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Empty Sky [Remastered]
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Album: Empty Sky [Remastered]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Empty Sky More Info... 8:30
2)    Val-Hala More Info... 4:12
3)    Western Ford Gateway More Info... 3:15
4)    Hymn 2000 More Info... 4:30
5)    Lady What's Tomorrow More Info... 3:09
6)    Sails More Info... 3:45
7)    The Scaffold More Info... 3:18
8)    Skyline Pigeon Harpsichord Version More Info... 3:38
9)    Gulliver/It's Hay Chewed Reprise Version More Info... 6:58
10)    Lady Samantha More Info... 3:03
11)    All Across The Havens More Info... 2:53
12)    It's Me That You Need More Info... 4:04
13)    Just Like Strange Rain More Info... 3:44
 

Album: Empty Sky [Remastered]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Empty Sky More Info... 8:30
2)    Val-Hala More Info... 4:12
3)    Western Ford Gateway More Info... 3:15
4)    Hymn 2000 More Info... 4:30
5)    Lady What's Tomorrow More Info... 3:09
6)    Sails More Info... 3:45
7)    The Scaffold More Info... 3:18
8)    Skyline Pigeon Harpsichord Version More Info... 3:38
9)    Gulliver/It's Hay Chewed Reprise Version More Info... 6:58
10)    Lady Samantha More Info... 3:03
11)    All Across The Havens More Info... 2:53
12)    It's Me That You Need More Info... 4:04
13)    Just Like Strange Rain More Info... 3:44
 
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Tracks

1. Empty Sky

2. Val-Hala

3. Western Ford Gateway

4. Hymn 2000

5. Lady What's Tomorrow

6. Sails

7. The Scaffold

8. Skyline Pigeon

9. Gulliver/It's Hay Chewed/Reprise

10. Lady Samantha

11. All Across The Havens

12. It's Me That You Need

13. Just Like Strange Rain

Performer Notes
  • The 1996 reissue of EMPTY SKY includes four songs that were issued as two singles prior to the album's release: "Lady Samantha"/"All Across The Havens" and "It's Me That You Need"/"Just Like Strange Rain." The album has been digitally remastered by Gus Dudgeon, using original master tapes and digital processing equipment at 20-bit resolution. According to Dudgeon (ICE newsletter, January 1996), the results are "100% better" than the two previous American CD issues.
  • Personnel: Elton John (vocals, piano, organ, electric piano, harpsichord); Caleb Quaye (electric & acoustic guitars, congas); Graham Vickery (harmonica); Don Fay (tenor saxophone, flute); Tony Murray (bass); Roger Pope (drums, percussion); Nigel Olsson (drums).
  • Recorded at Dick James Studios and Olympic Studios, London, England. Includes liner notes by John Tobler and Gus Dudgeon.
  • This is part of Rocket's Elton John: The Classic Years series.
  • Not released in the U.S. until 1975, after he'd achieved superstardom, Elton John's first album is as much a part of late-'60s blues-rock and the burgeoning singer-songwriter movement as it is part of the grandiose pop catalog that would soon follow. The eight-minute-plus title song includes a long flute-harmonica-piano jam that wouldn't have been out of place on a Traffic album; the closing "Gulliver/It's Hay Chewed/Reprise" connects a waltz-time requiem with an acoustic-jazz instrumental and (rather audiciously for an unknown singer's debut) a reprise of bits from every song on the album.
  • Elsewhere, one can find a Lennonesque melody on "Western Ford Gateway," a breezy Summer-Of-Love feel on "Hymn 2000," and recurring imagery of a caged bird dreaming of flying away--most notably in the title song and the harsichord-and-organ tune "Skyline Pigeon." It all bursts with pop-rock melodicism, even when John was adding music to some of collaborator Bernie Taupin's most opaque, image-heavy lyrics. John would later call EMPTY SKY a "naive" record, but it contains the seeds of almost everything he would eventually do.
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