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Jump Up! is the sixteenth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1982 by The Rocket Record Company except in the US and Canada, where it was released by Geffen Records.

It was recorded at AIR Studios in Montserrat,[5] and Pathe Marconi Studios in France.

It features such songs as "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)", a tribute to John Lennon (who had also signed to Geffen for the release of Double Fantasy, which is now owned by EMI). This is one of the first few LPs that showcases John singing in a deeper voice, as can be heard in songs such as "Blue Eyes", "Princess", "Ball and Chain" and "Spiteful Child". "Legal Boys" was written by John and Tim Rice, who would later write lyrics for songs for The Lion King andThe Road to El Dorado. This is the last studio album in which James Newton-Howard plays keyboards (Newton-Howard would play keyboards again on the soundtrack of Gnomeo & Juliet less than 30 years later).

In a 2010 Sirius radio special, John's lyricist, Bernie Taupin, called Jump Up! "one of our worst albums," adding "it's a terrible, awful, disposable album, but it had 'Empty Garden' on it, so it's worth it for that one song." In the U.S., it was certified gold in November 1982 by the RIAA. The album cover features John's lifelong friend Vance Buck.


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Track listing[edit]Edit

All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, except where noted.

Side one[edit]Edit

  1. "Dear John" (John, Gary Osborne) – 3:28
  2. "Spiteful Child" – 4:11
  3. "Ball and Chain" (John, Osborne) – 3:27
  4. "Legal Boys" (John, Tim Rice) – 3:08
  5. "I Am Your Robot" – 4:42
  6. "Blue Eyes" (John, Osborne) – 3:25

Side two[edit]Edit

  1. "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)" – 5:05
  2. "Princess" (John, Osborne) – 4:55
  3. "Where Have All the Good Times Gone" – 3:58
  4. "All Quiet on the Western Front" – 6:00

Previously only available in the later 1980s and early '90s on CD in Europe with the Rocket/Phonogram label, in 2003, John's company, Rocket, in association with Mercury/Universal Records, reissued the album on CD, remastered by Gary Moore. It had no bonus tracks, but did include lots of new and previously released photographs of John during the early 1980s, full lyrics and snapshots of the cover art for the album's singles, along with liner notes by John Tobler.

Two slightly different artworks exist.


Several outtakes from Jump Up! include "At This Time in My Life", "Desperation Train", "I'm Not Very Well", "Jerry's Law", "Moral Majority", "Waking Up in Europe", and "The Ace of Hearts and the Jack of Spades". They all have yet to see official release.[6]

Although, the outtake "Desperation Train", would later be recorded and released by John's lyricist Bernie Taupin on his 1987 album, Tribe.


Song Format
"Take Me Down to the Ocean" "Empty Garden" 7" (US/UK)
"Hey Papa Legba" "Blue Eyes" 7" (US/UK)
"Where Have All the Good Times Gone" (alternate version) "All Quiet on the Western Front" 7" (UK) / "Ball and Chain" 7" (US)
"The Retreat" "Princess" 7" (UK)

"Hey Papa Legba" was recorded during the sessions for 21 at 33 in August 1979.




Chart positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1982) Peak position
Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart[7] 3
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[8] 19
Dutch Mega Albums Chart[9] 26
French SNEP Albums Chart[10] 12
New Zealand Albums Chart[11] 1
Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[12] 3
Swedish Albums Chart[13] 15
UK Albums Chart[14] 13
U.S. Billboard 200[15] 17
West German Media Control Albums Chart[16] 47

Year-end charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1982) Position
Australian Albums Chart[7] 25
Canadian Albums Chart[17] 88
French Albums Chart[18] 25
U.S. Billboard 200[19] 61


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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