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Jordan, Marc - 1990 Cow

ARTIST: Jordan, Marc
SERIAL: 9640-2R
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Marc Jordan - lead vocals, piano * Steve Farris, Stuart Mathis, Gene Black, Danny Jacob, Doug Macaskill, Bruce Gaitsch - guitars * Kim Bullard, John Capek - keyboards * Billy Ward, Pat Mastelotto - drums * Mike Fisher - Percussion * Rick Sailon - electric violin * Eric Williams - mandolin

Stan Bush, Billy Trudel, Oren Waters, Luther Waters, Mark Lennon, Michael Lennon, Kip Lennon, Renne Geyer, George Merrill, Richard Page, Shannon Rubicam, Timothy B. Schmitt, David Batteau, Cecilia Bullard, Candy Capek, Kevin Cronin, Lee Curreri, Martha Davis, Bruce Gaitsch, Steve George, Bruce Gowdy, Larry Klimas, Nicolette Larson, Brenda Russell, Jeddrah Schmit, Alan Scott, Billy Sherwood, Amy Sky, Jane Wieldin - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Big Love * 02 Edge Of The World * 03 Guns Of Belfast * 04 Burning Down The Amazon * 05 Bridges In The Dark * 06 Silent Night * 07 Inside My Piano * 08 Can We Still Be Friends * 09 Power * 10 Holding Up The Sky


Part of the problem I have with the environmental movement is silly over the top statements like the one inside the CD booklet of Marc Jordan's 'Cow' that claimed 'We only have 10 years to save our Planet'. This was 1990 mind you. For better or worse we're still here with Al Gore's hypocrisy more transparent than ever and while 'Conserve Our World' - or 'Cow' is one of Marc Jordan's better efforts, the message smacks of PC overkill bringing to mind the old saying 'Shut up and sing'. That said, Jordan has always been a top shelf singer/songwriter with 1979's west coast classic 'Blue Desert' and 1987's brilliant 'Talking Through Pictures' the pinnacle of his career. In light of these two excellent albums 'Cow' from what I remember, never received the same attention and copies with those nasty 'drill-holes' were plentiful in budget bins. The irony is the booklet states it was printed on recyclable paper. Were the record company and Jordan excepting a short shelf life for 'Cow' where people would give it a listen and toss it out?

The Songs
Whatever the packaging and political motivations, 'Cow' is a fine album from the waning days of AOR's golden era. 'Big Love' and 'Edge Of The World' is classic Jordan and should send hi tech fans in a tizzy. 'Guns Of Belfast' has all the ingredients of big spacious pop made popular by bands like U2 and Simple Minds. As you can already guess the song concerns Northern Ireland, but the subject matter is dealt with in a non-political way which is not the case with the albums cornerstone 'Burning Down The Amazon (Amazon)'. My question is why with the cast of thousands that appear on the song including Kevin Cronin, Martha Davis, Billy Sherwood, and Richard Page; does this tune sound so anti-climactic? It's very heavy handed 'We Are The World' and 'Live Aid' save the Earth material for what was and is a legitimate problem, but getting so many influential stars together to sing on a third rate chorus that doesn't highlight their talents seems like a waste here. Finally, Jordan covers the Todd Rundgren classic 'Can We Still Be Friends' and while it really doesn't add anything to the original, it's Gene Black's guitar solo that saves the day and hell, it's better by a hair over Robert Palmer's version.

In Summary
I really haven't paid much attention to Marc Jordan's activities since 'Cow' although I understand he's moved into jazzier territories in recent years and is still active in political causes. I wonder how much time he thinks we have left now?

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#1 | gdazegod on February 06 2009 03:22:30
Marc Jordan must be feeling like an idiot now. This CD is nearly 20 years old and Planet Earth is still alive and well.. only just mind you! pray
#2 | gdazegod on June 26 2010 04:09:31
Having put up with the environmental message, I gotta say the music on this disc is darned good. Have been giving MJ's discography a good run through this week.. COW is superb. I take Eric's points onboard, and wonder why the heavy presence of 'stars' on 'Burning Down The Amazon', still it's a cool tune, as is 'Guns Of Belfast' and the delicious melody of 'Inside My Piano'. Give it a listen folks..
#3 | trillion1999 on October 22 2011 17:31:27
I had the Mannequin-CD but did not remember anything from it so I never bought the Japanese vinyl of Blue Desert for under 1 dollar.That is karma for you.

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