1975 Elton John – Rock Of The Westies

Rock Of The Westies is the tenth studio album by English musician Elton John, released in October 1975. As with 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 was also successful (albeit to a lesser extent) in the artist’s home territory of the UK, where it reached No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart. Robert Christgau ranked it as No. 7 on his list of the best albums of 1975. The title is a play on the phrase “West of the Rockies”, the album having been recorded at Caribou Ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Tracks

1  Medley(Yell Help/Wednesday Night/Ugly) (Elton John; Bernie Taupin; Davey Johnstone) 06:18
2  Dan Dare (Pilot Of The Future) (Elton John; Bernie Taupin) 03:31
3  Island Girl (Elton John; Bernie Taupin) 03:43
4  Grow Some Funk Of Your Own (Elton John; Bernie Taupin; Davey Johnstone) 04:45
5  I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford) (Elton John; Bernie Taupin) 05:27
6  Street Kids (Elton John; Bernie Taupin) 06:24
7  Hard Luck Story (Ann Orson; Carte Blanche) 05:15
8  Feed Me (Elton John; Bernie Taupin) 04:01
9  Billy Bones And The White Bird (Elton John; Bernie Taupin) 04:24

Media

Musicians

1 Medley(Yell Help/Wednesday Night/Ugly)

BassKenny Passarelli
DrumsRoger Pope
GuitarCaleb Quaye
GuitarDavey Johnstone
ClavinetJames Newton-Howard
HarpsichordJames Newton-Howard
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
PercussionRay Cooper
Background VocalsAnn Orson
Background VocalsLabelle
VocalsElton John


2 Dan Dare (Pilot Of The Future)

BassKenny Passarelli
DrumsRoger Pope
GuitarCaleb Quaye
GuitarDavey Johnstone
ClavinetJames Newton-Howard
Background VocalsAnn Orson
Background VocalsCaleb Quaye
Background VocalsDavey Johnstone
Background VocalsKenny Passarelli
Background VocalsKiki Dee
VocalsElton John


3 Island Girl

BassKenny Passarelli
DrumsRoger Pope
GuitarDavey Johnstone
Acoustic GuitarCaleb Quaye
Electric PianoJames Newton-Howard
MellotronJames Newton-Howard
PercussionRay Cooper
Background VocalsAnn Orson
Background VocalsCaleb Quaye
Background VocalsDavey Johnstone
Background VocalsKenny Passarelli
Background VocalsKiki Dee
VocalsElton John


4 Grow Some Funk Of Your Own

BassKenny Passarelli
DrumsRoger Pope
GuitarCaleb Quaye
GuitarDavey Johnstone
Acoustic GuitarCaleb Quaye
Acoustic GuitarDavey Johnstone
Electric PianoJames Newton-Howard
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
Background VocalsCaleb Quaye
Background VocalsDavey Johnstone
Background VocalsKenny Passarelli
Background VocalsKiki Dee
VocalsElton John


5 I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)

BassKenny Passarelli
DrumsRoger Pope
Guitar (solo)Davey Johnstone
GuitarCaleb Quaye
Acoustic GuitarDavey Johnstone
Acoustic GuitarCaleb Quaye
Electric PianoJames Newton-Howard
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
VibraphoneRay Cooper
PercussionRay Cooper
VocalsElton John


6 Street Kids

BassKenny Passarelli
Guitar (solo)Caleb Quaye
GuitarDavey Johnstone
PercussionRay Cooper
Background VocalsAnn Orson
Background VocalsCaleb Quaye
Background VocalsDavey Johnstone
Background VocalsKenny Passarelli
Background VocalsKiki Dee
VocalsElton John


7 Hard Luck Story

BassKenny Passarelli
DrumsRoger Pope
GuitarCaleb Quaye
GuitarDavey Johnstone
Electric PianoJames Newton-Howard
PercussionRay Cooper
Background VocalsCaleb Quaye
Background VocalsKenny Passarelli
Background VocalsKiki Dee
VocalsElton John


8 Feed Me

BassKenny Passarelli
DrumsRoger Pope
GuitarCaleb Quaye
GuitarDavey Johnstone
Electric PianoJames Newton-Howard
VibraphoneRay Cooper
PercussionRay Cooper
Background VocalsAnn Orson
Background VocalsCaleb Quaye
Background VocalsClive Franks
Background VocalsDavey Johnstone
Background VocalsKiki Dee
VocalsElton John


9 Billy Bones And The White Bird

BassKenny Passarelli
DrumsRoger Pope
GuitarCaleb Quaye
GuitarDavey Johnstone
Electric PianoJames Newton-Howard
PercussionRay Cooper
Background VocalsAnn Orson
Background VocalsKiki Dee
VocalsElton John

Liner Notes

Producer – Gus Dudgeon
Engineer – Jeff Guercio
Engineer (Assistant) – Mark Guercio

Art Direction, Design – David Larkham
Photography By – Terry O’Neill

Distributed By – Pye Records (Sales) Ltd.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – This Record Co. Ltd.
Copyright (c) – This Record Co. Ltd.
Pressed By – Tranco Limited
Printed By – Shorewood Packaging Co. Ltd.
Recorded At – Caribou Ranch
Remixed At – Trident Studios