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Too Low For Zero [Remastered] [Original recording remastered]

Elton John Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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1. Cold As Christmas (In The Middle Of The Year)
2. I'm Still Standing
3. Too Low For Zero
4. Religion
5. I Guess Why They Call It The Blues
6. Crystal
7. Kiss The Bride
8. Whipping Boy
9. Saint
10. One More Arrow
11. Earn While You Learn
12. Dreamboat
13. The Retreat

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5.0 out of 5 stars The True Return To Form May 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
After flirting with his fans for years, Elton John delivered his most consistent and solid collection of songs since 1975's Captain Fantastic.
At the insistence of long time lyricist, Bernie Taupin, Elton decided to go back to basics and work with Taupin full time since 1976's Blue Moves. And, just as important, Elton reunited with the core of his backing band of the early 70s: Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson and Davey Johnstone. This dynamic trio never sounded so good and they easily capture the romance and aura of the sound that made so many of Elton's early albums classics. Bernie Taupin also wrote lyrics with meaning and depth. He and Elton have always been better together than writing with other artists.
From the opening chords of the first track, Cold As Christmas, listeners are in for a treat. Elton's haunting vocal, coupled with the incredible backing vocals of the band, take the listener on a story of an elderly couple whose romantic flame as burned out. Then, as if on cue, Elton cuts right to the next song, I'm Still Standing and you can almost hear him saying: "Liked the first song? I knew you would. I'm back so take notice!" The transition is a bit jarring, but hey, he was feeling frisky and that's a great thing.
From there, the album slowly builds. The synthesizers are heavy (it's 1983 afterall) but they never intrude. They supplement the melody and reinforce Elton staying with the times. The title track should have been a single as it went over big on the tour that followed. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues remains an instant Elton classic with it's overtly sentimental lyric about pining for a love one. Stevie Wonder's express and sweet harmonic solo only add to the songs' nice touches. Elton and the band deliver a rock solid effort on this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Commercially succesful album Feb. 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is almost always seen as the best of his 1980-1988 years. It is gushed over because the lyricist of all these songs is Bernie Taupin. I am slightly dis-appointed with the lyrics as they are mostly about relationships. I can't think of 'Kiss the bride', 'Whipping boy' and 'Saint' deep, meaningful or even worthwhile. Actually all three are fairly below average songs in my opinion. Yes those first two are rockers but they're not much fun. Kiss the bride is particularly repetitive. Actaully with all the belly-aching about the lyrics of albums like 'Leather Jackets' and about how they're so simplistic, do 'I wanna kiss the bride', 'Take it from me, my baby's a Saint', 'I wont be your whipping boy' fare much better. The only Praise to any of them is the wonderful guitar solo's on Whipping Boy and Saint and some wonderful synthesiser passages in Saint. But, of-course there is wonderful material on here. You all know 'I guess that's why they call it the blues' but I'm telling you, it really is a great song. And his classic years backing vocalists are behind him and they add it a homely feel. I'm still standing is a classic Elton rocker, and harkens back to his early days as it relies barely on electric guitar and on acoustic, drums and synth [I'm think 1970 when his rockers weren't electric guitar based songs]. Cold As Christmas is a very good ballad teamed with some decent imagery 'the warm wind in the palm trees hasn't helped to chaneg our mind'. Lyrically it wouldn't be out of place on 'The Big Picture'. Religion is a bit of a sneering country rocker. I liek the song and Davey, dee and Nigel sound liek the Cars on backing vocals. Plus I love Davey's guitar solo. It's a very good song and blends well with it's C&W ballad follow-up. But the way these people are getting Religion is rather untrue. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The album that rejuvenated his career Feb. 10 2004
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Ultimately, Elton will be remembered primarily for his string of hits in the seventies although he has continued to make great music ever since. Nevertheless, there have been some periods that have been more successful than others. Prior to the release of this album, Elton had been going through one of his less successful periods. There were signs of a revival on his previous album, which yielded the UK top ten hit, Blue eyes, but this album went way beyond that, giving him two major UK hits and two lesser UK hits, a pattern mirrored almost exactly in the USA.
The album reflects the time in which it was recorded. Synthesizers were fashionable in 1983 and plenty of use is made of them here, but they do not drown out the music or Elton's excellent vocals.
The two big hits here on both sides of the Atlantic were I'm still standing and I guess that's why they call it the blues. Kiss the bride was a lesser hit in both counties. Cold as Christmas also charted in the UK - I don't know whether it did or not in the USA. All these hits are excellent, but there are other fine songs here too, including the title track, Religion, Crystal and Saint. The most intriguing is One more arrow, obviously about somebody that Elton knew but I don't know who it might be. Whipping boy, the only track from the main album I haven't mentioned, is not quite as good as the other tracks here but it's OK. I have the original version of the CD without the bonus tracks but this album is worth it without them. If (as I am led to believe) the bonus tracks are not up to the standard of the main album, you can always stop the music when you reach those tracks.
Following the success of this album, Elton released more fine albums that yielded more big hits prior to another lean spell, but if you want to explore Elton's eighties music, this is the album to begin with - with or without those bonus tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of A Great Artist
In my opinion, this is the true apex of Elton's career, where he put everything together. His (and Bernie Taupin's) great songwriting had never been in question over the years;... Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2009 by John Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything But "Low"
"Too Low For Zero" marks John's long-awaited reunion with lyricist Bernie Taupin on a permanent basis. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best Elton John album in the 80's
The "Too Low for Zero", make a surprise in Elton fans.This album return of the same impact like Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Read more
Published on June 14 2002 by Daniel Sarti
4.0 out of 5 stars Elton John Proves He Isn't Done Yet!
Elton John in the 1980's was no doubt worse than the lton John of the early 70's, but that doesn't mean that his material in the 80's was not very good in its own right. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2001 by Ren
5.0 out of 5 stars Too high for zero!
This is without doubt Elton's best album from 80'es. It's the best Elton's album since 1973 and it's just great. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2001 by nix
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific album
Too Low For Zero is the Elton John album that marked a return to the quality songs similar to those from classic albums such as Honky Chateau and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Read more
Published on June 19 2001 by Michael Dyckman
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific album
Too Low For Zero is the Elton John album that marked a return to the quality songs similar to those from classic albums such as Honky Chateau and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Read more
Published on June 19 2001 by Michael Dyckman
4.0 out of 5 stars Among Elton John's Best 1980's Albums
On "Too Low For Zero", Elton John reunited with Bernie Taupin for the first John/Taupin album since "Blue Moves", not counting their occasionl collaborations... Read more
Published on June 15 2001 by John Kwok
3.0 out of 5 stars As Good As It Got
Well, other than "Sleeping With The Past", this is as good as it got for Elton in the 80's. Read more
Published on June 12 2001 by Empty Sky7
5.0 out of 5 stars It's what got me into him
This album, which I bought in 1983, is still one of my favorite Elton John albums. I have almost all his albums, and I love them all, but this one is and remains a classic!!
Published on Oct. 2 1998
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