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Songs From The West Coast


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 2 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00005NZDW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Emperor's New Clothes
2. Dark Diamond
3. Look Ma No Hands
4. American Triangle
5. Original Sin
6. Birds
7. I Want Love
8. The Wasteland
9. Ballad Of The Boy In The Red Shoes
10. Love Her Like Me
11. Mansfield
12. This Train Don't Stop There Anymore

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"....John can still sleep with the past and make it sound fresh and vital." -- Maimi Herald, September 28, 2001, 4 STARS

"....the album they've been waiting for since the glory days of the early '70s." -- Chicago Sun-Times, September 30, 2001, 4 STARS

"...its spirit and ambition have finally come back home." -- Rollingstone, October 11, 2001, 4 STARS

"...welcome slice of vintage Elton... work akin to early `70s favorites such as Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across the Water" -- Oakland Press, September 30, 2001, 3 1/2 STARS

"Elton John is back to what he does best." -- Atlanta Journal & Constitution, October 2, 2001

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The appearance of "Rocket Man"-era cohorts Nigel Olsson and Davey Johnstone as backing vocalists touches Songs From the West Coast with one of the trademark sounds of Elton John's 1969-75 albums. His admiration of Ryan Adams and Rufus Wainwright (a guest here) inspires him to recall the often stripped down, lyric-driven sensibility of his early days. The tone of the words, which long-term collaborator Bernie Taupin feeds John, is rooted in a wearier version of the romanticism that fuelled oldies as diverse as "Your Song", "Love Lies Bleeding" and "Burn Down the Mission". Songs From the West Coast sidesteps bombast with only a few exceptions--"The Wasteland", with its invocation of Robert Johnson, just doesn't suit. The standout track is "I Want Love", a Lennon-esque rumination that's their most impressive writing, separately or together, in more than a decade. --Rickey Wright

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By Tnahpellee on May 4 2004
Format: Audio CD
Seriously, this album is heading towards mediocre. I really like 'Mansfield' and 'Original sin'. Actually I really like half the songs, the others are 'Ballad of the boy in red shoes', which wouldn't be out of place on Madman across the water, and escpecially 'Look man no hands', 'love her like me' and 'Birds'. 'Birds' and 'Love her like me' are both slightly rockers and 'Look man no hands' does rock. But this is being raved as the best in twenty five years. How can it be. I don't think this album is as good as 'The Fox' or 'The One' or 'Breaking Hearts'. It doesn't rock, it doesn't have much variety. Not one single song is energetic, at least 'Big Picture' had 'Wicked dreams' and 'El Dorado' has the excellent '16th centruy man'. He started sounding flat sometime around Big Pciture and El Dorado was even worse so this is a step forward, but when the main theme is dull and depressing I have to wonder how good this album can be. I find lyrics like 'Dark Diamond' and 'Wasteland' very unenjoyable. Now if this album was recorded in 1974 who'd care?
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After the mid-1970s, Elton John's superstar days diminished in a litany of personal problems, addictions, and insecurities that effectively rendered his glory days over. His commercial successes still continued along virtually unabated, but after 1976's double album BLUE MOVES, the majority of Elton's albums were hit-and-miss affairs with some occasional glimmers of brilliance, but more than a few amounts of coasting. But at the start of the 1990s, Elton finally cleaned up his life and got back on the ball creatively for the most part. However, in the rush to re-establish his commercial dominance, the genius that had characterized his early works had been soft-pedaled. Then at the start of the new millennium, Elton & his lyricist Bernie Taupin (who Elton had worked with only sparingly throughout the '90s) were essentially reborn thanks to 2001's SONGS FROM THE WEST COAST.
While to claim it as one of Elton's all-time best would be a rush to judgement, it's still nonetheless astounding that with SONGS, Elton finally tried his hardest to create another masterpiece like his early '70s music, using the same intelligent songwriting that was reminiscent of TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION and CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, along with getting back behind his piano on a larger basis than before. The only thing that is different is that Elton's voice is now deeper than it was in the early days, owing perhaps to age or the long-lasting signs of his addictions. But it's a voice of experience nonetheless, and SONGS shows just how far Elton has come after 3 decades of celebrity.
The first single "I Want Love" was hailed as Elton's finest in almost 20 years, and this John Lennon-inspired ballad is certainly worthy of that honor.
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The multi-Grammy nominated "Songs From the West Coast" is Elton John's first studio album since 1997's "The Big Picture". This 2001 compilation brings him back to his music roots, ones that listeners haven't heard in years. He proves as always that he is one of the greatest artists in music history. Through more than thirty years in the spotlight, he still has the spark that captivates listeners. Every track proves why he continues to deserve being a highly respectable artist. He continues to evolve greatly as an artist. This album shows his more personal side. His lyrics are written and performed with every drop of heart and soul. Those words and themes are also felt by his piano playing. He expresses some issues that he had never expressed through music before, namely homophobia on the Matthew Shephard tribute "American Triangle". Some of them are also some of his most daring words in his career, especially "god hates [homophobic F-word] where we come from". His songs flow one by one smoothly for a more enjoyable experience. Some twists and turns also arise without losing its smooth theme. Through his upbeat songs and his ballads, he never loses his tone for a note. Such musical quality proves that he will continue releasing great music for many more years. Those looking for true and beautiful music should buy "Songs From the West Coast". This is sure to please many listeners.
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Elton John's first songs of the new millenium are on this album. He said in several interviews that this album would be his last. He probably feels he's too old to continue rocking and rolling(he was 54 years old when this album was released). Many of Elton's fans hope he will change his mind. Hey,he already did. Elton and Billy Joel did another Face To Face tour last year like they did in 1994. Now for the songs:DARK DIAMOND has Stevie Wonder playing his harmonica. Stevie previously recorded GO ON AND ON which he wrote and sang the bridge verse. That song is on Elton's DUETS album which Gladys Knight joined Elton and Stevie on. Elton,Gladys and Stevie also recorded THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR with Dionne Warwick for Warwick's FRIENDS album in 1985. I WANT LOVE,THIS TRAIN DON'T STOP HERE ANYMORE and ORIGINAL SIN are hits. All the other songs are good. The cover features Elton sitting at a diner booth with a white dove keeping him company. The photo can be extended and there are other patrons of the diner in the photo including a waitress and a fat guy being searched by two cops(the fat guy and the cops are seen through a window). Great album!
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