Rock of the Westies [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Less than four months after issuing the landmark and autobiographical Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy 1975, Elton John re-emerged with a new band and a slightly modified sound. However, the departure of Dee Murray bass and Nigel Olsson drums would ultimately begin a deceleration in terms of John's success, which rivalled only the Beatles' and Elvis Presley's in terms of global acclaim. The revamped band grew to include new associates James Newton Howard keyboards and Kenny Passarelli bass as well as Roger Pope drums and Caleb Quaye guitar, who had both performed with John as far back as his first long-player, Empty Sky 1968. He also retained the services of ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Less than four months after issuing the landmark and autobiographical Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy 1975, Elton John re-emerged with a new band and a slightly modified sound. However, the departure of Dee Murray bass and Nigel Olsson drums would ultimately begin a deceleration in terms of John's success, which rivalled only the Beatles' and Elvis Presley's in terms of global acclaim. The revamped band grew to include new associates James Newton Howard keyboards and Kenny Passarelli bass as well as Roger Pope drums and Caleb Quaye guitar, who had both performed with John as far back as his first long-player, Empty Sky 1968. He also retained the services of Davey Johnstone guitar and Ray Cooper percussion from the most recent lineup. Musically, Rock of the Westies 1975 maintains the balance of harder-edged material and effective ballads. In fact, one of the album's strongest suits is the wide spectrum of strong material. The ballsy no-nonsense "Street Kids" and the aggressive gringo rock of the ZZ Top sound-alike "Grown Some Funk of Your Own" contrast the poignant power balladry of "I Feel Like a Bullet In the Gun of Robert Ford" or the dark and brooding tale of addiction on "Feed Me." Perhaps inspired by the crossover R&B appeal of "Philadelphia Freedom," the up-tempo "Island Girl" bears a distinct and danceable groove that lies somewhere between a slightly Jamaican vibe and disco. Perhaps more soulful in the traditional sense are the boogie-based "Hard Luck Story" or propulsive Bo Diddley beat that drives "Billy Bones and the White Bird." While the increasingly fickle public as well as lack of a strong follow-up to the chart-topping single "Island Girl" may have prevented Rock of the Westies from becoming the heir apparent to Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, in the wake of John's flawless predecessors it remains a strong and worthwhile entry that also sets the stage for its follow-up, Blue Moves 1976. [The mid-'90s CD remaster of Rock of the Westies also includes two supplementary cuts -- the outtake "Planes" and the Kiki Dee-penned "Sugar on the Floor" -- which were issued as B-sides to "Island Girl."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/1996
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731453243224
  • Catalog Number: 532432
  • Sales rank: 31,719

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elton John Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Labelle Vocals, Background Vocals
James Newton Howard Synthesizer, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Mellotron, Elka
Kiki Dee Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Davey Johnstone Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar, Voice Bag
Kenny Passarelli Bass
Ray Cooper Percussion, Castanets, Conga, Maracas, Marimbas, Tambourine, Vibes, Shaker, cowbell, Jawbone, Bell-tree, Wind Chimes, Kettle Drums
Clive Franks Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ann Orson Vocals, Background Vocals
Roger Pope Drums
Caleb Quaye Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Kenny Oassarelli Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer
Kiki Dee Composer
Davey Johnstone Composer
Gus Dudgeon Producer
Bernie Taupin Composer, Lyricist
Jeff Guercio Engineer
John Tobler Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Well, now I know why this album went straight to No.1 like "Captain" did at its release date a few months ago in 1975. By that period you couldn't whisper without hearing Elton John's name. This album shows a more mature Elton sound with the new band but it never loses the spark and magic that remarked his music and style, only this time is more polished rather than the older days. All the numbers are original and make very pleasant listening. The best tracks of the album are: "Dan Dare", "Grow some funk of your own", "I feel like a bullet", "Street kids" and "Feed me". By the way it's great to reminisce two bonus tracks that seems time had forgotten, but here they are as fresh and new as ever: "Sugar on the floor" and "Planes", both terrific and original. If albums like "Honky Chateau" or "Goodbye yellow brick road" are decisive on every Elton John collection, this one must be included seriously. One of his best ever!

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