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  • Audio CD (Oct. 2 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005NZDW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 209 customer reviews
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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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Songs From The West Coast - Special Limited Edition. Features bonus CD with 8 tracks, 'Your Song' (With Alessandro Safina), 'Teardrops' (with Lulu), 'The North Star', 'Original Sin' (Junior's Earth Mix Edit), 'Your Song' (Almighty Mix Edit), & the videos 'I Want Love', 'This Train Don't Stop There Anymore' & 'Your Song'. 2002.

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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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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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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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Format: Audio CD
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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At first listen I thought this album was pretty good. There is a return to some element of his earlier (and best) work. However when you revisit his earlier work for comparison you find something there that is missing here; despite his reputation as a love song balladeer young Elton ROCKED!. There is nothing here at all reminiscent of early classics like "Take Me to the Pilot","Ballad of a Well Known Gun" or "Amoreena". To me however the one stand out track on this album is "Ballad of the Boy in the Red Shoes" Background vocals by Davey and Nigel do give it a classic-Elton sound, but its the string arrangement by Paul Buckmaster (who did a lot of early Elton arrangements like Levon, Tiny Dancer) that make it sound like it belongs on the "Madman Across the Water Album". Interesting Lyrics as well, I think The Boy in the song refers to a Young Elton (note the Red Shoes on the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road cover). For me this song makes this CD not a total loss. The worst thing that Elton's recent work has going against it is any comparison to his earlier work. If you hear someting new that sounds good - just listen to "Love Lies Bleeding" and you'll realize it just doesn't compare.
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By A Customer on May 22 2003
Format: Audio CD
For those who are doubtful that Elton can still make a completely flawless album (that's right, I said flawless), this one will banish that thought from your mind. There isn't a single thing wrong with it. Elton sounds great and puts a lot of expression into his vocals, Bernie's lyrics are as poetic as ever, and to top it all off, the majority of Elton's original band plays with him on this. If that isn't the formula for a superb Elton John album, I don't know what is!
The mood of the whole album is very reflective, and the songs cover a range of issues, from prejudice (the track "American Triangle", which is a series of reflections on the murder of Matthew Sheperd) to growing older (the latter half of the album). It is also a great reminder of what gained Elton so many fans in the 70's. It has great ballads (all of which Elton handles beautifully), it proves that Elton can still rock (the very bluesy-sounding "The Wasteland"), and it has some great pop songs ("The Emperor's New Clothes" which is a good "story song", "Dark Diamond", "Look Ma, No Hands" which sounds like it could be another part of "Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters", "Birds" which sounds like it could have gone on Honky Chateau or Tumbleweed Connection, "Love Her Like Me", and "Mansfield").
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