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Reg Strikes Back [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Elton JohnAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Town Of Plenty 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. A Word In Spanish 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters (Part Two) 4:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Since God Invented Girls 4:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Rope Around A Fool 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That (Shep Pettibone Mix) 7:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That (Just Elton And His Piano Mix) 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters (Part 2) (The Renaissance Mix) 6:19$1.29  Buy MP3 

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(Hollywood CA) JUNE 24, 2013 - Capitol Records is proud to announce the release of Elton John’s The Diving Board, the artist’s first solo studio album in seven years, on Tuesday, September 24. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album features 12 new songs written by Elton and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as three piano interludes composed by the artist.

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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0000089FS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,331 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reg's Road to Recovery June 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
After having a number of lackluster and uninspired releases through the 1980s, with perhaps the lowest point being the 1986 release of "Leather Jackets," Elton John started a turnaround in quality and artistry that was evident on this album, and would achieve albums such as "The One" and "Made in England" in the 90s. While this album had much less quality and artistry than Elton's 70s albums, loyal fans were gratified to see that Elton could still write and sing good songs.

Elton's rediscovered enthusiasm shows in "Town of Plenty." Admittedly this song is one of the lesser songs on this CD; the words are corny and simple, and the music is relatively simple. However, Elton's voice sounds refreshed and clear, and the production is much improved over "Leather Jackets." This simple song is little indication of the music that comes later on this CD.

The second song also has relatively simple words, though more complex and inspired than the words of the first song. However, Elton's music in "A Word in Spanish" contains a flavor of that sound that made Elton John great in years gone by. This song was also the longest song on the original CD at 4:39 long. This mellow love song peaked at #19 on the charts in 1988. With the improvement over the first song, this song promised that this CD held even better songs.

Elton and his band get bombastic on "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (Part Two)." The original song was a mellow and harmonious creation on "Honky Chateau." This version is funky and bouncy, and far from being mellow. While I am tempted to compare this song with some of the worst from "Leather Jackets," the comparison would be wrong. This song has fun with the overblown style, and keeps the enthusiasm evinced from the first song.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Elton's Best May 5, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this album way back in 1988 right after it was released & it is still one of my favorites today. IMHO, it is not only one of the best from the 80's but also Elton's expansive catalog as well. Alot of fans do tend to knock it becuz it sounds too 80's or becuz there's alot of synth or becuz it isn't up there with classic albums like "Yellow Brick Road". So does it have songs that measure up to epics like "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"? Nope. But what it does have is a strong set of songs with great lyrics, infectious melodies & also some hidden gems that never made it on the radio but probably could have. Tracks like "Town of Plenty", "Mona Lisa's And Mad Hatters (Part Two)" & "Goodbye Marlon Brando" are very likable & fast paced pop tunes you will probably like the very first time you hear them. Then, of course, you have the album's big hit "I Don't Wanna Go on With You Like That". A very catchy dance track with a nice rhythm to it. My favorite track on the album is "The Camera Never Lies". It is a very catchy mid-tempo number that kind of sounds a little like Elton's future hit - "Healing Hands" and just like that song it has great percussion, piano, synth & a nice chorus as well. It's a shame it wasn't released as a radio single cuz I think it could've charted fairly well if given the chance. The ballads on the album are also top notch. The best being the elegant single - "A Word In Spanish". Definitely one of Elton's best songs. I also enjoyed the quiet but atmospheric "Japanese Hands" & the album's closer "Since God Invented Girls" which is a tribute not only to beautiful women but also the Beach Boys and as it turns out, they showed up to provide their trademark harmony b/g vocals on the song. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Spanish Harlem Still Sounds Good to Me...." July 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
"Reg Strikes Back" remains among my favorite CDs from Elton John's artistically fallow, but still commercially rich, 1980s period, with a number of songs from the John/Taupin songwriting team that rank with their finest from any decade in their three decade plus-long career. The album's title is a thinly veiled reference to Elton's real name (Reg Dwight), his successful recovery from surgery on his vocal chords, and his desire to return musically to some of his best songwriting during the early 1970s. But granted, "Reg Strikes Back" is an artistic achievement which seems rather inferior in quality to the albums which would follow it immediately: "Sleeping With the Past" and "The One", since there is a mixture of rather routine 1980s commerically-oriented songs along with a few genuine gems. Still, thanks to excellent production from 1980s producer Chris Thomas and his team, the sound quality remains among the best for a 1980s Elton John studio album. "Reg Strikes Back" includes most of the musicians who were members of the Elton John Band from the "Live in Australia" album and tour; most notably bassist David Paton, keyboard wizard and guitarist Fred Mandel, drummer Charlie Morgan, percussionist Ray Cooper, and of course, guitarist Davey Johnstone (It also includes as backup vocalists original Elton John Band members Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson.).

"Town of Plenty", the album's opening track, an uptempo rocker, sounds like it could be a 1980s update of "Bennie and the Jets", but lacks the latter's elegant lyrics and lush melodies. "A Word in Spanish", the second track (and second hit single) is a decent ballad featuring splendid mandolin playing from a long-time Elton John band member, guitarist Davey Johnstone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating And Rolicking Conclusion!
With Elton John returning to MCA Records in 1988 right after his contract with
Geffen Records, the rock keyboard maestro delivered another time-honoured CD
that not... Read more
Published 4 months ago by RH
3.0 out of 5 stars This album was largely panned. I understand, but it's not that bad
This album clearly does not stand up to the great albums of Elton John's musical career, and as a result it suffers a poor reputation. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ted B-man
4.0 out of 5 stars Reg Strikes Back
A very fine album, musically diverse, and more thoughtful than many of Elton's efforts. Musically, it shows considerable growth, with Elton exhibiting greater ease than ever with... Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. R, Castillo
3.0 out of 5 stars Reg tries to strike back...
Elton's mid-80's albums were competent, but not exactly brimming with enthusiasm or vitality. After Leather Jackets (probably his weakest album of original material) and vocal... Read more
Published 10 months ago by dfu
3.0 out of 5 stars Better as a memory...
I recently picked up Elton John's catalog from the 80's, replacing the albums that I had back in the dark ages, and put this in the mix, remembering it as a very good album. Read more
Published on July 22, 2009 by Dean T. Sinclair
3.0 out of 5 stars Reg Strikes Back
Reg Strikes Back being Elton John's 1988 and his 21st studio album was met with mediocre critical review and I agree with them. This is an alright album but nothing more. Read more
Published on May 13, 2009 by Bjorn Viberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Good songs (generally)
Good "comeback" album/cd. Homage to Honky Chateau's ML&MH & some other songs revisit his better period, although it would be a while before he did a good song end-to-end. Read more
Published on May 10, 2008 by Joel Conner
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Elton
This is a lot better than the dire Leather Jackets that preceded it by a few years, but I would say this is album for completists only. Read more
Published on October 15, 2007 by S J Buck
3.0 out of 5 stars Reginald knocked me out with this one
Luis Mejia (son) - Reginald Dwight, better known as Elton John, mildly recovered from his strong life problems at the time of the album's release; he had a throat surgery and his... Read more
Published on August 18, 2007 by Humberto Mejia
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking like a true survivor
The "Strikes Back" portion of this title was apt at the time. Elton had completed surgery on his vocal chords that - as he had been warned - could have resulted in his never being... Read more
Published on June 30, 2007 by Tim Brough
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