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Leather Jackets

Elton John Audio CD
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1. Leather Jackets
2. Hoop Of Fire
3. Don't Trust That Woman
4. Go It Alone
5. Gypsy Heart
6. Slow Rivers
7. Heartache All Over The World
8. Angeline
9. Memory Of Love
10. Paris
11. I Fall Apart

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BIG 80'S SOUND - I LOVE IT! May 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
Older Elton John fans would take a weaker opinion to this work, as the production, instrumentation and vocals work to different concepts to his early seventies material. Yes this album is big on production, but being a teenager of the early 80's, that's what I love.
Many critics have taken a hard chord to Elton's Geffen Years, (1979-1986). This for me was Elton at his Peak. Much of his seventies material had a degree of a somewhat dated production sound. Albums like "21 at 33", "The Fox", "Jump up", "Too low For Zero", "Breaking hearts" and "Ice on Fire" demonstrated John's talent at full potential. "Leather Jackets" is no exception.
The album's lead in track "Leather Jackets" jumps with lively upbeat tempos, follow by the smooth chilling sound of "hoop of fire". The uptown-rocking "don't trust that woman" continues the varying sound palette of this album. Other selections that make this recording a real star include "heartaches over the world", "Do it again", the beautifully crafted "Gypsy heart", "Slow rivers" performed with Cliff Richard, "Angeline", "Memory of love", and the emotionally wrenching "I fall apart". This disc was recorded close to John's throat surgery of 1987, but is not evident at all on this album. This would have to be one of Elton's all-time top three albums. "Don't trust that woman" was written by 60's songstress Cher, and other contributions came from long time partners Bernie Taupin, and Gary Osbourne.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I like it. Jan. 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
I really like this record. No-one else does? Oh well.
My favourite track is Memory of love. A close listens reveals it to have a definite C&W edge, and it's also slightly R&B. Checkout the songs fade-out. A four-strong choir singing the chorus and Elton going all over the place with his voice, that is so R&B. But it's not a song that is overtly C&W or overtly R&B, it is subtle, not looking for praise, unlike 'Take me back' or 'Club at the end of the street'. It's also not a catchy song, so it's not one that'll stick in your head easily. It's something subtle that passes over with a casual listen. I like the guitar sound used on the fadeout, high pitched and twangy, quite unusual. The song has a dream-like quality which compliments the lyric about things being a "memory" rather than "reality" but the lyrics don't really make sense, perhaps adding to the songs uncommercial feel. The song is in 3/4 time, unlike most typical pop-ballads, which are in 4/4 time. Elton's vocal is moving, and perhaps the deepest of all his lower register efforts. It's quite an unusual vocal too. Other standout's are I fall apart and Paris, they wouldn't be out of place on Big Picture. Paris is slightly European and perhaps at home on 'The Fox' as well. All three are very deep, thoughtful and moving songs, even if they aren't popular! Gypsy Heart is an interesting slice of Gospel. I like the 'arms as warm as mine' and 'back against the wall!' bits. I don't like Hoop of fire, I think it's the worst song but it's listenable. Elton isn't singing with much flare and the drummer seems to be doing his own thing towards the end of the song. It's a definite throwback to early 60's pre-Beatles pop. Slow Rivers bores me a bit but it's nice. Some good strings and singing. The other songs are slight, fun rockers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Leftovers May 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
Leather Jackets, Elton's 1986 effort is one of his weakest releases. I actually enjoyed it when it was released, but it does not stand the test of time. Once again, Elton's personal problems were distracting him from making great records. Leather Jackets has a couple of great songs on it however. Hoop of Fire, Slow Rivers and Paris could rank up there with the best of them.
But the rest seem like leftovers (which many were from the previously released and ill-conceived Ice On Fire). Elton shares songwriting credits with Bernie Taupin, Cher and Gary Osbourne. Taupin doesn't seem to have much to say while Osbourne turns in yet another routine love song on Memory of Love. And the Cher song, Don't Trust That Woman, is, well, it's best to leave that one in the cannons of album filler to never be heard from again.
Meanwhile, the other songs sound just plain tired. The title track, in which Taupin evokes the great 50's rock stars gets the snythesizer treatment that buries a perfectly good lyric that could have been another homage to the genre like Crocodile Rock. Elton completely missed the point of Taupin's lyric here. Go It Alone, a wanna-be heavy rocker, sounds more like Bob Seger's Shakedown. And that's not a good thing. The album's lone single in the US was Heartache All Over The World and the over the top production and endless chants of "girls, girls, girls" would have been better suited for any number of generic 80s bands than Elton John.
Gus Dudgeon, the master producer of Elton's golden 70s era, doesn't have much to work with. The album has a slick, very 80s production but it can't disguise the fact that many of these songs just don't hold up.
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