Monday, 4 October 2021

PATRICK COWLEY🔺👁⃤ 'COLLABORATIONS' (1977-1982) 40th Anniversary - Various Artists Electronic Disco Hi-NRG Funk 70s 80s


"Patrick Cowley's 🔺👁⃤ "Collaborations" is a collection of works Patrick contributed to/remixed/wrote/played on and/or produced for/with other artists"

00:00 01. Carl Carlton - Baby I Need Your Loving (12'') 5.52 (1982) 05:51 02. Jeannie Tracy - Time Bomb (Extended) 6.09 (1982) 11:59 03. L.T.D. - Back In Love Again, Again (Version 1) 4.42 (1977) 16:41 04. Lipps Inc. - Funkytown Revival 7.53 (1979) 24:35 05. Loverdé - Die Hard Lover (12'') 7.07 (1982) 31:43 06. Michele - Disco Dance (Remix) 13.47 (1977) 45:28 07. Tantra - The Hills Of Katmandu (Megamix 12'') 16.21 (1979) 1:01:49 08. Two Tons Of Fun - I Got The Feeling (Remix 12'') 7.13 (1980) 1:08:59 09. Tantra - Hills Of Katmandu (12'' Remix) 6.25 (1979) 1:15:26 10. Hot Posse - An American Dream (Medley) 6.22 (1981) 1:21:45 11. L.T.D. - Back In Love Again, Again (Version 2) 4.37 (1977) 1:26:22 12. Passengers - Hot Leather (Moby Dick 12'' Remix) 11.54 (1981) 1:38:16 13. Paul Parker - Pushin' Too Hard (Blecman & Kessie Remix) 5.54 (1982) 1:44:10 14. Sarah Dash - Low Down Dirty Rhythm (12'' Mix) 6.42 (1983) 1:50:52 15. Sarah Dash - Lucky Tonight (12'' Extended Version) 5.57 (1983) 1:56:48 16. Sylvester - Don't Stop (12'' Extended Mix) 6.49 (1982) 2:03:39 17. Fever - Standing In The Shadows Of Love (12'' Mix) 7.06 (1978) Patrick Joseph Cowley (October 19, 1950 – November 12, 1982) was an American disco and Hi-NRG dance music composer and recording artist. Along with Giorgio Moroder, he often is credited as a pioneer of electronic dance music. During his teenage years, Cowley became a successful drummer with local amateur bands before attending Niagara University and later the University at Buffalo to study English. In 1971, at the age of 21, Cowley moved to San Francisco to attend the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) where he studied music, specifically the use of synthesizers. Cowley met San Francisco-based musician Sylvester in 1978. Sylvester had asked Cowley to join his studio band after hearing some of his early synthesizer recordings. He played synthesizer on Sylvester's 1978 album Step II which included the hits "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" and "Dance (Disco Heat)". In addition, he wrote "Stars" and "I Need Somebody to Love Tonight" from his 1979 album Stars. Cowley also joined Sylvester's live band and joined him on several world tours. Cowley's own hits included "Menergy" in 1981, a frank celebration of the gay club scene, and "Megatron Man", which hit #1 and #2 respectively on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1981. That same year, Patrick Cowley was celebrated at the Menergy parties at The EndUp in San Francisco. He also wrote and produced the dance single "Right on Target" for San Francisco artist Paul Parker, which reached #1 on the Billboard dance chart in 1982. "Do Ya Wanna Funk", a collaboration with Sylvester, made #4 on the Billboard dance chart that same year. Cowley also did a 15'45" long remix of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love", which is now a collector's item. Mind Warp, his final album, was composed as he felt the increasing effects of HIV infection, and its songs reflect his increasing detachment from conventional reality as the disease progressed. During a world tour with Sylvester in late 1981, Cowley complained of feeling increasingly unwell. Upon returning to the United States, he visited a doctor who diagnosed food poisoning. Weeks later, with his condition only worsening, doctors again failed to identify what was wrong with him. At this early stage in the history of the HIV and AIDS, misdiagnosis was common and so Cowley, who was gay, was discharged from the hospital (in 1982) after doctors could do nothing more for him. Cowley died at his home in the Castro District neighbourhood in San Francisco on November 12, 1982. He was 32 years old, an early victim of AIDS. A couple of tracks were completed for a planned Sarah Dash album that year, which was cut short by Cowley's death. Despite never fully achieving mainstream commercial success, Cowley is nevertheless regarded as a pioneer of early electronic music and the creator of Hi-NRG, an uptempo strain of disco. Various 1980s artists such as Pet Shop Boys and New Order have cited his influence as a producer. Cowley has been described as "a musical pioneer whose achievements rippled throughout queer culture and beyond into the disco mainstream". Since the 2010s, Cowley's profile has risen as "listeners and scholars excavate disco's intersection with gay liberation." Amid the accompanying emergence of nu-disco in the late 2000s and early 2010s, profiles of Cowley across social media and other high-profile outlets have contributed to a resurgence of interest in his work.



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