Leather Jackets

Leather Jackets

by Elton John
     
 

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 onSee more details below

Overview

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:
05/19/1992
Label:
Universal Mod Afw
UPC:
0008811049829
catalogNumber:
10498
Rank:
44494

Tracks

  1. Leather Jackets  - Elton John
  2. Hoop of Fire  - Elton John
  3. Don't Trust That Woman  - Elton John
  4. Go It Alone  - Elton John
  5. Gypsy Heart  - Elton John
  6. Slow Rivers  - Elton John
  7. Heartache All over the World  - Elton John
  8. Angeline  - Elton John
  9. Memory of Love  - Elton John
  10. Paris  - Elton John
  11. I Fall Apart  - Elton John

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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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