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Caribou Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

4.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 23 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001DQG
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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

Product Description

The Bitch Is Back kicks off this 1974 #1, followed later on the LP by another classic Elton John hit of the era, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me . Guests: Dusty Springfield, Carl Wilson, Tower of Power and Toni Tenille!

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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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One year after EJ released his two-album set, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", it wasn't long before he was in the studio trying to capture the magic once again. Unfortunately, he fell far short; not that it hurt record sales too much. The album starts out promisingly with the hard-edged and funky "The Bitch is Back." From this point on, the situation gets dicey indeed. "Pinky" is a nice, subtle love song, but perhaps a little too sticky sweet for some. "Grimsby" makes the point about how living in a far-flung, sea-side village is in some ways better than the rolling hills of the country or the gritty city life. "Stinker" is a raunchy blues rocker with great horn work and nice soloing by Davey Johnstone. However, songs like the gibberish-laden "Solar Prestige a Gammon" reach a new nadir; this song probably got Elton more comparisons to Liberace than any other. "I've Seen the Saucers" is interesting, but won't last long in the memory. "You're so Static" is just plain awful, and "Dixie Lily" is an inconsequential song about fishing on the Mississippi. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" redeems the dross quite a lot. The album ends on the downer narrative, "Ticking." I'ts a story that grabs a lot of headlines nowadays: A lone gunmen holds people hostage because he's deranged, and ends up killing a few who try to escape. The story tends to overlap the melody too much, but the frantic piano overdubbing follows the story very well. For instance, when the bullets go flying, the piano notes are played very quickly. It is debatable as to whether the story actually happened, however. There's not too much here that wasn't done before, or more to the point, done BETTER, on other EJ albums. My review might actually be closer to 2-1/2 stars; you really must be in the mood to listen to it.
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Coming hot on the heels of Elton's masterpiece, "GoodBye Yellow Brick Road", "Caribou" was a crushing disappointment to critics and fans alike. Elton had never been one to put out "product" for the sake of satisfying the demands of the record company execs, but that's exactly what this is. There are no golden eggs here, although there are a few rotten ones, namely "You're So Static" and "Solar Prestige A Gammon". "I've Seen The Saucers", "Stinker" and "Ticking" are the exception and each would sound right at home on "GoodBye Yellow Brick Road". Many of the other tracks are filler. Considering the pressure Elton was under and the hectic touring schedule he endured, this sin of an album is understandable but falls well short of the high standards Elton had set for himself with his string of early 70's gems. Sadly it was all downhill from here....
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