Breaking Hearts

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Breaking Hearts
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Studio album by
Released18 June 1984
RecordedDecember 1983 – April 1984
StudioAir Studios, Montserrat
GenreSoft rock, pop rock
Length40:38
LabelGeffen Records (US)
Rocket (UK)
ProducerChris Thomas
Elton John chronology
Too Low for Zero
(1983)
Breaking Hearts
(1984)
Ice on Fire
(1985)
Singles from Breaking Hearts
  1. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)"
    Released: May 1984
  2. "Passengers"
    Released: 1984
  3. "Who Wears These Shoes?"
    Released: 1984
  4. "In Neon"
    Released: 1984
  5. "Breaking Hearts (Ain't What it Used to Be)"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[2]

Breaking Hearts, released in 1984, is the eighteenth official album release for Elton John. It features the quartet of John, Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson. There were four top-40 singles from the album: "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" (US #5), "Who Wears These Shoes" (US #16), "In Neon" (US #38), and the UK No. 5 hit "Passengers".

Background[edit]

This album would be the last to feature all (core) members of the classic "Elton John Band" lineup playing their instruments (although they would reunite to provide backing vocals on John's Reg Strikes Back album). It was the last ever of John's studio albums to feature bass from Murray, who would pass away in 1992 of skin cancer, and it was the last studio album until 2001's Songs from the West Coast that would feature Olsson on drums. It was also the last in which John played both piano and keyboards in the studio by himself. There would be a backup keyboardist for every album moving forward.

Breaking Hearts was also the first album since Victim of Love to not feature a string or horn section on any track. This is one of only two albums with John's classic band to which (unofficial member) Ray Cooper did not contribute at all, the other being 1973's Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player. Shortly after the tour, the band line-up would change and Gus Dudgeon, John's former producer, would produce the next two albums. In the US it was certified gold in September 1984 and platinum in August 1998 by the RIAA.

John has continued performing "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" as of 2017. Apart from the 1984 Breaking Hearts Tour, no other songs from the album have been performed live except "Restless" and "Passengers", on the following 1985–1986 World Tour (the latter song only performed on the UK leg).

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one[edit]

  1. "Restless" – 5:17
  2. "Slow Down Georgie (She's Poison)" – 4:10
  3. "Who Wears These Shoes?" – 4:04
  4. "Breaking Hearts (Ain't What It Used to Be)" – 3:34
  5. "Li'l 'Frigerator" – 3:37

Side two[edit]

  1. "Passengers" (John, Taupin, Davey Johnstone, Phineas McHize) – 3:24
  2. "In Neon" – 4:19
  3. "Burning Buildings" – 4:02
  4. "Did He Shoot Her?" – 3:21
  5. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" – 4:55

Personnel[edit]

  • Elton John – piano (tracks 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10), synthesizer (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10), Hammond organ (track 5), harmonium (track 6), Fender Rhodes (track 7), harpsichord (track 7), clavinet (track 10), lead and backing vocals
  • Davey Johnstone – acoustic guitar (tracks 2, 6, 7, 8, 10), electric guitar (tracks 1-3, 5, 7, 8, 9), sitar (track 9), backing vocals (tracks 1-4, 6-10)
  • Dee Murray – bass guitar (tracks 1-3, 5-10), backing vocals (tracks 1-4, 6-10)
  • Nigel Olsson – drums (tracks 1-3, 5-10), backing vocals (tracks 1-4, 6-10)
  • Andrew Thompson – saxophone (track 5)

Production and design

  • Chris Thomas – producer
  • Renate Blauel – recording
  • Tim Young – mastering (UK)
  • Greg Fulginiti – mastering (US)
  • David Costa – art direction and design
  • Richard Young – photography
  • Patrick Jones – band photography
  • Herb Ritts – Bernie Taupin photo

B-sides[edit]

Song Format
"A Simple Man" Sad Songs (Say So Much) 7" (US/UK), 12" (UK)
"Lonely Boy" Who Wears These Shoes? 7" (US) / Passengers 7"/12" (UK)
"Tactics" In Neon 7" (US)
"Tortured" Who Wears These Shoes? 7"/12" (UK)
"Passengers (Extended Mix)" Passengers 12" (UK)
"Who Wears These Shoes? (Extended Version)" Who Wears These Shoes? 12" (UK)
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Live)" Who Wears These Shoes? 12" (UK)

"A Simple Man" was recorded in 1981 during the Jump Up! sessions. In 2003, Mercury Universal and The Rocket Record Company re-released the album, which was remastered by Gary Moore. As did 21 at 33, The Fox and Jump Up!, it contained no bonus tracks.

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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