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Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (Deluxe Edition)

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This sharply honed and impeccably catchy concept album casts Elton John as Captain Fantastic and lyricist Bernie Taupin as the Brown Dirt Cowboy in a semi-autobiographical version of the pair’s struggling early days. The 1975 LP shows off Elton’s stylistic leaps too—beautiful, languid ballads like “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” and “Curtains” mix with baroque, ivory-tickled poppers “Bitter Fingers” and “Better Off Dead.” Then Elton and the band rock hard on “(Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket,” and offer up a randy slice of Philly-styled soul on “Tell Me When the Whistle Blows.”

Customer Reviews

Interesting Listening

Captain Fantastic is an incredible blend of meaningful musical styles and heartfelt lyrics that puts it in the upper tier of rock albums. The deluxe package inclusion of album's first live perforance makes for an interesting comparison with the stuido version. While you might miss Nigel Olsson and Dee Murray, and have every right to, the curiousity of hearing the "new" band interpret the material more agressively is worth the purchase if you are any sort of music fan, not just of Elton John.

A True Classic Is Born Again

The first time I heard this album was in 1975 and was completely blown away by it. Throughout the years I would say that I've owned at least five different versions of it and now I can say that this is the best version yet. It's not the studio version that does it for me, but the live version of Captain Fantastic. I've seen Elton John live quite a few times, but this is him at his best. His voice is so much better than it is in later years. If you've ever been curious why Elton's been around so long just listen to the album.

Captain Fantastic

Despite the heavy airplay of someone saved my life tonight and Philadelphia freedom, I missed a lot of this album in the 70's. I have recently "discovered" it, and this is a great pop album! Elton John gives a primer on how to make an album full of great songs and melodies that certrainly stand the test of time!


Born: March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Elton John was the biggest pop star of the '70s, grabbing headlines and generating hits throughout the world. As it turned out, this was merely the first act in a remarkable career that kept him at the top of the charts for over 25 years. He charted a Top 40 hit single every year between 1970 and 1996, a sign that he knew how to both change with the times and mold the times to fit him. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers...
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