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Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy (Remastered)

Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy (Remastered)

18 May 1975
4.8 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 18 May 1975
  • Release Date: 31 July 1995
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: ℗ 1975 This Record Company Ltd. © 1995 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:02:22
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  • ASIN: B001KVOLWQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,471 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Like many others here, I think this is one of Elton's best early albums, certainly one of his most cohesive. Apparently, the tracks were pretty much written in the order they appear, and the whole enterprise smacks of care and attention to detail.
I didn't know most of these songs, other than the musically and lyrically wonderful Someone Saved My Life Tonight, the someone being, as we learn in John Tobler's excellent booklet notes {bring a magnifying glass!} Long John Baldry, who is the song's 'sugar bear', and extra track Philadelphia Freedom, which I never used to like much but it's grown on me a lot, especially in such superb remastered sound.
The rest of this fine album is sung and played with such obvious enjoyment ~ Elton's singing at its exhilarating best ~ that I was captivated by it. It's definitely up there with Tumbleweed Connection and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
It's easy to forget that in the early seventies Elton was simply another distinctive singer-songwriter, often well-reviewed, and it wasn't until a few LPs into his career that he became the big star he remains today.
With its kaleidoscopic cover art, and some of Bernie Taupin's most personal lyrics, this is one of the gems in Elton's crown.
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By Peppers #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jun. 2012
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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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Definetly my favourite early Elton album. This is one of six newly re released vinyl albums all remastered by Bob Ludwig on 180gm records.Every song is first class and the remastering brings out considerable sound improvement.However Amazons price has increased by £7 from when it was initially listed and I ordered. Not really justified as if you look at list of market sellers several of them are virtually half the price.
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Arguing the merits of a 1975 album that smashed the top spot in the USA is a mute point (it was the first LP to enter at No. 1 in American chart history). But which version does a punter buy on CD? In 2017 there are four or five variants and it's this I want to address...

Although Elton John's "Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy" cropped up on British CD as early as 1984 (the very first vanguard of issues on the format) - the first decent Remaster is acknowledged as the 'Elton John The Classic Years' version by TONY COUSINS in July 1995. Mercury 528 160-2 (Barcode 731452816023) came armed with a massively expanded booklet, John Tobler liner notes and Three Bonus Tracks.

The UK and Europe 2CD 'Deluxe Edition' then followed as a '30th Anniversary Edition' in September 2005 on Mercury 0602498317242 (Barcode 602498317242). This upgrade offered the thirteen tracks of the 1995 issue in newly Remastered sound and a Previously Unreleased 12-song "Midsummer Music" concert on Disc 2 recorded at Wembley Stadium 21 June 1975. That Deluxe Edition 2-disc variant was itself reissued in Mini LP Repro Artwork on the (superior) SHM-CD format in Japan September 2008 on Universal UICY-93674/5 (Barcode 4988005525833).

But the one I want to concentrate on is the reissue in-between - the 2004 American SACD. Here are the Towers of Babel...

USA released November 2004 - "Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy" by ELTON JOHN on Island Chronicles/Rocket B0003606-36 (Barcode 602498241202) is a 13-track SACD (Super Audio CD) that plays out as follows (62:40 minutes):

1. Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy [Side 1]
2. Tower Of Babel
3. Bitter Fingers
4. Tell Me When The Whistle Blows
5.
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Nobody reading this needs me to tell them what a great album this is. So let me just say that the surround SACD mix is superb. Greg Penny, who made his debut with the 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' SACD and is now halfway through the classic EJ catalogue, has got the new art of 5.1 mixing down to a fine art, subtle, varied, building and clever - but always working towards emphasizing the overall emotion of the tracks. I've waited ages for this particular album to get the treatment, and am delighted that such a good job has been done. The surround mix of 'Honky Chateau' is also incredibly successful, so I'm looking forward now to slowly replacing all of my 70s Elton John albums with these massively superior surround versions. Penny is working from the instruments that were on the original master tapes, so all that has really changed is the spatial arrangement of those instruments - and the increased resolution of the tracks, of course - so it is amazing to hear things that you had never heard in songs you've loved for decades. With so many artists mysteriously hesitating over getting in on the high-res surround sound revolution, I can only thank everyone involved with this Elton John series for getting their fingers out and making it happen.
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