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Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy [Import]

Elton JohnAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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(Hollywood CA) JUNE 24, 2013 - Capitol Records is proud to announce the release of Elton John’s The Diving Board, the artist’s first solo studio album in seven years, on Tuesday, September 24. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album features 12 new songs written by Elton and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as three piano interludes composed by the artist.

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  • Audio CD (February 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B00AG0D6J6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,955 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surround to Please November 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
One of the best SACDs so far. Clean Crisp and Bold. Good separation on the surround mix by Greg Penny, even thought the back speakers seem to over power some of the later selections at times. Very little oversaturation. Perfect Vocals. This confirms analog recording techniques were reaching their peak back in 1975. This is one to show off your system over and over and over again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Fantastic shines again ! ! ! June 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Regarded by many of Elton's ardent fans as a masterpiece,alongside his absolute classic "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road","Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy" is a journey all on it's own.The album is biographical with all of the songs detailing Elton and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin's struggle during the early days of their career.
Containing the hit single "Someone Saved My Life Tonight",and the classic closing track "We All Fall in Love Sometimes/Curtains",this album is a must for anyone serious about the music of Elton John who may also want to know a little of the story behind the success.
Now on to the SACD re-mix/re-issue.
What a fantastic job Greg Penny has done remixing the album into 5.1 for SACD.Anyone who owns Elton's back catalogue may do well to start replacing the 1995 remastered issues with the far superior SACD sound.This edition also has the bonus tracks included on the 1995 re-issue making it even more value for your money.
Buy it now before it's deleted!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome December 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe there aren't more people listening to SACD! If you are an SACD listener get the word out to your friends so this technology will succeed. I am blown away how a recording this old can sound light years ahead of anything you will hear these days. Whether you are new or old to SACD, you won't regret getting this one. Prior to this one, Yellow Brick Road and Roxy Music's Avalon were my favorites. This one has to be the cleanest sounding SACD I have heard to date. It's ashamed you can't find this stuff in the stores. Thank you Amazon!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Words Cannot describe HOW good this Sounds November 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Just received this & IT is amazing, the dynamic's of the 5 channel sound is just Mind blowing for an album of this age. Grab a copy, Get a SACD player & Listen to "Better Off Dead" at Full Volume, then go forward and listen to elton's version of "Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds" just as demo's. But the whole series of these 5 SACD releases of the Old Elton Catalogue is well worth buying. A M A Z I N G. I thought the SACD / DVD-Audio of Goodbye yellow Brick Road was good - These just set a new Standard.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton John and Bernie Taupin at the Top of Their Game September 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
In 1975, I could hardly wait to acquire Elton's new album, one of hundreds of thousands of people who bought the album as soon as it was available in record stores. I placed the record on the player, sure that I was going to hear another "Yellow Brick Road." Then I was puzzled. What kind of music was this? It was not simple pop with catchy tunes. It was, well, complicated; and sophisticated. It was also Elton's first concept album, and it took me a while to realize that this album was the story of Elton and Bernie's rise to fame in what appeared to be a relatively short period of time, but which actually took from 1966 to occur.

As I said, this music is very complicated, sophisticated, and beautiful. There are some faster songs, but some of Elton's most carefully crafted music is here as well. The album begins with the title tune, a rock song with a bit of country flavor that represents the flamboyant heart of Elton, and the quieter, western-loving style of Bernie Taupin. The song alternates between a style reminiscent of "Madman Across the Water" to a style that was more fully realized in "Rock of the Westies."

In "The Tower of Babel" and "Bitter Fingers" the dynamic duo lament the difficulties of getting into the entertainment industry. The first song is about the difficulty of entry, the second is about being a stable hack for a record company, churning out songs by the basketful to make ends meet, never seeming to work fast enough or to earn enough. "Bitter Fingers" has a beautiful piano entry, which extends into the song. Elton at his performing best.

"Tell Me When the Whistle Blows" can play on several levels, depending on which part of the song.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album November 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy is the most personal album Elton John has ever recorded. A concept album, it conveys stories from the lives of Mr. John and his co-writer Bernie Taupin. The title track opens the album with an old west sound that tells of Captain Fantastic (Mr. John) and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (Mr. Taupin) and their search for fame. It is a great track. "Bitter Fingers" tells of the struggles of writing a hit song when your world is falling down around you. "(Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket" is a ripper about a starving artist while "Better Off Dead" deals with Mr. John's dark thoughts. "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" also deals with his suicidal thoughts and is actually based on a real life event in which Mr. John tried to kill himself by sticking his head in a lit oven. The song still managed to become a top ten hit despite its somber subject matter. "Curtains" closed the original album and it is an operatic, stirring finale to a brilliant album. The bonus tracks are three classics including his number one hit, reggae flavored version of The Beatles "Lucy In The Diamonds" which features Dr. Winston O'Boogie on guitar. Dr. O'Boogie is of course John Lennon who became good friends with Mr. John and also collaborated on the achingly beautiful "One Day At A Time". The album closes with another number one hit, the powerful, catchy and rolling "Philadelphia Freedom" which was written as a tribute another friend, Billie Jean King, named after her tennis team. Mr. John was so popular at this time that Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy became his sixth consecutive number one album and the first album ever to debut at number one on the Billboard album charts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sony Super Audio Multichannelled 5.1 hybrid copy/ none on this earth...
This is an OK album by Elton John, not his best or loaded with hits like most his others in his career. What's really strange about remastering stereo albums into 5. Read more
Published 1 month ago by boc_spectre
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillent surround
Fantastic album made just that much better in high res surround. True to the original mix the 5.1 mixes enhance rather than dominate.
Published 2 months ago by Paul caldwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Hybrid SACD - DSD, Super Audio CD - DSD
Really good audio as should be expected from a SACD. Not my favorite in terms of audio quality but definitely not disappointing at all, and for the selling price (under $20) it is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Deep Thought
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Unfortunately the record came in poorer condition than expected and skips a lot. I'm now trying to find one in good listening condition. It's arrived on time though.
Published 3 months ago by Tasha Lyn Layton
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton in surround cant be beat
Put this off for along time just cause it isn't my favorite.I own all the other Eltons on Sacd except Cariboo,which is also my least favorite. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert Fratella
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Fantastic
Classic vintage album by Elton John, never tire listening to it. Vinly has a way of really bringing out exactly what the artist had intended.
Published 8 months ago by Bobbie W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good recording and well written
Well recorded and good writing. Bought the remastered CD and it's very clean with great separation. All of Elton Johns remastered CD's are great sounding.
Published 8 months ago by Paul G. Shapard
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Fantastic SACD.
The SACD surround audio was fantastic. It was neat hearing various instruments come from different speakers around the room. Highly recommend. Will buy other SACD's. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Richard Napier
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton John is superb.
One of the albums of 1975 that we listened tro constantly. Thgis album propelled him into sheer super-star status. Read more
Published 14 months ago by tonydrummerboy54
4.0 out of 5 stars Bright But Fantastic!
Just got this SACD and it is now my 5th EJ SACD. Although the remastering is a tad bright and despite the fact they've raised the overall volume and thus reduced the dynamic... Read more
Published 15 months ago by pmckee
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