Wednesday 11pm: Feature LP: Elton John – Songs from The West Coast (2001)

Songs from the West Coast is the twenty-sixth studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John, released worldwide on October 1,  2001. Many critics have said that this album brought him back to his piano-based musical roots.

Elton once again collaborated with long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin. Drummer Nigel Olsson returns to the band full-time. Tata Vega makes an early appearance as a backup vocalist and joined the EJ band later. This album marks the first time John and Taupin wrote together in person. From the album, “I Want Love” was a single and a Grammy nominated song, and “This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore” and “Original Sin” also became hits. None of the songs from this album hit the Billboard Hot 100, which froze John’s record of 31 years with at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100 (30 with at least one in the top 40). George Strait tied that record on the Country charts in 2011. Stevie Wonder, who previously worked with John for the songs “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” and “That’s What Friends Are For”, played harmonica and clavinet on “Dark Diamond”.

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” – 4:28
“Dark Diamond” – 4:26
“Look Ma, No Hands” – 4:22
“American Triangle” – 4:49
“Original Sin” – 4:49
“Birds” – 3:51
“I Want Love” – 4:35
“The Wasteland” – 4:21
“Ballad of the Boy in the Red Shoes” – 4:52
“Love Her Like Me” – 3:58
“Mansfield” – 4:56
“This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore” – 4:39
“Your Song” (with Alessandro Safina) – 4:21
“Teardrops” (with Lulu) – 4:46
“The North Star” – 5:32
“Original Sin” (Junior’s Earth mix) (Edit) – 3:55
“Your Song” (with Alessandro Safina) (Almighty mix) (Edit) – 4:31

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