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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 CD (18 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B000H80LC2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6. Blues Never Fade Away
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10. Captain And The Kid

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Elton John, well known at this stage in his career for his flamboyance, has taken a back to basics approach on his 44th album The Captain and the Kid. With his long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin, Elton has re-approached his classic 1975 album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (the first album ever to debut at Number 1 on the Billboard chart). That album was an autobiographical document of two starving artists getting started in the music business, and their ambitions for the future. More than 30 years later, The Captain and the Kid tells a very different story, but it's no less personal or ambitious. Think of it as a sequel: where Captain Fantastic... was full of youthful optimism and big dreams, The Captain and the Kid catches up with those two characters to find that their dreams have come true in a big way, and the route that was taken to get there. It's therefore a more mature album, but not a more modern-sounding one, something that's very much to its credit. John and Taupin are a masterful songwriting duo, and they rely on the basics that brought them continued success: Elton's piano and voice at centre stage, delivering Taupin's lyrics (in fact, on "Blues Never Fade Away" and the heartfelt "The Bridge", it's nearly two minutes before any other instruments are heard). The Captain and the Kid is a rare and remarkable feat for a musician; it showcases Elton John at the height of his fame, not attempting to recapture his youth, but reexamining his career. It's an intelligent and thoughtful album, and Elton John's finest in many years. --Ted Kord

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DJ Control on 9 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
I can't believe no one has put fingers to keyboard yet and written a review for this amazing album,specifically the Deluxe Edition. It comes with a bonus DVD doco and a web-link on the CD to download exclusive tracks online that are not on the album but one of which appears in the lyric book. I highly recommend the Deluxe edition to the standard edition for those two reasons. One of the download tracks "Across The River Thames" is awesome,and part of the Captain and the Kid Story. (post note:Unfortunately the download link is no longer active)

Elton toured Australia in late 2006 on the back of this album and had a good deal to say about it getting no airplay or promotion. Indeed he performed a block of the album's songs (5 or 6 of them if my memory serves me),in the middle of the show preceded by "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" from the original Captain Fantastic. He spoke of the fondness he and Bernie share for that album (as do a lot of his fans) and the reasons for doing a follow up to that autobiographical masterpiece. If you buy the Deluxe edition of the album,it's all explained on the bonus DVD interview. After the show I could hear a number of disgruntled patrons complaining about too much new music and the volume of all things (and I thought I was getting old!). But as Elton said in his monologue before the "Captain and the Kid" block of songs,and I quote,"If we don't play them,how else are you gonna hear them". So he must have known there would be a few out there who only want to hear Candle..,Your Song and Crocodile Rock etc.

But,I digress,just to point out that I think this album slipped under a lot of his fans radar. And for the life of me,I don't know why. It is possibly,in my opinion the best record he's done for quite some time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Slowdive1967 on 1 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD
Have to agree with the previous reviews.

I'm not much of a fan of Elton's recent work, and much prefer his 70s highlights i.e. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Captain Fantastic.

But the 1st listen of this album was a total surprise. I've played it a lot since release and it gets better and better on each listen.

This album fits snuggly with the best work of his career and is quite brilliant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew J. Hitchcock on 21 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
It is said that Beatles fan Jeff Lynne produced ELO to sound like the Fab Four. How ironic then that when he got to produce the remaining Beatles in 1996, they ended up sounding like ELO!

The new Elton John album has the same circular referencing going on: here we have a man who has clearly been heavily influenced by Elton John - the only difference between him and Jeff Lynne - is that he actually IS Elton John. So while not quite going so far as to suggest the `new' Elton John is a tribute act to himself, there is a certain DNA that links the early period Reg (1969-1976) with his now, revered, `third period'.

This is, of course to dismiss the intervening 25 years twixt 1976's `Blue Moves' and his 2001 classic `Songs From The West Coast' which most pedigree Elton fans are keen to do. Let's face it - Elton's most creative period was hammocked between Empty Sky and Blue Moves via Tumbleweed Connection, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Captain Fantastic. His post '76 alcohol and drug fuelled ramblings minus Bernie Taupin (for much of the time) along with the anchors of his musical success (namely Davey Johnstone, the late Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson) don't make a great deal of sense to us dyed-in-the-wool Elton aficionados.

However after 25 years knocking about in ramblin' alley, he returned with a stormer - the best track of which `The Boy With The Red Shoes' - was built from the genome of "Madman Across The Water": a brilliant song, instrumentally perfect and lyrically absorbing.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Brian on 6 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
This new album from Elton John is receiving excellent reviews. Billboard, Q and Mojo have all rated it highly, and Q have rightly stated that the album is Elton's best in 30 years.

'The Captain and The Kid' is the sequel to 1975's 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy', which has long been recognised as one of Elton's finest moments. That album told the story of Elton and his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, from their first meeting in 1967 until their arrival in the US in 1970. It was the first album ever to enter the Billboard Chart at Number One, and saw Elton reaching the absolute peak of his popularity, especially in the US.

This album picks up where the first left off, from their arrival in the US, and in only ten tracks brings us up to date with the amazing careers that they both have enjoyed. The lyrics on this album are among the most captivating and inspiring of Taupin's career, and they have certainly inspired Elton to compose some beautiful melodies. Elton's fans are raving about the album, and among the favourite tracks are "Tinderbox", "Blues Never Fade Away", "The Captain and the Kid" and "I Must Have Lost It On The Wind".

Witness and participate in the continuing resurgence in artistic excellence which Elton is enjoying. This album is a treat, and a must have.
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