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Caribou Original recording remastered, Extra tracks


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 28 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001DQG
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Bitch Is Back
2. Pinky
3. Grimsby
4. Dixie Lily
5. Solar Prestige A Gammon
6. You're So Static
7. I've Seen The Saucers
8. Stinker
9. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
10. Ticking
11. Pinball Wizard
12. Sick City
13. Cold Highway
14. Step Into Christmas


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By Claude Couillard on Feb. 23 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
very good cd and lot of good songs on it it rememberes me a lot of good souvenirs about it
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This was the first EJ item I bought as a teen. I had enjoyed the radio play of Dont let the sun go down on me and The bitch is back. Other songs that I found that I thought were good were Ive seen the saucers and ticking. The worst track is Solar prestige a Gammon. Dumb. The others are enjoyable but not great. I went on to find the other albums and would agree with another reviewer that this is a weak album in comparison to Goodbye Yellow brick road, Captain Fantastic and some of the others but overall it was still an enjoyable 45 minutes of music.
I dont have the remastered version but the addition of Lucy in the sky and Philadelphia Freedom would make this a decent buy
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By A Customer on April 28 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was 12 the Summer Caribou was released. So memories of holding hands with girls in Bible school may make me less than objective concerning this recording. I was also a huge Elton fan.
That being said, this is a must have for anyone who likes pop music. The tunes are tuneful, the horns are soulful, and the harmonies are dead on. "Deepcuts" like Grimsby, and Stinker always make me smile with the first note.
The liner notes are also very informative and explain why Caribou broke new ground for EJ, Bernie, and the boys.
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After the mammoth classic that was 1973's GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD, Elton John & his lyricist Bernie Taupin had to have felt a bit drained creatively after having put their whole talents into that album. In today's music industry, an artist would be allowed to lay low afterwards to regain the energy. But with Elton's two-albums-a-year contract back in the mid-1970s, a follow-up was needed, even if the duo had little to offer this time around. Because of these conditions, 1974's CARIBOU is often given a cold shoulder in Elton's long career. True, it's not the all-out bomb it's often thought to be, but it certainly is no blockbuster either.
CARIBOU had been written & recorded in the small space of about a month in order to be released ahead of a large world tour, and the album has more than a few hallmarks of it being a rushed affair. Had Elton & Bernie been given more time to record this album, chances are the songs included would either have been worked on further or discarded altogether. But with what we've got, analysis is still necessary.
First off, the sour grapes. "Grimsby" has been long considered a joke recording that in retrospect is quite distasteful. I wouldn't go that far, but it certainly is several steps down from Elton & Bernie's best.
"Solar Prestige A Gammon" was said to be written in response to critics' overanalyzation of the duo's music, so its meaninglessness is perhaps intentional. But while Paul McCartney managed to make a classic out of roasting his naysayers ("Silly Love Songs"), Elton & Bernie don't make their riposte go down as well.
"I've Seen The Saucers" is about UFO sightings, which nevertheless just shows how Elton & Bernie were stretching for material to complete the album.
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This album would rank well down in my list of favourites that I have put up. But I stil really like it. It reminded me of Reg Strikes back and [dare I say it] Victim of love when I first heard it because it had the same goofy charm of those albums. They are lovable silly albums that often come off as a lot of fun. Unpopularly, after 'Stinker' and 'I've seen the saucers' my favourite song would be 'Solar prestige A Gammon', it's so goofy you have to smile as soon as you hear Elton's fake Italian voice. Don't let the sun go down on me is quite a dramatic ballad. Also along with '21 AT 33', 'Ice on fire' and perhaps 'Don't shoot me ...' it is a jazz attempt, with a lot of brass. Though it is more in the vein of brass rock. I thought 'Pinky' was very beautiful and of-course 'Grimsby' I thought was cool. I know that word can mean anything but the way the guitar sounds, the tune, the lyrics ... 'Ticking' is a clever, dark piece and shows Taupin way ahead of his time, predicting the down-sides of obsession with a Religion. I think this song proves him a genius. And of-course, 'The B is back' rocks, so this deserves 5 stars.
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By J. Miles on Oct. 23 2003
Format: Audio CD
Everbody who didn't buy this, missed out on the song Ticking. I wrote this review, because Amazon doesn't give you the chance to sample Ticking, and that is the song that pushes this album over into the "Buy" category. In that song, a desperate young man goes crazy with a gun and eventually gets shot by the police. A great song, as relevant today was when it was written.
What I have come to appreciate about Elton over the years is the variety of his catalog. Breaking up, getting back together, teenage angst, furry woodland creatures, sex, violence, rock & roll, Elton has it all covered.
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This album suffered from a number of problems, the biggest one of which is that when you keep releasing album after album that pushes the edge, what are you going to follow up with? While many people were disappointed with this album because some of the songs are relatively lightweight, the core music here is solid, and there are a couple of gems. Furthermore, this album was one of the few Elton did that was nominated for album of the year.
Included in this re-release are four bonus songs, which I'll include in my review.
The songs that are the least serious and closest to being throwaway songs are "Pinky", "Grimsby", and "Solar Prestige a Gammon". Though there are chords that will seem familiar when compared to the music from "Captain Fantastic", these songs are not in the same league.
"You're so Static" and "Bitch is Back" are fast-moving songs in the vein of "Saturday Night's Alright for Fightin'" and "Your Sister Can't Dance" from "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". I have to throw "Pinball Wizard" in this group because it is a fast rocker too, even though it stands out because it was originally a Who song, performed by Elton in the movie "Tommy".
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" is an Elton John standard, beautiful lyrics and music, every bit as good as anything Elton's ever done.
There are two songs on here that I find personally satisfying, though neither is really pop. I'm not sure where they fit, actually. The first is "I've Seen the Saucers". The subject is just what the title says; it's a slow mellow song about visitors from another planet. I love science fiction, I love the song. It's one of the rare songs with a science fiction flavor that is done well and at least semi-seriously, versus silly songs like "Purple People Eater".
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