Rock Of The Westies Original recording remastered
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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)|
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›