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Reg Strikes Back, released in 1988, is the twenty-first official album release for Elton John. It was his self-proclaimed comeback album, and his own way of fighting back against bad press.[1] The "Reg" in Reg Strikes Back refers to John's birth name, Reginald Kenneth Dwight. In the US the album was certified gold in August 1988 by the RIAA.

Contents

1 Background 2 Track listing

2.1 Side one 2.2 Side two 2.3 Bonus tracks (1998 PolyGram International reissue)

3 B-sides 4 Personnel

4.1 Production

5 Charts

5.1 Weekly charts 5.2 Year-end charts

6 Certifications 7 References

Background[edit] This was the last album that bassist Dee Murray
Dee Murray
(albeit without bass) appeared on prior to his death in 1992. The tracks "I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That" and "A Word in Spanish" peaked at No. 2 and No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. John brought back record producer Chris Thomas for the album. This is the first studio album to be recorded and released after John's throat surgery the previous year. The album cover featured costumes from John's collection that he decided to put up for auction. Track listing[edit] All songs written by Elton John
Elton John
and Bernie Taupin, except where noted. Side one[edit]

"Town of Plenty" – 3:40 "A Word in Spanish" – 4:39 "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two" – 4:12 "I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That" – 4:35 "Japanese Hands" – 4:40

Side two[edit]

"Goodbye Marlon Brando" – 3:30 "The Camera Never Lies" – 4:36 "Heavy Traffic" (John, Taupin, Davey Johnstone) – 3:30 "Poor Cow" – 3:50 "Since God Invented Girls" – 4:54

Bonus tracks (1998 PolyGram International reissue)[edit]

"Rope Around a Fool" – 3:48 "I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That" ( Shep Pettibone Mix) – 7:16 "I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That" (Just Elton and His Piano Mix) – 4:37 "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two" (The Renaissance Mix) – 6:19

B-sides[edit]

Song Format

"Rope Around a Fool" I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That 12"/CD (UK) / 7" (US/UK)

"I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That ( Shep Pettibone Mix)" I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That 12"/CD (US/UK)

"I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That (The Pub Dub)" I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That 12"/CD (US)

"I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That (Just Elton and His Piano Mix)" I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That 12"/CD (US)

"I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That (Just for Radio Mix)" I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That 12" (US)

"Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two (The Renaissance Mix)" Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two 12" (US)

"Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two (The Da Vinci Version)" Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two 12" (US)

"Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two (Self Portrait Instrumental)" Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two 12" (US)

'Rope Around a Fool' was recorded during these sessions, as was an unused track, 'Love Is Worth Waiting For', which Elton would perform at an AIDS benefit show in Los Angeles during the summer of 1988, but has yet to see official release on any format. Personnel[edit]

Elton John
Elton John
- keyboards, lead and harmony vocals Fred Mandel - synthesizers Davey Johnstone
Davey Johnstone
- guitars Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend
- acoustic guitar on "Town of Plenty" David Paton - bass guitar Charlie Morgan - drums Ray Cooper
Ray Cooper
- tambourine, maracas and timbales on tracks 6-9 Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
- trumpet and flugelhorn on "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Part Two" Backing vocals (tracks 1-9) - Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson, Davey Johnstone and Elton John Backing vocals on "Since God Invented Girls" - Adrian Baker, Bruce Johnston, Carl Wilson
Carl Wilson
and Elton John

Production[edit]

Producer: Chris Thomas Recorded and Engineered by Bill Price, Michael Mason and Paul Wertheimer. Assistant Engineer: Karl Lever Recorded at AIR Studios
AIR Studios
(London, England), Westside Studios (London, England), Circle Seven Recording and The Record Plant
The Record Plant
(Los Angeles, CA). Mixed at AIR Studios
AIR Studios
(London) Mastered by Tim Young at CBS, London. Art Direction: David Costa Photography: Gered Mankowitz Wardrobe: Bob Stacey

1998 Reissue

Producer and remastering supervision: Mike Gill Remixing and additional production on tracks 12, 13 & 14: Shep Pettibone Additional remixing on tracks 12 & 13 by Steve Peck Remixing on track 14 by Daniel Abraham Editing on tracks 12 & 13: Junior Vasquez Programming on tracks 12 & 13: Fred McFarlane Remastered by Gus Dudgeon, Mike Gill and Peter Mew.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1988–89) Peak position

Australian Kent Music Report
Kent Music Report
Albums Chart[6] 12

Austrian Albums Chart[7] 13

Canadian RPM Albums Chart[8] 6

Danish Album
Album
Charts[9] 13

French SNEP Albums Chart[10] 30

Italian Albums Chart[11] 3

New Zealand Albums Chart[12] 26

Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[13] 8

Swedish Albums Chart[14] 18

Swiss Albums Chart[15] 5

UK Albums Chart[16] 18

US Billboard 200[17] 16

West German Media Control Albums Chart[18] 18

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Position

Australian Albums Chart[6] 60

US Billboard 200 65

Chart (1989) Position

Italian Albums Chart[11] 18

French Albums Chart[19] 93

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Australia (ARIA)[20] Gold 35,000^

Canada (Music Canada)[21] 2× Platinum 200,000^

France (SNEP)[22] Gold 100,000*

Italy (FIMI)[23] 3× Platinum 300,000*

United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Silver 60,000^

United States (RIAA)[25] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Reg Strikes Back". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 January 2012.  ^ Heim, Chris (12 August 1988). " Elton John
Elton John
Is Back With Fan-pleasing 'Reg Strikes Back'". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 29 January 2012.  ^ Grein, Paul (3 July 1988). "Elton: Second Wind". articles.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 January 2012.  ^ Holden, Stephen (17 July 1988). "RECORDINGS; Three Veteran Rock-and-Rollers Spin New Disks". nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 29 January 2012.  ^ Harold Goldberg (6 October 1988). " Reg Strikes Back
Reg Strikes Back
Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 11 January 2012.  ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book
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1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  ^ "austriancharts.at Elton John
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– Reg Strikes Back" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Retrieved 29 January 2012.  ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 29 January 2012 ^ http://danskehitlister.dk/?song_id=6567 ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste" (in French). infodisc.fr. Archived from the original (PHP) on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2012.  ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia – Gli album più venduti del 1989" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 29 January 2012.  ^ "charts.org.nz Elton John
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Elton John
Reg Strikes Back
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– hitparade.ch" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 29 October 2011.  ^ "Chart Stats – Elton John
Elton John
– Reg Strikes Back" (PHP). UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 29 January 2012.  ^ "allmusic ((( Reg Strikes Back
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– Reg Strikes Back" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 29 January 2012.  ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1989 par InfoDisc" (in French). infodisc.fr. Archived from the original (PHP) on 23 October 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2012.  ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1990 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.  ^ "Canadian album certifications – Elton John
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– Reg Strikes Back". Music Canada.  ^ "French album certifications – John E. – Reg Strikes Back" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select JOHN E. and click OK ^ "Italian album certifications – Elton John
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– Reg Strikes Back" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana.  ^ "British album certifications – Elton John
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– Reg Strikes Back". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Reg Strikes Back
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Discography Albums Singles Videography Awards

Studio albums

Empty Sky Elton John Tumbleweed Connection Madman Across the Water Honky Château Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Caribou Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy Rock of the Westies Blue Moves A Single Man Victim of Love 21 at 33 The Fox Jump Up! Too Low for Zero Breaking Hearts Ice on Fire Leather Jackets Reg Strikes Back Sleeping with the Past The One Duets Made in England The Big Picture Songs from the West Coast Peachtree Road The Captain & the Kid The Union The Diving Board Wonderful Crazy Night

Live albums

17-11-70 Here and There Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Elton John
Elton John
One Night Only – The Greatest Hits Elton 60 – Live at Madison Square Garden

Soundtrack albums

Friends The Lion King The Muse Elton John
Elton John
and Tim Rice's Aida The Road to El Dorado Gnomeo & Juliet

Compilation albums

Greatest Hits Greatest Hits Volume II The Thom Bell Sessions Lady Samantha Greatest Hits Vol. 3 The Complete Thom Bell Sessions To Be Continued The Very Best of Elton John Rare Masters Greatest Hits 1976–1986 The Superior Sound of Elton John Chartbusters Go Pop Classic Elton John Love Songs Prologue Greatest Hits 1970–2002 Elton John's Christmas Party Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits Diamonds

Other albums

Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John
Elton John
& Bernie Taupin Good Morning to the Night Revamp & Restoration

Video albums

The Afternoon Concert The Night Time Concert Night and Day Concert Live in Australia The Very Best of Elton John Live in Barcelona Love Songs Elton John
Elton John
One Night Only – The Greatest Hits Dream Ticket Elton 60 – Live at Madison Square Garden The Red Piano

Concert tours

1970 World Tour West of the Rockies Tour Louder Than Concorde Tour 1980 World Tour Jump Up Tour Too Low for Zero Tour European Express Tour Breaking Hearts Tour Ice on Fire
Ice on Fire
Tour Tour De Force Reg Strikes Back
Reg Strikes Back
Tour Sleeping with the Past Tour The One Tour Face to Face 1994 Face to Face 1995 Made in England Tour Big Picture Tour Face to Face 1998 An Evening with Elton John Medusa Tour Stately Home Tour Face to Face 2001 Songs from the West Coast Tour Face to Face 2002 A Journey Through Time 2003 Tour Face to Face 2003 2004 Tour Peachtree Road Tour 2006 European Tour The Captain and the Kid Tour Rocket Man: Greatest Hits Live Face to Face 2009 Face to Face 2010 2010 European Tour Greatest Hits Tour 40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man The Diving Board
The Diving Board
Tour Follow the Yellow Brick Road Tour All the Hits Tour The Final Curtain Tour Wonderful Crazy Night
Wonderful Crazy Night
Tour Farewell Yellow Brick Road

Concert residencies

The Red Piano The Million Dollar Piano

Miscellaneous performances

List of Elton John
Elton John
and Ray Cooper
Ray Cooper
concert tours The Union Tour

Musicals

The Lion King

animated live-action musical

Billy Elliot the Musical Aida Lestat The Devil Wears Prada

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