Elton John - Leather Jackets CD
Personnel: Elton John (vocals, piano, synthesizer); Cliff Richard, Kiki Dee (vocals); Davey Johnstone (guitars, background vocals); Fred Mandel (synthesizers, programming); John Deacon, David Paton, Paul Westwood (bass); Roger Taylor, David Mattacks (drums); Gus Dudgeon (percussion, drum programming); Graham Dickson, Frank Ricotti, Jody Linscott (percussion); Katie Kissoon, Pete Wingfield, Alan Carvell, Shirley Lewis, Gordon Neville, Vicky Brown (background vocals).
Recorded at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands.
Personnel: Elton John (vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Charlie Morgan (vocals, drums, percussion); Dave Mattacks (vocals, drums); Cliff Richard, Albert Boekholt (vocals); Davey Johnstone (guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Fred Mandel (keyboards, synthesizer, programming); David Paton (bass guitar); Roger Taylor (drums); Jody Linscott (tambourine, percussion); Gus Dudgeon (percussion, programming); Frank Ricotti, Frank Riccotti, Graham Dickson (percussion); Alan Carvell, Gordon Neville, Katie Kissoon, Kiki Dee, Pete Wingfield, Shirley Lewis (background vocals).
Recording information: Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands.
1986 was a difficult year for Elton John. His marriage was going sour, he was abusing drugs, and was hospitalized for throat surgery. Despite the troubles, he still toured relentlessly and managed to release a record. LEATHER JACKETS finds Elton John moving further into the slick new wave pop territory he mined on the previous year's ICE ON FIRE, for the last time.
He leaves production chores once again to Gus Dudgeon, who employs all the stylistic touches of the era. There isn't a whole lot of real piano here; most of the keyboards have the kind of mechanized textures one would expect, emanating from items called JX8P and Jupiter 8. The record is a mixed bag, with Elton performing "Don't Trust That Woman," a song co-written by Cher and Lady Choc Ice; a duet with the legendary (in England anyway) pop singer Cliff Richard on the dramatic "Slow Rivers," and "Angeline," the tale of indolent lover, and another collaboration with Roger Taylor and John Deacon of Queen.
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