Homespun: The Apple Venus Volume One Home Demos [Limited Edition] Limited Edition
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That being stated, my reaction to those detractors who consider this release to be self indulgent would have to be something like, would you say something like that if The Beatles released a collection of rough demos of songs before being produced as polished albums? Imagine Abbey Road before the orchestral arrangements and segues were worked in.
If anything, hearing the rough takes of these magnificent songs gives a deeper appreciation for each one, if you happen to adore the album as much as I do. Actually, before buying this version I was expecting a tad more rough edges; I wasn't aware that much of the "orchestral" arrangement on Apple Venus was sampled sound. So let the buyer beware ... this is not exactly the "unplugged" approach.
Homespun could indeed be considered a for-fans-only release. Or maybe directed towards "limited edition" suckers like myself. I guess I just appreciate this album because it's sort of an invitation into the musical world of a songwriting team I happen to respect very highly, especially after such an admirable comeback effort as Apple Venus. I have already sung its praises in another review of that album. Hopefully THAT won't be considered too self-indulgent.
The packaging is actually superior to AV1 with reproductions of lyrics, etc., that make this a much more attractive package than the average "rarities" package. The cover art, a visual pun on the AV1 cover, is quite clever. A bonus that might have made this disc a little more fun for the XTC fan would have been to include the spoken word portion featured on the singles about how each song was created.
Oh, well, for that you have to get the Japanese import (it features the previously released "How they came to be" sections).
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The material doesn't add to the studio version, but the liner notes are well worth having. Buy this is you're an XTC addict.Published on May 26, 2014 by JoeBrazil
First thing's first, "Homespun" is an album of demos for "Apple Venus". If you don't have that record, look there first (although if you're new to XTC, "Skylarking" is the usual... Read morePublished on July 27, 2006 by Michael Stack
(...the cover currently displayed belongs to the "parent" album, Apple Venus. Homespun's cover is similar, but is an embroidery of the peacock feather. Read morePublished on March 4, 2006 by Stargrazer
Probably one of my favorite albums ever is Apple Venus pt. 1. Therefore, the demos were a welcome addition to my collection. Read morePublished on October 9, 2001
Having just reviewed XTC'S Wasp Star,I thought I would check out previous reviews of their works.Only to find out that unless you live outside the USA,then anything of true... Read morePublished on August 30, 2000 by Christopher Page
I don't actually own this album, but I did buy Apple Venus, and I'll say this: I hope that this album has the charm that that album lacked. Read morePublished on December 29, 1999