Elton John - Leather Jackets

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Posted on Fri, 10/03/2014 - 9:06am
by John MacMillan

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Release Type

Studio Album

Release Year

1986

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Label

The Rocket Record Company

 

Album Overview

Leather Jackets, released in 1986, is the twentieth official album release for Elton John. Recorded at Sol Studios in England and Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands, it was his first album to not create 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.

Tracks

TrackTitleDuration
1Leather Jackets
Notes

Acoustic Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Drum Programming: Gus Dudgeon
Percussion: Graham Dickson
Percussion: Gus Dudgeon
Sequenced By: Fred Mandel
Synthesizer: Fred Mandel

2Hoop Of Fire
Notes

Acoustic Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Backing Vocals: Alan Carvell
Backing Vocals: Davey Johnstone
Backing Vocals: Katie Kissoon
Backing Vocals: Pete Wingfield
Bass: David Paton
Drums: Dave Mattacks
Engineer: Stuart Epps
Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Percussion: Frank Ricotti
Synthesizer: Fred Mandel

3Don't Trust That Woman
Notes

Acoustic Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Bass: David Paton
Drums: Charlie Morgan
Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Percussion: Graham Dickson
Percussion: Jody Linscott
Synthesizer: Fred Mandel
Written-By: Cher
Written-By: Lord Choc Ice

4Go It ALone
Notes

Acoustic Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Backing Vocals: Alan Carvell
Backing Vocals: Davey Johnstone
Backing Vocals: Gordon Neville
Backing Vocals: Shirley Lewis
Drums: Charlie Morgan
Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Percussion: Charlie Morgan
Percussion: Graham Dickson
Percussion: Gus Dudgeon
Sequenced By: Fred Mandel
Synthesizer: Fred Mandel

5Gypsy Heart
Notes

Acoustic Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Backing Vocals: Alan Carvell
Backing Vocals: Davey Johnstone
Backing Vocals: Gordon Neville
Backing Vocals: Shirley Lewis
Bass: David Paton
Drums: Dave Mattacks
Engineer: Stuart Epps
Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Synthesizer: Fred Mandel

6Slow Rivers
Notes

Backing Vocals: Kiki Dee
Bass: Paul Westwood
Drums: Charlie Morgan
Engineer: Graham Dickson
Engineer: Stuart Epps
Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Leader: Gavyn Wright
Synthesizer: Fred Mandel
Vocals: Cliff Richard

7Heartache All Over The World
Notes

Acoustic Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Backing Vocals: Alan Carvell
Backing Vocals: Davey Johnstone
Backing Vocals: Gordon Neville
Backing Vocals: Vicki Brown
Drums: Charlie Morgan
Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Percussion: Graham Dickson
Percussion: Gus Dudgeon
Sequenced By: Fred Mandel
Synthesizer: Fred Mandel

8Angeline
Notes

Backing Vocals: Alan Carvell
Backing Vocals: Davey Johnstone
Backing Vocals: Gordon Neville
Backing Vocals: Shirley Lewis
Bass: John Deacon
Drums: Roger Taylor
Engineer: Stuart Epps
Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Tambourine: Jody Linscott
Written-By: Alan Carvell

9Memory Of Love
Notes

Acoustic Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Backing Vocals: Alan Carvell
Backing Vocals: Davey Johnstone
Backing Vocals: Gordon Neville
Backing Vocals: Shirley Lewis
Bass: David Paton
Drums: Charlie Morgan
Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Synthesizer: Fred Mandel
Written-By: Gary Osborne

10Paris
Notes

Acoustic Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Backing Vocals: Alan Carvell
Backing Vocals: Davey Johnstone
Backing Vocals: Gordon Neville
Backing Vocals: Shirley Lewis
Bass: David Paton
Drums: Charlie Morgan
Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Synthesizer: Fred Mandel

11I Fall Apart
Notes

Bass: David Paton
Drums: Charlie Morgan
Guitar: Davey Johnstone
Synthesizer: Fred Mandel

Background

In 2001 Elton regarded Heartache All Over the World as the worst song he'd ever recorded, calling it "pretty insubstantial"; in 2006, he would declare Jackets his least favourite of all his albums, saying "Gus Dudgeon did his best but you can't work with a loony." He would also call its biker-inspired cover "very butch but a total disaster. I was not a well budgie, I was married and it was just one bag of coke after another." (In spite of this, lyricist Bernie Taupin believes The Big Picture deserves the honour of worst album, and Elton has since come to agree with him).

In 2000, Gus Dudgeon said: "There was a chance he could polish himself off. He'd go out and do some coke and it'd be all over his mouth, his nose would be running and I'd go: 'Oh God, this is just awful'."

"Heartache All Over the World" was the only single to achieve chart success in the US, though it failed to crack the top 50. "Slow Rivers" is a collaboration with Cliff Richard that was released as a single in the UK. Cher collaborated with "Lady Choc Ice" (actually John himself) to write "Don't Trust That Woman". Roger Taylor and John Deacon of Queen play drums and bass guitar respectively on the track "Angeline".

John played "Paris" during his 1986 US tour. He included "Heartache All Over the World" and "Slow Rivers" on his 1986 Australian tour with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, which would eventually yield John's live album Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. "Heartache" was included in the band portion of the show (John opted not to play piano for that number) while "Slow Rivers" was played during the second half of the show with the orchestra. Due to contractual constraints, "Slow Rivers" was not included on Live in Australia, despite the fact that it was from the orchestral portion of the show, which was the basis for the album. Though not released as a single, "Paris" would also, ironically, become a minor FM hit for some jazz stations that programmed the track.

This is John's only studio album (from the pre-1993 period) that has yet to be remastered as of 2013; it last appeared on compact disc in the early 90s. However, in 2008, it would become available for digital download.

Recording

The majority of the tracks from the album were recorded during the Ice on Fire sessions in 1985.

This was John's last studio release to be produced by Gus Dudgeon and his last in which he played a grand piano before switching to the Roland RD-1000 digital piano for Reg Strikes Back and the two albums following that. After his throat surgery in 1987, Chris Thomas would be rehired as producer. For the first time in John's career, no songs on this album are longer than five minutes.

Track Listing

All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, except where noted.

Personnel

  • Albert Boekholt – emulator vocals
  • Alan Carvell – backing vocals
  • John Deacon – bass guitar on "Angeline"
  • Kiki Dee – backing vocals
  • Graham Dickson – electronic percussion
  • Gus Dudgeon – electronic percussion, drum programming
  • Martin Fjord – orchestra contractor
  • Elton John – acoustic piano, MIDI piano, Yamaha GS1, Yamaha CP-80, Roland JX-8P, vocals
  • Davey Johnstone – acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals
  • Katie Kissoon – backing vocals
  • Shirley Lewis – backing vocals
  • Jody Linscott – percussion, tambourine
  • Fred Mandel – Roland Jupiter 8, Roland JX-8P, Yamaha DX7, Korg DW-8000, Yamaha TX816 Rhodes, Prophet 2000, Roland P60, synthesizer programming and sequences
  • Dave Mattacks – drums
  • Charlie Morgan – drums, electronic percussion
  • Gordon Neville – backing vocals
  • James Newton-Howard – string arrangements and conductor on "Slow Rivers"
  • David Paton – bass guitar
  • Frank Ricotti – percussion
  • Cliff Richard – vocals on "Slow Rivers"
  • Roger Taylor – drums on "Angeline"
  • Paul Westwood – bass guitar
  • Pete Wingfield – backing vocals
  • Gavyn Wright – orchestra leader

Credits

Artwork : David Costa
Coordinator: Steve Brown
Engineer: Graham Dickson
Engineer: Ronald Prent
Mixed By: Graham Dickson
Mixed By: Gus Dudgeon
Photography By: Gered Mankowitz
Producer: Gus Dudgeon
Written-By: Elton John
Written-By: Elton John & Bernie Taupin
 

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