Reg Strikes Back

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Reg Strikes Back
Studio album by Elton John
Released 24 June 1988
Recorded 1987–88
Genre Pop, rock
Length 42:06 (62:06, 1998 reissue)
Label Rocket / Mercury
Producer Chris Thomas
Elton John chronology
Elton John's Greatest Hits Vol. 3
(1987)
Reg Strikes Back
(1988)
The Complete Thom Bell Sessions
(1989)
Singles from Reg Strikes Back
  1. "I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That"
    Released: June 1988
  2. "Town of Plenty"
    Released: September 1988
  3. "A Word in Spanish"
    Released: 1988
  4. "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune (mixed)[2]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[3]
The New York Times (not favourable)[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]

Reg Strikes Back is the twenty-first studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John, released in 1988. It was his self-proclaimed comeback album, and his own way of fighting back against bad press.[1] The "Reg" in Reg Strikes Back refers to John's birth name, Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

This was the last album that bassist Dee Murray (albeit without bass) appeared on prior to his death in 1992. The tracks "I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That" and "A Word in Spanish" peaked at No. 2 and No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. John brought back record producer Chris Thomas for the album. This is the first studio album to be recorded and released after John's throat surgery the previous year. The album cover featured costumes and props from John's collection that he decided to put up for auction.

In the US the album was certified gold in August 1988 by the RIAA.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one[edit]

  1. "Town of Plenty" – 3:40
  2. "A Word in Spanish" – 4:39
  3. "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two" – 4:12
  4. "I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That" – 4:35
  5. "Japanese Hands" – 4:40

Side two[edit]

  1. "Goodbye Marlon Brando" – 3:30
  2. "The Camera Never Lies" – 4:36
  3. "Heavy Traffic" (John/Taupin/Davey Johnstone) – 3:30
  4. "Poor Cow" – 3:50
  5. "Since God Invented Girls" – 4:54

Bonus tracks (1998 PolyGram International reissue)[edit]

  1. "Rope Around a Fool" – 3:48
  2. "I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That" (Shep Pettibone Mix) – 7:16
  3. "I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That" (Just Elton and His Piano Mix) – 4:37
  4. "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two" (The Renaissance Mix) – 6:19

B-sides[edit]

Song Format
"Rope Around a Fool" I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That 12"/CD (UK) / 7" (US/UK)
"I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That (Shep Pettibone Mix)" I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That 12"/CD (US/UK)
"I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That (The Pub Dub)" I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That 12"/CD (US)
"I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That (Just Elton and His Piano Mix)" I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That 12"/CD (US)
"I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That (Just for Radio Mix)" I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That 12" (US)
"Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two (The Renaissance Mix)" Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two 12" (US)
"Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two (The Da Vinci Version)" Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two 12" (US)
"Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two (Self Portrait Instrumental)" Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two 12" (US)

'Rope Around a Fool' was recorded during these sessions, as was an unused track, 'Love Worth Waiting For', which Elton would perform at some US shows around the time of the album's release, but has yet to see official release on any format.

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Chris Thomas
  • Recorded and engineered by Michael Mason, Peter Mew and Bill Price
  • Assistant engineer: Karl Lever
  • Second engineer: Paul Wertheimer
  • Mastered by Tim Young

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[20] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[21] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[22] Gold 100,000*
Italy (FIMI)[23] 3× Platinum 300,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[25] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Heim, Chris (12 August 1988). "Elton John Is Back With Fan-pleasing `Reg Strikes Back`". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Grein, Paul (3 July 1988). "Elton: Second Wind". articles.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Holden, Stephen (17 July 1988). "RECORDINGS; Three Veteran Rock-and-Rollers Spin New Disks". nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  5. ^ By Harold Goldberg (6 October 1988). "Reg Strikes Back | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
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  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1990 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Elton John – Reg Strikes Back". Music Canada. 
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  23. ^ "Italian album certifications – Elton John – Reg Strikes Back" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Elton John in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  24. ^ "British album certifications – Elton John – Reg Strikes Back". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Reg Strikes Back in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  25. ^ "American album certifications – Elton John – Reg Strikes Back". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH