Jump Up! (Elton John album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||9 April 1982|
|Studio||AIR, Montserrat; Pathe Marconi, France|
|Genre||Rock, soft rock, pop rock|
|Label||Geffen (US), Rocket (UK)|
|Elton John chronology|
|Singles from Jump Up!|
Jump Up! is the sixteenth studio album by English singer-songwriter Elton John. It was released in 1982 by The Rocket Record Company except in the US and Canada, where it was released by Geffen Records.
The album includes "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 later wrote lyrics for The Lion King and The Road to El Dorado. This is the last studio album in which James Newton Howard played keyboards (although he would play keyboards with John again on the soundtrack of Gnomeo & Juliet almost 30 years later).
In a 2010 Sirius radio special, John's lyricist, Bernie Taupin, talking about Jump Up!, said it was "one of our worst albums". He added, "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 United States, it was certified gold by the RIAA in November 1982. The album's gatefold artwork shows John's lifelong friend Vance Buck and Gary Osborne's then 5-year-old son Luke.
Since 1982, only "Empty Garden" and "Blue Eyes" have been performed live in concert.
It was recorded and mixed digitally at AIR Studios in Montserrat, and Pathe Marconi Studios in France.
|1.||"Dear John"||John, Gary Osborne||3:31|
|2.||"Spiteful Child"||John, Taupin||4:15|
|3.||"Ball & Chain"||John, Osborne||3:27|
|4.||"Legal Boys"||John, Tim Rice||3:05|
|5.||"I Am Your Robot"||John, Taupin||4:43|
|6.||"Blue Eyes"||John, Osborne||3:25|
|7.||"Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)"||John, Taupin||5:09|
|9.||"Where Have All the Good Times Gone?"||John, Taupin||4:00|
|10.||"All Quiet on the Western Front"||John, Taupin||6:03|
Previously available since 1983 on CD in Europe on 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 many 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 covers exist.
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.
|"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" and "The Retreat" were recorded during the sessions for 21 at 33 in August 1979.
- Elton John – lead vocals, backing vocals, piano, harpsichord on "Empty Garden"
- Pete Townshend – acoustic guitar on "Ball and Chain"
- James Newton Howard – synthesizers, Fender Rhodes
- Dee Murray – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Jeff Porcaro – drums, percussion
- Richie Zito – guitar
- Steve Holley – tambourine on "Ball and Chain", synth drum on "I Am Your Robot"
- Gary Osborne – backing vocals
- Strings and brass arranged and conducted by James Newton Howard
- Brass and orchestra provided by Martyn Ford (billed in the credits as "Mountain Fjord")
- Orchestra led by Gavyn Wright
- Produced by Chris Thomas
- Recorded by Bill Price
- Assistant Engineers: Nigel Barker and Mike Stavrou
- Mastered by Greg Fulginiti at Artisan Sound Recorders (Hollywood, CA).
- A&R: John Kalodner
- Design: David Costa
- Photography: David Nutter
|Blue Eyes||Australian Singles Chart||4|
|Belgium Music Charts||8|
|Germany Singles Chart||51|
|Ireland Singles Chart||8|
|Netherlands Music Chart||19|
|New Zealand Music Chart||11|
|Swiss Music Charts||9|
|UK Singles Chart||8|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||12|
|US "Billboard"Adult Contemporary||1|
|Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)||Australian Music Chart||63|
|Ireland Singles Cart||29|
|New Zealand Music Chart||14|
|UK Singles Chart||51|
|U.S.Billboard Hot 100||12|
|U.S. "Billboard" Adult Contemporary||1|
|Ball and Chain||U.S. "Billboard Rock Chart||14|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||15,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||60,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
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