

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The Beatles: Get Back – The Companion Book To The 2021 Film

Callaway Arts & Entertainment and Apple Corps Ltd. are pleased to announce plans for the global publication on August 31, 2021 of The Beatles: Get Back, the first official standalone book to be released by The Beatles since international bestseller The Beatles Anthology. Beautifully designed and produced, the 240-page hardcover tells the story of The Beatles’ creation of their 1970 album, Let It Be, in their own words. 

Presenting transcribed conversations drawn from over 120 recorded hours of the band’s studio sessions with hundreds of previously unpublished images, including photos by Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney, The Beatles: Get Back also includes a foreword written by Peter Jackson and an introduction by Hanif Kureishi. 

The book’s texts are edited by John Harris from original conversations between John, Paul, George and Ringo spanning three weeks of recording, culminating in The Beatles’ historic final rooftop concert. The Beatles: Get Back will be a special and essential companion to director Peter Jackson’s “The Beatles: Get Back” feature documentary film, set for theatrical release on August 27, 2021.

This intimate, riveting book invites us to travel back in time to January 1969, the beginning of The Beatles’ last year as a band. The Beatles (‘The White Album’) is still at number one in the charts, but the ever-prolific foursome regroup in London for a new project, initially titled Get Back. 

Over 21 days, first at Twickenham Film Studios and then at their own brand-new Apple Studios, with cameras and tape recorders documenting every day’s work, the band rehearse a huge number of songs, new and old, in preparation for what proves to be their final concert, which famously takes place on the rooftop of their own Apple Corps office building, bringing central London to a halt.

Legend now has it that these sessions were a grim time for a band falling apart, but, as acclaimed novelist Hanif Kureishi writes in his introduction to The Beatles: Get Back, “In fact this was a productive time for them, when they created some of their best work. And it is here that we have the privilege of witnessing their early drafts, the mistakes, the drift and digressions, the boredom, the excitement, joyous jamming and sudden breakthroughs that led to the work we now know and admire.”

These sessions, which generated the Let It Be album and film released in May 1970, represent the only time in The Beatles’ career that they were filmed at such length while in the studio creating music. Simultaneously, they were exclusively photographed and their conversations recorded.

The Beatles: Get Back is the band’s own definitive book documenting those sessions. It brings together enthralling transcripts of their candid conversations, edited by leading music writer John Harris, with hundreds of extraordinary images, most of them unpublished. The majority of the photographs are by two photographers who had special access to their sessions—Ethan A. Russell and Linda Eastman (who married Paul McCartney two months later).

Peter Jackson’s documentary film will reexamine the sessions using over 55 hours of unreleased original 16-millimeter footage filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, now restored, and 120 hours of mostly unheard audio recordings. This sumptuous book also features many unseen high-resolution film frames from the same restored footage.

The 240 page hardcover book can be ordered HERE for $60.

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Elton: Jewel Box Rarities Collection Due On November 13

Elton John today announces the forthcoming release of Elton: Jewel Box. Released on November 13th via UMe / EMI, Elton: Jewel Box is an unrivaled collection containing 148 songs spanning 1965 to 2019 on 8CD, 4LP, 3LP, 2LP, digital download, and streaming formats.

The ultimate exploration into Elton’s extensive back catalog, Elton: Jewel Box covers deep cuts, rarities from the earliest stages of his and Bernie Taupin’s musical journey, B-side spanning 30 years, and songs discussed in his best-selling, critically acclaimed 2019 memoir Me. The 8 CD boxset of buried treasures comes in a beautiful hardcover book with the discs housed in the back, all wrapped in an outer slipcase. Each section comes accompanied by extensive notes, including a track-by-track commentary by Elton for Deep Cuts. Three different LP collections are also available to pre-order now – a 4LP gatefold black vinyl set of Deep Cuts (curated by Elton himself), a 3LP gatefold black vinyl set of Rarities and B-side highlights, and a 2LP gatefold black vinyl set “And This Is Me…”. All audio was mastered at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer Sean Magee. With an unprecedented number of previously unheard and unreleased tracks painstakingly excavated from deep within the UMG archives, this is the ultimate treasure trove for Elton John fans.

As a first taster of some of the many gems gathered within Elton: Jewel Box, “Sing Me No Sad Songs” is today unveiled for the very first time. Listen here. Previously unreleased, the track was written and recorded as a band demo in 1969. “Sing Me No Sad Songs” is a fascinating first taste of what was to come from Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin, and one that mentions not one, but two, future smashes in its lyrics – “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” from 1984’s Breaking Heartsalbum and Elton’s first UK chart-topping single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” from 1976.

Speaking of the release, Elton says, “To delve back through every period of my career in such detail for Jewel Box” has been an absolute pleasure. Hearing these long lost tracks again, I find it hard to comprehend just how prolific Bernie and I were during the early days. The songs just poured out of us, and the band were just unbelievable in the studio. I always want to push forward with everything I do and look to the future, but having time during lockdown to take stock and pull these moments from my memory from each era has been a joy. As a devout record collector myself, this project has really excited me, and I couldn’t be happier with the level of craft involved in such a carefully curated, lovingly constructed boxset. I’m sure my fans will enjoy it as much as I have.”

Disc Guide

Discs 1 & 2: Deep Cuts – A selection of personal favorites, curated by Elton. The box set book includes a track-by-track commentary by Elton.

Discs 3, 4, and 5: Rarities 1965 -1971 – Elton’s much sought-after 1960s and early 1970s demos and music that cemented the foundations of the iconic Elton John / Bernie Taupin writing partnership. The compelling, previously unreleased, missing piece in his illustrious career. Daryl Easlea narrates this fascinating story with contributions from those who were there at the time. These discs encompass 65 songs, all but a few of which have been stored in the vaults for more than 50 years. Most of these demos were recorded during sessions before Elton was signed to a recording contract or released his first album. Also included are the first song ever written by Elton and his debut appearance on a record (both “Come Back Baby” – 1965), Elton and Bernie’s first composition (“Scarecrow” – 1967), and newly-unearthed piano/vocal demos of some of Elton’s most acclaimed songs from his early albums. The packaging appropriately contains rare archival artwork and select original lyric sheets.

Discs 6 & 7: B-Sides 1976-2005 – Non-LP tracks and flipsides, never before compiled together. 36 gems that are now given another chance to sparkle – 17 previously only available on vinyl, resulting in all of Elton’s studio B-sides now being offered digitally for the first time in his career.

Disc 8: And This Is Me . . . – To coincide with the release of the updated paperback edition of Me, the final collection celebrates the songs mentioned by name by Elton in his acclaimed autobiography, closing Jewel Box with the 2020 Academy Award-winning duet with Taron Egerton, “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again.”

Tracklist

CD 1: Deep Cuts

1. Monkey Suit – Elton John And Leon Russell
2. Where To Now St Peter?
3. Mellow
4. The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34)
5. Chameleon
6. Gone To Shiloh – Elton John And Leon Russell
7. We All Fall In Love Sometimes
8. Too Low For Zero
9. The Power – With Little Richard
10. All That I’m Allowed
11. The Bridge
12. The New Fever Waltz
13. Stones Throw From Hurtin’
14. The North
15. Hoop Of Fire
16. Boogie Pilgrim

CD 2: Deep Cuts

1. Ticking
2. Crystal
3. All Quiet On The Western Front
4. Tell Me When The Whistle Blows
5. Freaks In Love
6. Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody) – Elton John And Leon Russell
7. The Emperor’s New Clothes
8. House
9. (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket
10. Understanding Women
11. Shoot Down The Moon
12. Have Mercy On The Criminal
13. Blues For Baby And Me
14. My Quicksand
15. Street Kids

CD 3: Rarities Part One: 1965–1968

1. Come Back Baby – Bluesology
2. Mr. Frantic – Bluesology
3. Scarecrow – Piano/tambourine Demo
4. A Dandelion Dies In The Wind – Piano Demo
5. Velvet Fountain – Piano Demo
6. A Little Love Goes A Long Way – Piano Demo
7. If You Could See Me Now – Piano Demo
8. Mr. Lightning Strikerman – Piano Demo
9. Countryside Love Affair – Piano Demo
10. I Could Never Fall In Love With Anybody Else – Piano Demo
11. I Get A Little Bit Lonely – Piano Demo
12. The Witch’s House – Piano Demo
13. Get Out Of This Town – Piano/tambourine Demo
14. Year Of The Teddy Bear – Piano Demo
15. Where It’s At – Piano/percussion Demo
16. Who’s Gonna Love You – Piano/percussion Demo
17. Nina – Band Version
18. Angel Tree – Piano/guitar/tambourine Demo
19. Here’s To The Next Time – Piano/tambourine Demo
20. Thank You For All Your Loving – Band Version
21. Watching The Planes Go By – Band Version
22. When The First Tear Shows – Arranged Band Version
23. Tartan Coloured Lady – Arranged Band Version

CD 4. Rarities Part Two: 1968

1. Hourglass – Arranged Band Version
2. 71-75 New Oxford Street – Band Demo
3. Turn To Me – Arranged Band Version
4. Reminds Me Of You – Piano Demo
5. I Can’t Go On Living Without You – Arranged Band Demo
6. And The Clock Goes Round – Piano Demo
7. When I Was Tealby Abbey – Piano Demo
8. I’ll Stop Living When You Stop Loving Me – Piano Demo
9. Trying To Hold On To A Love That’s Dying – Piano Demo
10. Sitting Doing Nothing – Band Version
11. Regimental Sgt. Zippo – Band Version
12. Cry Willow Cry – Band Demo
13. There Is Still A Little Love – Band Demo
14. If I Asked You – Band Demo
15. Skyline Pigeon – Piano Demo
16. Two Of A Kind – Arranged Band Demo
17. The Girl On Angel Pavement- Arranged Band Demo
18. Smokestack Children – Arranged Band Demo
19. Baby I Miss You – Band Demo
20. All Across The Havens – Piano/Guitar Demo
21. Bonnie’s Gone Away – Piano/Guitar Demo
22. Just An Ordinary Man – Piano Demo
23. There’s Still Time For Me – Piano/Guitar/Tambourine Demo

CD 5: Rarities Part Three: 1968–1971

1. The Tide Will Turn For Rebecca – Piano Demo
2. Dick Barton Theme Devil’s Gallop – Bread And Beer Band
3. Breakdown Blues – Bread And Beer Band
4. Taking The Sun From My Eyes – Arranged Band Version
5. It’s Me That You Need – Band Demo
6. Sing Me No Sad Songs – Band Demo
7. The Flowers Will Never Die – Piano Demo
8. In The Morning – Band Demo
9. Open Your Eyes To The Sun – Band Demo
11. Slow Fade To Blue – Piano/Guitar Demo
12. Rolling Western Union – Piano Demo
13. My Father’s Gun – Piano Demo
14. Amoreena – Piano Demo
15. Burn Down The Mission – Piano Demo
16. Razor Face – Piano Demo
17. Madman Across The Water – Piano Demo
18. Holiday Inn – Piano Demo
19. All The Nasties – Piano Demo

CD6: B-sides Part One: 1976–1984

1. Snow Queen – Elton John And Kiki Dee
2. Conquer The Sun
3. Cartier
4. White Man Danger
5. Tactics
6. Steal Away Child
7. Love So Cold
8. Les Aveux – Elton John And France Gall
9. Donner Pour Donner – Elton John And France Gall
10. J’veux D’la Tendresse
11. Fools In Fashion
12. Can’t Get Over Getting Over Losing You
13. Tortured
14. Hey Papa Legba
15. Take Me Down To The Ocean
16. Where Have All The Good Times Gone? – Alternate Mix
17. The Retreat
18. Choc Ice Goes Mental
19. A Simple Man

CD 7: B-sides Part Two: 1984–2005

1. Lonely Boy
2. Highlander
3. Billy And The Kids
4. Lord Of The Flies
5. Rope Around A Fool
6. Medicine Man
7. I Know Why I’m In Love
8. Big Man In A Little Suit
9. God Never Came Here
10. The North Star
11. Did Anybody Sleep With Joan Of Arc
12. So Sad The Renegade
13. A Little Peace
14. Keep It A Mystery
15. How’s Tomorrow
16. Peter’s Song
17. Things Only Get Better With Love

CD 8: And This Is Me…

1. Empty Sky
2. Lady Samantha
3. Border Song
4. My Father’s Gun
5. All The Nasties
6. I Think I’m Going To Kill Myself
7. Philadelphia Freedom
8. Song For Guy
9. Sartorial Eloquence
10. Elton’s Song
11. Cold As Christmas (In The Middle Of The Year)
12. I Fall Apart
13. Amazes Me
14. The Last Song
15. American Triangle
16. (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Elton John And Taron Egerton

Available to pre-order HERE.

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