Elton's 17th studio album (1983) finally sees the long-awaited return of the classic 'Elton John Band' line-up (which was last in operation way back in 1975 on the excellent 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy' L.P). With the sublime Elton John/Bernie Taupin writing partnership back in full-time harness, this is a pretty good affair all round; the proceedings kick off with the gorgeous ballad 'Cold As Christmas' (one of my all-time favourite tracks) followed by the catchy 'I'm Still Standing' and another lovely ballad 'I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues' completes the first half of the album.
On the downside, Track 6 'Crystal' doesn't do a lot for me - this is a chugging, synthethiser-driven ditty that is rather dull (and very repetitive). However, things pick up again with the mid-tempo grandeur of 'Saint' and the album closes sweetly with 'One More Arrow'. Overall, this is well worth buying at a decent price