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Fox Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (May 12, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • ASIN: B00008ZPDK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Breaking Down Barriers
2. Heart In The Right Place
3. Just Like Belgium
4. Nobody Wins
5. Fascist Faces
6. Carla Etude Fanfare Chloe
7. Heels Of The Wind
8. Eltons Song
9. The Fox

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered edition of John's Geffen Records debut after many years on MCA. Originally released in 1981, "The Fox" features the singles "Nobody Wins" and "Just Like Belgium" and was also the first John studio album to be produced by Chris Thomas (Roxy Music, Pretenders) and Elton himself. This edition includes enhanced packaging and sleevenotes by John Tobler.

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The Fox is Elton Johns best overall album.
Although it is not an experimental album, fairly straight-forward, it is still a very inspired album.
I recommend The Fox to everyone who likes or loves Elton's music.
Ricky J. Williams

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Keith T. Pells on June 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
In 1981, when new wave and punk were the movement of the day, Elton John released his first album for Geffen Records, "The Fox". Having all of Elton's Cd's (including some out of print material), "The Fox" remains one of my very favorites in his catalog. Not a "party" album (think "Rock Of The Westies"), but a very stately, majestic album.
I was 21 when this album was first released (I'm showing my age), and I was blown away by the first single, "Nobody Wins". It was a magnificent, soaring piece of electronic-pop that was sweeping and dramatic. It sounded like the title track to a James Bond film. It was also released in Europe, with EJ singing the vocals in French, under the name of "J'Veux De La Tendresse".
The highlight of the album, is the majestic instrumental "Carla/Etude", which is just his piano with the London Symphony Orchestra (you can find a "live" version of this track on his "To Be Continued" box set). It is just beautiful. And as a second single, "Chloe" is just breathtaking.
Other highlights include "Breaking Down Barriers", with sweeping piano maneuvers; "Just Like Belgium", which is an ode to travel and adventure; and "Elton's Song", which touches on the uncomfortableness a young gay man feels while noticing a friend and developing feelings.
The one drawback to the remastering is that they did NOT include any bonus tracks (as they have with many of his other releases). They blew it here, because they could have included "Fools In Fashion" (B-side to "Nobody Wins"), "J'Veux De La Tendresse" ("Nobody Wins" performed in French) and even the promo-only club mix of "Nobody Wins"...which is extremely rare.
But in the final analysis, the remastering is superb and breathes new life into one of Elton John's most under-rated and under-appreciated albums of his long, wonderful career.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James J. Peters on September 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This CD, originally released in 1981, is easily one of my favorites of all time. And this comes from an Elton John fan who never wavered during the 1980s when others did. This underrated and ambitious CD is a rewarding listening experience. The hit single, "Nobody Wins," a treatise of divorce, is a standout that begs to be noticed. Other winning gems include the hard-rocking "Fascist Faces," up-tempo songs with undeniable hooks (such as "Breaking Down Barriers" and "Just Like Belgium"), haunting ballads (such as "Chloe"), and the mesmerizing instrumental, "Carla/Etude/Fanfare." The latter arrangement is alone worth the purchase price.
With The Fox, Elton John succeeds with his ambitious juxtaposition of hard-rockers and sweet ballads. Despite the list of impressive highlights already mentioned, the song that moves me most, the one I will always remember, the one that always elicits an emotional response from me is "Elton's Song," a paen to unrequited love. This subject has often been explored in pop music, but Elton's treatment here with his lone release to include his name is exceptional. I highly recommend this CD; you'll tap your feet and dab at your eyes. Prepare to be entertained and moved!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Marty From SF on July 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This collection from 1981 has nearly gone unnoticed, probably due to the lack of input from Bernie Taupin. It is filled with great uptempo, complex arrangments like, "Breaking Down Barriers" and"Fascist Faces". "Just Like Belgium" is one of Elton's most upbeat romantic songs since the mid-seventies and "Carla/Etude/Fanfare" (which runs into) "Chloe" is a testament to Elton John's creativity. However, the best song on the album and the only single, "Nobody Wins" beats out the rest for arrangment, lyrics and heartfelt tearjerking. Amazingly, this single is omitted from all collections. I wish someone would explain this mystery to me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ricky J. Williams on February 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Elton John had just decided to come back to public view with this record. The summer of 1981 saw the release of his single "Nobody Wins" met with a yawn. I was a big EJ fan. I gave the record a close listen after I'd heard Nobody Wins on the radio. I thought the song was great. I was ready to like the album before I heard it. I put the vinyl record on the turntable and played it through. The rockers like "just like begium" truely rocked and the ballads like "chloe" were breathtaking. Enough cannot be said about "Chloe". The titled intro that fades into Chloe is the finest orchestral ballad EJ had ever done. I'm serious. Just listen to it. The music is gorgeous and the tune with the vocals is truely a masterpiece. It's just that good. The fox is a nice ballsy tune. Every tune on the album is first rate elton john. Elton's song is beautiful. I saw the video, shot in 1980. The video makes the song about a young boy who is totally infatuated with the school jock. It's very touching, and the song is so strong that it stays with you all day. It's very hard to judge this album against the many Elton John masterpieces of the seventies. The eighties started a new career for Elton John and he proved to be a huge eighties' star, just like he'd been in the seventies. I recommend The Fox to everyone who likes or loves Elton's music. It may not be considered a masterpiece by many who compare it to his earlier works...still, it's a great record. Try listening to it without comparing it to the seventies or the eighties. It stands with it's head held high on its own. The Fox is a "GREAT" Elton John record. Listen to whole album, there's not a weak song on it and there are at least three Elton John Classics. The Fox, Chloe, & Elton's Song. You really can't go wrong with this wonderful record. It's truely that good.
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