Elton John

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Elton John

In 1975 Elton John was in the middle of a high point of his career releasing one hit single after another. The 70s was indeed the most successful decade for Sir Elton. Rock of the Westies had a hard act to follow as the previous album, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy was a huge success.

Rock of the Westies would continue the trend of success for Elton and “Island Girl” was a hit single. It was a nod to a more worldly sound that was not typical of John’s output and a natural precursor to the upcoming disco craze. Although the recording was not jam packed with Top Forty hits like preceding albums it was a strong effort and one of the most rocking albums John would ever release.

John would turn to a different set of musicians on this album and although that was considered a bit of a risk at the time because of all the previous successes, it worked out very well. What I found most interesting about Rock of the Westies was the diverse array of sounds that it offered. Right out of the gate they kick it into overdrive with the upbeat “Medley (Yell Help/Wednesday Night/Ugly)” and that fun energy holds steady throughout. Funky rockers like “Grow Some Funk of Your Own” and the prolific “I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford),” sounded like something that could have been on the Goodbye Yellowbrick Road or the Honky Chateau sessions. “Street Kids” (featured in the 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV video game) is another fine example of the eclectic musical muscles that John and his band were able to flex during this rockin’ session.

Audio Fidelity is very particular about what recordings they choose for their 24kt Gold Series and most certainly Rock of the Westies was another superb choice to add to their incredible catalog of classic rock recordings.

You could never miss with an Elton John album from the 70s and Audio Fidelity gold discs lends it patented remastering process to a rock classic once again, leaving the listener wanting for more. It makes you wonder what Elton John recording may become part of their catalog the next time they dig into the archives of the past. As far as this listener is concerned just about any recording from Elton’s back catalog would be a welcome addition to my collection and this one is a splendid addition.


4.5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Street Kids, Island Girl, I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)”

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Founder MuzikReviews.com