Released in 1969 in the United Kingdom (its American release not until 1975), "Empty Sky" was Elton John's (and Bernie Taupin's) debut album. And what a debut. While nowhere near as good subsequnet albums like "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" or "Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy", it still is a must - have album.
Beginning with the 8 - minute title track, "Empty Sky" is possibly Elton's most uneven album. Despite that, it still shines thanks to great songs. Songs like "Val - Hala" and "The Scaffold" show that even in 1969, Elton and Bernie's songwriting capabilites were in full bloom. The song most people will want is the original version of the now classic "Skyline Pigeon". While this version is good, in 1973, Elton rerecorded it using a piano instead of a harpsichord, and it runed to be the definitive version. Also included are three bonus tracks. "Lady Samantha" is a great acid rocker, and is know well known thanks to Three Dog Night's cover version. 'All Across The Havens" sways effortlessly, while "It's Me That You Need" is a gorgeous ballad. "Just Like Strange Rain" is another rocker.
While not as good future albums, "Empty Sky" is a great record. I suggest the purchase of it today.