Jump Up!

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Jump Up!
Studio album by Elton John
Released9 April 1982
Recorded1982 at AIR Studios, Montserrat, and Pathe Marconi Studios, France
GenreSoft rock, pop rock
LabelGeffen (US/Canada)
Rocket (UK)
ProducerChris Thomas
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Jump Up!
Studio album by Elton John
Released9 April 1982
Recorded1982 at AIR Studios, Montserrat, and Pathe Marconi Studios, France
GenreSoft rock, pop rock
LabelGeffen (US/Canada)
Rocket (UK)
ProducerChris Thomas
Elton John chronology
The Fox
Jump Up
Too Low for Zero
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau(B)[3]

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

It was recorded at AIR Studios in Montserrat [4],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 write lyrics for songs for The Lion King twelve years later. This is the last studio album in which James Newton-Howard plays keyboards.

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 on 22 November 1982 by the RIAA.


Track listing

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

Side one

  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

  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.[5]

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


"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

Chart (1982)Peak position
Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart[6]3
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[7]19
Dutch Mega Albums Chart[8]26
French SNEP Albums Chart[9]12
New Zealand Albums Chart[10]1
Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[11]3
Swedish Albums Chart[12]15
UK Albums Chart[13]13
U.S. Billboard 200[14]17
West German Media Control Albums Chart[15]47

Year-end charts

Chart (1982)Position
Australian Albums Chart[6]25
Canadian Albums Chart[16]88
French Albums Chart[17]25
U.S. Billboard 200[18]61


United Kingdom (BPI)[19]Silver60,000^
United States (RIAA)[20]Gold500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Jump Up! at Allmusic
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ "CG: elton john". Robert Christgau. http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=elton+john. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  4. ^ "AIR MONTSERRAT". http://www.airstudios.com/about-us/history/air-montserrat/. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Rocket Man: Elton John From A-Z (ISBN 0275956989)
  6. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2012-01-29
  8. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Elton John - Jump Up!" (in Dutch) (ASP). Hung Medien. MegaCharts. http://dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Elton+John&titel=Jump+Up!&cat=a. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  9. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste" (in French) (PHP). infodisc.fr. http://infodisc.fr/Album_J.php. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  10. ^ "charts.org.nz Elton John - Jump Up!" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. http://charts.org.nz/showitem.asp?interpret=Elton+John&titel=Jump+Up!&cat=a. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  11. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Elton John - Jump Up!" (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. http://norwegiancharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Elton+John&titel=Jump+Up!&cat=a. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  12. ^ "swedishcharts.com Elton John - Jump Up!" (in Swedish) (ASP). http://swedishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Elton+John&titel=Jump+Up!&cat=a. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  13. ^ "Chart Stats - Elton John - Jump Up!" (PHP). UK Albums Chart. http://www.chartstats.com/release.php?release=40262. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  14. ^ "allmusic ((( Jump Up! > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r10480/charts-awards. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  15. ^ "Album Search: Elton John - Jump Up!" (in German). Media Control. http://www.charts.de/album.asp?artist=Elton+John&title=Jump+Up!&cat=a&country=de. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  16. ^ "Top 100 Albums '82". RPM. 25 December 1982. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.6170&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=mhe12pta2k83e08udtq66ot062. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  17. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1982 par InfoDisc" (in French) (PHP). infodisc.fr. http://www.infodisc.fr/B-CD_1982.php. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  18. ^ Billboard.com - Year End Charts - Year-end Albums - The Billboard 200. http://books.google.com/books?id=YyQEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT52&dq=billboard+park+Elton+John&hl=ja#v=onepage&q&f=false. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Elton John – Jump Up". British Phonographic Industry. http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx.  Enter Jump Up in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Elton John – Jump Up". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?artist=%22Jump+Up%22.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Business as Usual by Men at Work
New Zealand Chart number-one album
28 March - 4 April 1982
Succeeded by
Business as Usual by Men at Work