Destined for greatness
Such potential you hear on this debut and I declare it one of Elton's best! I hadn't heard it until recently being a lontime fan but I sure was missing out. Why this wasn't a more popular album I'll never know. Perhaps the music wasn't radio friendly enough? Who knows, but it's a must for all fans. Highly recomended.
Elton at his best
By Ethan Keeney
I love this album I listen to it all the time. His voice just seem better in this album than any other. It is a must have for any Elton John fan. The sixties sound did good for Elton especially on songs like sails and lady Samantha. In my opinion this was his best album but all of his music is great. This album is under credited by a lot of people. To think if this album would not have did well he may not have made any others. So this album should mean a lot to any one who lives Elton's music. A must have album if you truly want to call yourself an Elton John fan.
The end of the sixties.
This album is kind of a bridge between 60's psychedelic music and the singers song writers of the Seventies. I think Elton realized without a guitar player he wouldn't be able to pull off some of the imagery that Bernie Taupin was bringing to the lyrics. They both change course by their next album.
Empty sky is a must buy
Empty is sky is more than just a look at where Elton John came from as an artist. As a long time fan I am at a loss for why this album did not get more attention from the mainstream music listener and even more at a loss for why other Elton John fans are not even familiar with it. If you appreciate Elton John as an artist and performer you will be blown away by this album. The sound is not over-produced like some of his more recent albums. The combination of vocals and instruments is something you probably have not heard for awhile but with Elton Johns voice the result is incredible. This album is no goodbye yellow brick road but its one that every fan should own nevertheless. Its not a tracklist of number one after number but this definitely an album you can listen straight through and not even consider skipping a song.
Like dylan's debut
By Tim Bombadim
its follower makes it seem weak but i wouldn't want to die w/o having heard it
Before Elton wrote Elton's music,this is what there was. Not bad,but not indicative.
Its hard to write an unbiased review of an Elton John album, but if there is only one album where I can, it would Be Empty Sky. Thats not to say that its a poorly constructed album, nor without its trademark Elton magic, but just that it is clearly on the other side of the door knocking to get in with the rest of his work up to and including Blue Moves. Don't search too hard for the missing jewel, because its simply not here. However, there are tracks that any Elton enthusiast should not pass over without first giving them a few spins. Its title track is one of these, an eight minute 'complete' song that really shows off Elton's vocals, as well as 'Sails', where Caleb Quaye shows exactly why he would later be back after a brief hiatus on Elton John, with his raw form of psychadelic guitar that seems to go on forever right off the page. The real moment however where Elton is recognizable to his future prowess is with the clear favorite, 'Western Ford Gateway'. It is the clear highlight of the album, and a foreshadowing of whats to come in Elton's classic, Tumbleweed Connection. Don't miss the earlier version of 'Skyline Pigeon' (with a harpsichord rather than the piano, which is why it is rendered as a side note). The later piano version that appears in the Don't Shoot Me... era is refined enough to render all of the tracks here an afterthought in comparison. The rest of the tracks are, well, just that, the rest, all fine tunes that could have fit amongst the airwaves of their day just fine (perhaps save the droning 'Val-Hala', and a very uninspired 'The Scaffold'), and it is exactly this that renders them all mediocre in the ears of Elton purists.
Empty Sky is one the best
This recording is so pure in its energy and shows a bluesy side of Elton that I love. Experimental and satisfying on every track! Very different from the country twang of some of Elton's later recordings, slightly psychedelic. This album was released in 1969, but still sounds contemporary and timeless.
Skyline Pigeon is a must have you cant call yoursrlf an elton fan unless you have it!!!!
I havn't listened to the album in its entirety, But would like to focus on the song, Skyline Pigeon. It was elton's first Great song in the sense that it was the first to truly capture the lyrics and melody in a majestic way. The Harpsichord version of this song is one of my favorites because not many people use that instrument, I do in my concerts if I can, but not many artists do. The piano version came out on a B side of a single from the Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player album which is good as well.
A bootleg story:
In the 70s I was in high school. E.J. was a shooting star. I was shopping at Goodwill for
camping gear. There I found over 100 vinyl LP records of Empty Sky. They were all loose &
in a pile, without cardboard jackets or inner sleeves. I bought 1 that was at least playable
for (probably) 15 cents. When I played it over and over it never got into worse shape. I can
still hear the scratches echoing in my head when I hear this clean copy. That pile of records
was my 1st run-in with bootleg recordings. It all seems so innocent now, but never empty.