ARTIST: The Cowsills
TITLE: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Cowsills
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Most of All (#118), The Rain, The Park and Other Things (#2), We Can Fly (#21), In Need Of a Friend (#54), Indian Lake (#10), Poor Baby (#44), Hair (#2), The Prophecy of Daniel and John the Divine (#75), Silver Threads and Golden Needles (#74)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Love, American Style
LINEUP: Barbara Cowsill, Barry Cowsill, Bill Cowsill, Bob Cowsill, John Cowsill, Paul Cowsill, Susan Cowsill
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The inspiration for the Partridge Family’s best songs (well, most of ‘em) are in this collection.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: One of the biggest ear-worms of all time is “The Rain, The Park and Other Things”. You may know it as “I love the flower girl…” but anyway that you know it, it’s darn catchy. The Cowsills didn’t write it, but they sure perfected it when it was given to them.
Most of the tracks here, as you can tell, were singles that did pretty well. Bill and the other Cowsills did write occasionally but not for their hits. They did play a lot of their instruments though but they were also augmented by studio hands
The wackiest song here is “The Prophecy of Daniel and John the Divine (Six-Six-Six)” which is an eerie apocalyptic song and it’s just weird to picture the wholesome Cowsill clan chanting “Six Is the NUMMMMBER of the Maaaaaaan.”
This isn’t a complete collection. There is another hit package called “The Best of the Cowsills” that has some other tracks, including “Captain Sad & His Ship of Fools” another odd, wacky, unexpected song from them.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Sadly, Bill, Barry and Barbara are deceased. Barry lost his life during Hurricaine Katrina.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but put both together and you have about 20 decent Cowsills tracks.
GRADE: B-: Ok, I know, I know, I know. This isn’t like a grand statement of art. It’s damn catchy though and pleasant. Shouldn’t that count for something?