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Couchois - 1979 Couchois

ARTIST: Couchois
ALBUM: Couchois
LABEL: Warner Bros
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 2009, Wounded Bird, WOU-3289


LINEUP: Chris Couchois - vocals, guitars, drums * Pat Couchois - guitars, vocals * Chas Carlson - keyboards, vocals * Howard Messer - bass, vocals * Mike Couchois - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Do It In Darkness * 02 The Colonel * 03 Walkin' The Fence * 04 Cripple * 05 Going To The Races * 06 Devils Triangle * 07 I Could Never Take Her Away From You * 08 No Longer Needed * 09 Kalahari Cattle Drive

Late seventies soft rock never sounded so good with these guys. Couchois (pronunced Ku-Shwa) were an Alabama based band blessed with excellent multi-part harmonies, whilst plying a style that sees them cross swords with Pablo Cruise, Ambrosia and Firefall on their quieter moments, and perhaps Santana (circa their AOR days 'Inner Secrets', 'Shango' etc) on their rockier parts. For period AOR this one is gonna get the head scratching, as not many people know about these guys, nor their earlier incarnation in the band Ratchell. They've used the production talent of Steve Barri, Eddie Lambert and Roger Nichols to twiddle the dials. Those three have been around for years, so the Couchois brothers plus hangers on are in very good company. The choruses are something to behold, rich, full and swimming in melody. Very easy to hum along with these that's for sure..

The Songs
Kicking off with 'Do It In Darkness' (yes the lyrics are that suggestive), they move in a direction knocking at the door of AOR demi-god Russ Ballard, especially comparable those fantastic eighties efforts of his. The vocal harmonies are awash on 'The Colonel' while third track in 'Walkin' The Fence' is a bonafide period AOR classic. Bouncy, bright and a killer chorus. Not far behind is 'Cripple', another breezy piece with loads of acoustic guitar and another chorus from heaven, despite the less than convincing title. They veer into pomp by accident it would seem, on the fantastic 'Devils Triangle'. The keyboards and acoustic guitar mix would have fans of Prophet's debut album enviously thinking hard.. could it be 'Slow Down' Part II? The track 'Kalahari Cattle Drive' (?) mixes mostly rhythmic pieces in a jazzy, fusion oriented fashion, not unlike the aforementioned Santana. Not sure how they integrate 'jungles, cattle, deserts, kiwifruit and whiskey' in the lyrics of the chorus.. go figure.

In Summary
Now that I've tracked this baby down, I'm on an all-out hunt for their second album 'Nasty Hardware', which by all accounts is more radio-rock oriented that this one. Wow, gotta have it! In the meantime, go find this at some online second hand vinyl store. You won't regret it. For $1.95 I didn't!

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#1 | reyno-roxx on July 03 2008 19:15:12
I dragged this one out to play today. And the years have been very kind to it. What a fantastic album. It's far better than I remembered it to be. 'The Colonel' could be Ambrosia! And 'Devils Triangle' is a wonderful slice of period AOR.
And could 'Do It In The Darkness' be the first rock track to advocate masturbation long before Cyndi Lauper and Divinyls er, came along??!
#2 | ThreeQuestionsFor on February 02 2010 22:57:05
Just a heads-up that the "Couchois" album has just been re-released on CD (Jan. 26th, 2010). Details, including an interview with the still active Couchois brothers band, at Three Questions For... (3Q4) http://www.three-...ns-for.com, and at the official band website at http://www.couchoisband.com.
#3 | gdazegod on February 02 2010 23:13:00
Hot damn 3Q4! That's an awesome concept to use Skype in that way. Great also to see a website set up for the brothers - AT LONG LAST!
#4 | richardb on December 20 2015 08:51:52
I must admit I binned my copy years ago as I felt it wasn't a patch on their follow up. However in light of your comments Reyno, perhaps I should reappraise...
#5 | gdazegod on December 20 2015 09:59:51
Yes Richard, you should. Fantastic indeed. Unfortunately, both the websites mentioned by 3Q4 as above, are no longer active.
#6 | super80boy on March 26 2016 13:36:42
A good cool start to the album - 'Do It In Darkness' is quite interesting lyrically. Real nice keyboard work in 'The Colonel'. 'Devil's Triangle and Kalahari Cattle Drive' are album standouts.
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