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Rock of the Westies

When this album was initially released I read an unfavourable review which made me hesitant about buying it. But I'm so glad I did as it's one of my favourite records by any artist.
Rock of the Westies is an album with a big gutsy sound. Most of the tracks have an awesome sense of fun while "Street Kids" is tough & rocky with a feel that reflects the subject.
"I Feel Like a Bullet" and "Feed Me" are standouts - a beautiful heart-breaking contrast to the other songs.
Bernie Taupin must have been in great humour at the time he penned many of the songs and musically it's quite different from most other EJ stuff.
Not recommended for quitely playing in the background....Put it on a TURN UP THE VOLUME $ ENJOY!!
PS-My only criticism is the addition of the awful cheesy "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" on the re-mastered album. Oddly out of character with the other tracks. What were they thinking???

rock of the westies

Another exceptional album from EJ I have the original album recording and Dont Go Breaking My Heart was not on it then and never was intended to be, it was only released as a single, one that came out around the time of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Still all of these songs are brill and James Newton Howard features on this and he knew who to hang about with then to make a name for himself, he writes many movie scores now. Do yourself a favour and dowload it.

Oddly ordinary

Not a patch on his other DJM 70's releases. In fact it is so far behind those it's hard to believe it was released soon after Captain Fantastic. the album sounds rushed and there is barley anything to make it stand out. The single, "Isladn Girl" is not bad at all and I'll agree the adding of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" to the remaster is a mistake. There is one track, "I Feel Like A Bullet In The Gun Of Robert Ford" which is as good as anything he did to this point and a real standout in the other stuff on this album.

In saying this, the record is better than a lot of stuff Elton has released since the mid 70's, with the possible exception of "Too Low For Zero".It's OK in of itself but falls short of anything released beforehand..


Born: 25 March 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Elton John was the biggest pop star of the '70s, grabbing headlines and generating hits throughout the world. As it turned out, this was merely the first act in a remarkable career that kept him at the top of the charts for over 25 years. He charted a Top 40 hit single every year between 1970 and 1996, a sign that he knew how to both change with the times and mold the times to fit him. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers...
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