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Elton John - Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)


Elton John - Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)


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Elton John - Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

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Side one

1. "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy"   5:46

2. "Tower of Babel"   4:28

3. "Bitter Fingers"   4:35

4. "Tell Me When the Whistle Blows"   4:20

5. "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"   6:45


Side two

6. "(Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket"   4:01

7. "Better Off Dead"   2:37

8. "Writing"   3:40

9. "We All Fall in Love Sometimes"   4:15

10. "Curtains"   6:15


Total length:   46:32




Elton John Band Members / Musicians

Elton John – lead vocals, acoustic piano (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10), Fender Rhodes (1, 4, 5, 8), clavinet (4, 6), ARP String Ensemble (5), harmony vocals (7, 8), harpsichord (9, 10), mellotron (9, 10)

David Hentschel – ARP synthesizer (9, 10)

Davey Johnstone – acoustic guitar (1, 5-10), electric guitar (1-4, 6, 9, 10), mandolin (1), backing vocals (3, 5-10), Leslie guitar (5), acoustic piano (8)

Dee Murray – bass guitar, backing vocals (3, 5-10)

Nigel Olsson – drums, backing vocals (3, 5-10)

Ray Cooper – shaker (1, 5, 8), congas (1, 3, 4, 9, 10), gong (1), jawbone (1), tambourine (1-6, 9, 10), bells (3, 9, 10), cymbals (5), triangle (7, 8), bongos (8)

Gene Page – orchestral arrangements (4)

Wembley Stadium, 21 June 1975

Elton John – acoustic piano, lead vocals

James Newton Howard – keyboards

Davey Johnstone – electric guitar, backing vocals

Jeff "Skunk" Baxter – electric guitar, steel guitar

Caleb Quaye – electric guitar

Kenny Passarelli – bass guitar

Roger Pope – drums

Ray Cooper – percussion

Donny Gerrard – backing vocals

Brian Russell – backing vocals

Brenda Russell – backing vocals


Producer – Gus Dudgeon

Engineer – Jeff Guercio

Assistant Engineer – Mark Guercio

Remixing – Gus Dudgeon and Phil Dunne

Remastering – Tony Cousins

Digital Transfers – Ricky Graham

Art Direction and Graphic Conception – David Larkham and Bernie Taupin

Cover Design and Illustrations – Alan Aldridge and Harry Willock

Booklet Illustrations – Alan Aldridge and John Hair

Package Design – David Larkham

Inner Sleeve Photography – Terry O'Neill

Booklet Photos – Sam Emerson, David Larkham, Anthony Lowe, Michael Ross and Ian Vaughan.

Liner Notes – John Tobler, Paul Gambaccini (Deluxe Edition)




Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy is the 9th studio album by Elton John. The album is an autobiographical account of the early musical careers of Elton John (Captain Fantastic) and his long-term lyricist Bernie Taupin (the Brown Dirt Cowboy). It was released in May 1975 by MCA in America and DJM in the UK and was an instant commercial success.

The album reached number 1 in its first week of release on the US Billboard 200, the first ever album to do so, reportedly selling 1.4 million copies within 4 days of release, and it stayed in that position in the chart for seven weeks.

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