Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy (studio album) by Elton John

Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy
Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John
Year: 1975
Overall rank: 856th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 359 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1975 (14th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (192nd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (856th)
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Elton John bestography

Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy is ranked 2nd best out of 47 albums by Elton John on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Elton John is Goodbye Yellow Brick Road which is ranked number 237 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 8,477.

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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 83 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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78/100 (from 359 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 4% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.8/100, a mean average of 76.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.3.

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75/100
From 07/28/2020 20:04
This grew on my quick. Rating (79.00)
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90/100
From 03/22/2020 16:20
I'll never forget listening to this album while waiting in line to get tickets for Elton's 1975 Tour Shows in Oakland. They sold out just before I get to the door, but luckily a high school friend got two! Amazing show with Elton at his peak. This album along with Physical Graffiti, Wish You Were Here, One of These Nights and Venus & Mars (Wings) take me right back to my Junior Year of High School here in S.F.

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75/100
From 01/28/2020 01:28
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirty Cowboy has a cool concept. The songs on the album aren't really to be consumed on their own, Only as part of the story. With the exception of Someone Saved My Life Tonight and possibly the title track. I also like the first half a bit more than the second. I'd probably rank at least 3 Elton John albums higher than this one.

Key tracks: Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Bitter Fingers and Tower of Babel.
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Rating:  
85/100
From 05/06/2018 08:25
Mayhaps I only think so highly of this album because of nostalgia. Regardless, I think this is Elton's best, im in love with that title track. But also nearly every other song is jammy and catchy too. yeah this all might just be nostalgic drivel. Oh well, it's all the same to me, I love it.
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80/100
From 02/20/2018 04:02
Contains some great ballads. Someone Saved My Life Tonight is perhaps the best example. Bitter fingers and Better Off Dead are musically more upbeat and the album as a whole is enjoyable. It is my favourite Elton John album.
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85/100
From 07/01/2017 16:35
An autobiographical album telling the story of the early days of the Elton/Bernie partnership. The tracks cover their meeting (the title track), writing to order for other artists (Bitter Fingers) Elton's suicide attempt (Someone Saved My Life Tonight) and various other aspects of their respective experiences/partnership.
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85/100
From 06/21/2017 19:39
Update: definitely works as a whole. Ziggy Stardust grows up.
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From 06/17/2017 18:42
I don't quite get what people see in this album as a whole, but the last two tracks here are John's height as a balladeer, and "Tell Me When the Whistle Blows" is deliciously dark (even Floyd-ish)
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75/100
From 06/17/2016 14:52
A concept album this time. Captain fantastic, only really works as a whole. Individually the songs probably wouldn't work as well on their own, except on the beautiful ballad, someone saved my life tonight. There's nothing bad here, far from it, it's just that to get the most out of the songs they needed to be listened to in one sitting.
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70/100
From 03/06/2015 21:52
I've never been a huge fan of Captn Fantastic. While a huge bounce back from Caribou, it simply doesn't have the high points that mark the "Tumbleweed Connection" through "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" albums. It has grown on me over the years, but ranks (IMHO) below all of those.

Rolling Stone ranked this #158 on their Top 500 Albums list
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Best Albums of 1975
1. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
2. Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan
3. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
4. A Night At The Opera by Queen
5. Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin
6. Another Green World by Brian Eno
7. Horses by Patti Smith
8. Tonight's The Night by Neil Young
9. Fleetwood Mac (1975) by Fleetwood Mac
10. Toys In The Attic by Aerosmith
11. Mothership Connection by Parliament
12. The Hissing Of Summer Lawns by Joni Mitchell
13. The Köln Concert by Keith Jarrett
14. Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John
15. The Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan & The Band
16. Young Americans by David Bowie
17. Sabotage by Black Sabbath
18. Zuma by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
19. Expensive Shit by Fela Kuti & Africa 70
20. Ommadawn by Mike Oldfield
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