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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CBS
  • ASIN: B003YY86VY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Carole on 16 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
I saw this come up on My Recommendations and I knew that I had to buy it. I'd looked around for it a couple of years ago, but to no avail.

So, the background. I always loved this album back in the '70s when it came out. Thinking about it brings back memories of the period before I left school and before I became a student.

The DJ in the pub we all went to used to play tracks off it all the time and it was one of those albums that people who were "in the know" used to listen to. It had a kind of Wishbone Ash sort of feel to it, double lead guitar, lots of melodic lines, bits of synthesiser and mellotron and some really clever playing.

Unfortunately, I never bought it and it got deleted ages ago and I don't think it was ever released on CD, until now.

So, did it live up to my expectations?

Well, Yes...........................

.........and No. (But mostly a Big Yes)

It has most definitely dated, but it would be surprising if it hadn't really.

There are a couple of tracks which I don't think work as well as they could have, which may well be because I am listening to it through a filter of everything that has come since, which is always going to be a problem.

Overall though, the playing is good and the melodic lines are pretty strong. The Wishbone Ash parallels aren't as strong as I though they were, what it reminds me of a fair bit though is Man, another 70s band I like a lot, with some Yes-type flourishes coming through in places. A lot of the guitar playing has echoes of Steve Howe.

The three added bonus tracks are of a different style to the rest of the album and are kind of jarring at the end, so I think that I may end up skipping them when playing the CD most of the time.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Barnes on 10 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
At last, a decent reissue of one of the best 'lost' concept albums of the early 70's.I bought this on vinyl on it's original release and really took to it. Basically it chronicles the rather short life of one of a pair of friends whose life takes an unexpected tack after the chance meeting with an old man on a cornish hillside.The story is explained by the sleeve notes and by the lyrics so i wont go into the details here. Laurie Wisefield's playing is (imo) much better than anything he did in the following years with wishbone ash. The melodies and lyrics go well together producing an almost ethereal effect in places and the musical depiction of the disaster is excellent.
There are themes of friendship, loss and responsibility despite the possible consequences, running through the piece which gives it a poignant feel underlined by the overall sadness of the story and the narrator's final song.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dancing DJ Dave on 26 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
Wow! Although I have the original vinyl album and the CD version (which incidentally WAS available on CD) I had to buy this for the extra tracks. I also have the original 7" single of Green Eyed Fairy but it is fantastic to have them on CD too. (Incidentally there is a final track on the CD called Hayward Town, not listed on the Amazon tracklisting) Most of these tracks are also available on a BBC Sessions 1972-1973 CD played live in BBC studios. In my opinion Home were so underrated. I only wish the 4th unreleased album could be released in its entirety! Incidentally Laurie Wisefield (one of the UK's best guitarists) recently sent me an email telling me that Mick Stubbs released an album called The Songwriter before died, which was made up of songs that he had written & there was a song on there called Fridge to Freeze which was written for the 4th Home album, but it was a demo & not played on by the rest of Home. Of course Laurie is still very active, having been working in We Will Rock you and also now playing with Moody Murray's Whitesnake touring Germany and Europe.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Sandilands on 15 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have been looking for a copy of this album for years. I had bought a vinyl copy back in 1973 when it was released and it was an instant favourite of mine. For me this is a classic prog rock album. The concept of the story is somewhat secondary as lyrics are never as important as the music for me. Laurie Wisefield plays some beautiful solos and the rhythm section of Cliff Williams and Mick Cook supply a wonderful platform for this melodic sound.
Great band, good album.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Golovanov Alexey on 9 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
"Home" is a very accomplished underrated (or overrated - depends on your taste) British prog band of the early 70s. "The Alchemist" (1973)is their 3rd, last and best album (before there were A Pause For A Hoarse Horse/Long Time Comin' - 2 albums on 1 CD, really worth it) - concept album built around a philosophical story which was inspired by a book on spiritual roots of alchemy. Polyphonic, multi-instrumental (Mellotron, keyboards, piano, guitars - electris, acoustic and steel), confident vocals, good melodies... "The Disorder" and "The Death" are aggressive, strong, impressive and more towards hard-rock. The band was at their peak form.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Cheshire on 8 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Home got better and better over the years and this album was the pinnacle. An early concept album with great tunes and guitarist.What a shame Mick Stubbs never got the acclamation as a songwriter he deserved in this life.
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