10 Really Strong Songs!
The album that this is a sequel to (lyrically and conceptually), Captain Fantastic And The Brown Cowboy from 1975, is a solid effort to pick up the storyline from the 1975 album. That album told the story of Elton and Bernie’s rise to fame.
The Captain and The Kid explores the subsequent price of it. And while The Captain and The Kid doesn’t have quite the dramatic flare from a production aspect as the 1975 album, it is still a wonderful melodic journey of 10 really strong songs.
Some songs hark back to Elton’s best 1970′s material (the title track, Tinderbox and I Must Have Lost It On The Wind). While the uptempo tracks feature a sort of playfulness not seen in a while (And The House Fell Down and Just Like Noah’s Arc).
Produced by Elton and Matt Still, there’s not a weak link in the bunch.
Captain and the kid is an amazing album. It is one of my favorites.
An appropriate way to end a phenomenal career.
Elton John has finally lost his voice, as demonstrated on "The Captain and the Kid" album, and even more notably on the live bonus tracks. It sounds like he's spitting up words on "The Bridge" and throughout the whole effort its clear that he's lost his range and is struggling just to project. I noticed that also on "Songs From the West Coast" but he seemed to bounce back on "Peachtree Road". He even looks old on the album cover. It's a good thing that this album sums up his career, because it probably should be his last. Elton is well into his 60s now and think about how many songs he's sung over the last 45+ years! As for the album itself, the standout tracks are Postcards from Richard Nixon, Wouldn't Have You Any Other Way (NYC), Tinderbox, And The House Fell Down. The rest of the album is, well... been there, done that. I do like that Bernie is on the FRONT cover this time around. Very appropriate, considering the nature of the album.
What a Story!
Listening to The Captain & The Kid is like listening to a poignant autobiographical book set to mellifluous music. I absolutely love this album (as did most critics) and I can't understand why it wasn't a chart topper. Every fan of Elton (and Bernie) should have this album in their collection and if they don't it can only be because they have not heard it. I think that the marketing of this album was it's only failure. It is a fantastic album with lyrics and music that truly tell an incredible tale of lasting friendship,struggles, wild success, sudden fame, egos and failures and everything in between. Tinderbox and The House Fell Down are standouts as are The Bridge and Postcards from Richard Nixon.
Buy it for the live tracks
FIRST AND FOREMOST: I'm a fan. I love his music (*their* songs). Seen him live numerous times, including in 1976 at Dodger Stadium. Captain Fantastic remains one of my all time favorite records.
THAT SAID: This is not Captain Fantastic. It's a tired, albeit skillful, and unfortunately unsuccessful attempt at recapturing something very special.
THE SONGS: I dunno. I felt embarrassed listening to them. I kept thinking, "Nice try, but big miss ..." Lyrics that should have been visually rich were instead irrelevant or obvious. BT is the master of metaphor, of acute social observation and highly personal yet broadly meaningful emotional songwriting. But it sounded like he phoned this one in. I felt like the music lacked vitality.
ON THE OTHER HAND: The live tracks are pretty much worth the cost of the record. Excellent, heated, committed, musical covers from CF. I've never heard him play those songs live and always wanted to hear them.
Best since "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
Great album. Great title track. My big complaint is song order. The best song on the album is "The Captain and the Kid," which is placed oddly at the end of the album, and next best songs, "Blues Never Fade Away" and "I Must Have Lost It On The Wind" are also towards the end. This album should have been better marketed, as it's Elton's best since "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."
I love how the lyrics in the title track make reference to Elton's past albums. A lot of fun for fans. Thanks Elton and Bernie.
Best sequel I've ever heard
By The Entertainer19627
This album is very, very good. It holds great songs, even by Elton's very high standards. "Tinderbox" is one of Elton's best. "The Bridge" was the hit from here and is also very good. One song that really pops out at me is "Blues Never Fade Away." Other good songs are "Wouldn't Have You Any Other Way", "And the House Fell Down", and "Just Like Noah's Ark."
Not fantastic, just brown dirt
Ever since THE BIG PICTURE, Eltons sales have been slipping along with songwriting ability.
Rarely does he write any upbeat, snappy songs so each album seems dreary and each song sounds the same.
After the awful PEACHTREE ROAD, he went waaay back to recapture some of the magic of CAPT. FANTASTIC...but this, too, is another disaster.
I mean, why use the SAME melody on the title track to this CD as you did on the original? He just speeds things up but it's the same tune, just different lyrics.
The best songs are "Just Like Noah's Ark" (which is a rewrite of "Restless"), "And The House Fell Down" "Old `67" and "I Must Have Lost It" and the title track.
Slim pickings because the rest is just dreary.
Omg Awesoem and Soulfull
Great, Great, Great i love eltons voice how it is right now, a great and unique voice, i just cant wait to hear his upcoming album which is suppose to have snoop dog. my favorite song is Just like noah's ark, download you wont regreat it . peace and love