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
Sleeping with the Past is the 22nd studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released on 29 August 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.