Leather Jackets

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Although he had re-formed his 1970s quartet and even reinstated both lyricist Bernie Taupin as well as seminal producer Gus Dudgeon earlier in the decade, Elton John failed to sustain the momentum that informed Too Low for Zero 1983, Breaking Hearts 1984, and to a lesser extent Ice on Fire 1985. Even the most ardent enthusiasts freely admit that Leather Jackets 1986 was nothing more or less than a final fulfillment of his six-album deal with Geffen Records. On top of the half-hearted material and less-than-inspired performances is increasing evidence that John's voice -- which would require a potentially career-ending surgery less than a year later -- is beginning to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Although he had re-formed his 1970s quartet and even reinstated both lyricist Bernie Taupin as well as seminal producer Gus Dudgeon earlier in the decade, Elton John failed to sustain the momentum that informed Too Low for Zero 1983, Breaking Hearts 1984, and to a lesser extent Ice on Fire 1985. Even the most ardent enthusiasts freely admit that Leather Jackets 1986 was nothing more or less than a final fulfillment of his six-album deal with Geffen Records. On top of the half-hearted material and less-than-inspired performances is increasing evidence that John's voice -- which would require a potentially career-ending surgery less than a year later -- is beginning to show signs of extreme fatigue and strain. While these circumstances certainly don't aid this effort, they likewise do not lessen the few bright moments that exist, including the languid and soulful "Slow Rivers" featuring a duet with Cliff Richard, the hopelessly upbeat single "Heartache All Over the World," as well as the middle-of-the-road "Don't Trust That Woman" -- the latter of which is a co-composition between John under the guise of Lady Choc Ice and Cher and sports an opening line of "She's a real ball-buster/Don't trust her." Perhaps the most telling track is the achingly poignant mid-tempo ballad "I Fall Apart." With an understated passion and an almost reserved delivery, it hearkens back to tracks such as "Cry to Heaven" from Ice on Fire or "One More Arrow" off of Too Low for Zero. While not really a highlight per se, Queen enthusiasts should note appearances from Roger Taylor drums and John Deacon bass on the lightweight "Angeline." Over the course of the ensuing months, John reinvented himself by once again embracing his past on the two-disc Live in Australia 1987 -- which spawned the international chart-topping version of "Candle in the Wind."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/1992
  • Label: Universal Mod Afw
  • UPC: 008811049829
  • Catalog Number: 10498
  • Sales rank: 43,688

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Leather Jackets (4:10)
  2. 2 Hoop of Fire (4:14)
  3. 3 Don't Trust That Woman (4:58)
  4. 4 Go It Alone (4:26)
  5. 5 Gypsy Heart (4:46)
  6. 6 Slow Rivers (3:06)
  7. 7 Heartache All over the World (3:52)
  8. 8 Angeline (3:24)
  9. 9 Memory of Love (4:08)
  10. 10 Paris (3:58)
  11. 11 I Fall Apart (4:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elton John Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Cliff Richard Vocals
Kiki Dee Background Vocals
Davey Johnstone Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Roger Taylor Drums
Shirley Lewis Background Vocals
David Paton Bass, Bass Guitar
Albert Boekholt Vocals, Emulator
Alan Carvell Background Vocals
John Deacon Bass
Graham Dickson Percussion
Gus Dudgeon Percussion
Katie Kissoon Background Vocals
Jody Linscott Percussion, Tambourine
Fred Mandel Synthesizer, Keyboards
Dave Mattacks Drums, Vocals
Charlie Morgan Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Gordon Neville Background Vocals
Frank Ricotti Percussion
Paul Westwood Bass
Pete Wingfield Background Vocals
Frank Riccotti Percussion
Technical Credits
Cher Composer
Elton John Composer
Graham Dickson Engineer
Gus Dudgeon Programming, Producer
Fred Mandel Programming
Gary Osborne Composer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Alan Carvell Composer
Lady Choc Ice Composer
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