Marc Jordan – C.O.W. (Conserve Our World) [1990]

Marc Jordan - C.O.W.

I already featured here one album from Canadian singer-songwriter MARC JORDAN, the elegant Talking Through Pictures (1987). While composing, producing or playing as session musician for others, during the Eighties / Nineties Jordan managed to release a solo album every 3 years, more or less.

On his 6th album “C.O.W. [Conserve Our World]” issued in 1990, Jordan changed a little his West Coast smooth melodies in favour to a more poppy, light AOR sound akin Mr. Mister. So between the extensive session musician list it’s not strange to see guitarist Steve Farris, drummer Pat Mastelotto and Richard Page doing backing vocals, all from Mr. Mister.

Just check opener “Big Love” or one of my favorites, “Edge Of The World” (featuring a great guitar solo by talented Bruce Gaitsch) and this seems like a Mr. Mister lost record indeed. Other luminaries appear as guests such as Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, Timothy B. Schmit, Renee Geyer, Stan Bush and lots more. There’s some Hi-Tech on “Power”, suave atmospheres on “Bridges In The Dark”, and a nice, West Coast / AORish arranged version of Todd Rundgren’s “Can We Still Be Friends?” including a sharp six-string solo by Gene Black (Wild Blue, Device).

While pretty poppy oriented, Jordan’s vocal work on this album is one of his best in my opinion. “C.O.W. [Conserve Our World]” is not easy to find on CD but definetely worth the search.

Band Members
Vocals,Keyboards Marc Jordan
Guitar Steve Farris,Stuart Mathis,Dany Jacob,Bruce Gaitsch,Gene Black,Doug Macaskill
Keyboards,Bass John Capek,Kim Bullard
Mandolin Eric Williams
Strings Rick Sailon
Drums Pat Mastelotto,Billy Ward
Backing Vocals Stan Bush,Billy Trudel,Amy Sky,Renee Geyer,George Merrill,Richard Page,Shannon Rubicam,Timothy B. Schmit,Mark Lennon,Kevin Cronin

Tracks
01. Big Love
02. Edge Of The World
03. Guns Of Belfast
04. Burning Down The Amazon
05. Bridges In The Dark
06. Silent Night
07. Inside My Piano
08. Can We Still Be Friends?
09. Power
10. Holding Up The Sky

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