The one real ‘carrot’ for fans – who otherwise rolled their eyes at the £225 box set, which was “flecked with gold glitter” – was the inclusion of a two-LP vinyl edition of John’s 2001 album Songs From The West Coast. The reason was simple, it was the only place to find this album on vinyl, until now…
Next month Universal will issue the album as an individual offering and thus Elton John fans will now be able to pick this up for around a tenth of the price of the box set.
The album was produced by Patrick Leonard (who at that point had already worked with Madonna, Bryan Ferry and Roger Waters, to name a few) and was generally well-received by critics, regarding it as a welcome return to the singer-songwriter’s ‘classic’ sound.
The first single, I Want Love, benefitted from a fabulous video starring Robert Downey Jnr (who was on the cusp of rebooting his career) and the promo (directed by Sam Taylor-Wood) undoubtedly helped the song hit the top ten hit in the UK and Canada although Elton would have been disappointed with its performance in the US, where it stalled outside the Billboard Hot 100.
Songs From The West Coast will be issued on double vinyl on 14 April 2017.
- The Emperor’s New Clothes
- Dark Diamond
- Look Ma, No Hands
- American Triangle
- Original Sin
- I Want Love
- The Wasteland
- Ballad of the Boy in the Red Shoes
- Love Her Like Me
- This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore