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Empty Sky (Remastered) [Newly Remastered]

Elton John

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Album Review

Although he had made a number of re-recordings of popular songs for a budget record label in the late '60s, Empty Sky was the first true solo album Elton John recorded after leaving Bluesology; it also marked the beginning of his long and fruitful collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Empty Sky is quite indicative of the post-Sgt. Pepper's era. With its ambitious arrangements and lyrics, it's clear that John and Taupin intended the album to be a major statement. Though it shows some signs of John's R&B roots, most of the album alternates between vaguely psychedelic rock and burgeoning pop songcraft, capped off by a bizarre reprise of brief moments of all of the songs on the record. There aren't any forgotten gems on Empty Sky, but it does suggest John's potential. [The CD reissue includes the bonus tracks "Lady Samantha," "All Across the Havens," "It's Me That You Need," and "Just Like Strange Rain."]

Customer Reviews

Good start!

The original release (minus the bonus tracks) would not be as popular in my estimation, as the bonus tracks on this version really do pick this collection up. The original album (on it's own a 3 star perhaps) is not without it's worthwhile pieces 'Empty Sky,' 'Western Ford Gateway,' 'Sails,' 'Skyline Pigeon,' and 'Gulliver,' so 5 good ones out of 9 isn't bad. SOME of the other songs aren't too bad either, they just sound a little too contrived in their 'hippie' efforts, or whatever it is they're trying to sound like. In the bonus tracks you'll notice 'Lady Samantha' which is a stunning song, and I think that was Elton's first notable appearance on the radio.


Born: 25 March 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England

Genre: Pop

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

In terms of sales and lasting popularity, Elton John was the biggest pop superstar of the early '70s. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers with equal aplomb. He could dip into soul, disco, and country, as well as classic pop balladry and even progressive rock. His versatility, combined with his effortless melodic skills, dynamic charisma, and flamboyant stage shows, made him the most popular recording artist of the '70s....
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