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Captain Fantastic Rides Again!,
This review is from: The Captain and the Kid(Deluxe Edition) (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 (post note:Unfortunately the download link is no longer active)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. It leaves Peachtree Road and Songs From The West Coast for dead. I dare anyone to listen to some of these tracks such as "The Bridge and "Blues Never Fade Away" and once you know the story behind the song,be genuinely moved. The lines in "Blues..." that refer to Gianni Versace are so emotive and heartfelt. And the obvious reference in "The Bridge" to the demons in all our lives are some of the best words Taupin has EVER written!
If you are an Elton fan and have not bought this album (shame on you,add it to your cart this instant) you won't be disappointed. Breathtakingly Beautiful.
"We Been Living In A Tinderbox,Two Sparks'll Set The Whole Thing Off..."