Cowboy Junkies, The Caution Horses (1990)
Okay, so The Trinity Session is the one – definitely. And that was my introduction to Cowboy Junkies and it was the band’s breakthrough. Everyone seemed to love that cover of Sweet Jane and, yeah, it’s pretty sweet – but I prefer the band’s cover of Neil Young’s Powderfinger. I first heard that when I first heard The Caution Horses. I had borrowed the CD from a friend of a friend. We had, somehow, struck up a conversation about Cowboy Junkies (possibly because I had seen the band live, shortly after becoming a fan of The Trinity Session and so maybe that was fresh on my mind and we were obviously talking about music in some sense for it to lead there…) Anyway, I borrowed the CD, played it a couple of times, really loved it, but never bothered buying the album. I returned the disc to this friend-of-friend, someone who I don’t even remember now (no name comes to mind, sorry). But I recall enough of the situation – I guess it’s easier to loan music now, nobody owns it, we send links, make copies of copies, we give away flash-drives or discs or whatever. I remember thinking that it was a nice gesture to just immediately offer this album. Thinking about it now (the first time I’ve thought about it in some time) she was very keen for me to hear this album because she was sure it was better than Trinity and had been told by everyone she mentioned that to that she was nuts; barking up the wrong tree (barking mad). Well, I don’t know if the album is better – apparently it was critically savaged – but I do know that even though the Cowboy Junkies continue to make worthwhile music I only really have ears for this and The Trinity Session. And it was nice to find this album, recently, to purchase. I still love the cover of Powderfinger. I reckon Neil would have dug it also. (Points also for covering Mary Margaret O’Hara).
Sample Track: Sun Comes Up It’s Tuesday Morning
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