14299-2 Let It Go
Produced by Wally Farkas
Released on June 20, 2000
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14299-2 cover  

T he timid critic, or How I destroyed Galactic Cowboys. I heard a tape of these guys back in the mid 90s, loved it, played it for my friends who enjoyed metal, and lost it a year or two later. What remained was a floating catalog entry in the old brainbox with Galactic Cowboys filed under “G” for “good.” On the rare occasions where their name came up, I’d mumble “um, yeah, great band” and make a mental note to get me some of that again soon. But years passed and the Cowboys and I never crossed paths in the record stores or on the radio, so I swallowed up what the record companies were selling (Pantera, Eminem) and convinced myself that here was the cutting edge of contemporary music. Meanwhile, Galactic Cowboys kept making great records beyond the radar screen, and by the time I finally did snag a used copy of Let It Go (er, Galactic Cowboys, yeah, they’re great) the Cowboys had already ridden off into the sunset. Listening to this disc now, and hearing the band rip through one great idea after another on their final ride, I realize that my complacency helped drive the good guys out of town. But don’t weep for Galactic Cowboys. They went out on their own terms, releasing all of the creative energy and self-confidence and, yes, a little resentment at the record industry (the opening track is a poke at Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP) that had developed over the years. Had they become commercial contenders, Let It Go might have gone too smoothly (as The Replacements proved, no one is immune). Instead, the record is another tour-de-force of pop-metal, that diamond in the rough or undiscovered oil field that makes the listener’s life a little richer. Every track on here packs a punch and/or a great melody: “Ordinary,” “Dirty Hands,” “Hey Mr.” and the list goes on. No missteps, no filler to be found (it helps when you have three talented songwriters). Some critics have seen in this a final winding down of the band’s energies, perhaps transferring their own disappointment with the band’s quiet death onto the artists, but to my ears they’re riding as tall in the saddle as when I first heard them. At the end of the day, the Cowboys have left behind a recorded legacy that they can look back on proudly. Maybe history will correct the mistakes of the silent minority and shout the Cowboy’s praises from the rooftops. If we raise any of the fallen pop-metal standards from the past, let it be theirs.

14299-2 back sleeve
14299-2 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. untitled
  2. T.I.M.    (Monty Colvin)
  3. A DIFFERENT WAY    (Monty Colvin)
  4. LIFE AND TIMES    (Wally Farkas)
  5. FLAG    (music: Wally Farkas; words: Ben Huggins)
  6. DISNEY'S SPINNIN'    (Monty Colvin)
  7. HEY MR.    (music: Ben Huggins/Wally Farkas/Jerry Gaskill; words: Ben Huggins)
  8. ANOTHER HILL    (Monty Colvin)
  9. DIRTY HANDS    (music: Wally Farkas; words: Wally Farkas/Ben Huggins)
  10. BOOM!    (music: Wally Farkas/Ben Huggins, words: Jerry Gaskill)
  11. ORDINARY    (Ben Huggins)
  12. INTERNALIZE    (Monty Colvin)
  13. SWIMMING IN DECEMBER    (Monty Colvin)
  14. SONG FOR SYBO    (Wally Farkas)
  15. FUTURE    (Ben Huggins)
  16. BUCKET OF CHICKEN    (Wally Farkas/Jerry Gaskill/Ben Huggins/Monty Colvin)
  17. THE RECORD ENDS    (Monty Colvin)

CREDITS

MONTY COLVIN -- lead vocals, bass, harmony vocals, photography, paintings
WALLY FARKAS -- guitars, harmony vocals, lead vocals, drums, bass, handclaps, percussion, finger cymbals, moog, keyboards, lead guitar, engineer, tone generation
JERRY GASKILL -- drums
BEN HUGGINS -- harmony vocals, lead vocals, guitars, acoustic guitars, engineer
Alan Doss -- harmony vocals (8), mixing, engineer, tone generation
Max Dyer -- cellos
Shane Huggins -- handclaps (5)
Nano Jones -- drums (11)
The Little LaLa People (Haylee Hartman, Harrison Hartman, Heather Hartman, Lisa Hartman, Valerie Krist, Taylor Huggins, Maggie Huggins) -- background vocals (7)
Tamra Perkinson -- harmony vocals (10)
Robert Rich -- introduction soundscape (12)
Brian Garcia -- drums and bass engineering
Ty Tabor -- tone generation
Brian J. Ames -- art direction

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US June 20, 2000 Metal Blade CD 14299 lyric sleeve
EUR 2000 Metal Blade CD MBCD-14299  
JPN 2000 Metal Blade CD VICP-61079  

 

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