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Captain Fantastic & Elton John [CASSETTE] [Import]

Elton John Audio Cassette
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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A former student of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, the man born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in 1947 left school and immediately began his path in the music industry. His first band, Bluesology, was formed in 1961. He would later take his stage name from the Bluesology saxophonist Elton Dean and their charismatic frontman, Long John Baldry. Elton John was introduced to Bernie Taupin ... Read more in Amazon's Elton John Store

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  • Audio Cassette (17 Oct 1990)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B00000EN74
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton's Best Album 15 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
To me this is Elton's best album. It represents everything good in Elton John music: chock full of memorable lyrics and tunes you find yourself singing long after they're done.
You get some of Elton's greatest hits ("Someone Saved My Life Tonight," "Philadelpia Freedom," and his cover of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds") along with lesser known masterpieces ("Curtains," "Tower of Babel," and "We All Fall in Love Sometimes"). All in all, the album as a whole is nothing short of fantastic. I'm able to put it on and listen to it straight through without having to hit the advance button.
"Curtains" is probably my favorite song on the album: "I used to know this old scarecrow, he was my song, my joy and sorrow..." You also get the added bonus of three singles that weren't on the original album: "Philadelphia Freedom," "One Day at a Time," and "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds."
I was digging through my old albums and found I had the original album. The detailed artwork is amazing. There also was a lyric booklet as well as a Captain Fantasic poster. While I like CD's, you tend to miss out on this sort of stuff due to size constraints. It's really pretty cool.
If I were to limit myself to only one Elton John album that I felt was representative of his career, this is the album I'd get.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fatastic Indeed!!! 6 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
I am only 14 years old and I am not embarassed to say that elton john is without doubt my favourite artist of all time. Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy epitomises the career of man who in my eyes is a not only a national treasure but a god of pop/rock. The album chronicles the relationship and early work of John/Taupin partnership a partnership that has spanned more decades than Lennon/McCartney and one whom pop music should be glad it can call its own. Elton said of Captain Fantastic, 'It is one of the best' and I beg to differ, sorry Elton it is the best. The classic piano-rock ballad that is 'Someone saved My life to Night',the moody, 'When the Whistle Blows' and the echanting subtly and maturity of both verse and harmony portrayed in 'Tower of Babel' (My favourite track on the album and possibly of them all) gives a reality of felling to the album. It is in no way contrived despite being recorded in chronological order in a studio and it's pure instintive heart-warming lyrics and classic catchy tunes make this Captain Fantastic masterpiece fantastic indeed!!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Masterpiece 15 May 2005
By Paul
Format:Audio CD
Having been a big Elton fan for as long as I can remember ( I grew up listening to Elton courtsey of my oldest brother who bought each album as it came out ), this is by far my favourite from an exceptional catalogue. I was 10 when this came out, but was instantly smitten from the first time I heard this.
Every song on this album is an absolute gem from the opening guitar riff of the title track right through to the repeated vocals of Curtains. Thirty years later, still, whenever I put the CD on I just HAVE to listen to the whole thing - the remarkable tunes and lyrics just make you want to shut everything else out and listen - and not stop listening until it's finished!
Both Elton and Bernie Taupin were at the height or their powers on this album - Elton's ability to match the music to the lyrics was never better showcased than here. Maybe it's because they were both writing about their path to fame and glory. Whatever, never has a record been so personal, yet so accessible to the wider audience.
In my opinion, they never bettered this album.They have come very close several times ( most noticably on "2 low 4 Zero" , " The One" and "Songs From The West Coast" ), but they have yet to conquer these dizzying heights again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive EJ album 2 Jun 2012
By Paul Madge #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I just love this album - first released in 1975 it showcases Elton John and Bernie Taupins's mastery of lyrics brilliantly. It also demonstrates EJ's ability to inject real atmosphere and imagery into his singing. The most famous track from this album is probably the single "Someone Saved My life Tonight" - the "someone" is thought to be a reference to Long John Baldry who persuaded EJ against a potentially unhappy marriage that may have undermined his music career. Everything about this album is perfect, including the sleeve graphics, and, although, the tempos vary every track is solid gold. Buy it, transport yourself back in time to 1975 and bathe in the waters of nostalgia.

In my humble opinion, probably one of the best albums ever made, and, in my view, certainly the best EJ album of all time. Recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who says Elton's not a timeless attraction?! 24 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Elton John has never failed to impress me, and, as usual, this album lives up to his high standards. As a school pupil I usually get endless abuse about being a fan of Elton John, but with 'Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy' the perception of my peers has altered; after I lent them this album they appreciated the true talent that Elton possesses! Particular favourites of mine and those highlighted by my mates are 'Someone Saved My Life Tonight' and 'Lucy in the sky with Diamonds'. Although these are the better known of the tracks on the album they thoroughly deserve the recognition they've received. This album takes you on a roller-coaster journey through the emotions of triumphs and tribulations and is definately worth buying, no matter what age you are! A timeless classic!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it is fantastic!
The best Elton album! I never though yellow brick road would be beaten, but he did it!
It's an autobiography of how he got started and it filled me with tears when it came out... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jackarmy1071
4.0 out of 5 stars Capt Fantastic?
CD was in good condition arrived in time and was priced well. Although not one of his best albums I have enjoyed listening to the song and bringing back memories.
Published 1 month ago by Hookplate64
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite
One of my favourite Elton albums. I'm a huge fan and can count on one hand all the album tracks I would choose not to listen to out of all his releases!
Published 1 month ago by poppy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great iconic album
I bought this album to replace the one I had,as I had worn it out! great cd to use in the car or at home where you can really listen to the genius that is Elton John and Bernie... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. L. Down
5.0 out of 5 stars An album for the serious listener
After Goodbye yellow brick road, the album had to be different but unique.
Bernie Taupins lyrics describe, set the scene, and tell the story. brilliant!
Published 3 months ago by Stephen Blackwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Captain Inconsistent.
It am reviewing this from the point if view of A younger EJ fan. This album is older that me! It dose contain come of Elton's best work. Read more
Published 4 months ago by H.E.Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Elton
I have always loved this as an LP and it was just time to get the CD too- totally brilliant.
Published 4 months ago by Tiny clanger
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album
I had this Album when it first came out back in the seventies, on cassette format for the car.
It got lost ,or was just over played and gave up, so I had to replace it... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. I. R. Hurford
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Fantastic cd
There are certain albums that kind of follow you down the years, and this is one of them. You don't play it for years then you hear one of the tracks on the radio and away you go... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Richard Heath
4.0 out of 5 stars good cd
Early Elton at his best. Looking to back up with yellow brick road to complete the ensemble. Best tracks are - someone saved my life and lucy in the sky.
Published 5 months ago by Andy Brown
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