Elton John – Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975/1996) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Elton John – Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975/1996)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:02:25 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | @ Island Def Jam

Listed in Rolling Stone’s “500 greatest albums of all time,” Elton John’s ninth studio album includes the monster hit “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” debuted at #1 on the U.S. Pop Albums chart and is certified triple platinum. This audiophile re-release includes three songs not on the original release, including a cover of The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and the single “Philadelphia Freedom,” both which hit #1 on the US Billboard Pop Singles chart.

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’s no coincidence that it’s their best album since then, showcasing each at the peak of his power, as John crafts supple, elastic, versatile pop and Taupin’s inscrutable wordplay is evocative, even moving. What’s best about the record is that it works best of a piece — although it entered the charts at number one, 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. And although the musical skill on display here is dazzling, as it bounces between country and hard rock within the same song, this is certainly a grower. The album needs time to reveal its treasures, but once it does, it rivals Tumbleweed in terms of sheer consistency and eclipses it in scope, capturing John and Taupin at a pinnacle. They collapsed in hubris and excess not long afterward — Rock of the Westies, which followed just months later is as scattered as this is focused — but this remains a testament to the strengths of their creative partnership.

01. Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy (00:05:45)
02. Tower Of Babel (00:04:28)
03. Bitter Fingers (00:04:34)
04. Tell Me When The Whistle Blows (00:04:21)
05. Someone Saved My Life Tonight (00:06:45)
06. (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket (00:04:01)
07. Better Off Dead (00:02:37)
08. Writing (00:03:40)
09. We All Fall In Love Sometimes (00:04:16)
10. Curtains (00:06:23)
11. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (00:06:18)
12. One Day At A Time (00:03:50)
13. Philadelphia Freedom (00:05:25)