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The Captain and The Kid (Non EU Version)

September 19, 2006 | Format: MP3

$5.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 19, 2006
  • Release Date: September 19, 2006
  • Label: Interscope
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 45:58
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  • ASIN: B000VWKLI8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 176 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,255 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By C. Beyer on October 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Having grown up with the radio during Elton John's reign on top of the American charts in the early-to-mid 1970s, I've always had a soft spot for his music, even after moving on musically in college in the 1980s. Especially since I learned to play piano by butchering his songs from this period, and was lucky enough to see him live at his famous Dodger Stadium gig in 1975 (my first rock concert) and in intimate shows like his pre-"Unplugged" tour with Ray Cooper in 1979. His classic albums from Madman through Capt. Fantastic were always within reach in my collection even when I more often listened to the Clash or R.E.M., and despite the lack of radio hits, Captain Fantastic was always my favorite, due to the strength of the highly personal songs and the superb production by the late Gus Dudgeon. I still recall listening to the album while poring over the "scrapbook" included in the packaging in my bedroom in southern California, wondering what a "Bank Giro Credit" and other Britishisms meant, and marvelling at how the flashy showman and his writer started out as a shy musical dreamers composing in his mother's living room.

So it was with some trepidation that I ordered The Captain and the Kid, given that a less-than-stellar outing from the Rocket Man would leave me with the feeling that they were trying to cash in on the old magic with longtime fans like me by releasing something not worthy of the connection to the great original. Like Paul McCartney, Elton is a musical genius who bears the curse of artistic survival and longevity, so that any new material released inevitably pales next to the timeless output of his peak years. Some will no doubt recoil at the McCartney comparison, as Sir Elton has clearly had more shining moments past his prime than has Sir Paul.
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I've been an Elton John fan since 1972 when I was 12 years old. Elton and Bernie were my introduction into the adult music of pop and rock and roll. I won his 1st Greatest Hits album from a local radio station and bought Goodbye Yellow Brick Road shortly thereafter. It was my 1st album. I remember buying Captain Fantastic the day it came out, the record cover seemed to be worth the price of admission alone. The songs on this album had a more unique and intricate structure than his usual pop hits and this soon became a very special and personal album for me. Its been my favorite. I love all of his classic work through Rock of the Westies and even though I followed all of his releases throughout the 80's, he kind of lost me along the way. While it was always a treat to see him perform live, his studio efforts just didn't reach me anymore.

While Songs from the West Coast was a return to form, it hasn't appeared in my CD player for a while. And now Elton and Bernie are releasing a follow up to Captain Fantastic? Why even try to attempt something so challenging? It seems that they are just setting themselves up for a big fall with this one. It would seem an impossible task to follow up that classic and it was certainly impossible to create anything 3 decades after Rock of the Westies that could hold a place in the pantheon of those classic early EJ albums. Yes, what they are trying to do here is totally IMPOSSIBLE!!!

Well ladies and gents, I have news for you. Elton and Bernie have done the impossible. You can read all the details about the songs and music in other reviews, but for this long time EJ and BT fan, a miracle has happened. This album is as tight as Tumbleweed, Honkey Chateau, and even Captain Fantastic.
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I bought the Captain and the Kid last saturday and intially i thought it was a pretty good CD. In the meantime i have listened to it several times and i am noticing that i am finding the whole cd better after each time i hear it. I am fan of 'songs of the west coast'...but that CD has in my opinion a couple of forgetable songs mixedwith some fantastic songs. I don't like peach tree road so much i must say. But this one, the captain and the kid, is in my opinion a very strong candidate to become an Elton Classic. There's not one weak song on the CD and a couple of them (..and the house fell down, captain and the kid) are absolutely brilliant.

For all of you who written an average review on the day they bought this cd i am curious to know if they have changed there opinion as well.... because this one deserves to be listened to several times before writing a review in my opion. I am deeply impressed that Elton after 35 years is still capable of writing such incredible songs. 2 thumbs up!!
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The sound on Elton John's The Captain And The Kid is a definite risk. It could have easily sounded like a lame re-creation. But it actually does sound like classic Elton John! There's a lot of piano, and instead of sounding outdated, it drives along his thoughtful lyrics and strong melodies like it always did. There are also no overdone or obvious hooks - the hooks are there, but they don't overwhelm the music. Elton also sounds very good, though perhaps with a little less range. Overall, this ranks among his better albums, even if not quite up to some of his old stuff.
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