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Songs From the West Coast [CASSETTE] Import

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  • Audio Cassette (2 Oct. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Uni/Universal Records
  • ASIN: B00005OAJU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 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. 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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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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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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Format: Audio CD
A common misconception is that Elton John's post-1970's output is all sentimental schlock, put together with little or no thought. Thats never been entirely fair or true, but 'Songs From The West Coast' certainly reminds this reviewer of what made Elton's music so special in the first place.
The album opens with 'The Emperors New Clothes', a track which, in terms of sound, could almost have been taken from the 'Captain Fantastic' album. Slightly corny opening piano chords, but a really lovely number, with Elton's vocals clearer than they've been for years. The best conceivable opening track for any Elton fan.
'Dark Diamond' is just a good pop song, nice rhythm and catchy chorus.
'Look Ma, No Hands' has great lyrics and a slightly more up-tempo sound. The chorus is a bit noisy and confused, but the verses are lovely- a fun track.
'American Triangle' showcases Elton's vocals in some beautifully clear and uncluttered production.
'Original Sin' is fantastic- the first verse, ironically without piano, being impressively stark. Sounds a couple of times like its about to break into 'Blue Avenue' from the 'Sleeping With The Past'album.
'Birds' reminds one of....absolutely nothing Elton has done before. Great chorus, good mid-tempo song.
'I Want Love'- despite what some people have been saying, this is the obvious single from the album. Which is not to say it is the best track, but some sympathetic production and the heartfelt vocals produce a likeable result.
'The Wasteland' is Elton John showing he can still do rock and roll. It blasts out of your speakers from the songs that surround it and, as a point of contrast, is highly effective.
'Ballad Of The Boy In The Red Shoes' recalls 'The Last Song'(from 'The One' album), dealing with a man dying of AIDS.
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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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