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Revisited

by Cowboys International

New wave robotic rhythms, echoed synthesizer and the metallic resonance of aquarium guitars, all wrapped up in a glittery but edgy pop package
Genre: Pop: New Wave
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1. Fixation
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4:10 album only
2. Many Times (revised)
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2:58 album only
3. M(emorie)62
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3:51 album only
4. Thrash
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3:38 album only
5. Aftermath (radio Mix)
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2:17 album only
6. Part of Steel
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3:26 album only
7. Wish
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4:29 album only
8. Future Noise
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3:01 album only
9. Hands
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3:17 album only
10. Here Comes a Saturday
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3:23 album only
11. Today
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3:48 album only
12. Original Sin
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3:48 album only
13. Lonely Boy
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3:30 album only
14. Millions
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2:38 album only
15. Nothing Doing
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3:05 album only
16. Too Much Too Little
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3:35 album only
17. Pointy Shoes
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Trying to pick high points on Cowboys International Revisited is a rather futile task, as there are really no lapses on the album. Still, some tracks serve better than others to exemplify the tenor and flavor of Lockie's songwriting and arrangements. Examples include "Hands," a beautiful, anthemic torch song built upon crisply textured synthesizer figures laced with the occasional crashing guitar chord; "Lonely Boy," a hook-laden rocker that gives prominence to Rick Jacks' distinctive "aquarium" guitar; and "Pointy Shoes," a cacophonous blast of punk-pop that finds Lockie wailing away on harmonica as guitarist/keyboardist Evan Charles, bassist Jimmy Hughes, and drummer Terry Chimes create a backdrop of thrilling, rhythmic precision.

Elsewhere, Lockie anticipates the coming New Romantic movement in ways that, in retrospect, are uncanny. On the sax-and-keyboard fueled "Future Noise," for instance, he unfurls the sort of glam/disco synthesis soon to be employed by Martin Fry's ABC, while the sprightly orchestrated "Today, Today" sparkles with a pop brilliance that the skinny-tie crowd often tried to capture, but rarely achieved. And throughout, Lockie sings with warm, genuine yearning, giving voice to "angst" a full decade before that term became a catchword.

Listening to Cowboys International today, I can't help thinking back to something that happened a few years ago, long before I managed to track down Lockie and tell him how much I admired his work. Specifically, as part of a poll, I was asked by a prominent rock publication to name the out-of-print album I would most like to see made available on CD. This reissue more than fulfills the wish I specified back then. I hope it brings similar pleasures to you.
--Russell Hall


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Daniel McCready


This album is the balls to hear again. Not only do I get to hear it again but I get to hear it on cd baby. Oh yah. Music is good again.

Max Murdoc

Original LP plus some singles.....Brilliant
I wasn't aware that I also got the singles that were released around the same time as the album. How great is that?

Dave Phelps

Finally found it!
Been looking for Original Sin on CD forever, but found even more. Thanks CD Baby. No more worn out cassette.

Dave

Paul Simon

A classic crucial 80s album.
Certainly one of the best synth based albums of the 80s.Its sound is diverse ,challenging and original. Cowboys International still sound fresh and deserve your attention. A long overdue reissue.

David Bontron

An Outstanding Gem From the Post-Punk Era Brilliantly Unearthed
Even if the Ken Lockie-fronted band seems to have been severely overlooked in the U.S. (despite its inclusion in a 1980 poll), this is nothing in comparison to the totally obscure status the group has maintained here, overseas (in France, to be more precise).

It's as if such an outstanding combo never existed, and it's nearly impossible to find somebody aware of their existence, even amongst the die-hard music fans of the postpunk era. I eventually was introduced to their music last year thanks to a friend who lend me some 'Tribute to Flexi-Pop' comps, where you could find 2 Cowboys International tracks (namely : 'Thrash' & 'Aftermath'). Needless to say I was totally baffled by this new-wave update of David Bowie.

Discovering their sole LP had been reissued was both pleasant & painful, because 'Revisited' simply isn't distributed or even referenced (on import) here. So coming upon CDBaby's website restored my hopes in obtaining such a wonderful album.

I can now fully appreciate its compelling quality, so remarkably strong, homogenous & versatile at the same time you'd think this is in fact a compilation CD, which is wrong. It's as if somebody had succeeded in melting together all the aspects of 70's era Bowie (Hunky Dory's melodic strength, Young Americans' soulfulness with Low & Heroes' cold-waveness) and updating the sound to postpunk standards.

Amazing how such a perfect album never really surfaced...

Mark Keenan

A must have album
My vinyl copy of Original Sin died the death a while ago,
my tape copy got chewed and my singles have been played to death also. Now it is available on CD.
A truly great album from 1979, the only album released by Cowboys International. Listening now I was atounded at just how fresh it sounds today, an album with a personality and a pulse, when was the last time you bought one of those ?.

Two minor gripes though,
the omission of "The No Tune", and the flexi disc version of Many Times, "Many Times [revised]" is included instead of the original.
But I give it 3 thumbs up anyway.

Ted

Great cd! contains more tracks than the lp.
I bought the LP when it came out. Heard some cuts on college radio. I've been looking for the cd for years. The bonus tracks made it worth the wait.

andre


Finally ! A long sought after new wave classic transfered to cd. The Original Sin album as well as the Thrash and Nothing Doing singles are showcased. This compilation definetly does not disappoint.

Bruce Emery

Desert Island Disc
Pop music can be a wonderful musical genre, and, when it's good, can hold its own against any other. At its best, pop music can be melodic, dynamic, thoughtful, expressive, and affect its listeners. Unfortunately, most pop music is dreadful. The original sin, however, is as good as the genre gets, so if you haven't already got your copy, what are you waiting for? Music like this doesn't get released every day.

Bruce Emery

Desert Island Disc
Pop music can be a wonderful musical genre, and, when it's good, can hold its own against any other. At its best, pop music can be melodic, dynamic, thoughtful, expressive, and affect its listeners. Unfortunately, most pop music is dreadful. The original sin, however, is as good as the genre gets, so if you haven't already got your copy, what are you waiting for? Music like this doesn't get released every day.
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