#712 Elton John – Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Cowboy

This is classic Elton. Mid-Seventies, full of bravado and bombast yet graced with enough humility and empathy to genuinely move the listener. It’s a concept album of sorts, an autobiographical storytelling in song of the rags to riches rise of John and Taupin as songsmiths extraordinaire. By 1975 he had released nine studio albums, a … Continue reading #712 Elton John – Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Cowboy

#662 The Earl Hines Trio – Fatha

This is another of my grandfather’s cheap jazz LPs; a 1983 reissue of a 1964 recording. I knew nothing about Earl Hines before listening to it, and I know slightly less than nothing now, but I do like his delightfully light, yet complex and melodic piano playing. Here he performs with his Trio, that perfect … Continue reading #662 The Earl Hines Trio – Fatha

#678 Billy Joel – Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II

I’ve never quite understood why Billy Joel is often too readily dismissed as an artist, or considered a poor second to Elton John. Perhaps this is just a British thing, and he’s as revered as much as the Grand Dame herself in his native USA. He may have had a more sober taste in stage … Continue reading #678 Billy Joel – Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II