Buy New
$7.39
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 9 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Elton John: Rock Of The W... has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Elton John: Rock Of The Westies Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

4.1 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews

See all 34 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, May 14, 1996
"Please retry"
$7.39
$5.20 $3.99
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Provided by Amazon Digital Services LLC. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream millions of songs FREE with Amazon Prime. Start your free trial.
$7.39 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 9 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Elton John: Rock Of The Westies
  • +
  • Elton John: Caribou
  • +
  • Elton John: Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
Total price: $21.77
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Product Description

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 !

Amazon.com

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
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
6:15
Listen Now $1.29
 
2
30
3:29
Listen Now $1.29
 
3
30
3:42
Listen Now $1.29
 
4
30
4:47
Listen Now $1.29
 
5
30
5:27
Listen Now $1.29
 
6
30
6:25
Listen Now $1.29
 
7
30
5:16
Listen Now $1.29
 
8
30
4:00
Listen Now $1.29
 
9
30
4:40
Listen Now $1.29
 
10
30
4:31
Listen Now $1.29
 
11
30
4:32
Listen Now $1.29
 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 14, 1996)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: The Rocket Record Company
  • ASIN: B000001EM3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Elton John Store

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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.
Read more ›
4 Comments 26 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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!!
5 Comments 27 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on March 26, 2000
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.
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.....
1 Comment 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Not too many good tunes on this one...probably his weakest pre-1980 cd. There was a reason back then when I finally tuned Elton out of my vinyl collection . The succession of Caribou, Rock of the Westies, and Captain Fantastic all fell off sharply from Honky Chateau, Yellow Brick Road, and Don't Shoot Me......
This one appears to be a throw in and more of a hodge podge of songs as opposed to the mood/theme albums he is noted for.

IMO; part of a decline in the mid 70's and continuing on until his very good cd "Sleeping with the Past" (1989)...and don't miss "The One" which was complied around 1992 in Germany and later introduced as an import to the US in 1998. These latter two cd's have great musical arrangement and excellent tonal qualities. Quite nice if you like music that is clean, deep and uncluttered.(imports are generally noted for better sound quality)
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Elton John: Rock Of The Westies
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Elton John: Rock Of The Westies



Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: vinyl pop