"In many countries around the world this album sold very well at the time it was released.It is not a bad album.It does take a number of listens before it grows on you.Many of elton johns albums years later are appreciated and this means that in my opinion he is always years ahead of the music of the year he releases his albums.During the 80s it was only in america elton did not have a top ten album.In many countries around the world he had many top ten albums.A good example of this is Australia.In australia during the 80s these albums made top ten:
Jump Up,Too Low For Zero,Breaking Hearts,Ice On Fire,Leather Jackets,Live In Australia,Reg Strikes Back,Sleeping With The Past And a year later in 1990 Sleeping With The Past Made Number One."
My 2 Cents
Joel M. Calderone | Dyer, Indiana USA | 09/14/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I saw Elton John live at the time Leather Jackets was about to be released. He played Paris live that night. He was truly proud of Paris and I thought it was going to be the first single. There is so much B-side material from this time. Billy and the Kids, Lord Of The Flies, Highlander and a completely different mix of Heartache All Over The World. I'd love to see a re-issue with the B-sides."
David P. Weber | North Fremantle | 03/26/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Everyone knows this ain't one of the best Elton albums-- he regularly disowns it during interviews-- but it does have some great material on it. Why is 'Victim Of Love' remastered and not 'Leather Jackets'? It's about as good as 'Ice On Fire' and 'Breaking Hearts'. Songs like 'Paris', 'Slow Rivers' and 'Angeline' deserve better treatment, along with those missing b-sides. Rocket has done a fine job with all those discs missed by the so-called Classic Years. Get onto it, Rocket!"
BRUNO S. PEREIRA | São Paulo, Brazil | 09/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although Leather Jackets is generaly considered one of the weakest albuns made by Elton John, as well as Victim Of Love (1979), I really enjoy this work, and use to hear it very often. Effectively, there's some really nice tracks on it. E.g., I like to mention "Hoop Of Fire" e "Gipsy Heart", two ballads with great lyrics and very well sung by Elton. There're either other strong songs, like the music-title and "Heartache All Over The World", the only "hit" of the album. You find in this work also the great duet "Slow Rivers", sung with Cliff Richard, and "i Fall Apart", which Elton performs very well, you can fell the pain in his voice singing this Taupin lyrics. It's an album that you'll probably need to hear more than one time to get involved, but when it happens, you'll see that the judgement usually made about this 1986's album (the only album pre-1992 that didn't get remastered on the 'Classic Years' Series) is unfair."
Not the best,not the worst
Antonio M Vazquezpausa | Miami, Fl United States | 05/13/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This album which came out before Live in Australia,does have many gems.One of them is PARIS.Why wasn't it the first single?.Instead the mediocre HEARTACHE...made the charts.The beautiful duet with Cliff Richard SLOW RIVERS and MEMORY OF LOVE(where Queen members played)stand out as great tunes.Not a classic but worth listening to."