3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2007
Any album featuring Patrick Cowley songs deserves a listen in my opinion, but this one certainly lacks some of the classics I would expect from a compilation of his work. The main problem is the presence of re-worked versions of tracks like 'Goin' Home' (from the album 'Mind Warp') and the Sylvester cover of 'Menergy' (the original version featured on the album 'Megatron Man').
It seems the producers of this album decided to place more emphasis on Cowley's collaborations rather than his solo work - the brilliant 'Right On Target' by Paul Parker has a deserved place here, though I fail to see why 'Do You Wanna Funk', a hit more attributed to Sylvester, is present here. Also lacking is the original version of 'Menergy', we are left with a slightly over the top Sylvester cover (don't get me wrong, I love Sylvester, but I wanted a Patrick Cowley album!).
Also missing is the rarely heard but excellent collaboration 'Die Hard Lover' by Frank Loverde. This album is far from being a comprehensive collection. I would have preferred a two disc compilation, there is certainly enough material to cover it.
I must also comment on the sound quality of some of the tracks. It seems to me that certain songs lack bass and therefore sound flat. 'Right On Target' is an example of this. Some tracks have benefitted from the digital remastering; 'Tech-No-Logical World' sounds clearer than ever! Whoever re-worked 'Goin' Home' (the last track Cowley recorded before his death) did a good job, but I would prefer the original complete with Paul Parker vocals (only the female voices are heard in this version).
In conclusion, this is a fairly poor effort for a compilation, but the quality music more than makes up for its faults.