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Cowboy - 1977 Cowboy



ARTIST: Cowboy
ALBUM: Cowboy
LABEL: Capricorn
SERIAL: CPN 0194
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 1988, Polydor Japan, P28P 25079

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Scott Boyer - guitar, vocals * Tommy Talton - guitar, vocals * Chip Condon - keyboards, vocals * Chip Miller - drums, percussion * Arch Pearson - bass, vocals

Additional Musicians: Harold Williams - baritone & tenor sax * Randall Bramblett - soprano & alto sax * Topper Price - harmonica * Jaimoe - congas

TRACK LISTING: 01 Takin' It All The Way * 02 Now That I Know * 03 Pat's Song * 04 Straight Into Love * 05 Everybody Knows Your Name * 06 What Can I Call It * 07 Nobody Else's Man * 08 Except For Real * 09 Satisfy * 10 River To The Sea


Background
Originally working under the laid-back moniker Easy; Florida's Cowboy where one of Capricorn's least successful outfits mainly due to ever changing line-ups and an obvious identity crisis. Country or Southern rock; mainstays and label session stars Scott Boyer and Tommy Talton never seemed to be able to make-up their minds, flip flopping back and forth over the course of four albums and limiting their ability to reach an audience. This 1977 self-titled last hurrah was their most commercially viable release but few paid attention which is a gol-darn shame.


The Songs
With a raised rainbow logo that would have looked so cool on an iron-on t-shirt; Cowboy galloped into the wide-open soft pop spaces occupied by period Jimmy Buffett, Poco and Pure Prairie League. First up is 'Takin It All The Way' and not too far removed from Scotland's Blue for another reference and really, not the kind of power pop you'd expect from these good 'ol boys. 'Now That I Know' is a nice, oddly funky pop rocker with sizzlin' slide work from Boyer while 'Pat's Song' is a fine country-wise tear jerker recalling Timothy B. Schmit in Poco. 'Straight Into Love' is damn fine too and it's at this point, whenever I give this LP a spin, how obviously overlooked this record was at the time. They had the songs and although side two is weaker, both the ballads 'Except For Real' and the jazzy Sea Level-ish 'River To The Sea' are worthy contenders on what I think is a great and oft forgotten album from the Capricorn stable.


In Summary
A tour with Andrew Gold followed, but sadly it did little to help their cause and with no hit singles tied to their belt, Cowboy rode off into the proverbial sunset. Released in Japan on CD in the late 80s and now impossible to find, another reissue of this and their previous effort, 1974's 'Boyer & Talton' would be more than welcome. 1993's 'A Different Time: The Best of Cowboy' is long out of print but much easier to locate and a 2011 reunion live disc was something of a surprise although I don't think anyone's holding their breath for new material beyond that.


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