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Elton John - Empty Sky album

Elton John - Empty Sky album
Performer: Elton John
Title: Empty Sky
Country: UK
Genre: Rock
Style:Pop Rock
Released: 1969
MP3 album szie: 1979 mb
FLAC album size: 1389 mb

Empty Sky is the debut studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John, released on 6 June 1969. It would not be released in the United States until January 1975 (on MCA), with different cover art, well after John's fame had been established internationally. Recorded during the winter of 1968 and spring of 1969 in a DJM Records 8-track studio, Empty Sky is the only album in the early part of Elton John's career not produced by Gus Dudgeon, instead helmed by friend and DJM staffer Steve Brown

Empty Sky. Elton John. Val-Hala Recorded January 28: take 9. The basic track has Elton on (a rented) harpsichord, Caleb on acoustic guitar, and Roger and Tony. Elton later overdubbed piano, electric piano and organ. At song’s end, Steve Brown employs the unusual effect of fading down the band whilst leaving the harpsichord at normal volume for a while longer. Elton’s use of his own harmony vocals in the choruses of this song is about as close as this album gets to background vocals. In fact, Empty Sky is the only studio album in the entire Elton catalogue that has no backing singers. ‘Skyline Pigeon’, was the first good song that Bernie and I wrote. Elton John, Rolling Stone, 2013.

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.

Another similar release " Empty Sky " exists with more space above and below Elton John on labels. Matrix, Runout (Label A side): DJLPS.

Western Ford Gateway, 03:15.

Elton John's first album was released in the UK in June of 1969. US fans would have to wait until 1975, at which point Elton was a superstar. It all starts here with Empty Sky, an album that could fit well into the psychedelic category of the late 1960s. Most of Bernie's lyrics here are rather interesting, and Elton's melodies are already beginning to gel. Unfortunately, as with some debut albums, there lacks a sense of purpose. The album begins strongly with the title cut Empty Sky. At over 8 minutes in length Elton and Caleb (guitarist) rock out in this extended jam. At times.

Renews automatically. Sample this album Artist (Sample). 1. 30. Empty Sky. 8:29. The best song on the CD is not from the original album, but "Lady Samantha," which when released as a single some months before gave Elton his first (minor) radio success. That churns and burns in Elton's characteristically pleasing manner. If you like Elton a lot, you will like "Empty Sk. If you listen to his Greatest Hits packages once in a while and want to dig deeper, you might start with something more like "Captain Fantastic" or "Tumbleweed Connection

Elton John Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word. Elton John, RuPaul Don't Go Breaking My Heart.

Tracklist

A1 Empty Sky
A2 Val-Hala
A3 Western Ford Gateway
A4 Hymn 2000
B1 Lady What's Tomorrow
B2 Sails
B3 The Scaffold
B4 Skyline Pigeon
B5 Gulliver-Hay Chewed-Reprise

Companies, etc.

  • Published By – Dick James Music Ltd.
  • Published By – Dick James Ltd.
  • Published By – Cookaway Music Ltd.
  • Pressed By – Tranco Limited

Credits

  • Engineer – Frank Owen
  • Lyrics By – Bernie Taupin
  • Music By – Elton John
  • Producer – Steve Brown

Notes

This press appears identical to Elton John - Empty Sky except the labels do NOT state "Made in England"

Soft textured gatefold sleeve with lyrics printed inside.

Translucent red vinyl in generic poly-lined "U.K. patent" inner sleeve

This version shows 'Dick James Limited' publishing credit on side B & no 'Made in England' on labels.

Other variants that show red translucent when held up to light:
'Dick James Limited' publishing credit on side B & 'Made in England' on labels: Empty Sky.
'Dick James Music Limited' publishing credit on side B & 'Made in England' on labels: Empty Sky.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
DJLPS 403, DJLPS.403 Elton John Empty Sky ‎(LP, Album, Gat) DJM Records , DJM Records DJLPS 403, DJLPS.403 UK 1969
MCA-2130 Elton John Empty Sky ‎(LP, Album, RE, Gat) MCA Records MCA-2130 US 1975
FL-2547 Elton John Empty Sky ‎(LP, Unofficial) First Record FL-2547 Taiwan Unknown
503002 Elton John Empty Sky ‎(LP, Album, RE, Gat) DJM Records 503002 France 1976
MCAC-620 Elton John Empty Sky ‎(Cass, Album, RE) MCA Records MCAC-620 US 1980

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Empty Sky 8:29
A2 Valhalla 4:09
A3 Western Ford Gateway 3:12
A4 Hymn 2000 4:30
B1 Lady What's Tomorrow
Drums – Nigel Olsson
3:06
B2 Sails 3:39
B3 The Scaffold 3:13
B4 Skyline Pigeon 3:31
Gulliver / Hay Chewed (6:58)
B5a Gulliver
B5b Hay Chewed

Companies, etc.

  • Copyright (c) – MCA Records, Inc.
  • Manufactured By – MCA Records, Inc.

Credits

  • Art Direction, Design [Sleeve Design By] – David Larkham
  • Bass Guitar – Tony Murray
  • Drums, Percussion – Roger Pope
  • Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Congas [Conga Drums] – Caleb Quaye
  • Engineer – Frank Owen
  • Harmonica – Graham Vickery
  • Liner Notes – Eric Van Lustbader
  • Painting [Cover Painting By] – Folon*
  • Photography By [Back Cover Photograph By] – Terry O'Neill
  • Photography By [Liner Photograph By] – David Larkham
  • Producer – Steve Brown
  • Songwriter – Elton John (tracks: B5b)
  • Songwriter [All Songs By] – Elton John And Bernie Taupin* (tracks: A1 to B5a)
  • Tape Op [Tape Operator], Whistling – Clive Franks
  • Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Don Fay
  • Vocals, Piano, Organ, Electric Piano, Harpsichord – Elton John

Notes

Recorded at Dick James Music Studios, London, England. Winter 1968 / Spring 1969.
Art Direction and Sleeve Design by David Larkham And Friends

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Etched A side): MCA 606-1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched B side): MCA-607-1A

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
DJLPS 403, DJLPS.403 Elton John Empty Sky ‎(LP, Album, Gat) DJM Records , DJM Records DJLPS 403, DJLPS.403 UK 1969
MCA-2130 Elton John Empty Sky ‎(LP, Album, RE, Gat) MCA Records MCA-2130 US 1975
FL-2547 Elton John Empty Sky ‎(LP, Unofficial) First Record FL-2547 Taiwan Unknown
503002 Elton John Empty Sky ‎(LP, Album, RE, Gat) DJM Records 503002 France 1976
MCAC-620 Elton John Empty Sky ‎(Cass, Album, RE) MCA Records MCAC-620 US 1980

Tracklist

A1 Empty Sky
A2 Val-Hala
A3 Western Ford Gateway
A4 Hymn 2000
B1 Lady What's Tomorrow
B2 Sails
B3 The Scaffold
B4 Skyline Pigeon
B5 Gulliver-Hay Chewed-Reprise

Companies, etc.

  • Manufactured By – Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd.

Credits

  • Engineer – Frank Owen
  • Lyrics By – Bernie Taupin
  • Music By – Elton John
  • Producer – Steve Brown

Notes

Test press

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
DJLPS 403, DJLPS.403 Elton John Empty Sky ‎(LP, Album, Gat) DJM Records , DJM Records DJLPS 403, DJLPS.403 UK 1969
MCA-2130 Elton John Empty Sky ‎(LP, Album, RE, Gat) MCA Records MCA-2130 US 1975
FL-2547 Elton John Empty Sky ‎(LP, Unofficial) First Record FL-2547 Taiwan Unknown
503002 Elton John Empty Sky ‎(LP, Album, RE, Gat) DJM Records 503002 France 1976
MCAC-620 Elton John Empty Sky ‎(Cass, Album, RE) MCA Records MCAC-620 US 1980