The Fox (Elton John album)
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|Studio album by Elton John|
|Released||20 May 1981|
|Recorded||August 1979; January–June 1980, at Super Bear Studios, Nice, France and Sunset Sound, Los Angeles|
|Genre||Rock, soft rock, pop rock, new wave|
|Producer||Chris Thomas, Elton John, Clive Franks|
|Elton John chronology|
|Singles from The Fox|
The Fox, released in 1981, is the fifteenth official album release for Elton John. With sales of approx. 300,000 US copies, it was one of Elton's poorest-selling albums in the United States.
The track, "Elton's Song", was banned from radio play in some countries due to its content, which included references to homosexuality. The album was produced by John, Clive Franks and for the first time, Chris Thomas, who would produce many more albums with John through most of the 1980s and '90s.
Five of the songs (noted below) were recorded during the sessions for his previous album 21 at 33. All B-sides released around this time were also from those sessions.
- Side one
- "Breaking Down Barriers" (John, Gary Osborne) – 4:41
- "Heart in the Right Place" (John, Osborne) – 5:11*
- "Just Like Belgium" (John, Bernie Taupin)– 4:08
- "Nobody Wins" (Jean-Paul Dreau, Osborne) – 3:37
- "Fascist Faces" (John, Taupin) – 5:10
- Side two
- "Carla/Etude" (John) – 4:46*
- "Fanfare" (John, James Newton Howard) – 1:26*
- "Chloe" (John, Osborne) – 4:40*
- "Heels of the Wind" (John, Taupin) – 3:32
- "Elton's Song" (John, Tom Robinson) – 3:01*
- "The Fox" (John, Taupin) – 5:11
(*): Recorded in August 1979 and produced by John and Clive Franks. Chris Thomas produced the other tracks.
In 2003, Mercury/Universal and The Rocket Record Company reissued the album on CD, remastered by Gary Moore. The line-up contained no bonus tracks. On the 2003 reissue and remaster (and European) CD, "Carla/Etude", "Fanfare" and "Chloe" are combined into one track, making it a nine-track album.
French and Quebec releases of the album included "J'Veux de la Tendresse" in place of "Nobody Wins". "Tendresse" was the original French version of the song which Osborne wrote English lyrics for, thus transforming the song into "Nobody Wins".
After 1981, only "Chloe", "Just Like Belgium", "Nobody Wins" and "Elton's Song" would be included in Elton's Jump Up tour in 1982. While "Chloe", "Just Like Belgium" and "Nobody Wins" have never been performed again since that tour, "Elton's Song" was performed a few times on another occasion in 1999. Since then however, Elton has also stopped performing that song.
However since the album's release, Elton would perform "Carla/Etude", many times up to now, making it the only song off the album that is still occasionally being performed as of 2015.
|"Fools in Fashion"||"Nobody Wins" 7" (US/UK)|
|"Nobody Wins" (extended version)||"Nobody Wins" 12" (US)|
|"Je Veux De La Tendresse" (French version of "Nobody Wins")||"Nobody Wins" 12" (US)|
|"Can't Get Over Getting Over Losing You"||"Just Like Belgium" 7" (UK)|
|"Tortured"||"Chloe" 7" (US)|
Visions: The videos from The Fox
Visions, released on VHS in 1982, is a video of all ten songs recorded for The Fox album. It is notable as one of the first long-form video releases of an album. The collection was also released on RCA's CED digital video disc, a precursor to the Laserdisc and DVD, but has not been released since. One of the videos, for the song "Elton's Song", dealt with a teenager's admiration of another teenage boy he yearns for, but is too shy to confront—it was excluded from the UK video release, because the public school it was filmed at objected to the theme of the song. All the videos were directed by Russell Mulcahy.
- Ronald Baker: backing vocals
- Colette Bertrand: French girl on "Just Like Belgium"
- Varl Carwell: backing vocals
- Chuck Cissel: backing vocals
- Bill Champlin: backing vocals, tambourine
- Rev. James Cleveland: spoken voice and choir director on "Fascist Faces"
- Cornerstone Baptist Church Choir: choir
- Victor Feldman: percussion
- Clarence Ford: backing vocals
- Roy Galloway: backing vocals
- James Gilstrap: backing vocals
- Max Gronenthal: backing vocals
- Jim Horn: alto saxophone
- Elton John: lead and backing vocals, piano, vocal solo on "Breaking Down Barriers"
- Roger Linn: drum synthesizer programming
- John Lehman: backing vocals
- Tamara Matoesian now Tamara Champlin: backing vocals
- Reggie McBride: bass guitar
- Dee Murray: bass guitar, backing vocals
- James Newton Howard: synthesizers, vocoder, Fender Rhodes, organ, synthesizer programming, string arrangement, conductor
- Jeff Porcaro: drums
- Nigel Olsson: drums
- Gary Osborne: backing vocals
- Mickey Raphael: harmonica
- Stephanie Spruill: tambourine, backing vocals
- Alvin Taylor: drums
- Oren Waters: backing vocals
- Richie Zito: guitars
- London Symphony Orchestra: strings
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