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Rock Of The Westies Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (May 3 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001EM3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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1. Medley (Yell Help, Wednesday Night, Ugly)
2. Dan Dare (Pilot Of The Future)
3. Island Girl
4. Grow Some Funk Of Your Own
5. I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)
6. Street Kids
7. Hard Luck Story
8. Feed Me
9. Billy Bones And The White Bird
10. Planes (Bonus Track)
11. Sugar On The Floor (Bonus Track)

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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 !

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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Okay, well maybe not a masterpiece. But very good nonetheless. Elton and his new lineup flex their muscles on what can be considered his last true "rock" album. Musically the album is top notch and Elton contributes some of his most underrated arrangements to date. The first side is as solid as anything since "Dont Shoot Me" and Elton is clearly enjoying himself. From "Yell Help/Wednesday/Ugly", the funky medley that opens the album straight on through the gorgeous "Bullet In The Gun Of Robert Ford" (a re-write of "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" but who cares?) there is not a bit of filler to be found. About the only weak moment here is "Hard Luck Story" but even so it hardly drags the album down. The last song "Billy Bones", with it's Bo-Diddley beat and paranoid lyrics is another overlooked gem that will stick in your head long after it ends. Unfortunately as strong as the music is, the lyrics are somewhat disappointing this time out. Bernie must have been struggling with writers block (or alcoholism) to have served up such weak (by his standards) offerings as the "Yell help" medley that opens the album, "Hard Luck Story" and "Feed Me". He seems preoccupied (more so than usual) with the seedy elements of society, namely prostitutes ("Island Girl", "Ugly"), Junkies ("Feed Me"), gigolos ("Grow Some Funk Of Your Own") and gangmembers ("Street Kids"). But I digress. The music is the big selling point here and makes for a rewarding listen.
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I think along with Breaking Hearts, this is one fo the most under-rated Elton John albums [notice how both of them rock?]. But this album is really experimental and innovative, fun aside for the moment, please. The albums opener, Yell Help is a fun country meets blues meets rock, then it seagues into Wednesday Night. I bet you didn't see that coming! How can I describe that song too? It's so weird, then it moves into rowdy bar-room rock for Ugly, then back to Yell help, this time with the boys adding unusual but poppy backing vocals. Then you think the song is over and Kenny, the bass player, does a magnificent solo and then there's ugly, a hard-rocking gospel and disco number. Dan Dare is just as mad, and except for shouts of 'Holy Cow' the lyrics are entertaining, about a cartoon character. Other really cool songs are Billy Bones and the White Bird, about Treasure Island the novel, Feed Me which has a really cool groove, I feel like a bullet and Island Girl you know about! My favourite song however, is Hard-luck story. It's hard-rock meets disco, with Elton bringing some of his own madness into it. It's about a complaining husband who whines to his wife and then she [represented by teh backing vocalists] strikes back at him 'don't give me no Hard-luck story'. Really Great song. Grow some funk isn't excellent to my mind but it's fun. Then Street Kids is slow and a bit too much like Hard-luck story, and it's needlessly dragged out to six minutes. That's my opinion of it anyway. It's a really great Elton John album and one of his most fun albums.
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This is not a weak effort. Elton hardly ever takes more than 45 min to write a song... people say this was that is true.. he needs to Rush the next album too!
1. Medley- Good trashy rocky jazzy opener
2. Dan Dare- This is a fun song - I heard it live.. Rocker
3. Island Girl- classic rocker... enjoy
4. Grow some Funk- This might be the best rock song ever..Amazing- Turn up the volume and rock!
5. Bullet- Classic Ballad
6. Street Kids- Up Tempo good tune
7. Hard Luck- not one of my favorites
8. Feed Me- Not one of my favorites
9. Bill Bones- ROCKER! Great way to end
TO sum up this album in a few words...ENERGY.. ROCKIN! enjoy!
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While 1975's CAPTAIN FANTASTIC & THE BROWN DIRT COWBOY only managed one hit single from the album, the fact that it was critically lauded & became the first LP ever to debut at #1 in BILLBOARD indicated that Elton John & Bernie Taupin had set themselves some high goals for their next album. Returning to Caribou Studios in Colorado, where they recorded 1974's CARIBOU, not one of Elton's finest efforts, perhaps that had something to do with his second album of 1975 being rather substandard this time around. Both albums rock like a mofo on some moments, but especially on ROCK OF THE WESTIES, that certainly didn't mask the fact that the material on the album was quite subpar & that perhaps it was time Elton & Bernie pursue outside work for a while.
The fact that ROCK OF THE WESTIES was another near-dud in Elton's vast career maybe didn't matter to his fans, who helped it become the 2nd album in history to debut at #1 (and the last for over a decade). Even with 3 hit singles, there was little to recommend anyone to buy the album for beyond what they heard on the radio. Some may call it intentionally lightweight, but before this, a lot of Elton's more freewheeling material was much finer-crafted than this.
His 5th #1 single came in the form of the faux-reggae rocker of "Island Girl". Its backhanded tribute to a tropical prostitute is undeniably catchy & certainly miles above GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD's reggae entry "Jamaica Jerk-Off". Even so, I'm sure Elton & Bernie certainly don't consider this to be a personal favorite with their much more prestigious material.
"Grow Some Funk Of Your Own" is appropraitely titled with Elton dabbling in funky rhythms one wouldn't think a White guy could master.
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