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Elton John – I Can’t Go On Living Without You

I Can’t Go On Living Without You has been unveiled to celebrate the release of Elton John’s Jewel Box, released today via UMe. Multiple GRAMMY winner Mark ‘Spike’ Stent (Shawn Mendes, Selena Gomez, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber) has given the unreleased 1968 mix – one of the many gems of Jewel Box – a 2020 polish in time to celebrate one of the most eagerly awaited releases of the year. Watch Here.

The 1968 original captures the sound of a long-lost swinging London and typified the writing-to-order pop that Elton John and Bernie Taupin had been contracted to Dick James Music to deliver for other artists to cover.

Written and recorded at DJM studios in Central London in Spring 1968, “I Can’t Go On Living Without You” was selected for consideration for the UK’s Eurovision Song Contest entry the following year. Six songs were chosen for the public vote for Lulu to take the winner forward to the competition’s final in Madrid that March. To get to the final six for songwriters of that day was prestigious enough. Another aspiring team – Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber – submitted a song entitled “Try It And See,” which, according to Rice, didn’t even make the final 50. A year or so later, new lyrics were provided, and it became “Herod’s Song” in Jesus Christ Superstar.

“I Can’t Go On Living Without You” was sung by Lulu on her BBC1 primetime show Happening For Lulu on Saturday, February 1, 1969. “Back then, Eurovision wasn’t quite the orgy of embarrassment it is now, but still, it wasn’t like Pink Floyd, and Soft Machine were queuing up to get involved,” Elton wrote in his acclaimed, best selling memoir Me. In fact, he revealed, although credited to Bernie, he had written the lyrics by himself. On the following Monday, the composing team Bill Martin and Phil Coulter (who had written the previous year’s Eurovision entry,  Congratulations) reviewed I Can’t Go On Living Without You, the fourth of the six contenders, in the Daily Express. Martin wrote, “I strained my ears to hear a non-existent melody coupled with a pathetic lyric.” Coulter added, “a very unimaginative title for what is just a dull and uninteresting song.” Elton wrote in his diary on Monday, February 3: “Went into the office. General reaction to Lulu – not very good.”

When the final result came through a fortnight later, the song had come sixth in the audience poll. Out of six. It had received 5087 votes. Ironically, it was beaten into last place by a song called Are You Ready For Love? (but not the one Elton was to take to No. 1 in 2003). The song that Lulu did take forward, “Boom Bang-A-Bang,” garnered 56476 votes.

Although Lulu was to be the joint winner of Eurovision that year, “I Can’t Go On Living Without You” did attract some cover versions; Cilla Black recorded it on her 1970 album, Sweet Inspiration; Pickettywitch singer Polly Brown released it on the flip side of “So In Love” in 1973, and Sandie Shaw’s version belatedly came out in 2004.

Now it’s time to hear the Elton original for the first time. ‘I Can’t Go On Living Without You’ is three fabulous minutes of the zingy easy listening pop of the day, with a catchy chorus and a memorable hook.

The track is accompanied by a new lyric video from Ladybug Studios where, like the track itself, the song’s swingin’ 60s vintage will be given a fresh and contemporary twist. It features images of Elton and Bernie from the period.

Elton: Jewel Box is available now as deluxe 8CD and 9LP box sets, standalone 4LP, 3LP, and 2LP breakouts. On streaming services, we’re celebrating its wealth of rarities, deep cuts, and B-sides via a series of regular three-song batches, culminating with the complete ‘Jewel Box’ appearing, in full, in March for Elton’s 75th birthday.

Shania Twain – The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition

International icon Shania Twain, the best-selling female country artist of all-time in the US, announced the 25th anniversary of her GRAMMY-winning breakthrough album with The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition, on Good Morning America August 14 during their “Summer Concert Series.” Watch the performances below.

Available now, via Mercury Nashville/UMG Recordings, Inc., the Diamond Edition contains a newly remastered version of the genre-busting, multi-platinum album.  The Diamond Edition also includes previously unreleased tracks, live recordings, and mixes that trace the evolution of an album that changed the way country music sounded. The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition will be available in two- and three-CD configurations, with the remastered album available in LP and Limited-Edition color variant LP versions, as well.

Listen or pre-order The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition now HERE. Pre-order The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition now and receive the “Any Man Of Mine” digital EP, which includes the remastered album track, the Live From Las Vegas version, and the Shania Vocal Mix.

The three-CD box set contains 16 previously unreleased tracks, including five live performances recorded in December 2019 during Twain’s residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, and an entire “Shania Vocal Mix” containing early takes of 11 songs from nearly a year before the album’s release. In addition to the five Las Vegas performances, the “Live & Remixed” disc, available on both the two- and three-CD editions, features two tracks recorded in September 1998 at Dallas’ Reunion Arena for the Shania: Live DVD that also was carried on DirecTV; and nine remixes that show how Twain and producer, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, continued to adapt her sound as she began to cross into pop and international markets – and even into dance clubs.

Eight of the 12 songs from The Woman in Me appeared on Billboard’s country singles chart, with four – “Any Man of Mine,” “(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!,” “You Win My Love” and “No One Needs to Know” – reaching No. 1. “Any Man of Mine” also gave Twain her first Top 40 crossover hit. The Woman in Me spent 29 weeks atop the country albums chart and was 1995’s best-selling country album. It won a GRAMMY for Best Country Album in 1996 and later was ranked No. 8 on CMT’s list of 40 Greatest Country Albums.

The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition is accompanied by a 48-page booklet containing liner notes from Twain, a 3,000-word essay written by renowned pop-culture journalist Eve Barlow, and photographs from John Derek, Albert Sanchez, Mark Tucker, Bo Derek, and Alexander E. Harbaugh.

The Woman in Me, Twain’s second album, debuted at No. 65 on the Billboard country chart in February 1995, entering the Billboard 200 three weeks later at 197. The album continued to climb steadily, finally hitting No. 1 on the country chart in July, the same week “Any Man of Mine”became Twain’s first chart-topping country single. By that point, the album was already gold; by the end of 1995, it had sold 4 million copies, making it the year’s top-selling country album. In 1996, it passed Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits to become the best-selling album by a female country artist (a title Twain’s 1997 follow-up, Come on Over, would claim in 1999). The Woman in Me reached Diamond status for shipments of 10 million copies in 1997, then 12 million in 2000. It has sold an estimated 20 million copies worldwide.

Twain has sold 48 million albums in the US, making her the sixth best-selling female artist in the country, and 100 million albums worldwide. She is the only female artist to have three consecutive albums certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association for shipments of 10 million units.

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SHANIA TWAIN – THE WOMAN IN ME – DIAMOND EDITION TRACK LISTS

LP / LIMITED-EDITION LP

THE WOMAN IN ME – REMASTERED ALBUM

1.     Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore) (Side A)

2.     Any Man Of Mine (Side A)

3.     Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? (Side A)

4.     (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! (Side A)

5.     The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You) (Side A)

6.     Is There Life After Love? (Side A)

7.     If It Don’t Take Two (Side B)

8.     You Win My Love (Side B)

9.     Raining On Our Love (Side B)

10.  Leaving Is The Only Way Out (Side B)

11.  No One Needs To Know (Side B)

12.  God Bless The Child (Side B)

2CD

THE WOMAN IN ME – REMASTERED ALBUM

1.     Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore)

2.     Any Man Of Mine

3.     Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?

4.     (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!

5.     The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You)

6.     Is There Life After Love?

7.     If It Don’t Take Two

8.     You Win My Love

9.     Raining On Our Love

10.  Leaving Is The Only Way Out

11.  No One Needs To Know

12.  God Bless The Child

LIVE & REMIXED

1.     You Win My Love [Live From Las Vegas]

2.     No One Needs To Know [Live From Las Vegas]

3.     Any Man of Mine [Live From Las Vegas]

4.     Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under [Live From Las Vegas]

5.     (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Live From Las Vegas]

6.     Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under [Dance Mix]

7.     Any Man Of Mine [Alternate Mix – Without Steel Guitar]

8.     The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You) [International Acoustic Version – Without Steel Guitar]

9.     (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Dance Mix]

10.  (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Mutt Lange Mix]

11.  You Win My Love [Mutt Lange Mix]

12.  God Bless The Child [Single Mix – Country Version]

13.  God Bless The Child [Single Mix – Without Banjo]

14.  (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Live/DirecTV Mix]

15.  Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is/The Woman In Me/You’ve Got A Way [Medley – Live/DirecTVMix]

3CD

THE WOMAN IN ME – REMASTERED ALBUM

1.     Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore)

2.     Any Man Of Mine

3.     Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?

4.     (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!

5.     The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You)

6.     Is There Life After Love?

7.     If It Don’t Take Two

8.     You Win My Love

9.     Raining On Our Love

10.  Leaving Is The Only Way Out

11.  No One Needs To Know

12.  God Bless The Child

LIVE & REMIXED

1.     You Win My Love [Live From Las Vegas]

2.     No One Needs To Know [Live From Las Vegas]

3.     Any Man of Mine [Live From Las Vegas]

4.     Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under [Live From Las Vegas]

5.     (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Live From Las Vegas]

6.     Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under [Dance Mix]

7.     Any Man Of Mine [Alternate Mix – Without Steel Guitar]

8.     The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You) [International Acoustic Version – Without Steel Guitar]

9.     (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Dance Mix]

10.  (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Mutt Lange Mix]

11.  You Win My Love [Mutt Lange Mix]

12.  God Bless The Child [Single Mix – Country Version]

13.  God Bless The Child [Single Mix – Without Banjo]

14.  (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Live/DirecTV Mix]

15.  Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is/The Woman In Me/You’ve Got A Way [Medley – Live/DirecTVMix]

THE WOMAN IN ME – SHANIA VOCAL MIX

1.     Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore)

2.     The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You)

3.     No One Needs To Know

4.     Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?

5.     Is There Life After Love?

6.     If It Don’t Take Two

7.     You Win My Love

8.     Any Man Of Mine

9.     Raining On Our Love

10.  (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!

11.  Leaving Is The Only Way Out

Raymond Weil New Limited Edition Tango Chronograph

Luxury Swiss watchmaker, RAYMOND WEIL is proud to unveil a new music collaboration as part of its Music Icons Series. The Marshall Amplification Limited Edition timepiece part of the tango collection

pays tribute to the iconic amplifier and speaker cabinet, renowned for being used by the most iconic musicians of all time. This exclusive watch pays homage to the distinctive style and appeal of Marshall, playing on generous volumes to delightful effect.

RAYMOND WEIL is delighted to unveil its newest music collaboration which pays tribute to the legendary British manufacturer – Marshall Amplification. The unique timepiece incorporates subtle design cues, influenced by Marshall’s iconic product design and intricate detailing. Measuring 43mm in diameter, the new Marshall Limited Edition is generously proportioned, revealing a bold, masculine aesthetic, whilst maintaining the timeless appeal of its product designs.

The case is presented in black PVD and the dial surface replicates the appearance of an amplifier’s external grille. The white ring around the circumference of the dial mirrors the finish of the Marshall amps, while the dial decoration recalls the Marshall “defender” paper. The indexes and hands are lined with SuperLuminova®, delivering optimal readability. The chronograph’s gold colored panda sub-dials, inspired by the amps sound buttons, measure elapsed time periods, while the black sub-dial displays the running seconds. The timepiece is completed with a date display positioned between 4 and 5 o’clock. The watch is presented on a black leather strap, paired with a black PVD folding clasp.

Distinguishing this watch as a limited edition, the numbered case-back is engraved with the iconic Marshall logo and is presented with a certificate of authenticity. The lot is delivered in a custom made watchbox inspired by the aesthetic of their signature amp. Limited to 1,000 pieces, the new Marshall Limited Edition represents another powerful performance from the watch brand synonymous with the musical universe.

Using decades of carefully handed down watchmaking expertise to interpret musical influences into its product designs, music remains the main inspiration for RAYMOND WEIL. Marshall Amplification further extends the collaboration with the music industry and its history of working with some of the world’s most recognized and celebrated artists and Brands. #RWmarshall

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