Empty Sky
Elton John
Released 6 June 1969 (UK)
13 January 1975 (US)
Recorded December 1968 – April 1969 at Dick James Music Studios, London
Length 41:00
Label DJM (UK)
Produced by Steve Brown
Empty Sky is the debut album of British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1969. It was finally released in the United States in 1975, with a different cover photograph, well after Elton's fame had been established internationally. Elton plays every Keyboard instrument in the studio. Unfortunately, it would be the last time until Too Low For zero until he'd do it again.

While the instrumental accompaniment in Empty Sky could be classified as mildly psychedelic rock, Elton's flair for pop melody is obvious even at this early stage. [1] Elton adds to the unique sound of the album by playing harpsichord on several tracks, including "Skyline Pigeon", which Elton has described as being "the first song Bernie and I ever got excited about."

Track listingEdit

All songs by Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Side oneEdit

  1. "Empty Sky" – 8:29
  2. "Val-Hala" – 4:12
  3. "Western Ford Gateway" – 3:15
  4. "Hymn 2000" – 4:29

Side twoEdit

  1. "Lady What's Tomorrow" – 3:09
  2. "Sails" – 3:45
  3. "The Scaffold" – 3:18
  4. "Skyline Pigeon" – 3:37
  5. "Gulliver/Hay-Chewed/Reprise" – 6:59

Bonus tracks (1990 Polygram and MCA reissue)Edit

  1. "Lady Samantha" – 3:02
  2. "All Across the Havens" – 2:52
  3. "It's Me That You Need" – 4:04
  4. "Just Like Strange Rain" – 3:44

A remaster of the album, released in 1995, erroneously lists "Hay-Chewed" as "It's Hay Chewed".



  • Producer: Steve Brown
  • Engineer: Frank Owen
  • Tape operator: Clive Franks
  • Liner notes: Gus Dudgeon

Elton closely collaborated on the songwriting, an innovative approach at the time when Beatlemania was just winding down. He later recalled that he was "unsure what style he was going to be... [maybe what] Leonard Cohen sounds like."[1]


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1975 Pop Albums 6

References Edit

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