Wednesday 11pm: Feature LP: Elton John – Sleeping With The Past (1989)

April 17, 2019
Editor In Chief

Sleeping with the Past is the 22nd studio album by the English singer-songwriter Elton John, released on April 29, 1989. It is his best-selling album in Denmark (where it was recorded) and is dedicated to his longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin. The album features his first solo number-one single, “Sacrifice”, in his home country of the UK, which helped the album also hit number one there, his first since 1974’s Elton John’s Greatest Hits. John and Taupin meant for the songs to reflect the style of 1960s R&B icons such as Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, whom they admired. It also became his first platinum album in the UK since 1983. In the US it was certified gold in October 1989 and platinum in April 1990 by the RIAA. Guy Babylon made his debut on this album and would continue to play keyboards with John for the next 20 years, while Fred Mandel left the band shortly after. John went into rehabilitation in 1990.

“Durban Deep” – 5:29
“Healing Hands” – 4:31
“Whispers” – 5:28
“Club at the End of the Street” – 4:52
“Sleeping with the Past” – 4:54
“Stones Throw from Hurtin'” – 4:45
“Sacrifice” – 5:06
“I Never Knew Her Name” – 3:29
“Amazes Me” – 4:37
“Blue Avenue” – 4:33
“Dancing in the End Zone” – 3:55
“Love Is a Cannibal” – 3:53

Wednesday 10pm: Feature LP: Elton John – Reg Strikes Back (1988)

April 17, 2019
Editor In Chief

Reg Strikes Back, released June 24, 1988, is the twenty-first studio album by Elton John. It was his self-proclaimed comeback album, and his own way of fighting back against bad press. The “Reg” in Reg Strikes Back refers to John’s birth name, Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

In the US the album was certified gold in August 1988 by the RIAA.

This was the last album that bassist Dee Murray (albeit without bass) appeared on prior to his death in 1992. Additionally, Nigel Olsson, the longtime drummer for John’s band, appears (sans drums) on backing vocals. The tracks “I Don’t Wanna Go On with You Like That” and “A Word in Spanish” peaked at No. 2 and No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. John brought back record producer Chris Thomas for the album. This is the first studio album to be recorded and released after John’s throat surgery the previous year. The album cover featured costumes from John’s collection that he decided to put up for auction.

“Town of Plenty” – 3:40
“A Word in Spanish” – 4:39
“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two” – 4:12
“I Don’t Wanna Go On with You Like That” – 4:35
“Japanese Hands” – 4:40
“Goodbye Marlon Brando” – 3:30
“The Camera Never Lies” – 4:36
“Heavy Traffic” – 3:30
“Poor Cow” – 3:50
“Since God Invented Girls” – 4:54
“Rope Around a Fool” – 3:48
“I Don’t Wanna Go On with You Like That” (Shep Pettibone Mix) – 7:16
“I Don’t Wanna Go On with You Like That” (Just Elton and His Piano Mix) – 4:37
“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two” (The Renaissance Mix) – 6:19

Tuesday 11pm: Feature LP: Elton John – Leather Jackets (1986)

April 16, 2019
Editor In Chief

Leather Jackets, released October 15, 1986, is the twentieth studio album by Elton John. Recorded at Sol Studios in England and Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands, it was his first album not to have any top 40 singles in either the US or the UK since 1970’s Tumbleweed Connection, which had no singles released from it. It is also the poorest-charting album of his career.

“Leather Jackets” – 4:10
“Hoop of Fire” – 4:14
“Don’t Trust That Woman” – 4:58
“Go It Alone” – 4:26
“Gypsy Heart” – 4:46
“Slow Rivers” (Duet with Cliff Richard) – 3:06
“Heartache All Over the World” – 4:17
“Angeline” – 3:24
“Memory of Love” – 4:08
“Paris” – 3:58
“I Fall Apart” – 4:00

Tuesday 10pm: Feature LP: Elton John – Ice On Fire (1985)

April 16, 2019
Editor In Chief

Ice on Fire, released November 4,1985, is the nineteenth studio album by Elton John. Recorded at Sol Studios, it was his first album since Blue Moves produced by his original long-time producer, Gus Dudgeon. David Paton and Charlie Morgan appear for the first time on bass and drums respectively, replacing original band members Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson. Fred Mandel, who had played with John during the Breaking Hearts tour, also contributed guitar and keyboards. George Michael, then of Wham!, appears on two tracks on the album: “Nikita” and “Wrap Her Up”. Other notable guests include Nik Kershaw, Sister Sledge, Pino Palladino, Mel Gaynor and Millie Jackson, who duetted with John on “Act of war”. Roger Taylor and John Deacon of Queen play drums and bass guitar on “Too Young”.

The album was met with little praise, and only reached #48 on the US charts, although it reached #3 in the UK. “Nikita” and “Wrap Her Up” became top 20 hits, the former reaching #7 in the US and #3 in the UK. In the US it was certified gold in June 1986 by the RIAA.

“This Town” – 3:56
“Cry to Heaven” – 4:16
“Soul Glove” – 3:31
“Nikita” – 5:43
“Too Young” – 5:12
“Wrap Her Up” – 6:21
“Satellite” – 3:57
“Tell Me What the Papers Say” – 3:40
“Candy by the Pound” – 3:56
“Shoot Down the Moon” – 5:09
“Act of War” (Duet with Millie Jackson) – 4:43
“The Man Who Never Died” – 5:12
“Restless” (Live 1984) – 4:25
“Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” (Live 1977) – 3:23
“I’m Still Standing” (Live 1984) – 4:52

Thursday 11pm: Feature LP: Elton John – Breaking Hearts (1984)

April 11, 2019
Editor In Chief

Breaking Hearts, released June 18, 1984, is the eighteenth studio album release for Elton John. It features the quartet of John, Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson. There were four top-40 singles from the album: “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” (US #5), “Who Wears These Shoes” (US #16), “In Neon” (US #38), and the UK No. 5 hit “Passengers”.

“Restless” – 5:17
“Slow Down Georgie (She’s Poison)” – 4:10
“Who Wears These Shoes?” – 4:04
“Breaking Hearts (Ain’t What It Used to Be)” – 3:34
“Li’l ‘Frigerator” – 3:37
“Passengers” – 3:24
“In Neon” – 4:19
“Burning Buildings” – 4:02
“Did He Shoot Her?” – 3:21
“Sad Songs (Say So Much)” – 4:55

Thursday 10pm: Feature LP: Elton John – Too Low For Zero (1983)

April 11, 2019
Editor In Chief

Too Low for Zero (stylized as 2 ↓ 4 0), released May 30,1983, is the seventeenth studio album release by Elton John. The album marked a comeback for John, whose previous four albums had failed to yield many enduring international hit singles, and had disappointing sales compared to his string of hit records released during the first half of the 1970s. It is his best selling album of the 1980s, earning Platinum certification by both the RIAA and the British Phonographic Industry. It produced several hit songs, each accompanied by successful MTV music videos, and it spent over a year on the Billboard album chart.

“Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)” – 4:19
“I’m Still Standing” – 3:02
“Too Low for Zero” – 5:46
“Religion” – 4:05
“I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” – 4:41
“Crystal” – 5:05
“Kiss the Bride” – 4:22
“Whipping Boy” – 3:43
“Saint” – 5:17
“One More Arrow” – 3:34
“Earn While You Learn” – 6:46
“Dreamboat” – 7:34
“The Retreat” – 4:46

Wednesday 11pm: Feature LP: Elton John – Jump Up (1982)

April 10, 2019
Editor In Chief

Jump Up! is the sixteenth studio album release by Elton John. It was released April 9, 1982 by The Rocket Record Company except in the US and Canada, where it was released by Geffen Records.

The album includes “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)”, a tribute to John Lennon (who had also signed to Geffen for the release of Double Fantasy, which is now owned by EMI). This is one of the first few LPs that showcases John singing in a deeper voice, as can be heard in songs such as “Blue Eyes”, “Princess”, “Ball and Chain” and “Spiteful Child”. “Legal Boys” was written by John and Tim Rice, who later wrote lyrics for The Lion King and The Road to El Dorado. This is the last studio album in which James Newton-Howard played keyboards (he played keyboards again on the soundtrack of Gnomeo & Juliet less than 30 years later).

1. “Dear John” 3:28
2. “Spiteful Child” 4:11
3. “Ball and Chain” 3:27
4. “Legal Boys” 3:08
5. “I Am Your Robot” 4:42
6. “Blue Eyes” 3:25
7. “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)” 5:05
8. “Princess” 4:55
9. “Where Have All the Good Times Gone?” 3:58
10. “All Quiet on the Western Front” 6:00

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