Empty Sky (Remastered)

February 20, 1996 | Format: MP3

$4.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 29, 1995
  • Release Date: May 29, 1995
  • Label: Island Def Jam
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 55:11
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  • ASIN: B000VWLEWA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,006 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By 33-year old wallflower on October 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Elton John & Bernie Taupin are probably the longest-lasting songwriting duo in history, beating out Rodgers & Hammerstein or even Gilbert & Sullivan, yet definitely on a level of those legends. It's hard to believe the two have been working together for well over 35 years by now & have seen more hits than a birthday pinata. But while some people think "Your Song" was what started Elton & Bernie on their way, it was just their first major success. Before that, they had released an album that was an ambitious debut, but it was clear greater things were in store for them. That album was 1969's EMPTY SKY.
At the time, Elton & Bernie (I mention both at the same time because while Elton may be the one out front, Bernie's songwriting is just as, if not more, important as Elton's showmanship) were barely out of their teens, so for an album like EMPTY SKY to debut with, you'd think the two had been around for a while. But also because of their youth, it's fair to call the album a little too didactic for its own good & sure enough, they can stretch themselves thin on EMPTY SKY. But when they succeed, it's fantastic.
The title track is one of those times, with a Stones-sounding rock tune that would prove to be Elton's stock in trade during the 1970s when he rocked more than crooned. This being 1969, it has more than a slight psychedelic tinge to it (almost like MAJESTIES-era Stones, only better) with the proverbial backwards guitars & false ending. But instead of coming off as dated, it's actually quite endearing & by far one of Elton's most overlooked songs.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Timothy A. Powers on October 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Empty Sky is the album that first introduced Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin to the world (except for the US where the album wasn't released until 1975). When I first heard it, I was less than impressed, but on repeated listenings, I've learned to appreciate it more. It's crude, dark, with overly pretentious lyrics from the usually great Bernie Taupin, and Elton has told stories of how the piano he recorded with was out of tune. However, you've got to start somewhere. You can hear the promise of what was coming on Elton's very next effort, the self-titled ELTON JOHN. These songs began as poems that Bernie wrote before he ever met Elton. Their early efforts at writing pop songs produced some largely forgetable songs,and Steve Brown (I think) suggested they try using Bernie's poems. That's why these songs seem as disjointed as they do. "Skyline Pigeon" is my favorite track (although like so many have said, I prefer the piano version which was the B-side of "Daniel" and available on the
remastered DON'T SHOOT ME, I'M ONLY THE PIANO PLAYER). "Valhalla" and "Lady, What's Tomorrow" are also worthy
of note. The bonus tracks are a very welcome addition. The
orchestral arrangements of "It's Me That You Need" make up for
the sappy, simplistic lyrics. (Sorry, Bernie)
I'm a huge fan of the John/Taupin team, and I would say it's worth the price of admission to hear how these great songwriters got their start.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Empty Sky is the debut album from Elton John. It is a very solid effort, lacking in spots, but shows the immense potential that would be fully realized on future albums. The title track is a good rocker that opens up the album. "Val-hala" is the best song from the album with it's mystical Bernie Taupin lyrics and Mr. John's harpsichord gives it the baroque sound that would permeate his second album. "Sails" and "Skyline Pigeon" are good songs as well. The closing medley of "Gulliver/It's Hay Chewed/Reprise" is an interesting way to close the album. The middle section is an instrumental with touches of jazz and the reprise is made up of pieces of songs from the rest of the album. "Lady Samantha" and "Just Like Strange Rain" are the best of the bonus tracks on the album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on August 24, 2010
Format: Audio CD
You know, I've had several people tell me to avoid Elton John's Empty Sky because, according to them, Elton's songwriting lacked focus since it's just an early effort that should be forgotten. I have to strongly disagree.

In fact, I absolutely love Elton's classic early to mid 70's period (including Blue Moves) and I really don't understand how supposed gigantic fans of Elton's music can possibly find *any* major problems with Empty Sky.

There's honestly nothing to hate about this album. It's completely loaded with one highly melodic song after another. In fact, much of the style feels similar to his Tumbleweed Connection album, which is considered a masterpiece to most Elton John fans, so it makes no sense why Empty Sky is constantly ignored the way it is.

Perhaps people are turned off by the choice of background instruments. You will hear flute, harpsichord, and electric guitar jams much more frequently than on future Elton John albums, but that's hardly a big deal. Most of the time these instruments are played quite tastefully anyway.

Also, Elton's usual singer-songwriter style of piano-dominated pop/rock is all over the place here. No kidding. You'd never guess this is a late 60's album because it sure doesn't sound like it. It sounds like Elton John already knew what kind of music he wanted to make from the beginning, so he went ahead and did it... for the next 40-something years.

Picking a favorite song is literally impossible and I'm honestly not saying that to get OUT of doing it either. It really is a difficult thing to do considering there's not a single weak point on the entire album (including the bonus tracks- though to be fair, the last of the bonus tracks has a chorus that does repeat a bit too much).

I prefer this album to his follow-up self-titled album by *far*. If you're an Elton John fan, you will be humming these memorable songs over and over again.
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