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The Captain and the Kid are John and Bernie Taupin, his longtime songwriting partner. The music, a choir-enhanced swerve through genres including pop, rock, blues, folk, and country with signature piano riffs thrown in nearly everywhere, chronicles their splintery relationship. Innocence and hope ("Postcards from Richard Nixon") give way to success and joy ("Just Like Noah's Ark"), which eventually leads to discontent ("Tinderbox") and disaster ("And the House Fell Down"). A shot at redemption ("The Bridge") later finds the Captain; reflection ("Old 67") and a joyous reunion (the title track) follow.
Theirs is ultimately a simple story, but John and Taupin suffuse it with hypnotic sentimentality--along with the narrative, echoes of past hits wander into several classic-sounding tracks. "Tiny Dancer" darts through the cracked-voice beauty of "Blues Never Fade Away" and "The Bridge," for example, while "Wouldn't HaveYou Any Other Way (NYC)" works in hints at both "Candle in the Wind" and "Where to Now St. Peter." Other songs shake loose less likely influences ("I Must Have Lost it on the Wind" sounds like something off a vintage Linda Ronstadt album), but all are compellingly steeped in context; if you don't get the late-disc reference to fine silk suits and six-inch heels, you'll wish you did. --Tammy La Gorce
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I dearly love it. I missed it when it came out and one day I was in CVS, they were playing the bridge and I just had to have that CD. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Frankie Lane Roberts
This is not a critical review, you will have to look for the so called music expert or audiophile for that. Read morePublished 8 months ago by G. W. Meador
2006’s “The Captain and the Kid” is a spiritual sequel to 1975’s “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy,” Elton’s classic record detailing his and Bernie Taupin’s early years... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Anthony Nasti
”The Captain & the Kid” was first released in 2006 and it is Elton John's 29th studio album. It is his second autobiographical album with lyricist Bernie Taupin, and it more or... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Morten Vindberg
Like other of Elton's post-2000 releases, this is more back to basics, perhaps even more so than Songs from the West Coast, and it suits him fine. Read morePublished 17 months ago by dfu
It's hard to find a bigger Elton John fan than myself (and I've looked, most of my life). ;) I love this album. I love the stories, depicted in the lyrics... Read morePublished 23 months ago by McDanTam
classic elton & at a great price. I recommend this album to everyone who enjoys good music at a great pricePublished on December 23, 2012 by apollo
I'm a huge fan of Sir Elton John and I check out this album just for that reason.....It totally rocks!!!!!Published on December 9, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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|WHY ARE "RIVER THAMES" AND "12" NOT INCLUDED ON THE ALBUM?||
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The mystery of '12'...
Many of you who have bought a copy of The Captain and the Kid and have pored over the lyrics book are wondering about the additional two sets of lyrics, Across The River Thames and 12. Across The River Thames was recorded... Read More
Sep 21, 2006 by Mary A. Gawenda | See all 10 posts
I got the 'delux' version in Europe. The CD is great. The DVD is only OK. Its an interview with Bernie & Elton, and nothing you won't read about over the next while.
Oct 12, 2006 by tenaka | See all 4 posts
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I just read a review of this album in Time magazine. They sound very positive about the album. I think everyone is wondering why it has taken Elton so long to find the sound he had in the 70s.
Sep 12, 2006 by Lonnie E. Holder | See all 8 posts
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You can go on towerrecords.com and listen to a 30 second sample of all the songs.
Oct 10, 2006 by M. Klemt | See all 2 posts
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Judging from what I've heard so far, I think you're going to be most pleased with this cd. Both "Tinderbox" and "The Captain and the Kid" have been stuck in my head for the past few days; It's been awhile since Elton's written melodies so irresitable.
Sep 12, 2006 by Pianoman | See all 4 posts
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