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Rock of the Westies [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Elton JohnAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Medley: Yell Help / Wednesday Night / Ugly 6:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
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(Hollywood CA) JUNE 24, 2013 - Capitol Records is proud to announce the release of Elton John’s The Diving Board, the artist’s first solo studio album in seven years, on Tuesday, September 24. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album features 12 new songs written by Elton and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as three piano interludes composed by the artist.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 14, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001EM3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hard-hitting rockers and soul-stirring ballads share space on this 1975 LP, yet another #1. Includes the #1 pop hit Island Girl ; the hit Grow Some Funk of Your Own , and more; this reissue adds the bonus songs Planes and Sugar on the Floor !

Although it was viewed as one of Elton John's more lightweight efforts upon its 1975 release--possibly because it followed only half a year after the acclaimed Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (and partially because many thought the album was released to fulfill a contractual obligation)--Rock of the Westies appears in retrospect to be his last great rock album. It certainly does rock consistently harder than any other John album, with guitarist Davey Johnstone even getting cowriting credits (with John and Bernie Taupin) on the opening "Medley: Yell Help/Wednesday" and "Grow Some Funk of Your Own." Lyricist Taupin seems to be going off the deep end here at times with titles like "Dan Dare (Pilot of the Future)" and "Billy Bone & the White Bird," but "Island Girl" was another huge hit for the pair. And the CD version adds the wonderful pop gem "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart," which turned KiKi Dee into an eternal Trivial Pursuit answer. --Bill Holdship

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rocking Fun with Elton July 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
In retrospect, Elton John created a lot of relatively serious music from the start of his career until "Yellow Brick Road." There were moments when his music was fun, such as "Crocodile Rock" and "Jamaica Jerkoff," but the general tone of his music was serious. Even the often reviled "Caribou" had some of Elton's most serious music ("Ticking") mixed in with inane songs. "Rock of the Westies," on the other hand, was almost all fun, consisting primarily of hard-rocking songs.

The CD kicks off with a medley that's fast paced with multiple changeups and some deliberately funny lyrics. The ending of this song is so fast that you have to wonder whether the speed was helped by some creative electronics. "Dan Dare (Pilot of the Future)" continues the fun and silliness. James Newton Howard manages to have a lot of fun with keyboards throughout this song. Silly and fun and a song I enjoy when I'm in the right mood. This song would be fun for a frat party.

"Island Girl" was a huge hit in the mid-70s. The song has some reggae elements to go with the lyrics. Though the lyrics had the potential to be serious, Elton kept the music in the vein of the opening songs and kept this song to the lighter side. "Grow Some Funk of Your Own" remains light and funky and more than a little humorous. There are some good guitar licks in this song and some more James Newton Howard synthesizer sound effects.

"I Feel like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford) is the one moment of seriousness on this album. This ballad about the breakup of a relationship has always been my favorite from this album, and one of the most creative songs on the album.

The next three songs are rockers, but are relatively fun songs.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for remastering goof August 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I still have my original MCA vinyl of this baby and while the remastering job is quite nice, there is one audible goof. ISLAND GIRL slows down in the final chorus. If you listen carefully you can hear the pitch slowly change while the CD plays. Don't believe me? Play the last few measures of the song which are exactly like the beginngin ones and you will notice the change in pitch. There is no key change in this song. My LP does not exhibit this problem. Otherwise this Polygram release is wonderful!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Great Elton John Album March 26, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I remember being a little disappointed when I first heard this CD. Now, 25 years later, it sounds fresh and exciting. It may be Elton's most underrated effort. It certainly is different than "Madman" or "Yellow Brick Road" but that doesn't mean it isn't great. Listen to the opening of "Grow Some Funk" or the ending of "Hard Luck Story" -- it doesn't get much better! I also love "Billy Bones,"Street Kids," and "Yell Help Medley." Heck, there's not a bad song in the bunch. And the two bonus cuts are great,too. I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton John's best rock and roll album May 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Coming close behind "Captain Fantastic", "Rock of the Westies" is a hard act to follow. Yet it succeeds admirably, as one of Elton John's finest during his classic vintage years. Without a doubt, it's his hardest rocking album. The finest songs include the hits "Island Girl", "Grow Your Funk On Your Own" and "I Feel Like A Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford"; the latter his best ballad since "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me". Yet there are also neglected treasures such as "Feed Me", "Street Kids", among others. Unlike his previous albums, "Caribou", and "Captain Fantastic", there's no track here which can be regarded as filler. I doubt I've heard Elton's vocals in finer form during this time, and he sings well with great range and conviction. He's also backed by a terrific band, featuring guitarist Caleb Quaye, bassist Kenny Passarelli, keyboard wizard James Newton Howard (who's now a celebrated Hollywood film composer), drummer Roger Pope, and of course, percussionist Ray Cooper and guitarist Davey Johnstone. The sound quality is better than that on my old LP. This is definitely one of Elton John's essential CDs.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Often Overlooked Gem January 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Released in the Spring of 1975, "Rock of the Westies" was the last great album by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. It most definitely rocks harder than most of his albums, but in a distictive style consistent with and instantly recognizable as Elton.

Notable tracks include the mega hit "Island Girl" which is still a pleasure and has held up much better than most contemporary chart toppers. "I Feel Like a Bullet" is a classic EJ tune in a similar style to other songs from prior albums,I've often wondered why it wasn't a bigger hit.

"Medley" and "Grow Some Funk of Your Own" rock with the best and "Dan Dare" is a quirky gem. Give "Rock" a try, it's good and a little bit different.....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yell Help, Wednesday Night, Ugly April 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album is sweet. It is Elton's hardest rocking, loose and fun album to date(as if there will be another one that comes even close to this). No, it's not poetry, and maybe it's not as profound, or classy as some of his other earlier albums, but I'm sorry, Yell Help, Wednesday and Ugly is pure genius..Tell me Meatloaf(Jim Steinman) didn't copy that music pattern for Paradise By The Dashboard Light..The whole album just rocks..I love Elton's voice, and the guitar in Dan Dare, Grow Some Funk Of Your Own is catcy as hell too, and I Feel Like A Bullet is a cool slow one. I know this album had a rough time because it followed Captain Fantastic, but I would rather listen to this album all the way through, than CF..
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People seem to forget that Elton John was once a huge rock star. Not an adult contemporary singer who sings songs for the Lion King, but a Rock'n'Roll star who filled Dodger... Read more
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A good album. The last album of what I would call Elton's golden age (1970 - 1975). Several outstanding songs, especially "I Feel Like A Bullet". Read more
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A true classic album.....when I was first getting into Elton John, I snatched up every classic album I could....and loved almost all of them.....some are better than others..... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joshua W
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
I bought this cd because I love "Island Girl" and I thought "Philadelphia Freedom" was on it, also. Read more
Published 3 months ago by PLAINTRUTHRUTH
4.0 out of 5 stars Production :{
I really enjoy the tunes and playing on this CD just not very pleased with the muddy sound I owned the vinyl when it was released and the sound was great so something happened in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by brandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Electrifying And Well-Done!
In what would become another classic high-rocking hit by the great Elton John,
the great rock maestro brought down the house and burned up the charts in 1975
with... Read more
Published 6 months ago by RH
4.0 out of 5 stars EJ Rocks
Big change in musical direction. Love that he took the step and the sound. Really enjoy Feed Me and Billy Bones.
Published 9 months ago by sandan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind Elton
Despite the commercial Island Girl single hit on this album (which I do enjoy) the rest of it is so much fun to listen to. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Eileen P. DeClemente
5.0 out of 5 stars Still great music after all these years.
A very underrated album that never really got the recognition it deserved. Great style and artistry. One of the best Elton made.
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