Cowley is known as one of the pioneers of disco in the 1970s, particularly the hi-NRG strain. The Catholic material was written and recorded with vocalist (and frequent collaborator) Jorge Socarras in San Francisco between 1975 and 1977, before the latter went to London and Cowley started a gig playing synthesizers for Sylvester.
The two artists reconvened in 1979 and re-recorded some of the material, eventually sending an album to Megatone Records who ultimately decided not to sign it. In 2007, the label gave San Francisco's Honey Soundsystem access to its archives, which led to Catholic getting its first-ever release via Macro on CD in 2009.
Now, following their Cowley retrospective School Daze and landing on the 32nd anniversary of his death, Dark Entries are issuing the record on vinyl for the first time, calling it a spiritual precursor to the punk-funk of bands like LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture.
It also comes with two extra tracks that weren't included on the CD version, along with an essay from Socarras.
1. Memory Fails Me
2. Robot Children (Do You Love Your)
3. I Never Want To Fall In Love
4. I’ll Come See You.
5. I Remember
6. Cars Collide
7. She Had Her Nerve
8. Eddie Go To My Head
11. I Am Your Tricks
12. In And Out
13. Lost Horizon
14. You Laugh At My Face
15. Burn Brighter Flame
16. Hurdy Gurdy Man