Shop now Shop now Shop now See more Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now DIYED Shop now Shop Fire Shop now Shop now Shop now

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
22
4.4 out of 5 stars
Format: Audio CD|Change
Price:£5.99+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

on 15 August 2003
Elton’s first album has been called naive and under produced, and that the only half-decent song on it is ‘Skyline Pigeon’. I disagree with this thinking. The opening track ‘Empty Sky’ offers the listener a wonderful example of the partnership between Bernie and Elton. The lyrics show the genesis of Bernie’s awareness of emotional situations and his interest in isolation and loss, a theme that runs through the band’s early work. The Album also shows Elton’s roots in music with some wonderful riffs and use of instruments. I don’t disagree that he went on to make much better work, however I like subject matter of these songs and I like the composition.
If you pick up the classic year’s version, you will also be treated to ‘Lady Samantha’ Elton first single. Hard to believe it never charted in 1969.
11 comment| 21 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 26 October 2008
This album was a disconcerting discovery when I found it in the record racks in the early 80s. I was convinced that Elton John's career began with 'Your Song' and the eponymous 1970 album with which it opened. But here was an LP from 1969, one which turned out to show quite a different side to Reg Dwight. The start of the record is anything but comforting - an ominous conga pattern plays solo for a few bars before being joined by a few desolate piano chords. The piano soon picks up a rhythm before a heavy 4/4 drum beat and Caleb Quaye's gravelly electric guitar get in on the groove. Elton's voice then makes its first appearance, wailing 'I'M NOT A RAT TO BE SPAT ON...' - a startling beginning to his very first album. This title track lasts a full eight and a half minutes, taking in a psychedelic backward guitar solo and a breakdown in the middle. It's a stunning track, performed with a conviction that makes up for the rather trite 'high/sky/fly' rhyming scheme of the chorus. The whole album is very much of its time, with strong hints of Procol Harum, Traffic and The Incredible String Band, but has an identity all of its own. Bernie Taupin's lyrics are often oblique bordering on pretentious, not least on the strangely endearing 'Hymn 2000' which manages to be jaunty and miserable at the same time, Elton intoning drearily while a revivalist tambourine shakes spiritedly away. Aside from the instant classic 'Skyline Pigeon', I'd easily rate 'Val-Halla', 'Sails' and 'Gulliver' (a moving ode to a deceased dog) as among my all-time favourite Elton John tracks. As mentioned elsewhere, this last song cuts very abruptly and jarringly into a jazzy instrumental which itself segues into a slightly clumsy montage of extracts from all the songs on the album, making the end of `Empty Sky' as disconcerting as the start. Hopefully this album isn't going to be overlooked when it comes to the deluxe treatment already afforded to its immediate successors, as there are radio sessions and demos aplenty with which to fill out a second disc. But the current edition very handily tags on two contemporary singles and their b-sides, making this the definitive compilation of Elton's semi-psychedelic early phase.
0Comment| 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 1 July 2009
I remember when my parents bought this, and my friends and I all feel in love with the poetry of the songs - they were words you could really get your teeth into. Sometimes music doesn't age well, but this album doesn't fit that category - the music is well-rounded - at times melodic, mournful, jazzy, edgy... I am SO glad I bought the CD!
0Comment| 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 7 May 2014
Revisting EJ's early work makes one realise what a incredible talent both John and Taupin were and still are. Having recently seen The Million Dollar Piano caused this retrospective journey. He has always been more about the album than the single and I always felt it was such a pity radio listeners only heard the singles. If you want areal sense of the true genius of this pair of song writers, Empty Sky is a great place to start.
0Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 15 September 2004
Although I cannot deny he went on to do much better work, Elton John's first album Empty Sky is a good album. My favourites are the touching 'Skyline Pigeon' and the western-themed 'Western Ford Gateway' and 'Empty Sky' is the best on the album. 'Hymn 2000' is an oddly likeable song while 'Lady What's Tomorrow' is the song that's closest to sounding like a classic Elton song. A solid effort, but only brought down by the fact that Elton blew it away with what was to come.
0Comment| 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 8 December 2014
This is Elton's first LP! This is an overlooked album simply because it is a bit rough sounding, it did not have any stand-out hits. While the music is similar in style to his rock/blues/gospel style the vocals are not as clear as they should be, often the phrases see muffled as you try to hear what he's saying. The opening 'Empty Sky' is a bulldozer of a piano-driven rock song that's 8mins in length. Elton John has arrived. There are folk-style ballads and jazzy experiments in here too. It's a novel LP for fans that warrants investigation just don't expect the classic sound and style because this is embryonic Elton landing and finding his feet. This remaster contains 4 bonus tracks.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 11 April 2013
This was Elton John at his best (in my opinion) before he became polished but less interesting music and lyric wise.
11 comment| 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 17 December 2015
Good album from before he became a mega-star
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 11 June 2013
Not one of Eltons greatest collections but was curious what the songs on it might be. just won't be played as much as my others.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 24 April 2013
Empty Sky was Elton Johns first album and very good. While I have all his other ones I was just missing this one and as always Amazon delivered on time without any problems
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Need customer service? Click here

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)