Captain Fantastic CD (1996)

Artist: Elton John

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Label Uni/island
SKU 60405519
UPC 731452816023
UPC 14 00731452816023
Format CD
Release Date 5/14/1996
Author Elton John
Compilation Appearance Monster Music 123755-00 Monster Music® Ray Charles "Genius Loves Company" Music SuperDisc
Associated Artist/Work Boko Suzuki
Associated Artist/Work Cast, Original
Associated Artist/Work Classic Dream Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Dido
Associated Artist/Work Fedd, Jimmy
Associated Artist/Work Gaga, Lady
Associated Artist/Work Jimmy Fedd
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Buddy Holly
Artist Influence David Ackles
Artist Influence Dusty Springfield
Artist Influence Elvis Presley
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Artist Influence Jerry Lee Lewis
Artist Influence Liberace
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Artist Influence Long John Baldry
Artist Influence Manfred Mann (Group)
Artist Influence Neil Sedaka
Artist Influence The Band
Artist Influence The Beach Boys
Artist Influence The Beatles
Artist Influence The Hollies
Artist Influence The Kinks
Artist Influence The Rolling Stones
Artist Contemporary ABBA
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Artist Contemporary James Taylor (Soft Rock)
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Artist Contemporary John Howard (Singer/Songwriter)
Artist Contemporary John Lennon
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Artist Follower Ben Folds
Artist Follower Billy Joel
Artist Follower Bruce Hornsby
Artist Follower Crowded House
Artist Follower Gavin DeGraw
Artist Follower George Michael
Artist Follower Howard Jones
Artist Follower Kate Bush
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Artist Follower Marc Cohn
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Artist Follower Mikey Wax
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Technical Info
Engineer Jeff Guercio; Jeff Guercio
Producer Gus Dudgeon; Greg Penny; Gus Dudgeon
CatalogID 5281602
Lable Name Rocket Group Pty LTD
Released 07/01/1995
Original Release 1975
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 62m : 32s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731452816023
Musical Guests
John Lennon
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Elton John (vocals, strings, piano, electric piano, harpsichord, Clavinet, Mellotron, keyboards, synthesizer, ARP synthesizer); Elton John; John Lennon (guitar); Dee Murray (bass guitar, background vocals); Ray Cooper (congas, bongos, cymbals, Jew's harp, shaker, tambourine, triangle, percussion, bells, hand bells, gong); Davey Johnstone (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, piano, synthesizer, background vocals); David Hentschel (keyboards, synthesizer, ARP synthesizer); Nigel Olsson (drums, background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Greg Penny.
Audio Remasterer: Tony Cousins.
Audio Remixers: Gus Dudgeon; Phil Dunne.
Liner Note Author: John Tobler.
Recording information: Caribou Ranch, CO (06/1974-07/1974).
Ensemble: Elton John.
Illustrators: Harry Willock; Alan Aldridge.
Arranger: Gene Page.
Sitting atop the charts in 1975, Elton John and Bernie Taupin recalled their rise to power in Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, their first explicitly conceptual effort since Tumbleweed Connection. It showcases each at the peak of his power, as John crafts supple, elastic, versatile pop and Taupin's inscrutable wordplay is evocative, even moving. Although the musical skill on display here is dazzling, as it bounces between country and hard rock within the same song, this album needs time to reveal its treasures, but once it does, it captures John and Taupin at a career pinnacle. They collapsed in hubris and excess not long afterward, but this remains a testament to the strengths of their creative partnership. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Artist Overview
With his outrageous costumes and campy theatricality, the man formerly known as Reginald Dwight typified 1970s rock in all its excess, yet evaded fad-dom with an indomitable spirit, genial persona, and simple genius. From his beginnings as a sensitive singer and pianist through his ascent to superstardom, Elton John has enjoyed one of the longest and most successful careers in rock & roll. While a brief breakup with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin left some scars, John rebounded by the end of the '80s, remaining a constant on the pop charts, the definitive voice of musical eulogy with the ever-evolving hit "Candle in the Wind," and a Broadway mover-and-shaker with long-running hits like "The Lion King", "Aida", and "Billy Elliot".
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.134) - Ranked #158 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time"
Disc 1
1 Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy
2 Tower Of Babel
3 Bitter Fingers
4 Tell Me When The Whistle Blows
5 Someone Saved My Life Tonight
6 Meal Ticket, (Gotta Get A)
7 Better Off Dead
8 Writing
9 We All Fall In Love Sometimes
10 Curtains
11 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - (featuring John Lennon)
12 One Day At A Time
13 Philadelphia Freedom

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