Rock of the Westies

Rock of the Westies is the tenth studio album by English musician Elton John, released on 4 October 1975. The title is a spoonerism play on the phrase "West of the Rockies", the album having been recorded at Caribou Ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.[6]

Rock of the Westies
Studio album by
Released4 October 1975[1]
RecordedJune–July 1975
StudioCaribou Ranch, Nederland, Colorado; remixed at Trident, London
Genre
Length43:39
LabelMCA (US), DJM (UK)
ProducerGus Dudgeon
Elton John chronology
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
(1975)
Rock of the Westies
(1975)
Here and There
(1976)
Singles from Rock of the Westies
  1. "Island Girl"
    Released: 29 September 1975
  2. "Grow Some Funk of Your Own"/"I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)"
    Released: 12 January 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[3]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[4]
Rolling Stone(not rated)[5]

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.[7]