Since Empty Sky had to wait five years to be released in America, this was the first Elton John album to be released in America. It includes some of Elton's best songs here. He performs songs of tender devotion and true love (Your Song and I Need You To Turn To), tackles prejudice and social issues (Border Song), denounces old age (Sixty Years On), and discusses the excitment of a newborn baby brother (The Greatest Discovery). There is an obvious Rolling Stones inspiration on No Shoestrings On Louise, with Elton fruitlessly trying hard to duplicate Mick Jagger's comical Southern accent. His vocal performance on First Episode On Hienton is haunting, with a chilling intro played on a mellotron by Elton. Take Me To The Pilot is a song with no real storyline to it, and it's open to interpretation. The King Must Die features a powerful Elton vocal. The cage is another esoteric piece, but he does it with bravado. There are three bonus tracks that are great, but the 10 originals are worth the price of the album alone.