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Space Toucan (A Neotropical Dream)

by David Cosgrove

Strap yourself in for a musical odyssey through Corridors to Los Angeles to outer space where you soar alongside Space Toucan on his epic flight. A great mix of vocal tunes and instrumentals in the vein of Genesis, Yes, Rush & Jethro Tull.
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1. Corridors
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2. Bienvenue a Los Angeles
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3. No Options
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4. Space Toucan
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5. Staggering Ted
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6. Metro Morning
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7. Junglescape
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8. I Kissed the Ground Today
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9. Conozca a Los Leafjumpers
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10. Burning Leaves
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11. Reachback
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12. Eddie the Hat
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13. On the Big Island, Pt. 1
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14. Ego Boy
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15. Threnody
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16. Soaring, Pt. 2
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
CD Review - http://www.davidcosgrove-music.com/2012/08/space-toucan-cd-review-by-mike-korn/

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Official CD liner notes and lyrics

Special thanks and praise for the talents and gifts of my friends Mike Cohen, Roger Arnold, Mitch Banks, Ray Romanos, Chris Huit, Mark Palazzo and the late Chris Germain.

Original Artwork by Mike Cohen.

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Track 1 - Corridors
Music & Lyrics by David Cosgrove
David Cosgrove: Keyboards, electronic percussion
Chris Huit: Bass, lead vocals
Mitch Banks: Vocals
Ray Romanos: Guitars

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Left alone in the halls of our youth
Growing old
Getting old
Missing out on our fortunes untold
Put on hold
Put on hold
Your words struck home like shattered glass on the floor
Your hands met mine and put an end to our untimely war

Etched in time your expression altered the past
Leaving your thoughts behind

The noise from the streets is always the same
No matter where you are
Black lights conceal your deepest fears
Stung by a scimitar
Alone once again solutions on the horizon
The questions to be addressed simply relies on the truth

You base success on the wealth of the world
Very wrong
Wealth can unlock a world of pleasure
For how long
For how long

The print on the paper is
Like fuel for the flame

The sand slips through your fingers
The past can't be regained

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Track 2 - Bienvenue à Los Angeles
Music by David Cosgrove
David Cosgrove: Keyboards, electronic percussion

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Track 3 - No Options
Music & Lyrics by David Cosgrove
David Cosgrove: Keyboards, electronic percussion
Mitch Banks: Lead vocals
Chris Huit: Bass, vocals
Ray Romanos: Guitars

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The crowd stands watching
Waiting for the fall
Of a man completely mad
Plotting to kill us all

His hatred sought by none
Except his crazed mind
Searching for the ties wishing
To rip the binds

He's got no options
Has no life
No Love involved
If he plans to end it all
Nothing will be solved

Having found a purpose
Thanking all who cared
Man fits the puzzle whole
His mind impaired

Doesn't want
Doesn't need
Doesn't think life should be feared
His bad intentions geared
Towards the sincere

He's got some options
Has a life
Discovered Love
He's found the Goodness that
Shone down from above

Behind curtain one lies the rest of our youth
Behind number two sits the spectacles for truth
Behind curtain three runs our river of denial
We're all hung out to dry like a mind too infantile

The world is
No stranger
To a world full
Of Danger
The minds of
The free
No options
Have doomed me

We see the glass break out of its fine craftsman's mold
Earthly possessions ours alone to hold
While the curtains come ripping down
Only ashes to be found

The world is
No stranger
To a world full
Of Danger
The lives of
The free
No options
Have doomed me

Gifted is he
Soon to be free
Tosses away his cane and shades only to see
A man as himself noosing his belt
Tying it 'round the oak tree
Choking...slowly...

Again the crowd stands watching
Waiting for the fall
Out of it sifts a man
Familiar to us all

Graced by his new found friends
His options stand

He's got some options
Has a life
Discovered Love
He's found the Goodness that
Shone down from above

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Track 4 - Space Toucan
Music by David Cosgrove
David Cosgrove: Keyboards, bass, electronic percussion

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Track 5 - Staggering Ted
Music by David Cosgrove
Lyrics by Mike Cohen
David Cosgrove: Guitars, keyboards, tambourine, vocals
Mike Cohen: Lead vocals, bongos

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Waking up at noon for coffee
Soon it's time to have another cigarette
Sharing time with Jerry Springer
Unemployment check has not come yet

Getting hungry
Boils some chicken
Then forgets
And walks down to the bar

Sirens blaring
Black smoke rising
Firemen rushing in
To beat the blaze
The landlord says "He's done this once before."

Staggering Ted gets up at three
To check the daily mail
It's almost time to have a drink

The rent is late
The phone's turned off
He doesn't often bathe

He sticks his head out the window
"Hey you kids get off my lawn!"

"Huck'n PUNKS!"

Sitting here I'm looking at you
It could be you
It could be you
Or it could be me
It could be me - IT COULD BE ME!

Yellow knobby fingers gnurled
A drunkard sits
And slowly fades away

Older stains are barely noticed
One more drink
On yet another day

Telling tales but
No one listens
To the drunk with
Rotten-smelling breath

Staggering up and to the bathroom
Knocks into a chair while on his way
He has to go he hasn't peed all day

Staggering Ted gets up at three
To check the daily mail
It's way past time to have that drink

The rent is late
The phone's turned off
He doesn't often bathe

He sticks his head out the window
"Hey you kids get off my lawn!"

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Track 6 - Metro Morning
Music by David Cosgrove
David Cosgrove: Keyboards, electronic percussion

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Track 7 - Junglescape
Music by David Cosgrove & Mike Cohen
David Cosgrove: Keyboards, electronic percussion
Mike Cohen: Keyboards

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Track 8 - I Kissed the Ground Today
Music by David Cosgrove
Lyrics by Mark Palazzo
David Cosgrove: Keyboards, mandolin, electronic percussion
Mark Palazzo: Lead vocals
Chris Germain: Guitars

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I kissed the ground today
I will accept this pain
I never thought it would come to this

It's finally raining
After all this time

And now I'm waiting for
The sun to shine

I taste the bitterness
I taste the water
I taste the vanity
I never thought of

And I can't believe what I have done
I laid down when I should've run
Thought I was too smart to be burned
Satisfaction must be earned

I kissed the ground today
I will accept this shame
I never thought it would come to this

I can see clearly
I can hear the sound

I look ahead of me
Instead of looking down

But it's not easy
To do what you know is right
Sometimes illusion
Overcomes insight

And I can't believe what I have done
I laid down when I should've run
Thought I was too smart to be burned
Satisfaction must be earned

I kissed the ground today
I will accept this shame
I never thought it would come to this

It's finally raining
After all this time

And now I'm waiting for
The sun to shine

I taste the bitterness
I taste the water
I taste the vanity
I never thought of

And I can't believe what I have done
I laid down when I should've run
Thought I was too smart to be burned
Satisfaction must be earned

I can't believe what I have done
I laid down when I should've run
Thought I was too smart to be burned
Satisfaction must be earned

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Track 9 - Conozca a Los Leafjumpers
Music by David Cosgrove
David Cosgrove: Keyboards, electronic percussion

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Track 10 - Burning Leaves
Music by David Cosgrove
David Cosgrove: Guitars
Roger Arnold: Percussion, bass

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Track 11 - Reachback
Music by David Cosgrove & Mike Cohen
David Cosgrove: Keyboards, electronic percussion
Mike Cohen: Keyboards

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Track 12 - Eddie the Hat
Music by David Cosgrove
David Cosgrove: Guitars

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Track 13 - On the Big Island Part I
Music by David Cosgrove
David Cosgrove: Keyboards, bass, electronic percussion

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Track 14 - Ego Boy
Music by David Cosgrove
Lyrics by Mike Cohen
David Cosgrove: Guitars, bass, keyboards, electronic percussion
Mike Cohen: Lead vocals, bongos

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I got a cell phone
Look at me
Lookin' so important
In my SUV

I am a scumbag
Worship me
I'll do anything
For the toys I need

I am Ego Boy

Having my cake and eating it too
I need a big slice won't share it with you
I'm having my cake and eating it too
I'm gonna bite off more than I can chew
I can't get enough I always gotta have more
I am like a God
Come and hear me roar

Checking my investments
My oh my
I must have everything that money can buy
Image over substance every time
Anything else would be a dog-gone crime

I am Ego Boy

Having my cake and eating it too
I need a big slice won't share it with you
I'm having my cake and eating it too
I'm gonna bite off more than I can chew
I can't get enough I always gotta have more
I am like a God
Come and hear me roar

I am Ego Boy
I am Ego Boy
I am Ego Boy
I am Ego Boy

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Track 15 - Threnody
Music by David Cosgrove
David Cosgrove: Keyboards

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Track 16 - Soaring Part II
Music by David Cosgrove
David Cosgrove: Keyboards, bass, electronic percussion

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All Music & Lyrics Copyright David Cosgrove Music Ltd./ASCAP 1986 - 2012

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Mike Korn

Even if it’s a bumpy ride now and then, Space Toucan is a journey worth taking.
Artist: DAVID COSGROVE
Title: Space Toucan (A Neotropical Dream)
Even if it’s a bumpy ride now and then, Space Toucan is a journey worth taking. Throughout its 16 tracks, you hear creative minds at work exploring many nooks and crannies of the musical jungle. If there’s an occasional misstep (and there is), you can be forgiving because such an explosion of ideas is taking place.
David Cosgrove has been in the music business at many different levels for a long time. Not only are his own musical talents prodigious…he plays keyboards, guitars, bass, woodwinds and percussion…but he’s a composer and engineer with 2 previous CD’s to his credit. It’s fair to say that Space Toucan is his most ambitious project so far.
On the whole, the release is keyboard-oriented progressive rock, but it diverges into other areas like folk-tinged tunes, electronic dance music and even ambient soundscapes. As the title suggests, the tropical theme is present but not overwhelming. It mostly shows up in the form of tribal or samba-sounding percussion. Lyrically, there’s no concept running through the piece.
Most of Space Toucan is instrumental, with non-vocal tracks outnumbering singing ones by a good margin. The album is actually another example of an overlong prog behemoth that judicious pruning could have improved. It’s a 16 track album that would have been better as a 12 track album, but again, the sheer enthusiasm and diversity really helps lighten the load.
The journey starts with a bright and energetic pure prog romp called “Corridors”, where the keyboard-oriented nature of Cosgrove’s material is immediately apparent. This is where the man is at his best, whipping up huge key-driven tunes in the vein of Asia and even Spock’s Beard. The vocals of bassist Chris Huit are earnest but on the flat side. Cosgrove uses several vocalists throughout the album and really none of them are what you’d call outstanding. Mike Cohen has an odd, flat spoken word tone on “Staggering Ted” and “Ego Boy”, both of which are appealing musically but could use a stronger singer. Mitch Banks sings on “No Options” and Mark Palazzo tries his hand on “I Kissed The Ground Today”…both men have clear, pleasant tones but Space Toucan cries out for a really strong, dramatic singer who could do Cosgrove’s tunes justice.
Influences here are all over the map. The name Asia came to mind on several occasions, but the acoustic playing on “I Kissed The Ground Today” and “Staggering Ted” is reminiscent of Supertramp. On the instrumental tunes, names like Alan Parsons Project and Vangelis arise.
Turning to those instrumentals, we get a wide, wide range of sounds. This is where Cosgrove likes to flex his musical muscles….nowhere better than “Space Toucan”, which has such a magnificent, spacy keyboard hook. This is a GREAT instrumental prog song! “Bienvenue a Los Angeles” and “Conozca a Los Leafjumpers” are two brief but catchy and very cinematic tracks. But with the one-two punch of “Metro Morning” and “Junglescape”, Cosgrove takes us through two very long extended jams with the touch of house and electronic dance music. Both are minimalistic and trance-inducing but will test the patience of those expecting typical prog. Of the remaining instrumentals, “Eddie The Hat”, “Burning Leaves” and the very boring “Reachback” could easily have been dropped from the set at no loss. The odd “Threnody” can be described as “electronic medieval” and the album ends with a strong, traditional prog workout in “Soaring Part 11”.
With some necessary snipping and stronger vocals, Space Toucan could have been a prog classic. As it is, it’s still fun and energetic to listen to and features more experimentation than most releases these days.
Review by Mike Korn
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
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Grady Stuart

A Review: Space Toucan (A Neotropical Dream) - David Cosgrove
f you haven’t heard David Cosgrove’s work before, this varied and highly original musical experience is a good place to start. Cosgrove, formerly the creative force behind Makkiwhip, has granted us access to his furtive musical imagination, and the trip here is full of multi-layered, keyboard- and rhythm-infused highlights.

Cosgrove is one of those rare authentic musical talents - he plays multiple instruments and incorporates multiple musical styles into his compositions. His advanced work on keys and guitar serve here as your primary guides. A number of tunes are backed by a collection of associates and various vocalists, while others are fine solo efforts on which this neotropical dreamer plays all instruments. While it’s convenient and easy to assign the “progressive rock” label to Cosgrove’s music, the whole of Space Toucan really defies categorization. There is progressive rock here, yes, but there are also captivating trance-like rhythms, a bit of folk and some plain old rock as well.

Highlights abound. The title track is a perfect example of how Cosgrove combines his multiple influences into a single coherent piece. “Space Toucan” features emotive, almost classical keyboards in Cosgrove’s patented multi-layered presentation. It’s one of the strongest pieces on the CD. “On the Big Island Part 1,” another solo instrumental by Cosgrove, contributes a strong beat and bits of electronica, to exciting effect. The opening track, “Corridors,” backed by Chris Huit, Mitch Banks & Ray Romanos, is a clever and catchy number with a powerful Yes influence.

Moving away from traditional progressive rock, Cosgrove shows his rhythm chops on a number of tracks, most notably “Metro Morning,” “Junglescape,” and “Reachback.” The latter is an affecting and evocative tune featuring layered keyboard and drum tracks. It really did transport me to a typical city waking up in the morning; the sounds of machinery and traffic and people arising to greet the day. “Junglescape” is one of my favorite songs in the collection. A toe-tapping, trance-like piece of music backed by Mike Cohen, it is one of the most infectious pieces on the album. “Reachback” is another trance-influenced piece, again backed by Cohen, that offers Cosgrove’s signature keyboard excellence sitting atop hypnotic percussion.

Cosgrove is a unique artist and this collection of music offers a fun and varied listening experience. All the songs are invariably connected by Cosgrove’s wonderful piano and keyboard work. I highly recommend it.
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Len Butters

Space Toucan's Technicolor Prog Rock Flight
There is something to be said for a prog rock album that takes the listener on an unforgettable musical journey. Some classic examples include 2112 by Rush, Tales of Topographic Oceans by Yes, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis, Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull. Add to this list Space Toucan (A Neotropical Dream) by David Cosgrove.

The near 60 minute extravaganza kicks off with the bright catchy anthem "Corridors" with triumphant Keith Emerson-esque keyboard work that quickly establishes Cosgrove as a master of his own domain. Augmenting the keys with beautiful melodious bass work is Chris Huit, who also sings lead vocals on the track. Huit's singing brings to mind flavors of Gentle Giant and Level 42. Uncommon in today's music (but definitely harking back to better times) is an instrumental solo section. There are two keyboard solos, the second with a Moog or ARP analog lead that brings one back to Rick Wakeman at the height of his powers.

Lyrically speaking, the haunting lines "Etched in time your expression altered the past/Leaving your thoughts behind" is a brain teaser to say the least. These are sung by Mitch Banks, whose bright and beautiful voice contrasts wonderfully with Huit's darker delivery.

After "Corridors" we are treated to a one minute and nine second emotional microburst of keyboards and piano in "Bienvenue a Los Angeles," with flowery piano leads reminiscent of romantic era composers. Again, Cosgrove showing off his more than ample compositional and technical chops.

The same lineup from the kickoff track stars in track 3 "No Options," this time with Mitch Banks on lead vocals and Chris Huit on backup. The keyboard work on this song reminds me of Geddy Lee's keyboard work on Grace Under Pressure. The bass playing is outstanding.

The fourth track brings us to our first crescendo point of Space Toucan, in the form of the title track. Like a good baseball coach, Cosgrove placed one of his best songs in clean up position. The hypnotic hook and majestic piano give us an absolutely fantastic bit of instrumental prog rock. Were this released in the 1970's it would easily be standard radio fare today.

Our journey continues with a radical shift in mood and instrumentation. The 5th cut "Staggering Ted" tells the tale of a bum besotted by too much alcohol and spending his days with Jerry Springer while the listener is treated to acoustic guitar work that evokes flavors of Jethro Tull's Aqualung. Humor never going out of style, the chorus rounds out with the line "hey you kids get off my lawn!" Hilarious lyrics and great singing by Mike Cohen.

Another radical shift brings the listener to tracks 6 and 7, "Metro Morning" and "Junglescape." "Metro Morning" paints a glorious tone poem of a metropolitan morning, people racing about, buying their coffee and newspapers, riding the train and ultimately getting down to business. "Junglescape" gently returns us to our Neotropical setting, complete with cawing birds and a Latin jazz bass line straight out of Tito Puente's playbook.

At the halfway point we are again treated to a vocal gem "I Kissed the Ground Today."

A big part of why this album works so well is the constant change in atmosphere and instrumentation so the listener never gets bored. Track 8 is sung by yet another vocalist Mark Palazzo (he wrote the lyrics too), whose graceful and gentle touch augments the simple piano/guitar instrumentation. This song is another throwback, mixed with the guitars on the left channel and the piano on the right, with splashes of mandolin and synthesized strings rounding everything out.

Track 9 "Conozca a Los Leafjumpers" is an instrumental cinematic romp with gorgeous flute overtones that Ian Anderson would be proud of.

Track 10 "Burning Leaves" continues keeping things fresh and acts as another brief interlude with nice acoustic guitar and bongo work.

Track 11 "Reachback" is an almost 7 minute space-rock-techno escape where Space Toucan is floating in between galaxies. It is hypnotic and glorious with a nice touch of techno thrown in for flavor.

Track 12 "Eddie the Hat" seems to be the other bookend to "Burning Leaves;" just a tasty bit to keep your ears fresh and your mind focused.

Our Neotropical Dream continues to soar with "On the Big Island Part 1" with killer melodies and glorious synthesizer programming.

"Ego Boy" tells the tale of excess:

I am a scumbag
Worship me
I'll do anything
For the toys I need

Threnody is straight out of the Steve Hackett playbook, with a haunting medieval melody.

Completing our musical journey, Cosgrove ramps things back up again and hits a grand slam with "Soaring Part 2." Symphonic piano and bass playing by Cosgrove with soaring melodies, "Soaring Part 2" sets Space Toucan free to roam the universe.

An instant classic, I give the album 5 out of 5 stars. My favorite release in 2012 by far.
Len Butters
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