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Fox

Elton John Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. Breaking Down Barriers
2. Heart In The Right Place
3. Just Like Belgium
4. Nobody Wins
5. Fascist Faces
6. Carla/Etude/Fanfare
7. Chloe
8. Heels Of The Wind
9. Elton's Song
10. The Fox

Product Description

Product Description

Canadian pressing of 1981 album, his first for Geffen, that's out-of-print domestically. Ten tracks including four co-written with Bernie Taupin & the hit, 'Nobody Wins'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rating 100% May 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Elton's "Fox" album was looked upon poorly by many, as it was judged on the fact that it had left over material from his previous two albums; 1979's "A single man", and 1980's "21 at 33".
Simply throwing the CD in and playing it...... I LOVE IT. It kicks off with it's bright dazzling piano sounding "Breaking down the barriers". "Heart in the right place" takes you back briefly to the sounds of "Yellow brick Road". "Fascist faces" gives a similar feel, but with it's moderately paced build ups to it's explosively rocking chorus, blows me out of my flat (apartment), every time I hear it. "Nobody wins" switches the album briefly into a jumping 80's synth pop mode. The well conceived "Carla/elude-fanfare-Chloe" shows another variation to Elton's song writing talent. "Just like Belgium" is O'kay but nothing to write home about. "Heels of the wind" kicks along with the same dazzling feel as "Breaking down the barriers". "Elton's song" was well crafted melodically, but lyrically deals with some of his personal issues. Album finishes off with the modest sounding title cut, which sounds very much like "Country comfort", which was a moderate hit off his early 70's album; "Tumbleweed connection".
Another great selection of tracks from his Geffen years.
I definitely like the original pressing much better.... oddly these new 24 bit remasters sound flat with no real punch.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Another bag of bland.......... Jan. 27 2004
By pcm16b
Format:Audio CD
The second offering of the 80's 'The Fox' was..well a flop. Elton's voice was again sounding one bit more worn out than on the previous album. The album is kicked off by the Gary Osborne track 'Breaking Down Barriers' a terribly un-imaginative pop song, where the only good part is Elton's piano riff. Terribly characteristicly 80's style bland. You're breaking down the barriers? Not with this song, that's for sure.The second track takes the listener to 4th grade poetry class (again) with the cringeworthy rimings of Gary Osborne (yet again) and to believe this song, being as enjoyable as a bad rash lasts over five minutes. 'Just Like Belgium' by Taupin, does seem like a breath of fresh air after being treated to lyrics of Osborne. But considering what Taupin has written previously you got to wonder what's wrong. The song of course has to have my favorite un-expected element of a saxophone solo, something that's hardly fitting in some songs, this being one of them. 'Just Like Belgium' is a mediocre listenable pop product, that still seems almost fresh after the 1st two numbers. With the instrumentations of a tv-newscast (well I've heard similar ones), it's time to listen to a bland love song that has the 80's written all over it. 'Nobody Wins', a song perhaps lovers of 80's pop will find enjoyable. I'll say we all WIN if we forget this one fast. Elton's voice sounds annoyingly electronically processed for 'Fascist Faces', the second Taupin lyric for the album, not sure if I understand the lyrics correctly, but atleast this song offers me something to think about unlike the previous ones. Again, not a larger than life classic, you won't find those on this cut. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Overlooked Gem Oct. 17 2003
By Wayne
Format:Audio CD
A new listen proves "The Fox" is an overlooked gem in Sir Elton's library.
Elton John's first album for Geffen Records, it went largely unnoticed. It is, however, full of wonderful tunes. The first two tracks, "Breaking Down Barriers" and "Heart In the Right Place" are classic Elton and the title track could just as easily have been found on 2001's "Songs From the West Coast" as on this release.
The first single, "Nobody Wins," tells the story of lost love backed by swirling synthesizers and a haunting piano hook. The track took off on radio upon release in 1981 and raced up the lower half of the Hot 100 singles chart before stalling quickly at a disappointing number 21. "Chloe," is a wonderful ballad, and only managed to make it to number 34 on the chart.
Finally, no review of "The Fox" would be complete without a mention of the superb "Elton's Song." A heart-wrenching ballad of a school boy on boy crush. Sir Elton's vocals cut deep and the writing shows early indications of later songs done for movies and stage.
The next time a retrospective of Elton's music is released, the producers would do well to include a track or two from "The Fox." This is a wonderful album and I urge you to give it a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Gem Dec 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
I don't know why this early 80's material is seen as a slump. There is some extremely good material on here, the beautiful classical instrumental "Carla etude" the brief but oustanding Synthesiser instrumnetal "Fanfare" two oustandign ballads in "Chloe" and "Elton's song" a C&W tinged ballad featuring great harmonica, THE FOX. Then there's the great rocker "Heels of the wind" Also, Heart in the right place is well realised Rhyhtm and blues, Just like Belguim is a folky ballad with a European flavour. Nobody Wins is a great Synthesiser song with passionate vocals, about divorce. While I don't think the other two are qutie as great, they rock. One of his best albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars romantic.. lyrical and a keeper April 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
I had this album when it was just that.. a vinyl album.. Wore it out front and back.. I love everything about it.. every cut, every lyric, every note... I missed it for years, then found it again here at Amazon and just can't wait to hear it agan.
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