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Cotton MatherAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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A brilliant fusion of the Beatles, Squeeze, Guided By Voices, and some less obvious influences, Austin-based power poppers Cotton Mather are one of those rare power pop groups who transcend their inspirations to create powerful and original music of their own. The legendary indie rock outfit was founded by Robert Harrison of Austin, Texas in the early 1990s. What started as an experimental ... Read more in Amazon's Cotton Mather Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Copper Records
  • ASIN: B000003ONC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Camp Hill Rail Operator
2. Homefront Cameo
3. Spin My Wheels
4. My Before And After
5. Private Ruth
6. Vegetable Row
7. Aurora Bori Alice
8. Church Of Wilson
9. Lily Dreams On
10. Password
11. Animal Show Drinking Song
12. Prophecy For The Golden Age
13. She's Only Cool
14. Autumn's Birds

Editorial Reviews


Despite their Texas address, chief Cotton-men Robert Harrison and Whit Williams have located their music in a Brit Invasion vibe, with tunes often sounding like outtake gems from Revolver ("My Before and After," "Aurora Bori Alice"). When melodies throb and harmonies lock, there's also an undeniable Squeeze-iness to the results. These guys aren't alone in tipping caps to U.K. pop, but they make the music with an inventive spirit lacking on a lot of other folks' discs. -- Option

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic CD! Amazing live as well... August 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD. I listened to this CD. I listened to it again. And again. I saw them live 3 times. This band can dish it out live like none I've ever seen. THE BEST LIVE BAND EVER. Period. The CD is absolutely amazing and anyone who likes The Who, The Kinks, The Beatles, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Squeeze, GBV, and The Byrds absolutely needs to own this. I can't say enough about it. Even my daughter who's 15 likes this! And the live show is like The Who and The Attractions and The Kinks all rolled into one!! Very powerful stuff. I'm glad this band exisits. With all the c**p out there, its wonderful to see that these 4 guys still care about melody and quality songwriting.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Lennon is alive, I heard him on Kontiki March 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The best impression of the Beatles since, well the Beatles. This album sounds very much like a live record, and includes a host of great songs. Church of Wilson sounds like the Beatles crossed with Nirvana, and Aurora Bori Alice as good as its gets. For everyone that has made they way through all the Beatles LP's, this is there new one, in the form of Cotton Mather. This must go down as one of the best albums of the last ten years. It's not as forward as OK Computer, Morning Glory or any Verve record, but its sweeter than them all put together. A great album, 5 and a bit out of 5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Is Not Enough!!! July 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I haven't been this impressed by a new band for 20 years. The Beatle comparisons are obvious but rather irrelevant-the album stands by itself. What makes this work are great performances and absolutely terrific songs! I do have to say that as a Beatles Fan Club member since 1964 this doesn't really sound like just Revolver to me, I hear bits of the White Album and Abbey Road as well. And there are things the Fabs never did. I do wish lyrics would have been enclosed so I could sing along! Give this great album every star you've got. ricard sullivan, lincoln nebraska.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rubber Soul...Revolver...Kon Tiki August 13, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What a find this band was! Their name kept popping up on on-line music sites using the 'recommended if you like the Beatles' service. I'm frequently a sucker for such comparisons and am frequently disappointed. But not this time!
'Kon Tiki' is definitely one album you shouldn't miss if you like the Beatles. As a previous poster said, it's like a great lost Beatles album. Remember the exitement waiting for 'Rubber Soul' or 'Revolver' to finally come out and when it did, you played it over and over and over and you weren't disappointed? You can experience that feeling again!
I don't know anything about this band except that they're from Austin, Texas (!), but I'd swear the lead singer is channeling John Lennon. It's eerie.
Plus, they've got the harmonies (ah, those harmonies) and the interesting choice of instruments and musical frills you just don't hear these days. And it doesn't sound like they said, "hey, let's make an album that sounds like the Beatles." It sounds real. Sincere. Not just fun or an exercise in cleverness like 'The Rutles' (whose work I really must recommend also -- listen to 'Shangri-La' on 'Archaeology'). It's really that good.
Having said all that, you'd think I'd give it 5 stars, but I have to say there IS a bit of filler to it (but wasn't there always on a Beatles album also?). Still, about 80% of it is just amazing and you won't be sorry if you buy it. Would I lie to you?!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You shoulda heard 'em in the beginning May 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Kon Tiki is indeed brilliant, but to put this record on the same tier as "Sgt Pepper" would probably even embarrass the Mather lads. Personally, I like their first ("Crafty Flower Arranger"), and second cd (Cotton Is King") a little better, if just for the slightly rougher edge and slightly less self-conscious lyrics. Songs like "Ivanhoe" and "Payday" make me want to rebuild Liberty Lunch and The Electric Lounge by hand, brick-by-brick, just to put Cotton Mather inside and watch them perform, back when it was the original line-up (okay, maybe not with Wendy on drums, but then again, why the hell not?) Let's just say that if you're a "pop tart," you really ought to have at least one CM record in your collection. Kon Tiki will certainly do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three gems with a decent supporting cast May 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The songs "Password", "My Before and After", and "Homefront Cameo" are so good they alone are worth the price of the CD. Comparisons to the Beatles are apt. These three songs are certainly on par with either Paul's or John's three best post-Beatles songs. They are well-crafted, crisply produced pop-rock and the lead vocalist sounds like a morose John Lennon. The rest of the CD isn't at the same level but is not simply filler. Much of it is also Beatle-like but is comparable to the more experimental side of the Beatles rather than their mainstream stuff. I look forward to when Cotton Mather's earlier stuff becomes available again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Beatles Record? July 24, 1998
Format:Audio CD
The Beatles/Lennon influence here is hard to ignore, but that would only be a bad thing if the songs weren't so GOOD. I often listen to this CD imagining it's a record the Beatles started recording between Revolver and Sgt Pepper, but never finished. A tuneful, lo-fi recording with some great, catchy tunes (My Before and After and She's Only Cool really stand out) make this Austin band's 2nd album a must-have for your collection!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enough with the Beatles comparisons already
Just kidding. There is definitely something about Harrison's voice that is Beatles-esque...but this is a damn solid album on it's own even without that aspect. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Erin Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Kontiki,by Cotton Mather- CD review
Received in mail as scheduled.
Condition was as promised.
Great record from a now defunct band.
Published on July 12, 2011 by JG
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Songs the Beatles Never Wrote
"My Before and After" and "Password." Just get it and listen to them - you'll be glad you did. Only the occasional Spongetones and The Orgone Box hit this level.
Published on January 30, 2010 by boomerhead
3.0 out of 5 stars Good poppy songs - no need to say more
This record is well put together and follows in the mid 60's Beatles tradition in that there are interesting sounds which are creatively mixed and solid songs to back that up... Read more
Published on July 12, 2007 by A C SHIELDS
4.0 out of 5 stars Pop Confection Perfection
Of all the Beatle sound-alike artists I have ever heard, these guys take the cake. I could swear that's John Lennon on lead vocals and the melodies to "Vegetable Row", "Homefront... Read more
Published on December 22, 2006 by Glenn Nippert
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe biased, but this is an amazing CD
OK, I'll admit it.

I'm in Austin, grew up on the Beatles, and saw these guys at Stubb's in town. My opinion is hardly objective. Read more
Published on August 31, 2005 by musicman
4.0 out of 5 stars actually, 4.5 stars
when listening to cottom mather for the first time, sure, you think, 'dood sounds a LOT like john lennon.' well, that's music for you. people have similar voices. deal with it. Read more
Published on August 25, 2005 by M. Lohrke
4.0 out of 5 stars Kon Tikki is no con job!
This is a great CD. Spin my Wheels, Lily Dreams On.

Yes he sounds like the Beatles but it's still great music. Read more
Published on February 15, 2005 by Pops
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Convinced
Okay, let's start by saying I own every album the Beatles ever put out (and a few they didn't put out, if you catch my drift). Read more
Published on August 23, 2001 by Eric Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars a good album...
This is a good album... good melodies, and lyrics. Cotton mather sound almost exactly like the beatles. Read more
Published on June 11, 2001 by Zach
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