The Caution Horses

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The Caution Horses
Studio album by Cowboy Junkies
Released 22 February 1990
Genre Alternative country, blues rock
Length 44:32
Label RCA
Producer Peter Moore, Michael Timmins
Cowboy Junkies chronology
The Trinity Session
The Caution Horses
Black Eyed Man
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [2]

The Caution Horses is the fourth studio album by the Canadian country rock band Cowboy Junkies, released in 1990.

The first album following their 1988 breakthrough The Trinity Session, The Caution Horses features a more conventional, polished sound than that album's spare, haunting country blues. As a consequence, the album was savaged by music critics, who charged that the band had sacrificed their distinctive style.

However, the album's accessibility to mainstream pop and rock audiences also meant that it received more radio airplay and spawned bigger chart hits ("Sun Comes Up, It's Tuesday Morning" and "Rock and Bird", which featured Bruce Hornsby on the piano on the single version) than The Trinity Session had. A number of critics have also noted that while the album is undeniably a disappointment when compared to its predecessor, when taken on its own merits it is a better album than its initial reception would suggest.

The band decided to record in a live setting as they had on The Trinity Session. This time they chose the Sharon Temple, a National Historic Site north of Toronto, as their studio.[3] The recording proved challenging, as they had to adapt to the unique acoustics of the Sharon Temple and also the cool temperatures of a Canadian spring (they were not allowed to bring heaters into this unheated building due to its heritage designations). The cover of the album shows the band outside of this historic building.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Michael Timmins, except where noted.

  1. "Sun Comes Up, It's Tuesday Morning" – 3:56
  2. "Cause Cheap is How I Feel" – 4:13
  3. "Thirty Summers" – 4:15
  4. "Mariner's Song" – 6:20
  5. "Powderfinger" (Neil Young) – 5:46
  6. "Rock and Bird" – 3:30
  7. "Witches" (Michael Timmins, Margo Timmins) – 2:44
  8. "Where Are You Tonight?" – 5:07
  9. "Escape is So Simple" – 5:15
  10. "You Will Be Loved Again" (Mary Margaret O'Hara) – 3:26


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