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For those of you unfamiliar with producer Patrick Cowley, he was kind of like the Bay Area equivalent to Giorgio Moroder. While Moroder is eternally attached to his work with Donna Summer, Cowley is forever linked to SF’s “Queen of Disco,” Sylvester. In addition, Cowley’s numerous classic productions for the Megatone label, which he co-ran, essentially birthed the hi-NRG subgenre that would become the standard for San Francisco’s gay disco scene.

His life was unfortunately cut short when he became an early casualty of the AIDS epidemic, but his legacy lives on in history and now, a double-LP retrospective being released by the Dark Entries imprint and hedonistic SF party promoters Honey Soundsystem. Oh, did we mention that these are “productions unearthed from the garage of gay-porn company Fox Studio”? Via XLR8R:

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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