Saturday, April 10, 2021

Elton John - Too Low for Zero (1983)

Elton John - Too Low for Zero (1983)

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Elton John - Too Low for Zero
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Side one
1. "Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)"   4:19
2. "I'm Still Standing"   3:02
3. "Too Low for Zero"   5:46
4. "Religion"   4:05
5. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"   4:41

Side two
1. "Crystal"   5:05
2. "Kiss the Bride"   4:22
3. "Whipping Boy"   3:43
4. "Saint"   5:17
5. "One More Arrow"   3:34

Total length:   43:54



Elton John Band Members / Musicians

Elton John – piano (tracks 1–5, 8, 10), Fender Rhodes (Track 1), synthesiser (Tracks 1–7, 9), clavinet (Track 9), lead vocals, backing vocals

Davey Johnstone – acoustic guitar (Tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 9), electric guitar (Tracks 2-10) backing vocals

Dee Murray – bass guitar, backing vocals

Nigel Olsson – drums, tambourine on "Whipping Boy", backing vocals

Ray Cooper – percussion on "Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)"

Skaila Kanga – harp on "Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)"

Kiki Dee – backing vocals on "Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)"

Stevie Wonder – harmonica on "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"

James Newton Howard – string arrangement on "One More Arrow"


On bonus tracks
Produced by Elton John and Clive Franks

Elton John – piano on "Earn While You Learn" and "The Retreat", Hammond organ on "Earn While You Learn" and "Dreamboat", Fender Rhodes on "Dreamboat", mellotron on "Earn While You Learn", vocals on "Dreamboat and "The Retreat"

Tim Renwick – guitar on "Earn While You Learn" and "Dreamboat"

Steve Holley – drums on "Earn While You Learn" and "Dreamboat"

Clive Franks – bass guitar on "Earn While You Learn" and "Dreamboat"

Ray Cooper – tambourine on "Earn While You Learn" and "Dreamboat", triangle on "Earn While You Learn"

Paul Buckmaster – orchestra arrangement on "Dreamboat"

Steve Lukather – guitar on "The Retreat"

Reggie McBride – bass guitar on "The Retreat"

Alvin Taylor – drums on "The Retreat"

David Paich – Hammond organ on "The Retreat"

James Newton-Howard – synthesizer on "The Retreat"


Credits
Produced by Chris Thomas
Recorded and Mixed by Bill Price
Mixed at AIR Studios London
Mastered by Chris Thomas (UK) and Greg Fulginiti (US)
Management: John Reid
Art Direction: Rod Dyer
Design: Clive Piercy




Too Low for Zero (stylised as 2 ▼ 4 0) is the 17th studio album by English singer-songwriter Elton John. Released in 1983, the album marked a comeback for John, whose previous four albums had failed to yield many enduring international hit singles, and had disappointing sales compared to his string of hit records released during the first half of the 1970s.

It is his best selling album of the 1980s, earning Platinum certification by both the RIAA and the British Phonographic Industry. It produced several hit songs, each accompanied by successful MTV music videos, and it spent over a year on the Billboard album chart.


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