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The Captain & the Kid

The Captain & the Kid
Studio album by
Released18 September 2006
RecordedSpring 2006
StudioCenter Staging, Atlanta
GenreRock
Length45:59
Label
Producer
  • Elton John
  • Matt Still
Elton John chronology
Peachtree Road
(2004)
The Captain & the Kid
(2006)
Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits
(2007)

The Captain & the Kid is the twenty-eighth studio album by English musician Elton John, released in 2006. It is his second autobiographical album with lyricist Bernie Taupin, picking up where Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975) left off. The Captain & the Kid chronicles the events in their lives over the intervening three decades.

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic69/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[3]
The Independent[4]
Los Angeles Times[5]
PopMatters4/10[6]
Rolling Stone[7]
This Is London[8]

The Captain & the Kid reached No. 6 in the UK, a considerable improvement over the performance of John's preceding Peachtree Road in 2004, which peaked at No. 21. Captain reached No. 18 in the US, before quickly falling off the charts. At concerts in early 2007, John made clear his dissatisfaction with Interscope Records' promotion of the album, having threatened to terminate his contract with the label and because of that, John did not release a solo album until 2013's The Diving Board.

Background

According to Bernie Taupin, Elton John's manager at the time, Merck Mercuriadis, suggested in 2005 that John and Taupin write a follow-up to Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy.[9]

Interscope Records announced that there would be no physical single released from this album as the emphasis is on presenting the album as a body of work, making the album his third after Tumbleweed Connection and Leather Jackets to lack any Top 40 singles in the UK (as John, during that time, still hit the Top 40 in the US Adult Contemporary chart).[10][11]

However, a radio single would be released in "The Bridge". The album's booklet has photos of John and Taupin all throughout their career, and in the lyrics section, two songs are included, "Across the River Thames" and "12", which do not appear on the album. "Across the River Thames" was available as a free download to anyone who played the CD on a computer. The song "And the House Fell Down" is based (metaphorically) on the story The Three Little Pigs.[12] This is the first album recorded by John and Taupin to show them together on the front cover.

It was also the last studio album to feature Guy Babylon on keyboards; he died in 2009. This was also Bob Birch's last appearance on any of John's solo studio albums before his own death in August 2012 (Birch last appeared on the Gnomeo and Juliet soundtrack).

Track listing

All tracks are written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Postcards from Richard Nixon"5:15
2."Just Like Noah's Ark"5:33
3."Wouldn't Have You Any Other Way (NYC)"4:38
4."Tinderbox"4:25
5."And the House Fell Down"4:48
Side two
No.TitleLength
6."Blues Never Fade Away"4:45
7."The Bridge"3:38
8."I Must Have Lost It on the Wind"3:53
9."Old '67"4:01
10."The Captain and the Kid"5:03
Total length:45:59
UK bonus track and download
No.TitleLength
11."Across the River Thames"4:31
Total length:50:30

Other bonus tracks

Song Availability
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight" (live) Best Buy (CD included download link)/iTunes
"We All Fall in Love Sometimes/Curtains" (live) Best Buy (CD included download link)
"Tell Me When the Whistle Blows" (live) iTunes
"(Gotta Get a) Meal Ticket" (live) iTunes
"Better Off Dead" (live) iTunes

Personnel

Producer Matt Still noted during an interview that in "Just Like Noah's Ark", John's black and white spaniel dog Arthur "barked in the middle of [the recording], because John Mahon was playing a cowbell, and the cowbell freaked him out. So he ran over to John and started barking at him right in the middle of a take. It's funny, just randomly he happened to hit the beats and he barked in time. So I recorded it and we actually kept him in there."

The sampled "woof-bells" can be heard in place of the cowbell on the track.

Production

  • Produced by Elton John and Matt Still
  • Recorded and Mixed by Matt Still
  • Recording Assistant – Tom Rickert
  • Mix Assistant – Dan Porter
  • Recorded at Center Stage (Atlanta, GA)
  • Mixed at Townhouse Studios (London, England)
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering (Portland, ME)
  • Studio Coordinator – Adrian Collee
  • Drum Technician – Chris Sobchack
  • Guitar Technician – Rick Salazar
  • Piano Tuner – Andy Williams
  • Director of Ops – Bob Halley
  • Cover Photography – Ryan McGinley
  • Art Direction and Design – David Costa
  • Management – Keith Bradley, Mark Mercuriadis and Frank Presland

Charts

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 37
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[16] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[17] 99
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[18] 26
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[19] 43
French Albums (SNEP)[20] 56
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[21] 25
Italian Albums (FIMI)[22] 21
Japanese Albums Chart[23] 100
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[24] 10
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[25] 52
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[26] 27
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[27] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[28] 6
US Billboard 200[29] 18
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[30] 14
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[31] 7

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] Silver 60,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References

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  3. ^ Willman, Chris (19 September 2006). "EW review: Elton's best album in decades". CNN. Retrieved 4 September 2023. CNN is quoting several reviews from Entertainment Weekly.
  4. ^ Going out?. "Album: Elton John – Reviews, Music – The Independent". Enjoyment.Independent.co.uk. Archived from the original on 8 August 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  5. ^ Nichols, Natalie (18 September 2006). "Elton John pauses for a glance back". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  6. ^ O'Neil, Tim (6 October 2006). "Elton John: The Captain & the Kid < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Rolling Stone Music | Album Reviews". Rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
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  11. ^ "Elton John Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  12. ^ "And the House Fell Down". Songfacts. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Wild Things: 11 Pets That Influenced Rock and Pop". On Rolling Stone. 2 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Album Liner Notes". On albumlinernotes.com. 2006.
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  30. ^ "Elton John Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 12 March 2023.
  31. ^ "Elton John Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 12 March 2023.
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