Best Music of my generation 70's
Elton John's Caribou album was part of my life growing up. I will never forget Elton and Bernie.
By JSW Abides
Overall it's not a very noteworthy effort! The exception of the song 'Ticking' whicxh is a profound piece of song writing brilliant in itself and supported perfectly with Elton's piano work!!
Did he take pinball wizard from the who
Probably Elton's most underrated album.
By R.A.G. oldies fan
I know that most people will say that this album is a flop after Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, but that is only for three ridiculous reasons 1. This album is not the instant ear candy that GYBR was. 2. He could never have successfully followed an album like GYBR. 3. This album was recorded in only 10 days, so the material is not as focused. In my opinion, this album is just as good as Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, but in its own distinct way. While GYBR was the epitome of a catchy, polished, commercial sounding record, Caribou represents the rawer side of Elton and Bernie's songwriting. There are also some very overlooked songs on here like Pinky, Grimsby, Dixie Lily, I've Seen the Saucers, Stinker, and especially Ticking, which may well be the most forgotten gem of Elton's 70s catalog. I know I am in the minority, but this. along with everything Elton released until the 80s is just awesome, classic stuff!!
My very first album!
I got this one back when I was 10 years old back in '74 and just discovering rock music. I still have that old vinyl LP. This started a love affair with well written songs. Bernie Taupin is one of the best lyricists ever! I used to listen to Ticking over and over. I could do without song number 5, just because it's weird but, I'm sure some folks love it. This is a great album. Buy it!!
Well, another album of genius, Elton really gives amazing music, some highlights are ticking, solar prestige a gammon don't let the sun go down on me, and pinball wizard.
Love classic Elton but, overall, this album is weak. Stick with self titled, Madman, Yellow Brick Road or Tumbleweed.
Say what you want about Elton John...nobody writes a pop tune like he and Bernie. Catchy fast paced rockers and ballads, you know you know every word of every song, and listening to this again takes you back to the good old days of 1974.
Still a great album
As other reviews have noted this was not Elton's best album but it was hard to top his previous album Yellow Brick Road. There are many great songs on Caribou, a few good ones and a few you should skip right over (Pinky... Grimsby... top that list). Still all in all this is Elton at the height of his fame and it jumps you right back to the mid 70's and worth being in any collection.
Still one of the best
Elton John is my all time favorite singer. This album isn't a good as Goodbye Yellow Brick Road or Captain Fantastic, but it is still a really good album. The much maligned "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" is one of his classics and "Ticking" is simply one of the best songs ever recorded (in my humble opinion). The piano work on "Ticking" is awesome and the lyrics are equally terrific.
There are very few artists who can match his talent.