Recorded at Studio Guillaume Tell, Paris and Townhouse Studios, London.
Digitally remastered by Gus Dudgeon.
This is something of a reunion album; after working apart for some time, Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin, the wordsmith behind John's biggest '70s hits, come together again. Also on board after a long hiatus are original Elton John Band members Davey Johnstone and Nigel Olsson. Even "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" duet partner Kiki Dee shows up, singing backing vocals on "When a Woman Doesn't Want You" and "Understanding Women" (seems to be a theme there). Highlights include the hit title song and the anti-Thatcher anti-'80s nostalgia piece "Sweat It Out," which includes the memorable line "She-devils were ruling Britain" and gives Elton the opportunity to stretch out with one of his best (and longest) piano solos ever.
What the critics say...
Entertainment Weekly (7/17/92, p.57) - "..remarkably fresh.." - Rating: B
- Simple Life
- One, The
- Sweat It Out
- Runaway Train - (with Eric Clapton)
- Whitewash Country
- North, The
- When A Woman Doesn't Want You
- On Dark Street
- Understanding Women
- Last Song, The
- Suit Of Wolves - (bonus track)
- Fat Boys And Ugly Girls - (bonus track)
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