Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy is the ninth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1975. It debuted at number 1 on the U.S. Pop Albums chart, the first ever to do so, and stayed there for seven weeks. It has gone on to be certified as triple platinum. On the UK Albums Chart, it peaked at number 2.
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight", the only single released from the album (and a number 4 hit on the U.S. Pop Singles chart), is a semi-autobiographical story about John's disastrous engagement to Linda Woodrow, and his related 1969 suicide attempt. The "Someone" refers to Long John Baldry, who convinced him to break off the engagement rather than ruin his music career for an unhappy marriage. It was generally viewed as the best track on the album; Rolling Stone writer Jon Landau said, "As long as Elton John can bring forth one performance per album on the order of 'Someone Saved My Life Tonight', the chance remains that he will become something more than the great entertainer he already is and go on to make a lasting contribution to rock.
The 2006 album "The Captain & The Kid" is the sequel, and continues the autobiography where "Captain Fantastic" leaves off.
Both "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and "Philadelphia Freedom" were originally released as non-album singles, but years later both songs, along with "Lucy"'s B-Side, the John Lennon-penned "One Day at a Time", were included as bonus tracks on the remastered Captain Fantastic CD reissue.
A deluxe 30th Anniversary edition CD was released September 2005, containing the complete album and the bonus tracks included on prior reissues and adding the "House of Cards", "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"'s B-Side, which had previously only appeared on CD on the 1992 Rare Masters collection. Also included is a second disc containing the complete album performed live at Wembley in 1975.
In September 2005, Elton John and his band again performed the entire album (minus "Tower Of Babel" and "Writing") in a series of sold-out concerts in Boston, New York City and the tour's final stop, Atlanta, in October. These "Captain Fantastic Concerts" were a part of the Peachtree Road Tour and were the longest concerts in Elton's career, lasting nearly three and a half hours. The songs from Captain Fantastic were aired by Capital Gold Radio in a broadcast taken from the September 16, 2005 performance in Boston.
|"House of Cards"||Someone Saved My Life Tonight 7" (US/UK)|
|1975||UK Album Chart||2|
|1975||US Billboard Pop Albums||1|
|1975||Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart||1|
|1975||Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds||UK Singles Chart||10|
|1975||Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds||US Billboard Pop Singles||1|
|1975||Philadelphia Freedom||UK Singles Chart||12|
|1975||Philadelphia Freedom||US Billboard Black Singles||32|
|1975||Philadelphia Freedom||US Billboard Pop Singles||1|
|1975||Someone Saved My Life Tonight||UK Singles Chart||22|
|1975||Someone Saved My Life Tonight||Pop Singles||4|