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Elton John – Nobody Wins (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 22nd, 2010


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In 1981, when new wave and punk were the movement of the day, Elton John released his first album for Geffen Records, “The Fox”.  Not a “party” album, but a very stately, majestic album.

The first single, “Nobody Wins”. Is a magnificent, soaring piece of electronic-pop that was sweeping and dramatic. It soundeds like the title track to a James Bond film. It was also released in Europe, with EJ singing the vocals in French, under the name of “J’Veux De La Tendresse”.

“Nobody Wins” peaked at #21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #23 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song did not do as well in Elton’s home country and only peaked at #42 on the UK singles chart.

This US 12″ contains both the “Extended Version” of the song as well as the “French Version”. Both tracks are exclusive to this release.


Label: Geffen Records
Catalog#: PRO-A-948
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1981
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits:  Producer – Chris Thomas
Recorded By – Bill Price
Written-By – Gary Osborne , Jean-Paul Dreau

“Nobody Win” from the Geffen Records album Elton John/The Fox (GHS 20002)

Published by Inntersong Music – ASCAP
℗ 1981 Sackville Productions, ILtd

(A) Nobody Wins (Extended Version) 5:20

(B) Nobody Wins (French Version) 5:09

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All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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9 Responses to “Elton John – Nobody Wins (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. chris Says:

    THANK YOU!! My copy of this was too scratchy. I didn’t even know this existed until a year ago, and I’ve loved the song from 1980 when Geffen Records started. Now if they only made an extended of Donna Summer’s “The Wanderer”, I’d be in music heaven!!


  2. VanceMan Says:

    This is one my my favorite Elton records and I had no ideas there was an extended version. Thank you for making my afternoon happier.


  3. Matt Says:

    Thanks a ton for this! The only version I had was also scratchy at best.. Appearantly, these promos were also shipped with a felt “Fox” either attached to the sleve or in the jacket or something! Cool song. Should have fared better, but respectible. Of note, Elton did not write the words of music for this one. One of the few Elton “Covers” to chart.


  4. idesdemars Says:

    wow this is a treat. i never knew that there was an english version of this song. i only knew the french version by the name “je veux d’la tendresse”. thank you!


  5. Sam Says:

    Thanks for this great rip.
    This is my favourite Elton John song and the first 7″ I ripped back in 2002.
    It’s Strange that this song is not found on any Elton John compilation CDs that’s why I had to buy the fox CD.

    According to this site “http://eltonjohnallsongslist.blogspot.com/2007_11_01_archive.html”

    The song was born in summer 1980. While driving through St. Tropez, Elton heard heard Janic Prevost version of J’Veux D’La Tendress (“I Want Tenderness”) on the car radio. He was so overcome that he pulled to the side of the road to listen. “It just send shivers up and down me spine” recalled Elton. “even though it was sung in french”. He asked Gary Osborne, then lyricist, to write an English version and he did, writin’ about Elton’s unloving relationship with his father.

    Elton recorded the french version for “The Fox” album release in France, with Jean Paul Dreau lyrics, not Gary Osborne lyrics, and he described the searchfor happiness in life.


  6. Pascal Says:

    Merci so much Paul for the french version ! This song has never been on any CD (as far I as I know) and I also had a scratchy version of that like the other people taht left a comment. It’s probably the cleanest version in the world… bravo !!! Your next mission, if you accept it, is to find the french version of “Johnny Can’t read” by Don Henley (same perio, around 1982). In french, it’s called “Johnny sait pas lire” that is the exact translation of the title in English. Don’t even have a super scratcht version of that. Just in my memories !! Can you get this one ?!!!!! Anyway, thanks again for Elton John !


  7. Jason63 Says:

    Thanks Paul. Once again this was not released in OZ.


  8. Chris DC Says:

    What a great song! What I didn’t knew few months ago, it was out on maxi and even in a french version! Hard to find but really happy I found it here, thank you!
    The original version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6sVzYWzK9U&playnext=1&list=PL6FA30DD288C46B41 by Janic Prevost is also fun to hear,… But, nobody beats Elton’s version!


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