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Songs From The West Coast

Elton John Audio CD
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A former student of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, the man born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in 1947 left school and immediately began his path in the music industry. His first band, Bluesology, was formed in 1961. He would later take his stage name from the Bluesology saxophonist Elton Dean and their charismatic frontman, Long John Baldry. Elton John was introduced to Bernie Taupin ... Read more in Amazon's Elton John Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B00005NZDW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,896 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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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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CD Mercury, Records, Ltd (London) 5893302 Jewel Case 12 Track 2001

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton 2 Oct 2001
Format:Audio CD
'Songs From The West Coast' displays a significant transition from Elton's last successful album 'The Big Picture'. He has returned, as we have heard, to his 'roots', which has produced an album of twelve magnificent tracks. Elton sings each with an intense passion, it is evident that much meaning is imbedded in the lyrics, produced by the magnificent 'Elton and Taupin' team. This working talent is exhibited particularly in the song 'Original Sin' which is one of my favourite tracks. The melody is simply beautiful, it is a song which can be listened to repeatedly without becoming tireless. This is echoed in 'Ballad of The Boy in The Red Shoes', a harmonious song which is simply striking, sung in its lamenting tone and uncomplicated sounds. It is fabulous.
Then who could forget this year's (in my opinion) unsurpassed chart success despite not entering at number one, 'I Want Love', a stunning love song coupled with a great video starring Robert Downy Jr ?
This album offers a range of sounds which display Elton's voice and piano skills at their best. Listening to the album in its entirety will provide you with an immense satisfaction, it is well worth the purchase and a 'must' for any person's CD collection, whether young or old. It is true, 'This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore'...
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This Limited Edition -Songs from the West Coast with Bonus CD, is definately one for the Elton John collector.
Songs from the West Coast is the excellent album released earlier this year containing many now familiar tracks, including the three singlesreleased over the last few months.
The Bonus CD is an outstanding addition to this album.
Track One is the Sport Relief version of "Your Song" with Alessandro Safina, this is the wonderful classic song with powerful vocals by the singers.
Track Two "Teardrops" sung with Lulu is an outstanding track, and one which, for me makes this Bonus CD a "must have".
Track Three "The North Star" perfomed by Elton, was the second track on one of the "I Want Love" single CDs and it is such a good track I wonder why it was not included on the album.
Track Four is "Original Sin" Juniors Earth Mix,(one of the best tracks on "Songs from the West Coast") with vocals by Elton but a new upbeat mix on the backing. Another outstanding track.
Track Five is "Your Song" Almighty Mix based on the Sport Relief version, this more modern upbeat mix sound is at least as good as the actual Sport Relief one.
The CD then contains the three most recent of Elton's videos "I Want Love", "This Train don't Stop Anymore" and "Your Song". The videos have been shown on TV many times, and are quite familiar, however to have them altogether on one CD is exciting.
Overall this is an excellent package and well worth buying.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton's best album for 25yrs 3 Oct 2001
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Format:Audio CD
In the Seventies Elton John ruled the air waves and charts all across the globe. He was the most successful artist of the decade breaking record after record, had seven consecutive no.1 US albums (including the first ever LP to go straight in at no.1), and even overtook the achievements stacked up by the Beatles. Since then, EJ has had a top 40 hit in both the UK and US for 30yrs on the trot whilst amassing loads of awards. HOWEVER, during the Eighties and Ninties his music has been lazy - there were defiantely big successes, but also big failures. Over the past two decades, Elton's fame and misfortune has over-shadowed his Seventies supremecy that formed him into a music legend. But now, Elton has woken up. Elton has got serious again, is making serious music and craves the recognition he deserves. In his own words, he has "drawn a line in the sand" - his new album, and all material to follow will have 100% effort. Hence, "Songs From The West Coast", his brilliant new album.
Overall, the album has an organic raw feel - driven by piano, guitar and drums - no synthesisers. Although Elton can't sing as well as his earlier years, this is unquestionably his best vocal performance on a studio album for a decade. His voice easily swirls warmly through touching melodies, belts out the rocky blues and breathes emotion into Taupins passionate lyrics. Every song has a memorable, strong melody that effortlessly matches some of Taupins best lyrics ever (timeless storytelling, heartfelt love songs . . .)
Make no mistake, this is NOT a ballad album. A variety of styles from blues to country are spread across this classic rock album which together flow beautifully.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WELCOMING! 3 Mar 2002
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Format:Audio CD
It's been a long time in waiting but Elton and Bernie has come up with an entire masterpiece of an album..
I have been a fan of Elton John ever since the days of Reg Dwight when he played with Long John Baldry back in the sixties.
"Songs from the west coast" is a throwback from the triumphant days of the 70's, in particular the "Tumbleweed Connection, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and my personal favourite from that era Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy"..
Elton went through a very rough patch during the 80's and 90's, he brought some decent material out but nothing could match what has come out from this album, the words, the harmonies, and most of all Elton's mature and warmth is all there to be heard, the tracks that stand out especially for me are as follows:
This sets the standard and while Elton cannot seem to hit the high notes as he did in the past, he has aquired a new blend of deepness in his golden tonsils.
This is an absolute classic in the making, it took a few listens before I got into it but now each time I hear it you listen to Bernies wonderful lyrics and Eltons feelings coming out and you just nod your head in admiration of singer and composer in perfect harmony..
When you take into account the controversial subject what Elton is singing about in this song, this could well be the next single off the album but is very much more likely to do better in the US rather than the UK.
Once again this could well turn out to be a classic in years to come, the lyrics and infectious chorus makes this track stand out for me..
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
2nd time purchased this cd, not a huge Elton fan but this is a brilliant album, great for in the car too
Published 7 months ago by lane
3.0 out of 5 stars Songs from the average
This is a inconsistent album in many ways. There are two superb songs. This Train and I Want Love. Both are very moving and wouldn't have been out of place on Elton's seventies... Read more
Published 10 months ago by H.E.Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted
Big fan of Elton John. This was such a good price, delivery exactly on time, looking forward to many happy hours of listening. Wouldn't hesitate to buy from this supplier again. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Judelairy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album
Back tracking through a number of artists early work and this album from Elton John really is a little gem with not a poor song on the album. Read more
Published 11 months ago by mark herring
4.0 out of 5 stars Still good after all these years,
This is a fine collection of songs, i originally bought it for the track American Triangle, which was written about Matthew Shepards senseless murder. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Trevor Young
5.0 out of 5 stars A great discovery
Cane across this recording quite be accident. Recorded a few years ago but quite a different approach compared to
most of his work.
Published 19 months ago by Mrs yvonne organ
5.0 out of 5 stars rebirthed elton
from the ashes the great will rise as he did here with a much more mellow elton and again as always just a joy to listen too
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by Mrs. Julia M. James-tarn
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to his best
Songs From The West Coast is undoubtedly Elton back to his best, after his lull in the 80's and 90's releasing many sub standard albums. Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2011 by Knuckles
3.0 out of 5 stars songs from the west coast
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by CE FOLLAND
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
Arrived quick and in good condition, I did know this cd at all, it's just excellent, sober and very classical Elton with no fuss. Thank you very much.
Published on 13 Sep 2011 by M. Ou Mme Patrice
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