Elton John Rock Of The Westies on Numbered Limited Edition Gold CD from Audio Fidelity
"Elton John's hardest, grittiest, most ambitious album ever!"
Mastered by Kevin Gray
Rock of the Westies is the tenth studio album by Elton John, originally released in 1975 and debuting on the Billboard chart at #1. Notable tracks include the #1 single "Island Girl," the light and funky and more than a little humorous, "Grow Some Funk of Your Own" and "I Feel Like a Bullet" is the one moment of seriousness on this album, a ballad about the breakup of a relationship and one of the most creative songs on the album similar in style to other songs from prior albums. The song "Street Kids" was even featured in the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV.
Elton used mostly a new band on Rock of the Westies including drummer Roger Pope and bassist Kenny Passarelli, who had previously played with Stephen Stills and was an original member in Joe Walsh's band Barnstorm. James Newton-Howard on keyboards and Caleb Quaye on acoustic, electric and rhythm guitar. The holdovers from Elton's previous group and earlier records were Davey Johnstone on guitar, banjo and mandolin and Ray Cooper on percussion.
This is a great Elton John rock 'n' roll record, he was just having fun and it really shows! It most definitely rocks harder than most of his albums, but in a distinctive style consistent with and instantly recognizable as the-one-and-only Elton John. It's clear even from the front cover photo of an unusually scruffy Elton, relatively conservatively dressed in a hat and shades, head resting on hand with a mischievous smirk, that this album is a departure from past efforts.
In the end Rock of the Westies finds Elton John being at the very top peak of his best period of the 70's. 1975 was a turning point for rock music...soon funk and disco would be overwhelming the airwaves. But for one album we got to see Elton having a good time, and do it thoroughly and well. Worthy of being considered a classic Elton John album!
Audio Fidelity's 24K + Gold compact discs reproduce the ultimate sound of classic recorded performances without the irregular plated surfaces of standard aluminum discs. Their 24K + Gold series brings you classic music in deluxe packaging with see-through slip cases. They only use the original vintage mixes played back on a specially constructed playback deck.
Here's where the Plus comes in: engineers Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray use their 30 years of expertise to create the best sounding versions of the music ever released. When they are satisfied with the end result, the final digital master is shipped directly to the manufacturing plant for etching in "real time" onto the glass surface by laser.
The end result of this unique mastering process is a compact disc with the warm sound of the original analog master tape combined with a genuine 24 karat gold surface free of any type of physical defect making their 24K Gold CD series truly one of a kind!
Elton John Rock Of The Westies Track Listing:
1. Medley (Yell Help/Wednesday Night/Ugly)
2. Dan Dare (Pilot of the Future)
3. Island Girl
4. Grow Some Funk of Your Own
5. I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)
6. Street Kids
7. Hard Luck Story
8. Feed Me
9. Billy Bones and the White Bird