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The Cocaine Drain Album...plus 6

by The Cowsills

Power pop music building bridges between 60s pop and modern adult contemporary pop.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Cocaine Drain
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2. Give Me A Chance
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3. Thinking Of You
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4. Is Your Love Alive?
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5. I Will Always
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6. Gettin' Ready
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7. Bitter Jest
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8. That Particular Way
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9. Part Of Me
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10. Dance In A Dream
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11. You've Got A Way
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12. Couldn't It Be Love
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13. The Next In Line
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14. Say You Love Me
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15. Fallen For You
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16. Christmastime (A Song For Marissa)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Cowsills "Cocaine Drain" album was recorded over an extended period of time in the late 1970's at Clover Studios in Hollywood. Great sessions (sort of like going to college and learning how to write and record). It's the record of "dry" drum sounds, backbeat guitar parts and Paul's thumpin' melodic bass runs. Never commercially released (until now) what you hear was digitally transferred from the only existing copy of the record on an old-school vinyl acetate. That explains all of the clicks and pops. So sorry about that. But, it's all we were able to salvage. We've tried to clean it up as best as possible for you and still maintain the warmth of the original recordings. It's all here. Hope you enjoy! -Bob Cowsill


The real-life inspiration behind the hit television series The Partridge Family, The Cowsills were one of the biggest pop acts of the late '60s, distinguished by their angelic harmonies and sun-kissed melodies. The group's origins lie with brothers Bill and Bob, who as children began their singing careers covering Everly Brothers hits. Given guitars by their father, Navy man William "Bud" Cowsill, the siblings soon recruited younger brothers Barry and John to play bass and drums, respectively, and as Beatlemania dawned, the teen foursome began performing live at school dances and church socials throughout their native Newport, RI. Eventually they landed a regular weekend gig at the local club, Dorians, on Bannisters Wharf, and in 1965 recorded the single "All I Really Wanta Be Is Me" on the Joda label; the record generated little response until an appearance on NBC's The Today Show. The group then signed with Mercury Records, releasing three more singles.

Upon signing with MGM in 1967, The Cowsills with their lineup now numbering seven (brother Paul, sister Susan and mother Barbara joining the original four) had their first million-selling single, “The Rain, the Park and Other Things” (usually called the flower girl song) which was featured most recently in Jim Carrey’s movie, “Dumb and Dumber”. They performed on such notable TV shows as the Ed Sullivan Show, the Johnny Cash Show, the Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, and also had their own NBC television special in 1968. “Indian Lake” and “We Can Fly” followed in the summer and in 1969 they had their biggest hit, the multi-million selling title song from the musical “Hair.”

The Cowsills also recorded the theme song for the TV show “Love, American Style” which is still one of the most popular songs they perform in their shows. They were one of the early pop acts to record commercials for television (nationally shown milk ads for the American Dairy Association) and there is currently a serious movement to ensure their induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.

Today, The Cowsills tour and perform together (although brother Barry died during the Katrina hurricane, brother Bill passed away at the same time from illnesses in Canada and brother Richard is retired and lives in New Mexico) and brother John drums and sings with the Beach Boys. Their harmonies are still as infectious and bright as ever.

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Tom Daly

Outstanding album, unfortunately marred by surface noise on the first ten tracks
...this album is a total surprise and a wonderful one at that! There are no "Indian Lakes" here. This is an album of songs about feelings, delivered WITH feeling with Susan Cowsill on lead vocals and her brothers providing instrumental backing and harmony vocals. If you see the name The Cowsills and are anticipating '60s pop fluff, go get a reissue of MGM material. Like the performers themselves, their music has come of age, and I can't say enough good things about this album. Susan's adult voice rings true and hits every note right on the money. The band is tight, and the harmonies fit Susan's voice like a glove. If you ever get to see the surviving Cowsills perform live, you owe it to yourself to be in the audience, not just to hear them perform the hits of the past, but to hear what they've done since they've matured. This is a class act that is to be taken seriously from a musical perspective, so get this album and be treated to the completely unexpected. Pretend you don't even know who the artists are, because this isn't anything like the music you would normally associate with The Cowsills, and Susan's been blessed with one beautiful voice! Hopefully, a restored master for this album will appear. I know of an engineer who has created one, and hopefully The Cowsills will receive it and supply it in place of the present source.
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Rick Williams

Cocaine Drain
This album is excellent power pop. The harmonies are tight and gorgeous...harmonies as only families can sing them. This is far beyond what anyone who ever listened to the cowsills in the 60s can imagine. They put away the sugary pop sound for a hard edged guitar based rock sound. It's just great rock music with excellent harmony singing. It's better than 90% of the rock music released at any time. If you want great power pop/rock music...then buy this cd. You ARE gonna love it, and when you do...quickly buy "Global" by the Cowsills also. It's the same great type of rock music with those gorgeous tight harmonies. It's as good as you are going to find anywhere. I promise you that.
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Cocaine Drain

Cocaine Drain and Global Are Two of the Best Albums - Period
I consider this - along with their Global album - not just the best Cowsill recording, but two of the best pop albums - period. Bob Cowsill - probably one of the most gifted songwriters out there - wrote beautiful songs for this; and as always, you can't top any of them for perfect harmonies. This is one of those rare cd's in which every single song is a keeper. Just recently, they announced that they're going back into the studio in early 2016. I don't know how they're going to top these two (both Global and Cocaine Drain), but if any band could do it, it would be The Cowsills. They are without a doubt one of the best bands the U.S. has produced - I can't recommend those two albums highly enough.
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Stephanie Rohde

Cocaine Drain
This is a beautiful album and I like it very much, especially the songs "Bitter Jest" and "Christmastime". These songs are very different from their previous material but still they do a harmonizing sound. Susan sings lead on all of the tracks and her siblings do the harmonies. And most of the songs are written by Bob Cowsill himself.
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