Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Elton John Empty Sky

Empty Sky is the debut album of 22 year old British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1969. It was finally released in the United States in 1975, well after Elton's fame had been established internationally.

While the instrumental accompaniment in Empty Sky could be classified as mildly psychedelic rock, Elton's flair for pop melody is obvious even at this early stage. Elton adds to the unique sound of the album by playing harpsichord on several tracks, including "Skyline Pigeon", which Elton has described as being "the first song Bernie and I ever got excited about."

All songs by John/Taupin.

1. "Empty Sky" – 8:29
2. "Val-Hala" – 4:12
3. "Western Ford Gateway" – 3:15
4. "Hymn 2000" – 4:29
5. "Lady What's Tomorrow" – 3:09
6. "Sails" – 3:45
7. "The Scaffold" – 3:18
8. "Skyline Pigeon" – 3:37
9. "Gulliver/Hay-Chewed/Reprise" – 6:59

Bonus tracks (1995 CD reissue)

10. "Lady Samantha" – 3:02
11. "All Across the Havens" – 2:52
12. "It's Me That You Need" – 4:04
13. "Just Like Strange Rain" – 3:44

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