|1. The Bitch Is Back|
|4. Dixie Lily|
|5. Solar Prestige A Gammon|
|6. You're So Static|
|7. I've Seen The Saucers|
|9. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me|
|11. Pinball Wizard|
|12. Sick City|
|13. Cold Highway|
|14. Step Into Christmas|
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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".Read more ›