And now, we’re listening to her second album purchase this afternoon, the ‘Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy‘ by Elton John.
She is eclectic if anything else.
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‘…my personal favorite album of John’s.
What’s cool really about the album, besides it’s cover being Simply the Tits, is that it works best of a piece, although it entered the charts at #1, this only had one huge hit in ‘Someone Saved My Life Tonight‘, which sounds even better here, since it tidily fits into the musical and lyrical themes.
But, hey, with titles like ‘(Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket‘, ‘Writing’ and ‘Bitter Fingers‘, this was originally intended as a kind of concept album, loosely retracing the early careers and rise to fame of John and Bernie. Instead, it emerges as a clash between its singer’s private and public faces, between the songwriter and the showman. ‘Someone Saved My Life Tonight‘ (allegedly about a failed suicide bid) ranks with John’s most tender confessionals and Taupin’s best lyrics; while ‘We All Fall In Love Sometimes’ is a wry and compassionate admission of unrequited romantic longing. But then, there’s a superfluous reworking of ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds‘ (intended, it seemed, simply to commemorate the singer’s newfound friendship with John Lennon) and the defiantly-upbeat ‘Philadelphia Freedom‘. So which was the real Elton? Tragedienne, or pop tart? Decades later, the answer is still far from clear.
All HRH knows at the moment is that she loves the line:
“I can hound if I need too / Sip your brandy from a crystal shoe…”
Okay, I guess that’s neat.
I just think that the track ‘Curtains‘ is the total shit.
But what really makes this a 100% total record score – especially for her collection – is that it also came with the really cool liner booklet complete with lyrics, amazing comics, band photos, and a whole host of other really cool shit that typically gets lost once the record begins to get passed around.
Great find, kiddo!
Chip off the ‘ol block.