Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit
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While Cowboy Outfit has a slightly different meaning as UK Slang, Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit marks a turn towards a more rootsy persona for our hero. Anchored by the international number one Half a Boy and Half a Man, the album introduces a tex-mex/roller-rink organ sound, although the lineup of Bobby Irwin, Paul Carrack, Martin Belmont and Lowe is essentially unchanged. Newly discovered Johnny Horton covers Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor and Walk on By (included here as bonus tracks) show that there may have been a more twangy intention to the record-- but as it is full on rockers like Maureen and Mickey Jupps Youll Never Get Me Up (in One of Those) rub shoulders with pop like Dusty Springfields Breakaway and Nicks own L.A.F.S. (featuring the TKO Horns who had recently punched up arranger Elvis Costellos own Everyday I Write the Book).
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Again, fun songs all around, but the stand outs on the original album are "Half a Boy...", "Breakaway", "You'll Never Get Me Up (in One of Those)", "Awesome", "God's Gift to Women", "Maureen, and "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young". And even the two bonus tracks are just as good!
The only turd in the punch bowl is "L.A.F.S." produced by one E. Costello (when he was going through his what the what 'Punch the Clock'/'Goodbye Cruel World' phase). But that's what the skip button is for.
Big thanks to YepRoc for putting this out (as well as the rest of Nick's Columbia catalog)! Don't delay, buy today!