Economic and simple, Elton John’s ‘Rock of the Westies’ arrived in October 1975 to mixed reviews. In hindsight, however, it’s a fine collection.
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Released this week in 2010, Elton John and Leon Russell’s fiesty collaboration ‘The Union’ is an often-loud record with its share of quiet truths.
‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,’ released on Oct. 5, 1973, illustrates why – and how – Elton John became Elton John.
John Lennon’s 40-year-old ‘Walls and Bridges’ is long overdue for a critical reevaluation.
This arrives looking like every bad thing that sends you back to the old records.
Leon Russell makes a bold return to “Big Lips,” originally featured on 2008’s In Your Dreams, and uncovers something randier, rawer and all together rascally along the way.
Elton John was a star on the rise in 1973, having gained critical and commercial success in the UK and U.S. in just a few years.
A thoroughly great movie, Almost Famous is set in the early 1970s and revolves around the adventures of a teenage music journalist and a rock band called Stillwater.
In the approximately 40 years since I bought my first long-playing vinyl record-type album thing, a whole lot has changed about the way the average person consumes music. This is pretty obvious stuff.
Second acts are difficult; third acts, even more so. But what of a fourth? That’s Elton John, who’s already been a country-inflected singer-songwriter, Captain Fantastic and a mainstream pop star.