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Elton John
Captain Fantastic, Madman Across The Water, and Honky Chateau (Island/Universal/Universal Chronicles)

By: Alex Steininger

Universal's Chronicles series has given the hybrid SACD treatment to three of Elton John's most memorable records: Captain Fantastic, Madman Across the Water, and Honky Chateau.

All three are now available in the hybrid multi-channel super audio format known as "SACD". Which means the CDs are now available in 5.1 surround sound and can be played on standard CD players, super audio CD players, and super audio multi-channel systems, the latter offering up truly superior sound to experience these songs in all their glory.

Never before have Elton John's sounded so crisp, clear, precise, and pristine.

"Someone Saved My Life Tonight", "We All Fall in Love Sometimes", and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", off of Captain Fantastic. "Tiny Dancer" and the title track off of Madman Across the Water. And "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to be A Long, Long Time), "Honky Cat", and "I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself" from Honky Chateau sound better than ever. Some of Elton John's most memorable moments, now available in high-quality surround sound.

Better than that, the liner notes give insight into the making - and what was going on behind the scenes - of each record. Helping you to even further connect with these timeless classics.

The SACD quality truly brings out a lot of nuances to Elton John's songs here. Already treasures, Captain Fantastic, Madman Across the Water, and Honky Chateau are re-lived, with new life breathed into them. Obviously geared towards audiophiles (who most definitely own top-notch vinyl players and have been enjoying these classics in their purity for years), and hardcore Elton John fans, these SACDs don't disappoint. I'll give them each an A.

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