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ELTON JOHN - ROCK OF THE WESTIES (ALBUM)
Entry:45/1975 (Position 12)
Last week in charts:07/1976 (Position 10)
Peak:6 (8 weeks)
Weeks:16
Place on best of all time:916 (514 points)
Year:1975
World wide:
de  Peak: 33 / weeks: 1
se  Peak: 6 / weeks: 7
no  Peak: 6 / weeks: 16
nz  Peak: 4 / weeks: 12

LP
MCA MCA-2163
CD
Mercury 528 163-2


TRACKS
1975-10-07
LP MCA MCA-2163
1. Medley (Yell Help, Wednesday Night, Ugly)
6:30
2. Dan Dare (Pilot Of The Future)
3:23
3. Island Girl
3:45
4. Grow Some Funk Of Your Own
4:45
5. I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)
5:30
6. Street Kids
6:30
7. Hard Luck Story
5:05
8. Feed Me
4:00
9. Billy Bones And The White Bird
4:25
   
1995-08-01
The Classic Years - CD Mercury 528 163-2 / EAN 0731452816320
1. Medley (Yell Help, Wednesday Night, Ugly)
6:13
2. Dan Dare (Pilot Of The Future)
3:30
3. Island Girl
3:42
4. Grow Some Funk Of Your Own
4:43
5. I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)
5:20
6. Street Kids
6:23
7. Hard Luck Story
5:10
8. Feed Me
4:00
9. Billy Bones And The White Bird
4:24
10. Elton John & Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart
4:31
   

45/1975: N 12.
46/1975: 6.
47/1975: 6.
48/1975: 6.
49/1975: 6.
50/1975: 8.
51/1975: 10.
52/1975: 12.
53/1975: 6.
01/1976: 6.
02/1976: 6.
03/1976: 6.
04/1976: 13.
05/1976: 16.
06/1976: 13.
07/1976: 10.
MUSIC DIRECTORY
Elton JohnElton John: Discography / Become a fan
Official Site
ELTON JOHN IN NORWEGIAN CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Crocodile Rock07/1973314
Daniel12/197383
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road04/197491
Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John & Kiki Dee)33/1976511
I Saw Her Standing There (Elton John Band feat. John Lennon And The Muscle Shoals Horns)20/198182
Nobody Wins24/1981101
Nikita46/1985217
That's What Friends Are For (Dionne & Friends)49/1985612
Through The Storm (Aretha & Elton)17/198981
Sacrifice28/1990215
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me (George Michael / Elton John)49/1991114
The One24/199234
Can You Feel The Love Tonight50/1994424
Made In England22/1995201
Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind 199753/1996122
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (Blue feat. Elton John)04/2003215
Your Song15/2007105
Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long Long Time)46/2008182
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Honky Château27/1972815
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player05/1973127
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road41/1973527
Caribou26/1974618
Greatest Hits03/1975326
Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy23/1975226
Rock Of The Westies45/1975616
Here And There24/1976191
Blue Moves45/1976513
A Single Man46/1978416
Victim Of Love44/1979182
21 At 3321/1980613
The Fox22/1981517
Jump Up!16/1982324
Too Low For Zero21/1983613
Breaking Hearts27/198478
Ice On Fire48/1985220
Leather Jackets45/1986122
Reg Strikes Back26/198886
Sleeping With The Past38/1989716
The Very Best Of Elton John45/1990132
The One26/1992213
Duets48/1993313
Made In England13/1995327
Love Songs46/1995126
The Big Picture40/1997220
Aida (Musical / Elton John & Tim Rice)13/1999126
One Night Only - The Greatest Hits47/20001411
Songs From The West Coast41/2001213
Greatest Hits 1970-200247/2002613
Peachtree Road47/2004163
The Captain & The Kid39/2006102
Rocket Man - The Definitive Hits14/2007316
The Union (Elton John / Leon Russell)44/201059
The Diving Board38/2013105
SONGS BY ELTON JOHN
(Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket
16th Century Man
2 Man Show (Timbaland feat. Elton John)
A Dream Come True (Elton John / Leon Russell)
A Simple Man
A Step Too Far (Elton John, Heather Headley & Sherie Scott)
A Town Called Jubilee
A Woman's Needs (Elton John & Tammy Wynette)
A Word In Spanish
Abide With Me
Act Of War (Elton John & Millie Jackson)
Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing (Marcella Detroit & Elton John)
All Across The Havens
All Of The Lights (Kanye West feat. Various Artists)
All Quiet On The Western Front
All That I'm Allowed (I'm Thankful)
All The Girls Love Alice
All The Nasties
All The Way Down To El Paso
Amazes Me
American Triangle
Amoreena
Amy
And The House Fell Down
Angeline
Answer In The Sky
Are You Ready For Love
Are You Ready For Love [2003]
Bad Side Of The Moon
Ball & Chain
Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun
Ballad Of The Boy In The Red Shoes
Belfast
Believe
Bennie And The Jets
Better Off Dead
Between Seventeen And Twenty
Big Dipper
Big Man In A Little Suit
Billy And The Kids
Billy Bones And The White Bird
Birds
Bite Your Lip (Get Up And Dance!)
Bitter Fingers
Black Icy Stare (Elton John vs. Pnau)
Blessed
Blue Avenue
Blue Eyes
Blueberry Hill
Blues For My Baby And Me
Blues Never Fade Away
Boogie Pilgrim
Border Song
Born Bad
Born To Lose (Elton John & Leonard Cohen)
Breaking Down Barriers
Breaking Hearts (Ain't What It Used To Be)
Burn Down The Mission
Burning Buildings
But Not For Me
Cage The Songbird
Calling It Christmas (Joss Stone & Elton John)
Can I Put You On
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Candelit Bedroom
Candle In The Wind (Elton John with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)
Candle In The Wind
Candle In The Wind 1997
Candy By The Pound
Can't Get Over Getting Over Losing You
Can't Stay Alone Tonight
Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy
Carla / Etude / Fanfare
Caroline (Brandi Carlile & Elton John)
Chameleon
Chapel Of Love
Chasing The Crown
Chloe
Circle Of Life
Club At The End Of The Street
Cold
Cold As Christmas (In The Middle Of The Year)
Cold Highway
Come And Get It
Come Down In Time
Conquer The Sun
Cottonfields
Country Comfort
County Love Song
Crazy Water
Crocodile Rock
Crocodile Rock (Bob The Builder & Elton John)
Crocodile Rock (Nelly Furtado feat. Elton John)
Cry To Heaven
Crystal
Curtains
Dan Dare (Pilot Of The Future)
Dancing In The End Zone
Daniel
Dark Diamond
Dear God
Dear John
Did He Shoot Her?
Dirty Little Girl
Dixie Lily
Donner pour donner (Elton John & France Gall)
Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John & Kiki Dee)
Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John & RuPaul)
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me (George Michael / Elton John)
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me (Straight No Chaser feat. Elton John)
Don't Stop
Don't Trust That Woman
Dreamboat
Driving Home
Duets For One
Durban Deep
Earn While You Learn
Easier To Walk Away
Edelberry Wine
Ego
Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes (Elton John / Leon Russell)
El Dorado
Elderberry Wine
Electricity
Elton's Song
Emily
Empty Garden
Empty Sky
Face To Face (Gary Barlow & Elton John)
Fascist Faces
Fat Boys And Ugly Girls
Feed Me
First Episode At Hienton
Flames Of Paradise (Jennifer Rush with Elton John)
Flinstone Boy
Fools In Fashion
Foreign Fields (Elton John vs. Pnau)
Four Moods
Freaks In Love
Friends
Friends (Album) (Soundtrack / Elton John)
Friends Never Say Goodbye
From Denver To L.A.
Funeral For A Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)
Georgia
Give Me The Love
Give Peace A Chance
Go It Alone
Go On And On (Elton John & Gladys Knight)
Gone To Shiloh (Elton John / Leon Russell)
Good Morning Freedom
Good Morning To The Night (Elton John vs. Pnau)
Goodbye
Goodbye Marlon Brando
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Grey Seal
Grimsby
Grow Some Funk Of Your Own
Gulliver / It's Hay Chewed / Reprise
Gypsy Heart
Hard Luck Story
Hard Times (Plan B feat. Elton John & Paloma Faith)
Harmony
Have Mercy On The Criminal
Healing Hands
Heart In The Right Place
Heartache All Over The World
Hearts Have Turned To Stone (Elton John / Leon Russell)
Heavy Traffic
Heels Of The Wind
Hello Hello
Hercules
Here's To The Next Time
Hey Ahab (Elton John / Leon Russell)
Hey Papa Legba
Hey, Armadillo
Hier encore (Charles Aznavour & Elton John)
High Flying Bird
Highlander
Ho, Ho, Ho (Who'd Be A Turkey At Christmas?)
Holiday Inn
Home Again
Honey Man (Cat Stevens & Elton John)
Honey Roll
Honky Cat
Honky Tonk Women
Hoop Of Fire
House
House Of Cards
How Could We Still Be Dancin' (Brian Wilson & Elton John)
Hymn 2000
I Am Your Robot
I Can't Keep This From You
I Can't Steer My Heart Clear Of You
I Can't Tell The Bottom From The Top
I Cry At Night
I Don't Care
I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That
I Fall Apart
I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
I Just Can't Wait To Be King
I Know The Truth (Elton John & Janet Jackson)
I Know Why I'm In Love
I Meant To Do My Work Today (A Day In The Country)
I Must Have Lost It On The Wind
I Need You To Turn To
I Never Knew Her Name
I Saw Her Standing There (Elton John Band feat. John Lennon And The Muscle Shoals Horns)
I Should Have Sent Roses (Elton John / Leon Russell)
I Stop And I Breathe
I Swear I Heard The Night Talking
I Think I'm Going To Kill Myself
I Want Love
I Wish We Were Leaving (Bright Light Bright Light & Elton John)
Idol
If It Wasn't For Bad (Elton John / Leon Russell)
If The River Can Bend
If There's A God In Heaven (What's He Waiting For?)
If You Were Me (Elton John & Chris Rea)
I'm A Natural Sinner
I'm Gonna Be A Teenage Idol
I'm Still Standing
I'm Your Man
I'm Your Puppet (Elton John & Paul Young)
In Neon
In Private (Pet Shop Boys and Elton John)
In The Hands Of Angels (Elton John / Leon Russell)
In The Summertime
Indian Sunset
Into The Old Man's Shoes
Island Girl
It Ain't Gonna Be Easy
It's All In The Game
It's Getting Dark In Here
It's Me That You Need
It's Tough To Be A God (Elton John with Randy Newman)
I've Been Loving You
I've Seen That Movie Too
I've Seen The Saucers
Jack Rabbit
Jamaica Jerk-off
January
Japanese Hands
Jimmie Rodgers' Dream (Elton John / Leon Russell)
Johnny B. Goode
Joseph, Better You Than Me (The Killers feat. Elton John and Neil Tennant)
Just Like Belgium
Just Like Noah's Ark
Just Like Strange Rain
J'veux d'la tendresse
Karmatron (Elton John vs. Pnau)
Kiss The Bride
Lady d'Arbanville
Lady Samantha
Lady What's Tomorrow
Latitude
Leather Jackets
Legal Boys
Les aveux (Elton John & France Gall)
Let Me Be Your Car
Levon
Lies
Li'l 'Frigerator
Little Jeanie
Live Like Horses
Live Like Horses (Elton John & Luciano Pavarotti)
Lonely Boy
Long Way From Happiness
Look Ma, No Hands
Love Builds A Garden
Love Her Like Me
Love Is A Cannibal
Love Letters (Elton John & Bonnie Raitt)
Love Of The Common People
Love So Cold
Love Song
Love's Got A Lot To Answer For
Lovesick
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (Kiki & Elton)
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Made For Me
Made In England
Madman Across The Water
Madness
Makin' Whoopee (Rod Stewart with Elton John)
Mama Can't Buy You Love
Man
Mandalay Again (Elton John / Leon Russell)
Mansfield
Medicine Man
Medley (Yell Help, Wednesday Night, Ugly)
Mellow
Memory Of Love
Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher
Mexican Vacation (Kids In The Candlelight)
Michelle's Song
Midnight Creeper
Mona Lisas And Mad Haters / Rocket Man (Matthew Morrison and Elton John)
Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters
Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters (Part Two)
Monkey Suit (Elton John / Leon Russell)
My Baby Loves Lovin'
My Baby's A Saint
My Elusive Drug
My Father's Gun
My Heart Dances
My Kind Of Hell (Elton John / Leon Russell)
My Quicksand
Neanderthal Man
Never Gonna Fall In Love Again
Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody) (Elton John / Leon Russell)
Nice And Slow
Nikita
No Shoe Strings On Louise
No Valentines
Nobody Wins
Oceans Away
Oh, Well (2Cellos feat. Elton John)
Old 67
Old Friend (Elton John & Nik Kershaw)
On Dark Street
One Day At A Time
One Horse Town
One More Arrow
Original Sin
Oscar Wilde Gets Out
Out Of The Blue
Pain
Paris
Part Time Love
Passengers
Perfect Love
Philadelphia Freedom (The Elton John Band)
Phoenix (Elton John vs. Pnau)
Pinball Wizard
Pinky
Planes
Please
Poor Cow
Porch Swing In Tupelo
Postcards From Richard Nixon
Princess
Queen Of Cities
Rags To Riches (Tony Bennett with Elton John)
Razor Face
Recover Your Soul
Red
Religion
Restless
Return To Paradise
Reverie
Rock And Roll Madonna
Rock Me When He's Gone
Rock This House (B.B. King with Elton John)
Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long Long Time)
Rope Around A Fool
Rotten Peaches
Roy Rogers
Runaway Train (Elton John & Eric Clapton)
Sacrifice
Sad (Elton John vs. Pnau)
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Sails
Saint
Salvation
Sartorial Eloquence
Satellite
Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
Save Rock And Roll (Fall Out Boy feat. Elton John)
Screw You (Young Man's Blues)
Seasons
Shakey Ground (Elton John & Don Henley)
She Sold Me Magic
Shine On Through
Shoot Down The Moon
Shooting Star
Shoulder Holster
Sick City
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Simple Life
Since God Invented Girls
Sixty (Elton John vs. Pnau)
Sixty Years On
Skyline Pigeon
Slave
Sleeping With The Past
Slow Down Georgie (She's Poison)
Slow Rivers (Elton John & Cliff Richard)
Snow Queen (Elton John & Kiki Dee)
Social Disease
Solar Prestige A Gammon
Some Other World
Someday Out Of The Blue
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Someone's Final Song
Something About The Way You Look Tonight (Engelbert with Elton John)
Something About The Way You Look Tonight
Son Of Your Father
Song For Guy
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (Ray Charles with Elton John)
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (Blue feat. Elton John)
Soul Glove
Spirit In The Sky
Spiteful Child
Spotlight
Step Into Christmas
Stinker
Stones Throw From Hurtin'
Strangers
Street Boogie
Street Kids
Sugar On The Floor
Suit Of Wolves
Susie (Dramas)
Sweat It Out
Sweet Painted Lady
Tactics
Take Me Back
Take Me Down To The Ocean
Take Me To The Pilot (Elton John with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)
Take Me To The Pilot
Take This Dirty Water
Talking Old Soldiers
Teacher I Need You
Teardrops (Elton John & Lulu)
Teardrops (Elton John & k.d. lang)
Telegraph To The Afterlife (Elton John vs. Pnau)
Tell Me What The Papers Say
Tell Me When The Whistle Blows
Texan Love Song
Thank You Mama
That's What Friends Are For (Dionne & Friends)
The Ballad Of Blind Tom
The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34)
The Best Part Of The Day (Elton John / Leon Russell)
The Big Picture
The Bitch Is Back
The Bridge
The Cage
The Camera Never Lies
The Captain And The Kid
The Diving Board
The Drover's Ballad
The Emperor's New Clothes
The End Will Come
The Fox
The Goaldigger's Song
The Greatest Discovery
The Heart Of Every Girl
The King Must Die
The Last Song
The Letter
The Man Who Never Died
The Measure Of A Man
The Messenger (Elton John & Lulu)
The New Fever Waltz
The North
The North Star
The One
The Panic In Me
The Power (Elton John & Little Richard)
The Retreat
The Scaffold
The Show Must Go On (Queen & Elton John)
The Tracks Of My Tears (Smokey Robinson & Elton John)
The Trail We Blaze
The Wasteland
The Wide-Eyed And Laughing
Theme From A Non-Existent TV Series
There's No Tomorrow (Elton John / Leon Russell)
They Call Her The Cat
This Song Has No Title
This Town
This Train Don't Stop There Anymore
Three Way Love Affair
Through The Storm (Aretha & Elton)
Thunder In The Night
Ticking
Tinderbox
Tiny Dancer
Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer) (Ironik feat. Chipmunk & Elton John)
To Be Young Gifted And Black
Tonight
Too Low For Zero
Too Many Tears
Too Young
Tortured
Tower Of Babel
Town Of Plenty
Travellin' Band
True Love (Elton John & Kiki Dee)
Trust Me
Turn The Lights Out When You Leave
Two Rooms At The End Of The World
Understanding Women
United We Stand
Up Around The Bend
Up The Revolution
Val-Hala
Variation On Friends
Variation On Michelle's Song (A Day In The Country)
Victim Of Love
Voyeur
Wake Up Wendy
Warm Love In A Cold World
We All Fall In Love Sometimes
Weight Of The World
Western Ford Gateway
When A Woman Doesn't Want You
When I Think About Love (I Think About You) (Elton John & P.M. Dawn)
When Love Is Dying (Elton John / Leon Russell)
Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again)
Where Have All The Good Times Gone?
Where To Now St. Peter?
Where's The Shoorah?
Whipping Boy
Whispers
White Christmas
White Lady White Powder
White Man Danger / Cartier Commercial
Whitewash County
Who Wears These Shoes?
Wicked Dreams
Without Question
Wouldn't Have You Any Other Way (NYC)
Wrap Her Up
Writing
Written In The Stars (Elton John & LeAnn Rimes)
Yellow River
Yesterday When I Was Young (Charles Aznavour & Elton John)
You Can Make History (Young Again)
You Gotta Love Someone
Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock'n Roll)
Your Song
Your Song (Ronan Keating feat. Elton John)
Your Song (Patti LaBelle feat. Elton John)
Your Song (Elton John with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)
Your Song (Elton John & Alessandro Safina)
Your Starter For
You're So Static
ALBUMS BY ELTON JOHN
17-11-70
1974 To 1977
2 For 1: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road + Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player
21 At 33
5 Classic Albums (1970-1973)
A Single Man
Aida (Musical / Elton John & Tim Rice)
Alle hits
Blue Moves
Breaking Hearts
Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy
Caribou
Chartbusters Go Pop!
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player
Duets
Elton John
Elton John Band featuring John Lennon And The Muscle Shoals Horns (Elton John Band feat. John Lennon And The Muscle Shoals Horns)
Elton John's Greatest Hits Vol. 3
Empty Sky
Friends (Soundtrack / Elton John)
From My Songbook
Gnomeo & Juliet (Soundtrack / Elton John)
Good Morning To The Night (Elton John vs. Pnau)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Platinum)
Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits - One Night Only
Greatest Hits (Digital Remix)
Greatest Hits 1970-2002
Greatest Hits 1976–1986
Greatest Hits, Volume 2
Here And There
Honky Château
Ice On Fire
Jump Up!
Just Like Belgium - The Definitive Hits
Lady Samantha
Leather Jackets
Live 2009 (Elton John And His Band)
Live Collection
Live In Australia (Elton John with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)
Love Songs
Love Songs [1982]
Made In England
Madman Across The Water
Meine großen Erfolge
One Night Only - The Greatest Hits
Peachtree Road
Pop Chronik
Rare Masters
Reg Strikes Back
Rock Of The Westies
Rocket Man - The Definitive Hits
Sleeping With The Past
Songs From The West Coast
The Album
The Big Picture
The Captain & The Kid
The Complete Thom Bell Sessions
The Covers Record
The Diving Board
The Fox
The Muse - In Goddess We Trust (Soundtrack / Elton John)
The One
The Piano Men - Live In Tokyo (Elton John & Billy Joel)
The Red Piano - Live 2009
The Road To El Dorado (Soundtrack / Elton John & Tim Rice)
The Story Of Pop
The Superior Sound Of Elton John (1970-1975)
The Union (Elton John / Leon Russell)
The Very Best Of [1998]
The Very Best Of Elton John
The Very Best Of Elton John [1980]
The Very Of Best Of Elton John - Part 2
Thom Bell Sessions EP
Time Life: The Rock Collection - Elton John
To Be Continued... 1965 To 1972
To Be Continued... 1971 To 1975
To Be Continued... 1974 To 1982
To Be Continued... 1982 To 1990
Too Low For Zero
Tumbleweed Connection
Victim Of Love
West Coast Songs
Your Songs - Die große Edition seiner romantischen Welthits
Your Songs: Elton John Covers
DVDS BY ELTON JOHN
Elton 60 - Live At Madison Square
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Inside The Music
The Million Dollar Piano
The Red Piano
 
REVIEWS
Average points: 4.3 (Reviews: 10)
*****
Ungewöhnliches Album für ihn, deutlich rockiger und amerikanischer als andere Werke. Aber auch dieses Metier beherrscht er natürlich und die beiden Balladen sind sowieso sehr gut.
******
Für mich das absolut Beste was Elton John herausgebracht hatte. Auch "Island Girl" ist auf diesem Album. Dieser Titel war mein meistgehörter Song von 1976.
***
Mit seinem zwölften, Ende 1975 veröffentlichten Album präsentierte Elton sein bisher rockigstes Werk. Von seinen zwölf Alben ist m.E. „Rock Of The Westies“ das schwächste. Bis auf das flockige „Island Girl“ und „I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)“ genügen die restlichen 7 Stücke kaum dem gewohnt hohen Elton-John-Standart. Und wären diese beiden Stücke nicht auf „Rock Of The Westies“ vertreten, so wäre das Album kaum der Rede wert. Fast schien es so, als hätte Elton John mit seinen zahlreichen LP-Veröffentlichungen der vergangenen Jahre sein kreatives Pulver verschossen. Immerhin, mit der ersten Singleauskopplung „Island Girl“, einer flockigen, zeitweise ungemein mitreißenden Nummer, konnte er im Herbst 1975 einen weiteren Nummer 1 Hit in den USA landen. Aber bereits Singleauskopplung Nummer 2, das rockige „Grow Some Funk Of Your Own“ macht das musikalische Dilemma von „Rock Of The Westies“ deutlich. Die Nummer ist einfach nur schwach und war die erste Single seit Jahren, die nicht mehr in die amerikanischen Top 10 einzog. Das sie dennoch ein Top 20 wurde, hat sie in erster Linie der fantastischen B-Seite, der hinreißenden Ballade „I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)“ zu verdanken. Dieses Stück ist wirklich gut, auch wenn es kein Highlight im Gesamtwerk des Elton John ist. Gäbe es nicht „Island Girl“ und „I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun of Robert Ford)“, so gäbe es eigentlich keinen Grund, sich „Rock Of The Westies“ anzuhören bzw. ein zweites Mal anzuhören. Wer den Elton John der 70er Jahre kennenlernen möchte, der sollte von „Rock Of The Westies“ die Finger lassen.
****
...gut...
****
Elton Johns unterschätztestes Album. Der harte und aggressive Rocksound ist mir sehr viel lieber als der seichte, banale Pop-Schmalz, den er seitdem macht. Highlights sind das geniale Medley zu Beginn und die Single Island Girl.
******
Spitzenware aus Elton's erfolgreichten 70er-Jahre Zeiten
****
die 4.6 sind vertretbar, mir persönlich gefällt die erste Seite besser (insbesonders die beiden letzten Titeln).
Ende 1975 US u CAN #1
****
Bueno.
****
Sicher kein schlechtes Album, denn neben den bereits erwähnten Hits "Island Girl" (was ein Ohrwurm) und "Grow Some Funk of Your Own" gibt es u. a. das interessante vom damals ungemein angesagten Fusion-Sound beeinflusste Stück "Feed Me" und die opulente Ballade "I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)", die mal wieder Bernie Taupins Talent als Texter ins rechte Licht rückt. Daneben gibt es eine Fülle von straffen Rockern, die mir allerdings im Vergleich zu den bereits erwähnten Songs deutlich weniger gefallen. So bleibt es bei einer soliden 4 (trotz des genialen Bonus-Tracks auf der "Classic Years"-Edition).
***
Einen guten Song konnte ich auf dieser LP nicht finden. Auf der CD ist wenigstens noch die Single "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" drauf. 3+
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