Jump Up!

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Jump Up! 1982 was Elton John's first full LP to have been recorded in the 1980s, and is best remembered for including "Empty Garden Hey Hey Johnny," John and lyricist Bernie Taupin's tribute to the their slain friend John Lennon. While the pair had been writing together again, albeit infrequently, since the late '70s, John continued to include material written with his primary non-Taupin collaborator, Gary Osborne. The latter team had previously scored big with "Little Jeannie" on John's 21 at 33 1980, and to a lesser degree with the noir ballad "Chloe" from The Fox 1981. However, on Jump Up!, the quality of material ranges from the absurd and inane "I Am Your Robot" and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Jump Up! 1982 was Elton John's first full LP to have been recorded in the 1980s, and is best remembered for including "Empty Garden Hey Hey Johnny," John and lyricist Bernie Taupin's tribute to the their slain friend John Lennon. While the pair had been writing together again, albeit infrequently, since the late '70s, John continued to include material written with his primary non-Taupin collaborator, Gary Osborne. The latter team had previously scored big with "Little Jeannie" on John's 21 at 33 1980, and to a lesser degree with the noir ballad "Chloe" from The Fox 1981. However, on Jump Up!, the quality of material ranges from the absurd and inane "I Am Your Robot" and the insipid breakup opener "Dear John" to the sublime beauty of "Blue Eyes" and the cathartic value of the aforementioned "Empty Garden Hey Hey Johnny." The dramatic "Legal Boys" is an understated masterpiece, marking the first public effort between John and Sir Tim Rice. The pair would garner Tony and Grammy awards 12 years later for their work on the original motion picture soundtrack to the animated feature film The Lion King 1994. John's backing band includes many of the same musicians who contributed to his most recent recordings. Representing the "classic" personnel are Dee Murray bass and post-Captain Fantastic 1975 recruit James Newton-Howard keyboards. Fleshing out the core combo are studio guitarist extraordinaire Richie Zito and Toto drummer and another highly regarded session heavy Jeff Porcaro. Steve Holly, who worked with Wings as well as John circa A Single Man 1978, guests on the tracks "I Am Your Robot" and "Ball & Chain," the latter also featuring guest guitarist Pete Townshend. While far from a total washout, Jump Up! would remain tethered in the wake of the follow-up, Too Low for Zero 1983, marking a reunion between John and both his "classic" 1970s combo and Taupin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2003
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 044007711224
  • Catalog Number: 771122
  • Sales rank: 56,379

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elton John Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Pete Townshend Guitar
James Newton Howard Synthesizer, Conductor, Electric Piano
Steve Holly Drums, Tambourine, Syndrum, Synthesizer Drums
Dee Murray Bass, Background Vocals
Gary Osborne Vocals, Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Richie Zito Guitar
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer
Chris Thomas Producer
James Newton Howard String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
David Costa Original Design Concept
Greg Fulginiti Mastering
Gary Osborne Composer
Bill Price Engineer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Tim Rice Composer
John Tobler Sleeve Notes
Chris Thomas Producer
Anthony Clavet Contributor
Patti Wilson Contributor
Jane Hitchin Tape Research
Zoe Roberts Tape Research
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