1981 Elton John – The Fox

John, Elton 1981The Fox is the fifteenth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1981. The track “Elton’s Song” was banned from radio play in some countries due to its content, which included references to homosexuality. The album was produced by John, Clive Franks and for the first time, Chris Thomas, who would produce many more albums with John through most of the 1980s and ’90s.

Five of the songs (noted below) were recorded during the sessions for his previous album 21 at 33. All B-sides released around this time were also from those sessions.

Click here for an interview with Jeffrey Porcaro about the Linn drums and the song Nobody Wins

Tracks

1  Breaking Down Barriers (Elton John, Gary Osborne) 4:42
2  Heart In The Right Place (Elton John, Gary Osborne) 5:12
3  Just Like Belgium (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) 4:10
4  Fascist Faces (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) 5:12
Nobody Wins (Gary Osborne, Jean Paul Dreau) 3:43
6  Carla/Etude (Elton John) 4:44
7  Fanfare (Elton John, James Newton Howard) 1:25
8  Heels Of The Wind (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) 3:33
Chloe (Elton John, Gary Osborne) 4:44
10  Elton’s Song (Elton John, Tom Robinson) 3:02
11  The Fox (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) 5:12

Media

Musicians

1 Breaking Down Barriers

Bass Dee Murray
Drums Nigel Olsson
Guitar Richie Zito
Piano Elton John
Percussion Stephanie Spruill
Synthesizer James Newton-Howard
Background Vocals Stephanie Spruill
Background Vocals Netty Gloud
Background Vocals Tamara Matoesian
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Elton John


2 Heart In The Right Place

Bass Reginald McBride
Drums Alvin Taylor
Guitar Steve Lukather
Piano Elton John
Synthesizer James Newton-Howard
Background Vocals Elton John


3 Just Like Belgium

Bass Dee Murray
Guitar Richie Zito
Piano Elton John
Synthesizer James Newton-Howard
Sax Jim Horn


4 Fascist Faces

Bass Dee Murray
Guitar Richie Zito
Piano Elton John
Background Vocals Elton John


5 Nobody Wins

Drums (programming) Jeffrey Porcaro
Drums (synthesizer) Roger Linn
Synthesizer Steve Porcaro
Synthesizer James Newton-Howard
Piano Elton John


6 Carla, Etude, Fanfare

Piano Elton John
Synthesizer James Newton-Howard
Percussion Victor Feldman


7 Carla, Etude, Fanfare

Piano Elton John
Synthesizer James Newton-Howard
Percussion Victor Feldman


8 Heels Of The Wind

Bass Dee Murray
Drums Nigel Olsson
Guitar Richie Zito
Piano Elton John
Synthesizer James Newton-Howard
Percussion Stephanie Spruill
Background Vocals Elton John
Background Vocals Stephanie Spruill
Background Vocals Netty Gloud
Background Vocals Tamara Matoesian
Background Vocals Bill Champlin


9 Chloe

Bass Reginald McBride
Drums Alvin Taylor
Guitar Steve Lukather
Piano Elton John
Fender Rhodes James Newton-Howard
Percussion Victor Feldman
Background Vocals Dee Murray
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Gary Osborn
Background Vocals Max Gronenthal


10 Elton’s Song

Piano Elton John
Synthesizer James Newton-Howard


11 The Fox

Bass Dee Murray
Drums Nigel Olsson
Piano Elton John
Organ James Newton-Howard
Harmonica Michael Raphael
Background Vocals Jim Gilstrap
Background Vocals John Lehman
Background Vocals Roy Galloway
Background Vocals Oren Waters
Background Vocals Ronald Baker
Background Vocals Chuck Cissel
Background Vocals Clarence Ford

Other Musicians

Choir – Rev. James Cleveland & Cornerstone Baptist Church Choir (Track 5)
Orchestra – The London Symphony Orchestra (Track 6)

Liner Notes

Producer – Chris Thomas (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10), Clive Franks (Tracks 2, 6, 7, 9 , 10), Elton John (Tracks 2, 6, 7, 9, 10)
Arranged By – James Newton Howard (Tracks 6, 7)
Arranged By (Strings) – James Newton Howard (Track 9)
Arranged By (Strings) – Marty Paich (Track 9)
Conductor – James Newton Howard (Tracks 6, 7)

Art Direction – Richard Seireeni
Photography – Eric Blum
Photography (Elton’s Photograph) – Terry O’Neil

Manufactured By – Nippon Phonogram Co., Ltd.
Distributed By – Nippon Phonogram Co., Ltd.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sackville Productions Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Sackville Productions Ltd.