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Reg Strikes Back Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (June 1 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Mercury - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B0000089FS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Town Of Plenty
2. A Word In Spanish
3. Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters (Part Two)
4. I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That
5. Japanese Hands
6. Goodbye Marlon Brando
7. The Camera Never Lies
8. Heavy Traffic
9. Poor Cow
10. Since God Invented Girls
11. Rope Around A Fool
12. I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That (Shep Pettibone Mix)
13. I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That (Just Elton And His Piano Mix)
14. Moda Lisas And Mad Hatters (Part Two) (The Renaissance Mix)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 35-year old wallflower on July 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
The 1980s are not known for being a stellar decade in Elton John's career. He was deep into substance abuse, and even while he was working with his top-notch lyricist Bernie Taupin, Bernie's own personal problems wreaked their own havoc on Elton's output, culminating in 1986's LEATHER JACKETS, widely acknowledged as Elton's absolute worst album. Apparently, the acclaimed LIVE IN AUSTRALIA album & tour awoke Elton to the gems of his earlier days, and that along with surgery done to remove throat sores was to help make 1988's REG STRIKES BACK his big splash back into the spotlight. However, these were just baby steps compared to the all-out triumphant return of 1992's THE ONE, Elton's first clean & sober album in ages. But he had to start somewhere, so this might as well be it.
While I had long heard that REG STRIKES BACK was near the bottom of Elton's best, I was encouraged to buy it for "I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That", which I consider to be one of his best works even from a fallow period in his career. Sure enough, Elton sounds vocally invigorated on this song, growing into the deeper-textured voice that either came as a result of the surgery or just the passing years. Also, while Elton may have been playing more keyboards than actual piano by this time, this song is enough to make one admit that the man could still play! The public seemed to agree for "I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That" peaked at an impressive #2, becoming his highest-charting hit in over a decade.
Commercially, that was perhaps the extent of REG STRIKES BACK's success, although one more single did manage to chart somewhat high. "A Word In Spanish" is another song that Elton's fans don't quite rank high on their lists, and granted, it's not that stellar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Sigler on July 4 2004
Format: Audio CD
With 1988's Reg Strikes Back, Elton John returned to making a serious effort to abandon his excesses of the past few years that plagued his recordings since 1984's Breaking Hearts. There aren't a lot of gimmicks here - just straight forward rock and roll. Sure, it has some of the technology trappings of the late 80s, but this time, they don't over power the songs.
At the height of personal problems, Elton, once again, has risen to the occassion. If he had continued to put out poor product like 1985's Ice on Fire and it's follow-up, Leather Jackets, it could have been dooms day for the English piano player. Instead, what he delivers here isn't necessarily his best album, but certainly a turn in the right direction.
The album cover explains it all: in the midst of the crazy and tackiest 70s and 80s stage costumes, stand little Elton, or in this case Reg, his real name. It seems as if an awakening of sorts had dawned on him - get rid of the excess baggage and get down to business and make a fun rock album. And that's what he and lyricist Bernie Taupin do. So, does the music live up to all of the expectations?
Starting with Town of Plenty, Elton sings with utmost conviction on a song about the media and the constant struggle fame brings. The music is pretty shallow however and ultimately goes no where. Plus, Taupin's lyric is very difficult to sing along with. But the band and particularly the backing vocals, try hard to make you enjoy it. The next song, A Word In Spanish, is a beautiful ballad that has a terrific guitar solo by Davey Johnstone. This was the second single from the release and though it peaked in the Top 20, it deserved a place in the Top 10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tnahpellee on May 17 2004
Format: Audio CD
Well, it isn't a huge favourite but it certainly is at least great. I've been listening to this album for a long time now and have a fair idea of what it's like. I think the second side is excellent. The first three songs are energetic but light-hearted. They interestingly fuse 80's pop with punk rock. Poor cow is typical 80's pop. But it's more British pop unlike a more American sounding 80's pop record like Ice on fire. Poor cow is the only dark song on the album. It's interesting. Then the last song has a surfy thing going. Very good backing vocals from Carl Wilson. Side one doesn't really impress me, the best song is the ballad 'A word in Spanish' and the energetic 'Town of plenty'. I find the hit song repetitive and it has a dull fadeout where he really could have put in a great solo. But that's just my opinion, though. I hope I'm wrong. Of the rest, Japanese hands is quite an interesting song and the production really complements the lyrics.
Overall, not his greatest album but there is plenty to like, especially if you don't mind a bit of 80's pop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 26 2001
Format: Audio CD
Every song on this album is terrific. I seem to recall that critics at the time hailed this album as Elton's return to form after his uneven early and mid 80's and late 70's work. And truly it was. Although the earlier "Too Low For Zero" is a superior album, "Reg Strikes Back" was the true beginning of his renaissance: every album starting with "Reg" has been a standout (excluding "Duets": the exception that proves the rule). One of things that seems to make this album such a success is that Elton went upbeat. Only "A Word In Spanish," "Japanese Hands," and the supberb Brian Wilson homage "Since God Invented Girls" are ballads. The rest rock (or at least pop) nicely along. And all of it is consistent--no duds, no failed experiments: just solid John/Taupin compositions and crisp Chris Thomas production. But I can still only give it four stars. The reason is that for all its consistency, "Reg" lacks a classic song to put it over the top. If we look at other of Elton's albums from the 80's and 90's, we'll find true classics. On "Sleeping with the Past" there's "Sacrifice." On "Too Low for Zero" there's two classics: "I'm Still Standing" and "I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues." On "Made in England" there's "Blessed." But no true Elton John classic on "Reg." The singles "I Don't Want to Go on With You Like That" (killer keyboard work by Reg on this one) and "A Word in Spanish" come close, but still miss the mark. Nonetheless, this is a great album, and it's as upbeat as anything ever recorded by Elton. The bonus tracks are all worth repeated listens. Highly recommended.
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