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un de mes albums préféres de sir elton des 80s. Commence par un superbe morceau rock DEAR JOHN (lettre de rupture) en passant par différentes collaboration avec des auteurs tels que Tim Rice (Le roi lion) LEGAL BOYs (sur le divorce de l'auteur), Gary Osborne BLUE EYES (incontournable !) mais aussi des titres moins connus comme WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD TIMES GONE au tempo d'enfer et au ton nostalgique. PRINCESS est un hommage à Lady Diana (encore vivante en 82 !). l'auteur Bernie Taupin (l'alter ego d'elton) y est aussi présent sur 5 titres sur 10 dont notamment sur l'écriture du somptueux EMPTY GARDEN (hommage cette fois à feu John Lennon est sans doute son plus beau texte à ce jour). Plus tard sur la face b de Nikita, on trouvera THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED qui rend aussi hommage au défunt Beatles.
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Jump Up and Down!2 mai 2004
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Elton John had started the 80s with a huge hit called Little Jeannie from a solid album called 21 At 33. He followed that album with the similar but lukewarm The Fox. Well hold on. Because on this outing, Elton John wakes up and hits the ground running. If you thought he was down and out, he was preparing his fans for a release that was truly the jump start of his career in the 1980s. Jump Up contains some outstanding songs. Dear John, Spiteful Child, Legal Boys, Blue Eyes, Empty Garden, Where Have All The Goodtimes Gone and All Quiet On The Western Front. The production has never been stronger with thanks to Chris Thomas for giving these songs a real shine without over doing it. The tight production on songs like Spiteful Child and Legal Boys measure up to anything that came before this effort. Elton sings convincingly and with a self-assurance that resembles his best known work. The ache in his voice during Empty Garden, the wonderful tribute to John Lennon is moving. Elton has said he had fun making this release and it shows. He and producer Chris Thomas started to gel and while the hits Blue Eyes and Empty Garden may overshadow this album, it was a perfectly well executed album that deserves to be heard.
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Elton begins his comeback4 juillet 2003
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Elton made it clear he was going to be a force to reckon with on Jump Up. Yielding two top 15 singles, Blue Eyes and the John Lennon tribute Empty Garden, Jump Up! is Elton's most consistent effort since Captain Fantastic in 1975. Jump Up is a great sounding album with a variety of great songs. Spiteful Child and I am your Robot are punkish rockers; Princess and Empty Garden are classic Elton ballads; Blue Eyes is a Frank Sinatra-esque tune; Dear John is a bouncy rocker; Where have all the good times gone? is a great philly-soul sounding song. There aren't any bad songs here and the album has a bouyant, energetic and polished feel to it. In my opinion, it is one Elton's best of the 1980s.
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One Of Elton's Very Best And Still Holds Up Nearly Twenty Five Years Later.....28 décembre 2006
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"Jump Up!" was one of Elton John's best albums from the 1980s, and I think it still holds up quite well today. It was Elton's first album with producer Chris Thomas, who would produce most of Elton's 1980s and 1990s albums, and the last album featuring songs co-written with lyricist Gary Osborne. Recorded on the West Indian island of Montserrat, "Jump Up!" truly captures Elton at one of his happiest moments in the 1980s, backed ably by a fine studio band which included long-time associate, bassist Dee Murray, and legendary studio session drummer Jeff Porcaro, best known for his work with his band Toto and of course, with Michael Jackson too. The album harkens back to Elton's early to mid 1970s sound, with an eclectic range of pop ballads and uptempo rockers. The two songs which most listeners will recognize are the Elton John/Gary Osborne ballad "Blue Eyes", which was recorded later by none other than Frank Sinatra, and the Elton John/Bernie Taupin ballad "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)", which is Elton's bittersweet homage to the late John Lennon; both songs still rank as among the finest ballads ever composed by Elton in his nearly forty-year long career. And yet these aren't the only fine songs on "Jump Up!"; even the song which I regard as the weakest on the album, the Elton John/Bernie Taupin ballad "All Quiet On The Western Front" - the songwriting team's musical tribute to World War One's Western Front - I'd regard as one of their most memorable compositions. In other words, "Jump Up!" is that rarity among Elton John albums, one which truly doesn't have a lackluster song on it (My other favorites include the Elton John/Gary Osborne ballad "Princess", the Elton John/Bernie Taupin Philly Soul tribute rocker "Where Have All the Good Times Gone", the Elton John/Gary Osborne rocker "Dear John" (It features a fine guitar solo from none other than Pete Townshend of The Who!), the Elton John/Tim Rice ballad "Legal Boys" (their very first collaboration, long before Disney's "The Lion King"), and last, but not least, the Elton John/Bernie Taupin cyberpunkish rocker "I Am Your Robot".). Without question, I would regard "Jump Up!" as an essential Elton John album that should be acquired by both diehard fans and others interested in his music.
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A Solid Summery Album19 juillet 2003
Keith T. Pells
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A year after 1981's somewhat tepid response to that year's majestic and stately album "The Fox" (see my review for that album), Elton John broke out of the gate with "Jump Up!". While "The Fox" was subdued and understated, "Jump Up!" came out rocking and fun. Recorded in Montsarrat, it feels like an album that was recorded at leisure while on holiday. From the thundering opening drums of "Dear John", the album as a whole is upbeat. Only the two American Singles "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)" and "Blue Eyes" were ballads. "Dear John" rocked harder and louder than anything he'd done since "Rock Of The Westies" (though not quite as hard as 1984's "Li'l Frigerator" from the "Breaking Hearts" album (see my review for that album)). Like the "21 At 33" album (see my review for that album), the arrangements and production values were crisp and pointed. The piano in "Spiteful Child" has punch to it, the synth-solo in the Summer-y "Princess" (released as a single outside the United States) has a sense of urgency. But every now and then, John surprises his listeners and records a "period piece". A track that highlights the musical flavourings of the moment without going overboard (NOTE TO JOHN: I'd love to hear an all instrumental album from you someday). Prime examples up to this point were disco (from the "Victim Of Love" album - DEFINETELY see my review of that album) and Philly-Soul from "The Thom Bell Sessions". With "Jump Up!", the period piece is "I Am Your Robot". With elements of electronica and industrial along the lines of A Flock Of Seagulls' "I Ran", "I Am Your Robot" remains one of my favorite John tracks. Only John can give credibility to lyrics like "I am your robot, I'm programmed to love you...my serial number is 4-4-3-5-7". Great stuff! Like most of his 80's output, the album closes with a stately more solemn number. In this case, it's "All Quiet On The Western Front" (released as a single outside the United States). With hymn-like vocals front-and-center, the track mirrors the bleakness and despair of war. The arrangement builds throughout, with a church organ brining it to a soaring conclusion. My father (a Korean War veteran) loves this song. Like the other 1979-1984 import remasterings, the only drawback is the lack of bonus tracks. There were some great b-sides available, such as "Lonely Boy" and "Take Me Down To The Ocean". In fact, "Ocean" is one of his best written and arranged b-sides, right up there with "Love Sick" (available as a bonus track on 1978's "A Single Man"). But with great packaging and liner notes, the remastering only enhances the sound, making this album a welcomed return to the spotlight in the John catalog. Those of you who prefer John's 70's output should take a closer look throughout the 80's. Though more of a "singles artist" during this time, there were some great records!
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A Comeback26 septembre 2003
David L Grow
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Elton found himself floundering by the end of the 70's--"Victim Of Love" and "The Thom Bell Sessions" were critical and commercial disasters. 1979's "Single Man" revealed Elton--now openly gay-- staring down the world. Gone were the glasses and the feather boas that were his trademark--replaced by contacts and songs like "Big Dipper," a tossed gauntlet to even the most open-minded of homophobes. Elton was not happy and the music reflected that. Suddenly in 1980, "Jump Up" appears and we can all breathe a sigh of relief. The album opens with "Dear John," a rolicking ode to failed love where Elton sounds very much like his old ass-kicking self. "Empty Garden," a tribute to his friend John Lennon sets a sobering but beautiful mood which feels very Beatlesque. Other highlights on the record are "Legal Boys," a stark confessional both poingiant and lyrically powerful and "All Quite On The Western Front." "Where Have All the Good Times Gone?" gets a solid C plus and "Princess" has an engaging chorus amid it's slight R&B feel. It's new territory for Elton but he makes it work. What doesn't work are the silly and very forgettable tracks like "I Am Your Robot" and "Ball and Chain" which was a total rip-off of "Queen of Hearts." "Blue Eyes" is a pretty song but it sounds like Elton was a runner-up in the Elvis impersonation contest and the production is a bit too much Nelson Riddle. Overall, without question, there are only two albums from Elton in the Eighties worth having, Jump Up and Too Low. Get em both.