Homer:The Complete Recordings
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A historic reissue in Digi-Pak format: Homer were one of the best Psychedelic/Hard Rock bands to come out of Texas. They had their early beginnings as The Outcasts and some members played on The Stoics/Mind's Eye 45s reissued on The Children Anthology (GEA 187). While their 1970 LP is very highly rated and rated R4 in rarity, their three 45s are even rarer. Newly discovered tapes have uncovered unreleased songs and demos. All are included in this comprehensive collection. A very young Christopher Cross participated on some of the LP tracks. Look for a double LP, gatefold sleeve, 180 gram vinyl release in the Fall of 2012!
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If ever there was a case of damning with faint praise, it is in the statement.
Homer released three 45s and a (very) limited pressing of an album. All those songs plus five additional demo tracks are on the CD. The singles are, in my opinion, the pick of the litter with a late 60s pop urgency that fits the period. The album and the rest of the cuts are - as stated - competent and professional but there is little or no unity of the material. Depending on the song, I heard influenc3es of Vanilla Fudge; Eagles-style country rock and The Who, with the insertion of 'Hall of the Mountain King' in two places in one song. All lot of the material also is in desperate need of editing. Songs have extended instrumental intros and out-tros, as well as melody changes that make one think two songs were mashed together. I realize the band was trying to fit an impression of what FM radio was about, but they missed.