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The Captain and The Kid [Enhanced]

Elton John Audio CD
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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 (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Postcards From Richard Nixon
2. Just Like Noah's Ark
3. Wouldn't Have You Any Other Way (NYC)
4. Tinderbox
5. And The House Fell Down
6. Blues Never Fade Away
7. Bridge
8. I Must Have Lost It On The Wind
9. Old 67
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Fantastic Rides Again! 9 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe no-one has put fingers to keyboard yet for this amazing album.The Deluxe edition of this album comes with a bonus DVD doco and a weblink 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),right 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 this 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.Indeed!

But,I digress,just to point out that I think this album really did slip under the radar.It was released in Australia with no fuss whereas we got a tour edition of albums prior to this one.It is probably the best thing he's done for quite some time.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Best Album in 30 Years" 6 Sep 2006
By Brian
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff!! 29 Sep 2006
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Prior to "the Captain & The Kid", the last album of Elton's that I bought on its release date was "Rock of the Westies" back in the mid-70s. That, of course, was the follow up to the brilliant "Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy", which remains one of my all-time favourite albums. Well, I am pleased to say that "The Captain & The Kid" is significantly better than "Rock of the Westies" (not one of Elton`s finer moments)!!

By his own admission, since "Songs From the West Coast", Elton is now producing the sort of music that both he and Bernie Taupin really want to create, rather than be influenced and pushed around by all and sundry. To my ears, that means that the piano sound is not only more prominent in the mix but is also more varied than during other phases of his career, with lots of pure-gem jazzy runs often adorning the arrangements. Elton's solo live appearances have always been showcases for demonstrating his own brilliant talent and the most recent albums, despite being recorded with the band, give the piano the prominence that puts one in mind of those solo performances. Whilst his vocals can nowadays sound somewhat strained in concert, he must have looked after his chords well prior to this recording and he puts in a perfect vocal performance.

2001's "Songs From the West Coast" was a marvellous album which was not quite matched by the follow-up "Peach Tree Rd." but this current album is once again excellent. It hasn't yet displaced "Captain Fantastic..." in my affections but it is getting closer on every listen!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Old Elton Music
A refreshing collection of music in the older style of Elton from his most productive years. Well worth it for us.
Published 1 month ago by DANDV
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong and mature album!
Incredibly strong and mature album. In addition to love lyrics, always occupies one of the most important places in the writings of Elton and Taupin here, in particular, are the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Artiom Dotsenko
3.0 out of 5 stars dissapointed
I bought this again as I had lost my copy somewhere in the move from the UK to Spain, I need not have bothered really as it is a little disappointing when compared to Captain... Read more
Published 17 months ago by john hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars elton john
this was my daughters favourite cd , till my grandaughter got hold of it , this replacement made her day
Published 19 months ago by Denise Mills
1.0 out of 5 stars Not like in the 1970'es
I was totally disappointed when I heard this album. Fortunately I never bought this, but heard it from the library. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2010 by Peter Thomsen
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely album
Musically this CD sometimes takes you back to the era it suggests and is simply fabulous, lyrically it is probably perfect and emotionally it is a joy. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2010 by Rap Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
I've followed, but not bought, all EJ's albums over the years from my purchase of Honky Chateau when I was 13 over 35 years ago. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2009 by J. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars the captain and the kid
Elton John and Bernie Taupin have surpassed all expectations with this CD a follow up of Captain Fantastic, they have gone back to there earlier roots and its refreshing to hear... Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2009 by Mr. Mk Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars This really is his best since Yellow brick road
I can't believe this album didn't sell too well. It is, put simply, fantastic. A lot has been said about Elton being famous for being famous, but this shows and reminds us as to... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2008 by James Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars We heard Richard Nixon say, I gotta go, but you can stay
It's absolutely the best recent Elton studio album. All tracks are great to listening to. And on July 8, 2008, the man himself gave me his autograph on my Special Edition-Captain &... Read more
Published on 12 July 2008 by Marcel Zuercher
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