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The record itself is in good condition, but the sleeve has more than average wear & tear. Not a perfect collector''s copy, but suitable for a playing copy.
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Rock of the Westies, released in October 1975, was the tenth official album release for Elton John. As with Elton''s previous release, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Rock of the Westies debuted on the US Billboard 200 chart at No. 1, the only two albums at that time to have done so. It contains the #1 single "Island Girl." Now available on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl in celebration of Elton John''s 50th year in his musical career.

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Tony
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Best Elton John vinyl remaster I have heard to date.
Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2020
I’ve been a fan of Elton John since I was about eight years old (way back in the mid-seventies) and I have a pretty comprehensive collection of his music both in CD and in original vinyl format. I also have most of the 2017 Mercury LP remasters minted in the EU up to this... See more
I’ve been a fan of Elton John since I was about eight years old (way back in the mid-seventies) and I have a pretty comprehensive collection of his music both in CD and in original vinyl format. I also have most of the 2017 Mercury LP remasters minted in the EU up to this album. I can attest that “Rock Of The Westies” is the finest of the bunch from my personal experience. The sound quality is impeccable: almost zero surface noise, deep, dynamic, well-balanced between vocals and instruments.

These remasters are famous for being extremely true in packaging to the originals, including sleeve formats (simple versus gatefold, inserts, record labels etc.) The only place where this doesn’t quite match up to the original is in the lyrics sheet, which is printed on flimsy paper rather than card stock – no big shakes. Other than that, this both stands up to my original (which still sounds fantastic all these years later) and adds the benefit of having been remastered with state-of-the-art, cutting edge technology.

(Side note: My only wish regarding this particular LP purchase is that whoever packaged it for shipping had taken the extra effort to put it in a cardboard box, rather than simply slap a shipping label on the outer cellophane and send it out the door (see photo). Really, Amazon, you should be ashamed!)
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Max Major
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Scratches and torn sleeve
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2021
Love Elton John! No overall scratches that affect the record, just some baseline. The sleeve on the other hand was basically torn apart completely, barley covering the record with tape.
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Capt.Mark
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good except when it isn''t....
Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2017
Was looking VERY forward to checking out the sound of this "improved" reissue of the ugly stepchild of the peak EJ 70''s catalog, especially after hearing Bob Ludwig''s improvements with "Don''t Shoot Me..." This record for many was the last great (OK...really... See more
Was looking VERY forward to checking out the sound of this "improved" reissue of the ugly stepchild of the peak EJ 70''s catalog, especially after hearing Bob Ludwig''s improvements with "Don''t Shoot Me..." This record for many was the last great (OK...really good) Elton album, so it''s not like my opinion of it''s place in rock history is going to...change it''s place in rock history.

As a big fan of what Greg Penny did with the surround mixes of EJ''s earlier catalog I was always miffed at why this LP, "Don''t Shoot..." and "Caribou" never got the 5.1 treatment or even a cleaned up stereo mix back in. My vinyl copy of "Don''t Shoot" was always a terrible sounding record even back in the day when I had a pretty good stereo system. I''ve read some reasons why on other forums-screw ups with the encoding of the tapes, etc..

I purchased this and "Don''t Shoot,,," on vinyl. I have what I consider a very nice $$,$$$ system with around $5k in the turntable and cartridge. Expecting Westies to be the better sounding record I was pretty disappointed; there was tons of surface noise, The singles were noticeably hotter than the surrounding tracks-much more so than the original LP, and distortions in some of the filler tracks actually made me stop and clean the stylus more than once to no avail. I can only hope my copy was just a dud. I could hear some improvements in separations and clarity tho the record has a pretty unexciting but most likely accurate tone to it. Far be it for me to critique the Legend Bob Ludwig but I sure hope the Greg Penny version of this album even without the 5.1 mix will actually see the light of day. Till them I''ll make the most out of an improvement that keeps this music icon in the spotlight. 3 stars
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Jeffery A Wilson
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2017
Nice new pressing which is miles better than my old MCA.
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martha garcia
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
No regrets, buying a used cd
Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2019
Open cd, but great shape and fabulous price
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Richard G. Goodwin
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
watch when same day shipping
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2019
Not sure what to say. Did not get this item. Did get one of the items ordered. That was good
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AndiMac
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Classic Elton!!
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2021
A true classic for all Elton fans!
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Emil Minasyan
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2017
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igloo
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Lacklustre sound quality but worth getting
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 21, 2019
I have not set out to write reviews of the music content as “beauty is in the ears of the listener”. These reviews are about the quality (or not) of the recorded sound. To read about how the reviews are done please see my profile. The CD release notes state that this was...See more
I have not set out to write reviews of the music content as “beauty is in the ears of the listener”. These reviews are about the quality (or not) of the recorded sound. To read about how the reviews are done please see my profile. The CD release notes state that this was the sound quality they would have wanted if the technology had been available at the time. I would beg to differ as I’ve heard better recordings from the period and superior remasters. This recording is very clear but lacks dynamic range and sounds compressed. It is a quiet recording which seems to make the sound seem “pinched”. However it should be bourne in mind that this is an old recording and therefore limited by the original recording. It has a broad sound stage and the channel balance is good but the recording lacks sparkle and never quite comes alive. The drums are not sharp and crisp but soft and muffled. Pianos and keyboards are very good but the backing vocals and rhythm section seem to have mixed down together and lost detail. Elton’s voice does not always rise above the instruments. The vocoder and guitars are sharp and stand out perhaps at the expense of the other instruments. The sound quality of this recording is admirably consistent being clear and not in the slightest “muddy”. Sadly it seems to lack get up and go. It is missing that indefinable “wow” factor. For its age this is a high quality recording which os both listenable and enjoyable. It is worth getting for your collection.
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Kati K.
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
like the master himself
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 18, 2009
this grouping is also great in it''s way. It''s not weird or strange or anything of that caliber. If you''re into standard "hits", "Westies" probably won''t be your cup of tea. But otherwise, you might just develop a taste for it. This one, along with "Captain", "YBR",...See more
this grouping is also great in it''s way. It''s not weird or strange or anything of that caliber. If you''re into standard "hits", "Westies" probably won''t be your cup of tea. But otherwise, you might just develop a taste for it. This one, along with "Captain", "YBR", "Caribou" and several others belonged to a small collection of goodies I bought as a pre-teen - and I found them all, including "Westies" good. Elton John was my idol as a kid - 30 years on, I marvel at the instinct of babes. While I was in college, my angered step-father threw all of my LPs in the garbage. Since then I have recovered only several as CDs, "Westies" being one of them. It came in the mail yesterday from the UK to Germany. I`ve been playing it ever since - you can get high on this music, it''s hypnotic - the energy blazes, it''s simply "feel-good" stuff, from the word go - with a couple of fantastic exceptions. From the "unfinished" medley to the finish with Kiki Dee, there is not a bad song in the lot. Elton John is in a league all his own - he may do "funk", but he doesn`t ever do "junk". You almost have to think of a whole new language with which you could even begin to express the collective genius of Elton John and Bernie Taupin - for me, "genius" just doesn''t do it. Albeit, there is quirky stuff on this CD. But, so what! Rather than think it "strange" or "weird", I think of it simply as only one sort of the Wizardry that these guys can do. It''s a gem amongst gems for that very reason. "Dan Dare" creative! "Island Girl" sizzles! Those paunchy drums are fantastic! Eltons falsetto, never better! "Funk", well, the name says it all - Elton Johns sissy comments- "oh, and it hurt sooo much!" will leave you rollicking throughout. "Street Kids", you can dance to it, sing to it, it''s great - ditto with "Hard Luck Story" "owee, owee, owee" to you too! Dig that insistent bass. "Billy bones" is an unusually outrageous romp - "check it out"! "Feed Me" was funnily enough my favorite as a 12 year old - now that I understand the numbing reality of it - the feverish passion is as bone-chilling as the theme - but as a favorite it''s given way to: "I feel like a bullet": This track is spell-binding for the idea alone. A henchman sacrificing his long-time love at the block - on a ruse, causing deep anguish, grief and shame. Elton John''s rendering: beyond the beyond the beyond - and way beyond that. Not only the line about "walking to the wagon", what about the opening? What about "I''m as low as a hired assasin is, you know I''m as cold as a hired sword"? which all ties in with the great opening lines about cutting and punching - about having gone in for the kill - "for a new deck of cards"? You can''t get much grittier and low-down than that. Add to it a voice disallowing an equal and defying human description and you have "Bullet". It breaks your heart because you realize that somewhere along the line this has been your own experience. Painfully gorgeous.
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Tamthebam
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Forgotten Gem
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 6, 2017
I love this album it is often lost amongst so many great albums he recorded between 1970-76. But listened to in isolation it has stood up well to the test of time. Side 2 Hard Luck Story, Street Kids, Feed Me and Billy Bones & The White Bird are amazing songs Side 1 has...See more
I love this album it is often lost amongst so many great albums he recorded between 1970-76. But listened to in isolation it has stood up well to the test of time. Side 2 Hard Luck Story, Street Kids, Feed Me and Billy Bones & The White Bird are amazing songs Side 1 has Island, Girl Grow Some Funk and I Feel like A Bullet three hit singles. A must for any casual Elton fan.
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Steven J
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A good album
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 12, 2014
I bought GYBR when it was released on vinyl all those years ago and replaced it with a cd more than a decade ago. I still think it''s the best collection of songs I''ve heard on one original album -- but, apart from a compilation, I didn''t own any other EJ albums until very...See more
I bought GYBR when it was released on vinyl all those years ago and replaced it with a cd more than a decade ago. I still think it''s the best collection of songs I''ve heard on one original album -- but, apart from a compilation, I didn''t own any other EJ albums until very recently as I started to put this right. IMHO there''s only one dud track on RoTW which is ''Dan Dare Pilot of The Future'' -- the rest are mostly good up-tempo rockers with a couple of ''Philly sound'' soul-influenced pieces and one outright ballad (the excellent ''I Feel Like a Bullet In The Gun of Robert Ford''). The most recognisable songs in the UK are the calypso-style single ''Island Girl'' and the bonus track duet with Kiki Dee ''Don''t Go Breaking My Heart''. This may not be one of his very best, but it is still a very good album and I recommend it.
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Mark Lupton-Emsley
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Elton Rocks!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 10, 2019
My 50 something copy was due for an update So!........ I bit the bullet and bought a new copy Loved it from when it came out and is the perfect anti-dote to the Amazing Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. A beloved Album !
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