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Elton John – Leather Jackets – Vinyl Record

 

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Elton John – Leather Jackets – Vinyl Record

Elton John’s album Leather Jackets, released in 1986, is often considered one of the more challenging albums in his extensive discography. Despite its ambitious intentions, it is frequently cited as one of his least successful efforts, both critically and commercially. This period marked a tumultuous time in Elton John’s career, with personal challenges and changes in the music industry impacting his work.

Leather Jackets was recorded during a particularly busy time for Elton John, following closely on the heels of his 1985 album “Ice on Fire.” During this era, Elton was grappling with various personal issues, including struggles with drug addiction and vocal surgery, which inevitably affected his musical output. The album also represents a continuation of his work with lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as collaborations with other writers.

The album carries on the pop/rock sound of the mid-1980s, with synthesizers and electronic production elements prominently featured. However, it lacks the cohesive charm and depth found in Elton John’s more acclaimed works. Key tracks from “Leather Jackets” include:

“Leather Jackets”: The title track reflects the album’s general style with its straightforward rock sound.
“Heartache All Over the World”: This was one of the singles from the album, showcasing a pop-oriented approach but not achieving significant chart success.
“Paris”: An example of a more introspective song on the album, providing a glimpse into Elton’s balladry skills, albeit less celebrated than his major hits.

Critics generally regard Leather Jackets as lacking the vitality and creativity of Elton John’s best work. It is often viewed as a product of its time, heavily influenced by the production styles of the 1980s, which have not aged as well as the more timeless qualities found in his earlier or later recordings. The album did not perform well commercially, and Elton himself has expressed dissatisfaction with the album in later years, acknowledging it as his least favorite.

While Leather Jackets is not the highlight of Elton John’s career, it serves as an important marker of his journey as an artist, illustrating the struggles and the resilience required to maintain a long-term career in the music industry. For dedicated fans and those interested in the complete picture of Elton John’s musical contributions, “Leather Jackets” offers insights into the challenges he faced during a difficult period, and the persistence it took to overcome them and continue his legacy as one of pop music’s enduring stars.

A prolific songwriter and a flamboyant performer, Elton John had 30 different hits on the top 40 charts between 1970 and 1982. His theatrical stage appearances, with John changing into a succession of elaborate costumes and outlandish spectacles, helped make him a pop megastar. His hit tunes included “Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road,” “Your Song,” “Bennie and the Jets,” and “Rocket Man.”

All were written with his longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin. Although John lost a bit of his shine during the ’80s, he re-emerged as a force in the 1990s, touring and recording and cementing his spot among the pop music aristocracy. He performed his song “Candle in the Wind” at the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997, and the song went on to become an international best-seller. John (like Paul McCartney) was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997.

Brand new, never played and still sealed in the factory plastic seal with promo punch in jacket

Geffen Records 1986

Track Listing
Leather Jackets
Hoop of Fire
Don’t Trust That Woman
Go It Alone
Gypsy Heart
Slow Rivers
Heartache All over the World
Angeline
Memory of Love
Paris
I Fall Apart

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