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The Best of the Cowsills: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection Original recording remastered

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12 of the best by the real-life singing family who inspired the Partridge Family! All eight of their hits are here ( The Rain, the Park and Other Things; Hair; Indian Lake; We Can Fly , and more) plus five CD debuts!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 26, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00005LNG7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A nice - if too brief - retrospective of everyone's favorite '60s singing family. Of course the usual suspects are here (The Rain, The Park, & Other Things, Indian Lake, We Can Fly, Hair). What makes it for me the best Cowsills set yet released is the inclusion of the stellar singles Silver Threads and Golden Needles and The Prophecy Of Daniel & John The Divine (you'll be chanting six-six-six for days!) plus the original version of the Love American Style tv theme. A pre-stardom Most Of All leads off the set and a great track from Bill Cowsill's solo debut When Everybody's Here concludes it. It's all groovy. Check it out!
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Anyone who thinks the most-recognizable Cowsill song "The Rain,The Park, & Other Things" was just a "minor hit" either wasn't there in the day - or hasn't a clue what this family is all about. The Cowsills are an American legend.. The original icons of the period of SUNSHINE POP ( not to be confused with Bubble-gum, thank you) that came onto the scene and laid the standards for those (Osmonds! Pfft!) who came after them.

Their sound is unique and well harmonized - no matter what subject matter they seem to be singing about. TRTP&OT, simple and beautiful about an imaginary lover is probobly the most recongnizable song they did, along with Indian Lake which has a honkey-tonkey kind of keyboard background to it that more than anything I can think of sounds like "1968". Hair - a far-reach in style for the Cowsills is both complex, and unusual for the band - but it shows how versatile they really were. The REAL version of "Love, American Style" is a happy, up-tempo piece that most closely resembles something you might have heard from the Partridge Family, but still it's a groovy song that makes me instantaneously happy, and proud to be both an American AND a Cowsill fan.

And by the way: not many of their songs were put together by other people.. it's all them.

While this genre of music has come and gone in popularity a few times now, this Greatest Hits collection is truly worth a listen if you want to taste a bit of what the "other" sixties was all about. Simply dismissing them as a "Pop" group is doing yourself, and this amazingly talented group a big disservice.
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It takes many years to realize what made an impression on us in our youth. Such was the case with the Cowsills. I forgot how much I loved listening to "The Rain, The Park & Other Things" back when I was all of 11 years old. I purchased "Indian Lake" as a 45 RPM record when it was released, backed by "Newspaper Blanket." The group changed their image with time as they attempted more challenging music. It has been decades since that era, impossibly far away for many, but this music is nostalgic to me, reminding me of an era when I was very young. This CD is perfect for those of us with fond memories of the Cowsills and the late 60s.

My best memories of the Cowsills are the songs I mentioned above along with "Hair" and the theme from the television show "Love American Style." As with many groups, this group was more than just those songs. This collection does hit most of their singles, with the exception of "Path of Love," which fronted "Captain Sad and His Ship of Fools," "The Impossible Years," which fronted "The Candy Kid," and "On My side," which fronted "There Is a Child." These three singles failed to crack the top 100 in the U.S.

The songs appear to be listed in order of when they were released. The year of release and chart position are listed below (for those that I have a chart position):

"Most of All"; released 1966; pop chart peak #118.

"The Rain, The Park & Other Things"; released 1967; pop chart peak #2.

"We Can Fly"; released 1968; pop chart peak #21.

"In Need of a Friend"; released 1968; pop chart peak #54.

"Indian Lake"; released 1968; pop chart peak #10.

"Poor Baby"; released 1968; pop chart peak #44.

"Hair"; released 1969; pop chart peak #2.
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Everybody knows "The rain,the park,and other things",but there's much more classic pop up their sleeves.Unfortunately,there are only 12 cuts on this CD.They should have a box set or something!What's here is cool,though.Their famous cover of "Hair" is here along with their "Love american style" theme will take many of us back.There are 3 tracks from their apocalyptic christian pop album(really!)that didn't help their career,but still fun to hear!This is a great CD,but I hope their albums will be re-released.
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By Randy Arco on December 7, 2002
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Boy was I surprised when I popped this gem in my CD player. This is bubbly boyant happy feel-good music at it's finest. And I recognized most of the songs too. Not by title- I bought this CD for "Indian Lake" and "Hair"- but by the music. Five seconds into "Poor Baby" I remembered it.
I always thought of the Cowsills as the poor man's "Osmonds" or "Partridge Family"- that sounds funny- but they're not! They are a truly talented family with a gift for power pop! I love the harmonies. I was most impressed to find that they produced, and played all the instruments, on "Hair".
This is good jogging music. Pop into your portable CD and go for a run! It makes for even better cruising music. I thought this one of those CD's I'd buy and then have to hide. No way, baby! I proudly play this one and play it loud! No one complains, either. This music is infectious.
The Cowsills rock! Who would've thought it?
Best part of all is the price. It's a budget price but doesn't skimp on the songs. We get ten Cowsill songs and a solo to boot.
I think I play this CD more than any other in my 3000+ collection.
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