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Elton John goes back to 1975 with 2006 release

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The Captain and the Kid

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For his 29th studio album, Elton John went back to 1975-The Captain and the Kid (not to be confused with the Jimmy Buffett song) is his second autobiographical album, picking up right where Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy left off (telling the story of the characters during those 30 years). This is the first album to have both John and Bernie Taupin on the cover, including pictures of both of them in the linear notes. Although John was not happy with Interscope’s promotion of the record (as evidenced by his 2007 concert outbursts), the album hit #6 in the UK and #18 in the US. Let’s take a closer look at the record.
It starts off with “Postcards from Richard Nixon,” including an excellent 45-second piano introduction. The song has a country feel and shows John’s and Taupin’s arrival in the US. Clearly inspired by the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar,” “Just Like Noah’s Ark” has similar subject matter but definitely kicks the tempo up-it’s one of John’s catchiest upbeat numbers he’s released in a long time. A love letter to NYC is “Wouldn’t Have You Any Other Way,” which features gorgeous melodies and vocal. There’s definitely a sense that this song could be used as post-9/11 survival material. Showing John’s fall from the limelight is “Tinderbox” which could’ve easily been a hit single.
Elton shows off his funk piano style in “…And The House Fell Down” which also shows off his rapping during the bridge. Yes, you read that right. John changes direction completely with the emotionally powerful “Blues Never Fade Away.” He references John Lennon and Ryan White, telling the sad fact about losing friends. The lead single from the album is “The Bridge”, which literally serves as a bridge to the last three songs on the record about John and Taupin’s life. It’s honestly surprising that this one was chosen as the lead.
While “I Must Have Lost It On the Wind” and “Old ‘67” could easily have appeared on the classic album Honky Chateau, it’s the final track “The Captain and the Kid” that lifts the introduction from the original title track and using it as the closer. Die-hard fans will love the perfect bookend to the 1975 classic.

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