Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy [Deluxe Edition]

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy [Deluxe Edition]

by Elton John
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Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy [Deluxe Edition]

Sitting atop the charts in 1975, Elton John and Bernie Taupin recalled their rise to power in Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, their first explicitly conceptual effort since Tumbleweed Connection. It's no coincidence that it's their best album since then, showcasing each at the peak of his power, as John crafts supple, elastic, versatile pop and Taupin's inscrutable wordplay is evocative, even moving. What's best about the record is that it works best of a piece -- although it entered the charts at number one, this only had one huge hit in "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," which sounds even better here, since it tidily fits into the musical and lyrical themes. And although the musical skill on display here is dazzling, as it bounces between country and hard rock within the same song, this is certainly a grower. The album needs time to reveal its treasures, but once it does, it rivals Tumbleweed in terms of sheer consistency and eclipses it in scope, capturing John and Taupin at a pinnacle. They collapsed in hubris and excess not long afterward -- Rock of the Westies, which followed just months later is as scattered as this is focused -- but this remains a testament to the strengths of their creative partnership. [In 2005, Universal Chronicles reissued Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy as an expanded double-disc deluxe edition. All of the bonus tracks from the 1995 reissue ("Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "One Day at a Time," "Philadelphia Freedom") are retained, and the "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" B-side, "House of Cards," is added to the lineup (it's only other CD appearance was on the 1992 comp Rare Masters). The original inserts -- including a poster, a booklet containing the lyrics, and a booklet with memorabilia and a comic strip -- have been replicated in duplicate, plus there are new reflections by John and Taupin and new liners by Paul Gambaccini, but the real attraction is a second disc that contains a previously unreleased concert at Wembley Stadium on June 21, 1975, where John performed the album in its entirety. While this performance isn't all that different from the studio album, it's quite entertaining, particularly because the versions are ever so slightly looser than the finished versions, and some songs, like the title track, take on a stronger country-rock flavor in this stripped-down setting. Again, it's not an essential addition, but anybody who's loved the album will find this live rendition of the entire LP worth his time.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2005
Label: Island
UPC: 0602498317242
catalogNumber: 000535702
Rank: 43071

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elton John   Primary Artist,Piano,Harpsichord,Electric Piano,Vocals,Clavinet,Mellotron,ARP,Arp Strings,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
John Lennon   Guitar
Brenda Russell   Background Vocals,Group Member
Davey Johnstone   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Guitar (Leslie),Group Member
Brian Russell   Background Vocals,Group Member
Kenny Passarelli   Bass,Group Member
Jeff Baxter   Guitar,Steel Guitar,Group Member
Ray Cooper   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Cymbals,Gong,Jew's Harp,Tambourine,Triangle,Bells,Shaker,Jawbone,Handbells,Bell-tree,Group Member
Donny Gerrard   Background Vocals,Group Member
David Hentschel   ARP
Dee Murray   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Nigel Olsson   Drums,Background Vocals
Roger Pope   Drums,Group Member
Caleb Quaye   Guitar,Group Member
Johnnie Walker   Compere
Nigel   Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Elton John   Composer,Liner Notes
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Gene Page   Orchestral Arrangements
Gus Dudgeon   Producer,Remixing,Audio Production
Phil Dunne   Remixing
Paul Gambaccini   Liner Notes
Greg Penny   Producer
Bernie Taupin   Composer,Liner Notes,Art Direction,Graphic Conception
Jeff Guercio   Engineer
Keith Bradley   Management
John Tobler   Liner Notes
Frank Owen   Engineer
Vartan   Art Direction
David Larkham   Art Direction,Graphic Conception
Merck Mercuriadis   Management
Alan Aldridge   Illustrations,Cover Design
Brian Pickering   Engineer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Frank Presland   Management
Harry Willock   Illustrations,Cover Design
Terry O'Neill   Sleeve Photo

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Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
juanchopolo More than 1 year ago
Album cover is a piece of art and "bitter fingers" is amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This really is the perfect CD. All of the songs are beautiful and inspirational. A magical collection of music. Good job Elton.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After 1974's dissappointing release "Caribou", Elton John got his musical career back on track with the autobiographical 1975 release "Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy". Although it became the first album in Billboard chart history ever to go straight to number one, it was Elton's least commercial album. Instead it was a musical autobiographical album based on his writing career with lyricist Bernie Taupin. And the results were astounding. While most people will buy the album for the classic "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", "Bitter Fingers", "Writing", "Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy" and the Victorian "Better Off Dead" are all better songs. "We All Fall In Love Sometimes" is another one of the duo's heartmelting ballads, while "Curtains" is a 6-minute chiller. This is fatastic song. When I first heard "Curtains", it was so scary I felt the air around me grow cold. This the album that you should buy by Elton John
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
After the 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' album it was all down hill for John/Taupin. Captain Fantastic has some key songs on it (and the bonus tracks on this CD make it better than the original) but there is a real loss of quality here in music and lyrics. Although Elton John concerts remained a hot ticket for some time to come, with John/Taupin releasing to many lesser albums far to fast and far to close together, their work (starting in the last half of the seventies) became best suited for greatest hits albums as fans began to avoid all the fluff that turned a great team into just another radio band. Captain Fantastic is not a bad album, it is still worth owning, but it certainly marked the end of the best years for John & Taupin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago