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Too Low for Zero [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Elton JohnAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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listen  2. I'm Still StandingElton John 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Too Low For ZeroElton John 5:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. I Guess That's Why They Call It The BluesElton John 4:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. CrystalElton John 5:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen10. One More ArrowElton John 3:47$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 (March 20, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000009EJU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Low For Zero-- An '80s High Point August 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The transitional phase Elton John went through in the late '70s and early '80s was over. Too Low For Zero was not only the first record since Blue Moves that's all John/Taupin (except for one of the bonus tracks on this reissue, but I'll get to that in due time), it was also a full reunion with the original Elton John Band! This is the first record since Captain Fantastic in '75 to be recorded, from start to finish, with Davey Johnstone on guitar, Dee Murray on Bass and Nigel Olsson on the skins, and it shows. The title reflects neither the quality nor the chart positions of this fabulous record; it was Elton's best in years. The opener, 'Cold As Christmas,' may be a bit of a lyrical downer about a failing marriage, but it remains an excellent song with clever phrasing; it was quite a pleasure to hear this one again after something like fifteen years. 'I'm Still Standing' follows, an anthem of survival still without peer; the title track, a lament on boredom, misery and insomnia, comes next, with its irresistable beat and addictive chorus- lyrics notwithstanding, it's far from depressing. Next comes 'Religion,' as it so often does (ha-ha), a triple-tale of spiritual conversion in the most mundane of circumstances. While not a work of particular brilliance, it's a catchy little number that holds its own surrounded by the duo's signature hits of the decade. The album's best song comes next, 'I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues.' Featuring a harmonica bit by Stevie Wonder and a co-writer's credit for Davey Johnstone, this song, one of John/Taupin's all-time great love songs, was a hit throughout most of Western Civilisation, as it well warranted. Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's what got me into him October 2, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
This album, which I bought in 1983, is still one of my favorite Elton John albums. I have almost all his albums, and I love them all, but this one is and remains a classic!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From Zero back to the top June 26, 2007
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The 80's weren't always kind to Elton John. Once he jumped from MCA to Geffen, the hits slowed down. He and Bernie Taupin had gone their separate ways, and his core band had been gone since "Rock of the Westies." "Too Low For Zero" changed all that. For the first time since "Blue Moves," Elton and Bernie co-wrote the songs. Nigel Olsson and Dee Murray were back, and so was the alchemy.

That was apparent from the first single, the defiant "I'm Still Standing." From the uptempo beat to the forceful lyric, it is the best Elton song since the glory days. "Kiss The Bride" follows in the same vein, about an ex who sees his dreamgirl slipping away as she walks down the aisle. But it was the ballad "I Guess That's Why They Call it The Blues" that blasted away the logjam. "Blues," with its great Stevie Wonder harmonica solo, became Elton's first top ten single in three years and the first since "Little Jeannie" from "21 at 33."

The most important part of this comeback is the rest of the album. "Too Low For Zero" was not just the home of three top 40 singles, but the remaining cuts had depth. The disintegrating family of "Cold as Christmas" is prime Elton, and the title track could have easily been a fourth single. The falsettoed ballad that closed the original album, "One More Arrow," is exquisite and a departure for Elton. "Too Low For Zero" marked the first time since "Blue Moves" that the entire album held together as a whole, and signalled the rebound for Elton that would continue through to "The One."
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Return To Form May 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
After flirting with his fans for years, Elton John delivered his most consistent and solid collection of songs since 1975's Captain Fantastic.
At the insistence of long time lyricist, Bernie Taupin, Elton decided to go back to basics and work with Taupin full time since 1976's Blue Moves. And, just as important, Elton reunited with the core of his backing band of the early 70s: Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson and Davey Johnstone. This dynamic trio never sounded so good and they easily capture the romance and aura of the sound that made so many of Elton's early albums classics. Bernie Taupin also wrote lyrics with meaning and depth. He and Elton have always been better together than writing with other artists.
From the opening chords of the first track, Cold As Christmas, listeners are in for a treat. Elton's haunting vocal, coupled with the incredible backing vocals of the band, take the listener on a story of an elderly couple whose romantic flame as burned out. Then, as if on cue, Elton cuts right to the next song, I'm Still Standing and you can almost hear him saying: "Liked the first song? I knew you would. I'm back so take notice!" The transition is a bit jarring, but hey, he was feeling frisky and that's a great thing.
From there, the album slowly builds. The synthesizers are heavy (it's 1983 afterall) but they never intrude. They supplement the melody and reinforce Elton staying with the times. The title track should have been a single as it went over big on the tour that followed. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues remains an instant Elton classic with it's overtly sentimental lyric about pining for a love one. Stevie Wonder's express and sweet harmonic solo only add to the songs' nice touches. Elton and the band deliver a rock solid effort on this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An 80's Masterpiece
This is Elton's best 80's album with I'm Still Standing and the classic I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Victor Quintero
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his very best!
This is a near perfect CD - a great return to form for Elton and his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Weinstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Fond memories rekindled
I bought this album as a cassette when it came out. I bought if for the hits, but the other tracks were even better. Now that I have the CD, it's even better than I remember. Read more
Published 3 months ago by thomas hart
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Blockbuster Extravaganza!
As Elton John remained highly active as ever, he blew both the critics and the
public away with this powerful piece of music making in 1983 which set the music
charts... Read more
Published 4 months ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton Truly Is Still Standing Here!
Elton John had a very personally and creatively frustrating period after his parted company with his lyrical partner Bernie Taupin in the late 70's. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but far from Elton John's best
"Too Low for Zero" is an album filled quality pop music, and had someone else put out this album, I might have been more generous in reviewing it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ted B-man
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Low For Zero, but Good enough to listen to.
This is probably Elton's best efforts of the 1980's. Taking the time it was written and recorded into consideration it contains some Elton classics. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Vic Kerry
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this CD and Elton John's music!
I highly recommend Elton John's music. He is a talented, timeless artist, and we are very happy to still have him. He keeps producing excellent music!. Read more
Published 14 months ago by CD music collector
4.0 out of 5 stars whats to say it's elton
better than average album from elton and bernie, a few clear hits and some hidden jewels THE WORD COUNT SUCKS
Published 16 months ago by tjkid
3.0 out of 5 stars Elton John - A Mixed Bag, But Some Great Songs
"Too Low For Zero" marked a bit of a creative comeback for Elton in the mid-80's. After a series of rather patchy albums with different collaborators and musicians, "Zero"... Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by Steven Sly
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