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Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy Original recording remastered
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|6. (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket|
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|9. We All Fall In Love Sometimes|
|11. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds|
|12. One Day At A Time|
|13. Philadelphia Freedom|
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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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!
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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That's not the one I wanted. The original vinyl I had in the 70's included Yellow Brick Road, Benny & the Jets, Philadelphia Freedom, etc. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cet album devait être ré-édité en SACD! Superbe canevas sonore!Published on July 12 2014 by Pierre Léger
This is one of my favourite for bouncy, happy music.....Some soft songs as well. It has a good variety, and Elton John is superb.Published on Jan. 17 2014 by flomac
Most folks who order this will already know the music off of the album so I won't go into that...
The warning I will give however is that this is one of the early SACD... Read more