Elton John - Empty Sky [DJM Records DJLPS 403] (6 June 1969)

Released: 6 June 1969
Country: UK
Label: DJM Records
Catalog: DJLPS 403
Genre: Rock, Pop

Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Empty Sky
02 Val-Hala
03 Western Ford Gateway
04 Hymn 2000
05 Lady What's Tomorrow
06 Sails
07 The Scaffold
08 Skyline Pigeon
09 Gulliver-Hay Chewed-Reprise

Empty Sky
Elton John

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Album Review

Stephen Thomas Erlewine [allmusic.com]

Although he had made a number of re-recordings of popular songs for a budget record label in the late '60s, Empty Sky was the first true solo album Elton John recorded after leaving Bluesology; it also marked the beginning of his long and fruitful collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Empty Sky is quite indicative of the post-Sgt. Pepper's era. With its ambitious arrangements and lyrics, it's clear that John and Taupin intended the album to be a major statement. Though it shows some signs of John's R&B roots, most of the album alternates between vaguely psychedelic rock and Taupin and John's burgeoning pop songcraft, capped off by a bizarre reprise of brief moments of all of the songs on the record. There aren't any forgotten gems on Empty Sky, but it does suggest John's potential.