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Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (May 3 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001EGA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy
2. Tower Of Babel
3. Bitter Fingers
4. Tell Me When The Whistle Blows
5. Someone Saved My Life Tonight
6. (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket
7. Better Off Dead
8. Writing
9. We All Fall In Love Sometimes
10. Curtains
11. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
12. One Day At A Time
13. Philadelphia Freedom

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Another ambitious concept LP, another John/Taupin masterpiece, another #1. Along with the smash Someone Saved My Life Tonight and the rest of the 1975 LP, this CD adds three bonus cuts including the #1s Philadelphia Freedom and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds !


With titles like "(Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket", "Writing" and "Bitter Fingers" ("Oh, could you knock a line or two together for a friend? /Sentimental, tear-inducing, with a happy end"), this was originally intended as a kind of concept album, loosely retracing the early careers and rise to fame of John and lyricist Bernie Taupin. Instead, it emerges as a clash between its singer's private and public faces, between the songwriter and the showman. "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" (allegedly about a failed suicide bid) ranks with John's most tender confessionals and Taupin's best lyrics; while "We All Fall In Love Sometimes" is a wry and compassionate admission of unrequited romantic longing. But then, there's a superfluous reworking of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" (intended, it seemed, simply to commemorate the singer's newfound friendship with John Lennon) and the defiantly-upbeat "Philadelphia Freedom." So which was the real Elton? Tragedienne, or pop tart? Decades later, the answer is still far from clear. --Andrew McGuire

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I love this CD, I have the first version. I'd heard this 'remastered' or Special Edition CD at a friend's home and ordered it right away. I could hear things I never heard on the original CD. Unfortunately, I never did receive the order and asked for a refund. I have had trouble like this lately
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By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9 2013
Format: Audio CD
This (along with the Beatle's Rock n Roll music) was the first record I bought with my own money. Mid to late 70's in the basement of a department store. This record may not have catchy singles like other records but it has a song cycle that only Yellow Brick Road could top. This is literally a set of songs about the careers of Elton and Bernie up to that point. Even Elton's depression and suicide attempt. Musically it takes from English pubs to stadiums. There is not o e bad song on this record. "Curtains" will give you goose bumps.so will "we all fall in love sometimes". If you like Billy Joel, Randy Newman you might like this record. I am not a huge fan of either but still love it.
Now which versions to buy. You have the regular edition with some bonus tracks. You have the 5.1 SACD which also had the same bonus tracks (please remember you need a 5.1 SACD player and 5.1 system to play it. However it will play back in CD stereo. Lastly there is the deluxe edition. It contains all the tracks the other ones have plus a full live CD of this album being performed at Wembely Stadium. Ot the best show but cool to have.
If you have the SACD equipment it's a no brainer. If you don't get the deluxe version. It's more expensive but it has over twice the running time!
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Format: Audio CD
I could hardly wait in 1975 to acquire Elton's new album, one of the hundreds of thousands of people who bought the album as soon as it was available in record stores. I placed the record on the player, sure that I was going to hear another "Yellow Brick Road." Then I was puzzled. What kind of music was this? It was not simple pop with catchy tunes. It was, well, complicated, and sophisticated. It was also Elton's first concept album, and it took me a while to realize that this album was the story of Elton and Bernie's rise to fame, in what appeared to be a relatively short period of time, but which actually took from 1966 to occur.
As I said, this music is very complicated, sophisticated, and beautiful. There are some faster songs, but some of Elton's most carefully crafted music is here as well. The album begins with the title tune, a rock song with a bit of country flavor that represents the flamboyant heart of Elton, and the quieter, western-loving style of Bernie Taupin. The song alternates between a style reminiscent of "Madman Across the Water" to a style that was more fully realized in "Rock of the Westies."
In "The Tower of Babel" and "Bitter Fingers" the dynamic duo lament the difficulties of getting into the entertainment industry. The first song is about the difficulty of entry, the second is about being a stable hack for a record company, churning out songs by the basketful to make ends meet, never seeming to work fast enough or to earn enough. "Bitter Fingers" has a beautiful piano entry, which extends into the song. Elton at his performing best.
"Tell Me When the Whistle Blows" can play on several levels, depending on which part of the song.
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Format: Audio CD
This album is Elton and Bernie's first attempt at a biographial concept of who they are and how they got there. The work is amazing. The songs are sculpted beautifully, with even richer vocals and orchestrations than those on Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. This is absolutely Elton at his vocalistic best, evey song is a gem of wit and powerful emotion. And is there a better EJ song than "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", sugar bear? I think not! An absolute must for any true fan of Reg and Bernie.
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If Elton John's career ever mirrored a baseball game, you could easily surmise that, just like in baseball when the bases are loaded and you need a hit, Elton not only delivered but knocked it out of the ball park with this release. It was 1975 and the incredible songwriting team of Elton John and Bernie Taupin was gradually reaching new heights with each release.
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy is their finest album in all ways: production, melody, vocally and the best performance by his then band. In addition, these are likey to be the best lyrics Bernie Taupin ever penned. He is writing in the first person narrative for a change on all the songs. And, finally, Elton is singing lyrics that he can relate to because all of the songs are about the era when he and Bernie first met and stardom hadn't arrived (1967-1969).
The title track simply tells the story of their partnership: "Captain Fantastic, raised and regimented, hardly a hero, just someone his mother might know". How fitting a description for young Elton - shy, unassuming, average. While later on Elton sings: "Brown Dirt Cowboy, still green and growing...hand in hand went music and rhyme, the captain and the kid, stepping in the ring, from here on Sonny, it's a long and lonely climb." The melody starts with a country flare that rocks out during the chorus...a incredible arrangement that balances rock (Elton) with country (Taupin).
Tower of Babel hints at their first glimpse of the music business: "where were all your shoulders when we cried?" Taupin laments. "Bitter Fingers" tells the tale of the doing the club circuit as a struggling band.
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