Preview a Double-LP Retrospective of Disco Pioneer Patrick Cowley
- Words: Glenn Jackson
Perhaps best known as a frequent collaborator of the Bay Area's "Queen of Disco," Sylvester, as well as the production force behind many classic cuts for the Megatone label (which he co-ran), Patrick Cowley was a legendary producer whose pioneering career was cut short when he became an early victim of the AIDS epidemic in 1981. Credited as one of the key innovators behind San Francisco's hi-NRG sounds that came to dominate gay discos of the time, Cowley's legacy will continue to be preserved thanks to the Dark Entries imprint, who, along with long-running SF party Honey Soundsystem, will issue a collection of newly restored Cowley productions unearthed from the garage of gay-porn company Fox Studio. Set to see a release on October 19, School Daze will offer 11 tracks of Cowley's adventurous and spacey disco cuts restored across two LPs. In the meantime, the label has set up a website to help those curious about the man's legacy gather some new insight, while also sharing 90-second previews of each song included in the School Daze collection—all of which can be streamed via the player below.
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