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    Main » 2010 » May » 2 » Home - 1973 - The Alchemist
    Home - 1973 - The Alchemist
    genre: prog
    country: uk
    quality : lossless (ape, cue, log, booklet scans)
    time: 40'44"
    size: 261 mb

    Tapestry of Delights:
    Someone at CBS must have had very trustable ears. The development of Home within years from a competent but immature outfit to the makers of a minor masterpiece is nothing less than stunning. They started out as a surprisingly American-sounding progressive act. On the first album there are luckily no traces of self-indulgence or technical showmanship. There rather is an attempt to convey genuine emotion through well-contructed melody and tasteful arrangements. Yet, the results are more impressive for their potentiality than for their immediate impact. Anyway, there is skill, courage and some excellent melodies as well. Already very noticeable is the fluent and "natural" sounding guitar of Wisefield. The second album shows some progress. The aforementioned guitar reigns supreme on almost all tracks, the singing has improved and the sound is less derivative and swings effortlessly between different moods. The only flaw: the attempts to sound more controlled influence their emotional expressions unfavourably, resulting in a few compositions which are not on the usual level. Typically a transitory album. They came to full bloom on The Alchemist. Suddenly all that previously only was suspected, springs into life. There are some incredible guitar parts, many highly emotional songs, dexterous but totally controlled playing and even inspired lyrics. While at times the music is strongly reminiscent of New Zealand band Dragon, thoughtful and gently powerful, on side two there is a unique and highly recommended apotheosis of most elements that make UK progressive rock worthwhile. The arrangements gain a hitherto only hinted at complexity, which is well-hidden, though, and only reveals itself after several spins. Don't let the fact that this is a concept album deter you from estimating its musical value.
    Mick Stubbs and Mick Cook had earlier played in The Blue Rondos. Laurie Wisefield was later in Wishbone Ash. Test pressings exist for a 4th CBS album that was never released.
    Mick Stubbs sadly passed away in the late nineties. ~ 
    (Marcel Koopman)
    1. Schooldays (2:57)
    2. The old man dying (3:47)
    3. Time passes by (2:05)
    4. The old man calling (Save the people) (3:15)
    5. The disaster (2:36)
    6. The sun's revenge (4:00)
    7. A secret to keep (1:18)
    8. The brass band played (1:25)
    9. Rejoicing (2:49)
    10. The disaster returns (Devastation) (8:03)
    11. The death of the alchemist (4:35)
    12. The alchemist (3:48)

    - Mick Cook / Drums, Percussion, vocals
    - Mick Stubbs / Guitars, piano, lead vocals
    - Cliff Williams / Bass guitar, vocals
    - Laurie Wisefield / Electric guitar (lead), Acoustic guitar, steel guitar, vocals

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