Tag: Elton John

Saturday 12am ET: Feature LP: Elton John – The One (1992)

The One is the twenty-third studio album by the English singer-songwriter Elton John, released on June 22, 1992. It was recorded at Studio Guillame Tell in Paris, produced by Chris Thomas and managed by John Reid. The album was dedicated to Vance Buck, and its cover artwork was designed by Gianni Versace.

The One spent three consecutive weeks at #2 without reaching #1 in the UK, being kept off the top spot by Lionel Richie’s Back to Front compilation. However, it was John’s biggest selling album in the US since 1975. The One was certified 2x platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Olle Romo collaborated with John and lyricist Bernie Taupin on one song, “Runaway Train”, on which Eric Clapton sings a duet with John. Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour makes an appearance playing guitar on “Understanding Women”. John’s long-standing drummer, Nigel Olsson and female backing vocalist Kiki Dee (who had duet with John on the hit song “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”) and longtime guitarist Davey Johnstone provided backing vocals on a few songs.

This was John’s first album project since his rehabilitation from drug and alcohol addictions and bulimia in 1990. This is the last studio album to feature his Roland RD-1000 digital piano. John started playing a Yamaha Disklavier piano shortly after.

“Simple Life” – 6:25
“The One” – 5:53
“Sweat It Out” – 6:38
“Runaway Train” – 5:23 (Duet with Eric Clapton)
“Whitewash County” – 5:30
“The North” – 5:15
“When a Woman Doesn’t Want You” – 4:56
“Emily” – 4:58
“On Dark Street” – 4:43
“Understanding Women” – 5:03
“The Last Song” – 3:21
“Suit of Wolves” – 5:37
“Fat Boys and Ugly Girls” – 4:13

Friday 12am ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Sleeping With The Past (1989)

Sleeping with the Past is the 22nd studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released on August 29, 1989.  It is his best-selling album in Denmark (where it was recorded for tax purposes) and is dedicated to his longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin.  The album featured his first solo #1 single, “Sacrifice”, in his home country of the UK, which helped the album also hit #1 there.  John and Taupin meant for the songs to reflect the style of 1960’s 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’s Too Low for Zero, and was also certified Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA.  Guy Babylon made his debut on this album and would continue to play keyboards with John for the next 20 years.  Fred Mandel left the band shortly after.

“Durban Deep” – 5:32
“Healing Hands” – 4:21
“Whispers” – 5:30
“Club at the End of the Street” – 4:49
“Sleeping with the Past” – 4:58
“Stones Throw From Hurtin'” – 4:55
“Sacrifice” – 5:11
“I Never Knew Her Name” – 3:32
“Amazes Me” – 4:39
“Blue Avenue” – 4:21
“Dancing in the End Zone” – 3:55
“Love Is a Cannibal” – 3:55

Thursday 12am ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Reg Strikes Back (1988)

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

Wednesday 12pm / 3pm / 6pm ET – Elton John Top 100 with Ron Kovacs (Part 1 / 2 / 3)















Wednesday 12am ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Leather Jackets (1986)

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 12am ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Ice On Fire (1985)

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

Monday 12am ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Breaking Hearts (1984)

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