Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Essential CD for your dance/trance collection
Get What We Give | Georgia | 02/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Patrick Cowley was one of the first musicians to really delve headfirst in the burgeoning synthesized music arena. That's not to say that many many musicians prior to Cowley didn't include synthesizers in their music. They certainly did. However, Cowley took it to a much higher plane. His music is totally synthesizers! And yet, it never sounded like somebody just doing a bunch of hooks on the machines, but rather real music. Cowley managed to take a machine that had, up until that time, been used to add a few sounds and/or smooth out tracks. He created complicated music that no one else at the time could duplicate given the rudimentary technology of the synthesizers.
It is doubtful that many people knew who he was or what his music was unless they were haunting gay bars in the 1980's, but Cowley's tunes were a staple at any good gay dance club. His songs were precursors to the trance and dance music that is currently running the circuit parties. However, where the modern songs hint more at rap and industrial sounds, Cowley's music was a bit more listener friendly: it was a mixture of what we now call dance, plus what was known as disco and what was/is known as new wave. It is highly danceable and many of his songs are quite hummable. Cowley is credited with helping Sylvester achieve the level of fame that he did. Cowley was responsible for the sound on "Dance", "You make me feel," and as his last collaboration with Sylvester - "Do Ya Wanna Funk?"
Megatron Man is a "best of" album which I'm not sure really includes all his really best songs. The big ones are there, but there are a few that are omitted. Megatron Man was a big song for him, but the biggest song of his was Menergy, which was a HUGE hit in the bars in the early early 80's! It is very hot and danceable. "Megatron Man" made it to the top 40 of dance albums. With some really hot songs like "Sea Hunt" - which sounds like something out of an outer space aquatic film (huh?), the wild sounds of "Teen Planet" and "Lift off", Cowley had a real winner of an album.
Groups such as New Order, Depeche Mode, and the Petshop Boys all have credited Cowley with inspiring them to make the kind of music they do.
The remainder of the songs on this album are really hot and fun. Maybe I'm stuck in a rut of fondly recalling my youth, but I think this kind of dance music beats the heck out of the new stuff.
Check this out, I think you'll like it."
Brilliant Musician !
Efren Sifuentes | Manhattan, NY | 12/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A must for synth and Hi-NRG dance music lovers/likers. Patrick was ahead of his time. His painstaking overlayering and track mixing paid off every time -- with delicious material. Try and obtain a copy of the (out-of-print) book "Tribal Rites" written by fellow Megatone Records musician David Diebold. Fascinating stuff."
Absolutely esential !
E-Cat | Palm Springs | 02/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Patrick Cowley's experimentation and exploration of synthesizer sounds not only had a big influence on today' s House /Club music but also took disco music to a next level and created ultimate HI NRG dance floor gems like; Menergy, Megatron Man, Lift-Off & I Wanna Take You Home (Sea Hunt is a great track as well !). If you enjoy Sylvester - Bobby O - Lime and Divine, this release will most likely exceed your highest expectations.