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The Cowsills In Concert
??? 1969
The Carolina Journal
Charlotte, North Carolina

Hart ot the Cowsills' talent lies in their ability to imitate other artists when they sing songs that are the trademarks of other artists. On THE COWSILLS IN CONCERT, their newest album on the M-G-M label, the family group from Rhode Island does a truly spectacular job of sounding like several other groups while singing a dozen well-known tunes. Their version of "Hair" by Galt McDermott and friends sounds really great. Unfortunately, part of the song was cut, but it's still more than worth hearing. They sound more like the Mamas and Papas on "Monday, Monday" than the Mamas and Papas do. Bob Cowsill also does a good job with The Left Bank's "Walk Away Renee." If you like Claudine Longet's version of "Hello, Hello," you'll enjoy little Susan Cowsill s rendition, too. The final song on the first side of this Val Valentin-engineered lp is Peter, Paul, and Mary's "The Cruel War" with big mama Cowsill, Paula, handling the lead. She doesn't look like Mary Travers, but the sound is the same.

Side two opens with the Beach Boys "Good Vibrations," which the Cowsills really turn on. The organ and drum-beat are almost identical to the original hit by those XKE Californians. The Cream sings "The Sunshine of Your Love" better than the Cowsills do, but I still can't complain about the way it's done on this album. Lennon and McCartney's "Paperback Writer" was also revived for the occasion, along with "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" by the fabulous Four Tops. The album closes out with Mitch Ryder's "Good Golly Miss Molly/Devil with a Blue Dress." The Cowsills do as good as Milch did, and they sound like him.

The other songs on this album, which Frank Gorshin must truly covet, are "Please Mr. Postman" and "Act Naturally." 'Versatility is just another trait of the fabulous Cowsills, and it makes this record one that will be on the top charts for quite a while; it has something for everybody.

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