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

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