UK, 1969, pop rock / piano rock / singer-songwriter
Elton John – Empty Sky: This one barely makes it into my collection. The harmonica-laced title track is so unlike later Elton that I cannot help but love its bluesy indulgence, but what saves this album for me is “Skyline Pigeon”. I simply cannot live without this beautiful song. This album was a UK-only release and not released in the States until after Elton had established his international fame. I really dig the harpsichord playing on several of the tracks here. Elton calls his debut naive, mostly because he thought at the time that it was better than it turned out to actually be, but I find it all a charming walk down his artistic memory lane.