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Elton John - Jump Up (2003) Retail CD
The Jump Up album of 1982 found Elton starting to fire on all cylinders again. After the sheer intensity of the early 'seventies cuminating in the flawed masterpiece of Blue Moves, he and Bernie had run out of steam. The late 'seventies and early eighties saw him experiment with new musical styles - typified by the frankly dreadful Victim of Love. He also branched out with new writing partners including Tom Robinson and Judie Tzuke. Chief amongst these collaborators was Gary Osbourne, a lyricist who would write to melodies that Elton had composed. With Bernie the lyric had always come firstmore…. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this lent a Moon, June, Spoon feel to much of Osbourne's output. However, by Jump Up they were actually producing some good stuff. 'Blue Eyes' is perhaps the only John/Osbourne classic, but 'Dear John' is a driving rocker enlivened by Jeff Porcaro's beefy drumming and 'Princess'is a decent piece of pop. Interesting on this album is a first collaboration with future Oscar winning partner Tim Rice. 'Legal Boys' is a pained tale of divorce and displays a lyrical depth rare in pop songs. But, the main point of Jump Up was that Bernie (despite having never really left the scene) was back as chief lyricist. 'Empty Garden', Bernie's heartfelt and shocked response to the assassination of their good friend John Lennon was the first classic John/Taupin composition for half a decade. Yes it is 'funny how one insect can damage, so much grain'. 'Where Have all the Good Times Gone,' is a nostalgic rocker by two men heading towards middle age and 'All Quiet on the Western Front' a tender eulogy to the Great War dead. The latter Elton was wont to describe as the worst selling single in Phonograms history - it certainly wasn't part of the new romantic zeitgeist and was a surprising choice of single. There is filler here; 'Robot' is plain silly, 'Spiteful Child' is unfocused bitter misogyny which Bernie can write in his sleep. Too much filler to make this a great album. But, the Jump Up tour saw him back on the road with Nigel Olsson, Dee Murray and Davey Johnstone and rockin' crowds all over the world. 1983 would see the classic Too Low For Zero album of exclusive Taupin compositions with its three hit singles. In this context Jump Up can be seen as heralding the second coming of (the future Sir) Elton John. Re-mastered, great, but why no bonus tracks? There were planty of B sides around at the time that could have found a home here.
|3||Ball and chain|
|5||I am your robot|
|7||Empty garden (hey hey Johnny)|
|9||Where have all the good times gone|
|10||All quiet on the Western Front|
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