Celebrate the 20th anniversary of PANTERA's "Cowboys From Hell" album with the special limited-edition collectors' vinyl release of "Cowboys From Hell: The Demos". This special piece has a custom cover (see below) and demos of the "Cowboys From Hell" tracks, as well as the previously unreleased demo cut "The Will To Survive". Limited to 3,000 copies and available only at participating Metal Club stores starting Black Friday (November 26).
A three-minute video clip of former PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo presenting the "Ultimate Edition" of PANTERA's "Cowboys From Hell" album can be viewed below.
Due on November 22, the "Ultimate Edition" of "Cowboys From Hell" will feature all three discs included in the "Deluxe Edition" and will contain custom artwork, a 60-page booklet with rare photos, expanded liner notes and replicas from the "Cowboys" era, including a New Year's Puke Party T-shirt designed by Dimebag, multiple flyer reproductions from the era, a "Fucking Hostile" button, all-access tour pass '90 fabric sticker, "Cowboys From Hell Texas Guest" laminated pass , "U.S. Tour '91" all-access laminated pass and a ticket reproduction from June 14, 1991. The three CDs include include a newly remastered copy of the original "Cowboys" album along with unreleased and rare live performances from the era, and unreleased demos for nearly every album track.
PANTERA found its growl and groove on "Cowboys From Hell", a landmark album whose bone-powdering intensity, razor-sharp riffing and pummeling rhythmic assault represented a turning point in modern metal when it was released in 1990. More than just PANTERA's major label debut, many consider this album to be the official debut of the PANTERA lineup with singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Rex Brown.
To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of "Cowboys From Hell", Rhino has put together a three-disc "Ultimate Edition," a three-disc "Deluxe Edition," and a two-disc "Expanded Edition." All three editions include a newly remastered version of the original album along with unreleased and rare live performances from the "Cowboys From Hell" tour. The "Ultimate" and "Deluxe" editions also feature a disc of unreleased demos for nearly every album track, plus, "The Will To Survive", a previously unreleased song recorded during the album's sessions.
The "Deluxe" and "Expanded" editions of "Cowboys From Hell" were released September 14 at all retail outlets, including www.pantera.com
and www.rhino.com . The "Deluxe Edition" is available for a suggested list price of $29.98 (physical) and $17.99 (digital) and the "Expanded Edition" for $19.98 (physical) and $12.99 (digital).
Along with the remastered version of "Cowboys From Hell", all three sets include a disc of live music recorded during the tour for the album. It begins with seven unreleased performances from PANTERA's September 15, 1990 appearance at the Foundations Forum metal convention in California, a show recorded for radio broadcast but never released commercially. The remainder of the disc contains the five-song EP "Alive And Hostile", a collection of performances recorded in 1991 at the Monsters of Rock festival in Moscow that was previously available only in Australia as part of a 1994 boxed set.
The "Ultimate" and "Deluxe" editions of "Cowboys From Hell" include a third disc that contains the previously unreleased "The Will To Survive", along with demos for 10 of the album's 12 songs, including early versions of the title track "Psycho Holiday", "The Art Of Shredding" and "Cemetery Gates".
After being turned down "twenty-eight times by every major label on the face of the earth," ATCO Records A&R rep Mark Ross saw the band when Hurricane Hugo stranded him in Texas. The rest, as they say, is history, including another seven years and over a million miles of touring for "Cowboys" to be certified platinum (one million album sales) by the RIAA.
The album's liner notes include essays by each of the band's surviving members, producer Terry Date, and the aforementioned Ross. Recalling the first time he saw PANTERA, Ross writes, "By the end of the first song, my jaw was on the floor. The sonic power of it all — the attitude and the musicianship — blew me away. Basically, you had to be an idiot to not think they're amazing. I mean, how could you see these guys and not think, Holy shit!?"
"Cowboys From Hell" 20th-anniversary reissue track listing:
Disc One - Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions
01. Cowboys From Hell
02. Primal Concrete Sledge
03. Psycho Holiday
05. Cemetery Gates
08. Clash With Reality
09. Medicine Man
10. Message In Blood
11. The Sleep
12. The Art Of Shredding
Disc Two - Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions
01. Domination (live) *
02. Psycho Holiday (live) *
03. The Art Of Shredding (live) *
04. Cowboys From Hell (live) *
05. Cemetery Gates (live) *
06. Primal Concrete Sledge (live) *
07. Heresy (live) *
08. Domination (live, "Alive And Hostile" EP) †
09. Primal Concrete Sledge (live, "Alive And Hostile" EP) †
10. Cowboys From Hell (live, "Alive And Hostile" EP) †
11. Heresy (live, "Alive And Hostile" EP) †
12. Psycho Holiday (live, "Alive And Hostile" EP) †
Disc Three - Ultimate and Deluxe Editions Only
01. The Will To Survive *
02. Shattered (demo) *
03. Cowboys From Hell (demo) *
04. Heresy (demo) *
05. Cemetery Gates (demo) *
06. Psycho Holiday (demo) *
07. Medicine Man (demo) *
08. Message In Blood (demo) *
09. Domination (demo) *
10. The Sleep (demo) *
11. The Art Of Shredding (demo) *
* Previously unreleased
† Unreleased in the U.S.