Jump Up! (Elton John album)

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Jump Up!
Studio album by Elton John
Released 9 April 1982
Recorded 1980; 1982 at AIR Studios, Montserrat, and Pathe Marconi Studios, France
Genre Rock, soft rock, pop rock
Length 42:31
Label Geffen (US)
Rocket (UK)
Producer Chris Thomas
Elton John chronology
The Fox
Jump Up
Too Low for Zero
Singles from Jump Up!
  1. "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)"
    Released: 12 March 1982
  2. "Blue Eyes"
    Released: March 1982
  3. "Princess"
    Released: 1982[1]
  4. "Ball and Chain"
    Released: September 1982
  5. "All Quiet on the Western Front"
    Released: November 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (B)[4]

Jump Up! is the sixteenth studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John, released in 1982 by The Rocket Record Company except in the US and Canada, where it was released by Geffen Records.


The album features such songs as "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)", a tribute to John Lennon (who had also signed to Geffen for the release of Double Fantasy, which is now owned by EMI). This is one of the first few LPs that showcases John singing in a deeper voice, as can be heard in songs such as "Blue Eyes", "Princess", "Ball and Chain" and "Spiteful Child". "Legal Boys" was written by John and Tim Rice, who would later write lyrics for songs for The Lion King and The Road to El Dorado. This is the last studio album in which James Newton-Howard plays keyboards (Newton-Howard would play keyboards again on the soundtrack of Gnomeo & Juliet less than 30 years later).

In a 2010 Sirius radio special, John's lyricist, Bernie Taupin, called Jump Up! "one of our worst albums," adding "it's a terrible, awful, disposable album, but it had 'Empty Garden' on it, so it's worth it for that one song." In the U.S., it was certified gold in November 1982 by the RIAA. The album cover features John's lifelong friend Vance Buck.


It was recorded at AIR Studios in Montserrat,[5] and Pathe Marconi Studios in France.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one[edit]

  1. "Dear John" (John, Gary Osborne) – 3:28
  2. "Spiteful Child" – 4:11
  3. "Ball and Chain" (John, Osborne) – 3:27
  4. "Legal Boys" (John, Tim Rice) – 3:08
  5. "I Am Your Robot" – 4:42
  6. "Blue Eyes" (John, Osborne) – 3:25

Side two[edit]

  1. "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)" – 5:05
  2. "Princess" (John, Osborne) – 4:55
  3. "Where Have All the Good Times Gone" – 3:58
  4. "All Quiet on the Western Front" – 6:00

Previously only available in the later 1980s and early '90s on CD in Europe with the Rocket/Phonogram label, in 2003, John's company, Rocket, in association with Mercury/Universal Records, reissued the album on CD, remastered by Gary Moore. It had no bonus tracks, but did include lots of new and previously released photographs of John during the early 1980s, full lyrics and snapshots of the cover art for the album's singles, along with liner notes by John Tobler.

Two slightly different artworks exist.


Several outtakes from Jump Up! include "At This Time in My Life", "Desperation Train", "I'm Not Very Well", "Jerry's Law", "Moral Majority", "Waking Up in Europe", and "The Ace of Hearts and the Jack of Spades". They all have yet to see circulation, either on bootlegs or officially.[6]

Although, the outtake "Desperation Train", would later be recorded and released by John's lyricist Bernie Taupin on his 1987 album, Tribe.


Song Format
"Take Me Down to the Ocean" "Empty Garden" 7" (US/UK)
"Hey Papa Legba" "Blue Eyes" 7" (US/UK)
"Where Have All the Good Times Gone" (alternate version) "All Quiet on the Western Front" 7" (UK) / "Ball and Chain" 7" (US)
"The Retreat" "Princess" 7" (UK)

"Hey Papa Legba" was recorded during the sessions for 21 at 33 in August 1979.





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  2. ^ Jump Up! (Elton John album) at AllMusic
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived November 4, 2007)
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  20. ^ "British album certifications – Elton John – Jump Up". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Jump Up in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Elton John – Jump Up". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Business as Usual by Men at Work
New Zealand Chart number-one album
28 March – 4 April 1982
Succeeded by
Business as Usual by Men at Work