Saturday, April 10, 2021

Elton John - Rock of the Westies (1975)


Elton John - Rock of the Westies (1975)


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Elton John - Rock of the Westies

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Side one

1. "Medley: Yell Help / Wednesday Night / Ugly" (John, Davey Johnstone, Taupin)   6:15

2. "Dan Dare (Pilot of the Future)"   3:29

3. "Island Girl"   3:42

4. "Grow Some Funk of Your Own" (John, Johnstone, Taupin)   4:47

5. "I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)"   5:27


Side two

1. "Street Kids"   6:25

2. "Hard Luck Story" (Ann Orson & Carte Blanche)   5:16

3. "Feed Me"   4:00

4. "Billy Bones and the White Bird"   4:25


Total length:   43:39




Elton John Band Members / Musicians

Elton John – piano (all except 8), vocals

Ray Cooper – tambourine (1, 3, 5, 6, 9), cowbell (1, 9), congas (1, 3, 6, 7, 8), jawbone (1), marimba (3), castanets (4), bell tree (4), vibraphone (4, 5, 8), shaker (8), wind chimes (8), maracas (9), kettle drums (9)

Kiki Dee – backing vocals (2, 3, 4, 6–9)

Clive Franks – backing vocals (8)

Davey Johnstone – electric guitar (1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9), backing vocals (2, 3, 4, 6, 8), rhythm guitar (2, 6), voice bag (2), Ovation guitar (3), banjo (3), slide guitar (3, 6), acoustic guitar (4, 5), guitar solo (5)

Labelle – backing vocals (1)

James Newton Howard – harpsichord (1), ELKA Rhapsody string synthesizer (1), ARP synthesizer (1, 3), Hohner clavinet (1, 2), mellotron (3), electric piano (4, 5, 7, 8, 9), synthesizer (4, 5, 9)

Ann Orson – backing vocals (1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9)

Kenny Passarelli – bass guitar, backing vocals (2, 3, 4, 6, 7)

Roger Pope – drums (1-5, 7–9)

Caleb Quaye – electric guitar (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9), backing vocals (2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8), acoustic guitar (3, 4, 5), rhythm guitar (6), lead guitar solo (6)


Gus Dudgeon – producer

Jeff Guercio – engineer

Mark Guercio – assistant engineer

Arun Chakraverty – mastering

John Tobler – liner notes

Terry O'Neill – album cover photograph

David Larkham – art direction and design




Rock of the Westies is the 10th studio album by English musician Elton John, released on 4 October 1975. The title is a spoonerism play on the phrase "West of the Rockies", the album having been recorded at Caribou Ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

As with Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Rock of the Westies debuted on the US Billboard 200 chart at No. 1, the only two albums at that time to have done so. It was also successful (albeit to a lesser extent) in the artist's home territory of the UK, where it reached No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart.

Robert Christgau ranked it as No. 7 on his list of the best albums of 1975.



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