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Album Review

Beneath the wholesome family image, the Cowsills were a real band. They wrote most of their own songs, played their own instruments, and sang with assured and beautiful voices. They wrote songs about social issues, tackled religious themes, and dipped a toe (pinky toe) into psychedelia, and when they were given a song by an outside writer they made it a smash hit. Their lush vocal harmonies owed much to groups like the Association and the Beach Boys, and they were sweet — sweet without being innocuous, light without being lightweight. This CD has their three big hits — "Indian Lake," the truly fantastic "The Rain, the Park and Other Things," and "Hair" (which should be the worst song ever but the Cowsills pull it off because they have such great voices) — and a bunch of sunshine pop gems. "Poor Baby" sounds like a lost Beach Boys single and "We Can Fly" is a great song that should have been a big hit. The only complaint one might have is that some of the production seems a little unimaginative. It would have been very interesting to get the Cowsills and their songs into a studio with a producer like Gary Usher, Curt Boettcher, or even Brian Wilson to see what kind of magic might have occurred. Still, the Cowsills were so much more than just a kiddie band or the model for the Partridge Family. This CD proves it.

Customer Reviews

rhode island's pride and joy - a new beginning 2009

this was....IS....a real band. superb instrumental talent, great stage prescence. and those vocals......ahhh, its a "sunny,sunny day, sunny day" again! bob, paul and susan (check out her superb solo cd "Just Believe It" also on itunes) along with sons and family make up the current Cowsills, who will be touring in a venue near you in 2009. check susan's or the cowsills myspace page for details.

Wonderful Great Songs, but!!!!

Well, I feel bad to have to mention this, but for some reason, the two popular songs I purchased sound terribly tiny and harsh on my iPod, MAC, well everything. I mean it is unacceptible quality. Be careful to read reviews before purchasing music you love. People who leave reviews on this site really do care when it comes to the original quality of songs they purchase. I would try to find an original CD of these Cowsills Songs and make a copy of that, if there is even any available. Too bad, I was hoping to hear a beautiful digital recording and didn't get it this time around. I hope the iTunes administrators are listening to their customers. They should check into the source material and reputation of some of their vendors. Is there any original well engineered recordings of these songs anywhere on the market? These songs are wonderful and among the best of their time. iTunes should label each album or song denoting if it came from original masters or recorded sources. Very frustrating to figure out what is real or not.

this is a rating for iTunes' REVIEW, not the album

"Hair", which should be the worst song ever, except the Cowsills make it work because they have such great voices. WHO WRITES THIS CRAP!?


Formed: 1966 in Newport, RI

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The real-life inspiration behind the hit television series The Partridge Family, the Cowsills -- comprised of teen siblings Bill, Bob, Barry, John, Susan, and Paul in tandem with mother Barbara -- were one of the biggest pop acts of the late '60s, scoring a series of hits including "The Rain, the Park and Other Things" and "Hair" with their angelic harmonies and sun-kissed melodies. The group's origins lie with Bill and Bob, who as children began their singing careers covering Everly Brothers hits....
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