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Elton John’s unfairly criticized Rock of the Westies deserves another listen

Elton John’s unfairly criticized Rock of the Westies deserves another listen

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.

Elton John and Leon Russell’s The Union was marked by this bittersweet sense of loss

Elton John and Leon Russell’s The Union was marked by this bittersweet sense of loss

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.

Elton John’s ambitious Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was as over the top as its singer

Elton John’s ambitious Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was as over the top as its singer

‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,’ released on Oct. 5, 1973, illustrates why – and how – Elton John became Elton John.

John Lennon – Walls and Bridges (1974): On Second Thought

John Lennon – Walls and Bridges (1974): On Second Thought

John Lennon’s 40-year-old ‘Walls and Bridges’ is long overdue for a critical reevaluation.

One Track Mind: Elton John, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” from Million Dollar Piano (2014)

One Track Mind: Elton John, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” from Million Dollar Piano (2014)

This arrives looking like every bad thing that sends you back to the old records.

One Track Mind: Leon Russell, “Big Lips” from Life Journey (2014)

One Track Mind: Leon Russell, “Big Lips” from Life Journey (2014)

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 – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (2014)

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (2014)

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.

On Second Thought: The Beach Boys, Elton John, Todd Rundgren – Almost Famous (2000)

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.

The Friday Morning Listen: Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

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.

Elton John – The Diving Board (2013)

Elton John – The Diving Board (2013)

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.