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    Though Elton John had already released two albums in the ’80s, his 1982 album Jump Up! was his first actually recorded in the ’80s. John not only embraces the synthesizer-driven sound of the decade but the second era of his career – and he does it with spunk. Jump Up! is also one of the few albums where John explores the lower register of his voice, most notably on the adult contemporary hit “Blue Eyes.” However, the album is best known and loved for John and Bernie Taupin’s moving tribute to John Lennon, “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny).” The garden in the song refers to Madison Square Garden where Lennon made his last live appearance when, after losing a bet, he joined his friend John onstage during his 1974 Thanksgiving concert. Also of note: The Who’s Pete Townshend plays guitar on “Ball and Chain, and the track “Legal Boys” is John’s first collaboration with Tim Rice (who he would team up with again 12 years later on the Grammy-winning Lion King soundtrack).

    Jump Up! Catalog Number: Geffen GHS 2013

    Jump Up! Track Listing:

    Side One

    1. Dear John – 3:31

    2. Spiteful Child – 4:15

    3. Ball and Chain – 3:27

    4. Legal Boys – 3:05

    5. I Am Your Robot – 4:43

    6. Blue Eyes – 3:25

    Side Two

    1. Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) – 5:09

    2. Princess – 4:56

    3. Where Have All the Good Times Gone? – 4:00

    4. All Quiet on the Western Front – 5:59

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