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Elton John has released a new unreleased track from his rarities box set, Jewel Box, with “Hourglass.”

In a brief statement on the track, Sir Elton said, “Recorded on March 10, 1968 in just one take, the song was originally titled ‘The Hour Glass’ and featured on Elton’s unreleased debut album ‘Regimental Sgt. Zippo’.”

“Hourglass” can be heard below and is available for streaming/download here.

Jewel Box was released in November 2020 and spans John’s career from 1965 to 2019. In total, the box set features 148 songs all curated by Sir Elton ranging from rare b-sides and other deep cuts.

In a statement on the box set, John said, “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.”

John continued, “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.”

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