Song Of The Day: Elton John – “Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy” (1975)

On this day in 1975 Elton John released the album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, topping off one of the most prolific and successful 5-year runs in Rock history. And although this album didn’t reach the heights of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton himself considered it to be the pinnacle of his early career, with both the songwriting and the band’s performance reaching what he felt was their highest level yet. Elton and Bernie were so successful by this point that they rightly believed it was time to make an album about themselves and start building their own mythology. The album only yielded the one big hit “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”, but it still holds together beautifully, starting with this great opening track.


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