Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
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||Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy||Elton John||5:46||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Tower of Babel||Elton John||4:28||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bitter Fingers||Elton John||4:34||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Tell Me When the Whistle Blows||Elton John||4:20||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Someone Saved My Life Tonight||Elton John||6:45||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||(Gotta Get a) Meal Ticket||Elton John||4:01||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Better Off Dead||Elton John||2:37||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Writing||Elton John||3:40||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||We All Fall In Love Sometimes||Elton John||4:12||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Curtains||Elton John||6:27||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds||Elton John||6:18||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||One Day At a Time||Elton John||3:49||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Philadelphia Freedom||Elton John||5:21||£0.99||View In iTunes|
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.
Fantastic is the word
Formative album during my A level years and still brilliant after all these years. Hope the whistle never blows for Elton and Bernie.
Born: 25 March 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s