Songs From the West Coast [CASSETTE] Import
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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'...
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album is fantastic can't stop playing it gets better each time.
Elton John's vocals superb and great lyrics total genius, a true genius
I recently decided to revisit Elton John's work , having been a big fan in my younger years in the 70's , but having lost touch with his later work largely due to having been put... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John
great songs again from the master of lyrics, been a long time since he managed a cd as good as this, loved every single song on itPublished 5 months ago by fad
"Songs From The West Coast" is Elton John's finest album in years. It surpasses "Made In England" and rivals "Sleeping With The Past" in quality. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Kwok
Seminal album. My favourites are Ballad of the boy in the red shoes, and or course, I Want Love.Published 5 months ago by Sim