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11 Jun 2016

Homer “Grown in USA” 1970 Private Texas Rural Heavy Psych

Homer “Grown in USA” 1970  mega rare Private Texas Rural Heavy Psych

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“Grown in U.S.A” was their only album, released as a private pressing in 1970.  Rural psychedelic rock with early prog  hints fuelled by   stunning lead / dual guitar, melodic vocals and occasional mellotron...............

Album, recorded by Homer I got to know dozen or so years ago end of the 90's... buy him on the flea market -pirated pressing 
Russian edition ( - rip of tired old vinyl,crackles, clicks and frying all sounded awfully or rather tragically) followed to buy issued by Akarma and, unfortunately,although it is not ideal sound but so it is significantly better!. 

Rare early '70s US psych piece that mixes hard edged harmonic psych rock with country influences.. This is a great US psych/prog album from 1970. Great guitar works with of country rock on this San Antonio(state in Texas) out fit's only album. Imagine a progressive rock version of The New Riders Of the Purple Sage!. It never hurts to give a second chance to something that at first it may have seemed boring, average,and even pathetic,Homer is one of those bands that grabbed them at first taste, but with a heard second completely changed my opinion ... 

So, traditionally, before reading, turn on the music, because the music tells us more about myself than even the best-chosen word ;)
 This band from Texas who in 1970 released their debut and only album titled "Grown in the USA", which presents a psychedelic folk with the seal of the '60s Texas with a slight taste of proto-progressive, their sound is comparable with the group (also Texas) Fever Tree, but with a country flavor, so the album is very interesting, because we can find shades psychedelic folk songs, touches of country, slightly fuzz guitars and basses, and some influences mellotron classical music, so the album offers a very interesting and high-quality music,is one of the best albums that could offer Texas psychedelic scene between 1966 and 1976. 

Homer was one of the better promising, psychedelic/hard rock bands to come out of Texas... killer gutiar based psych with real acidy, swirling leads (from Galen Niles pre-Ultra), real good songs, strong vocals. It's a slightly mixed bag, to be honest, fusing psych,hard rock and, er, country into a sort-of interesting stew that doesn't always work, if truth be told. After psychedelic hard rock opener 'Circles In The North', the pedal steel puts in an appearance on the next couple of tracks, particularly on 'Dawson Creek', almost a straight country rock song. The rest of the album veers between the rock and country sides of the band, often during the same song, with twin guitar leads battling it out with pedal steel balladry in an almost unique mix of styles, but primarily from the strong influences of the British progressive rock - with mellotron, with cool improvisations (although the record is not long ) and sudden changes in rhythm! Great, full of emotion and melody and only two, a bit weaker (but still it cool! fragments) 

Rob Meurer plays Mellotron on most of the records, which must make this one of the earliest American 'Tron (as against Chamberlin) albums. Most of his use is nice, upfront strings, although flutes and even brass rear their misshapen heads occasionally. Meurer seems to use practically no other instrument, although the odd synth line puts in an appearance, sounding like an old Moog III. 

Although it is not perfect I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!!!! 
This is the real windfall for fans 60s guitar psychedelia. 
Absolutely essential! 

There also great position Swedish company Flawed Gems. Release:2009-09-12. The Swedish remastered reportedly sound well (probably ripped from the original vinyl worth $ 800), although it is not brilliant since the original material was released private effort, small label with a zero budget (sometimes you can hear a slight noise also present on the original stamping LP) 

Well, but it decisively beats on your head,each of mentioned! Homer 'The Complete Recordings' album by was released Jun 19, 2012 by Gear Fab label GF 260CD. A historic release in Digi-Pak format. They had their early beginnings as the Outcasts and some members played on the Stoics/Mind's Eye 45s reissued on The Children Anthology. While their 1970 LP is very highly rating 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 tracks of the LP...... adamus67.........................

Although Homer's sole and rare album is full of ideas and busy late-psychedelic/early-progressive rock instrumentation, it's a bunch of notions in search of a road map, and ultimately doesn't say much. Sometimes there's similarity to early-'70s British progressive rock in the occasional Mellotron, the multi-sectioned song structures, and the dynamic instrumentation. There are country and folkier touches (including steel guitar), though, which were rare in such British music, sometimes leaving a slight odd feeling of hearing Neil Young (an influence especially audible on "Dawson Creek") intersect with Yes and the Moody Blues. The lyrics sometimes have a verge-on-the-better-world hippie outlook that, while laudable on paper, comes across as kind of sappy. The hard-to-get-a-handle-on eclecticism isn't the problem so much as far more common shortcomings in these kind of psychedelic-era obscurities: a lack of strong songs or gripping originality, despite the undoubted competence of the playing and vocals. The 2002 CD reissue on Akarma adds two tracks from a non-LP 1970 single that are actually the best things on the disc. They have more of an early psychedelic feel than the LP and a tighter focus to the songs, which sound a bit like the kind of guitar-heavy, phased psychedelic pop the Amboy Dukes did on "Journey to the Center of the Mind," or early Richie Unterberger....almusic............

With their roots traced in two legendary 60s garage bands, The Outcasts and The Stoics, Homer were without doubt one the best psychedelic / hard-rock outfits coming out from Texas, 

'Grown in U.S.A' was their only album, released as a private pressing in 1970. Rural psychedelic rock with early prog hints fuelled by stunning lead / dual guitar, melodic vocals and occasional mellotron. 

We present this collectable album in a 2LP expanded edition including their early singles - which are prime examples of 60s Texan garage-psych - plus previously unreleased studio demo tracks, recorded at the same time as the album. 

Newly remastered sound especially for this vinyl release, gatefold sleeve with detailed liner notes and rare pictures. 180gr vinyl. 

'A Texas private press classic that spans several early ‘70s genres but still manages to sound like a coherent, personal work. A strongly played melodic rock trip somewhat like Mothers Tuckers Yellow Duck' 
Patrick Lundborg (Acid Archives)................. 

"Homer" is very much underrated and forgotten classic band, which deserves to be better known. Texans from San Antonio (originally), they moved to Houston by 1969, where a string of 45s was released on Universal Recording Artists - starting with the cover of Willie Nelson's "I Never Cared For You". Although the music of the band has strong American roots (one can easily pinpoint elements of country and distinctive sound of steel guitar), they had an inclination towards quite heavy psychedelia and acquired a taste of British prog (Moody Blues, for example) with sophisticated and richly orchestrated compositions and unison singing ("Four Days And Nights Without You" and "lonely Woman" could easily be on vintage Uriah Heep album, while "Cyrano In The Park" has a distant flavour of Maurice Ravel). Quite often high-pitched vocals just give up meditative British melancholy, and go into sheer acid hysteria. It's true that the band is more prog than psych (Vernon Joynson - Fuzz Acid and Flowers Revisited. Vernon Joynson. 
"Homer" was: Phil Bepko and Frank Coy (vocals), Galen Niles (lead guitar), Howard Gloor (steel & lead guitar), Gene Coleman (drums) and Chet Himes (bass). 
After releasing the 3rd single in 1970 (Dandelion Wine/Sunrise), "Homer" managed to produce self-titled album, which went into obscurity for decades, but finally found its way to eager fans - although through pirate compilations (either on Akarma or Flawed Gems), or acid collections. Pity, but "Sunrise" and "Dandelion Wine" are not featured. 
There was no justice in the world of rock music, otherwise "Homer" should have been competing with top-league British peers....................By Golovanov Alexey.................

Grown in U.S.A. CD. Reissue of killer Texan gutiar based psych with real acidy, swirling leads (from Galen Niles pre-Ultra), real good songs, strong vocals. This is the real thing for those into 60s guitar psychedelia. I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!!!! This is a historic release in 6 page Digi-Pak format. They had their early beginnings as The Outcasts and some members played on The Stoics/Mind’s Eye 45s reissued on The Children Anthology. While their 1971 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 tracks of the lp...............


Phil Bepko - vocals
Frank Coy - vocals
Galen Niles - lead guitar
Howard Gloor - lead & steel guitar
Chet Himes - bass
Gene Coleman - drums
Rob Meurer - Mellotron


1. Circles In The North
2. Taking Me Home
3. Dawson Creek
4. Survivor
5. In The Beginning
6. Love’s Coming
7. Four Days And Nights “Without You”
8. Cyrano In The Dark
9. Lonely Woman

Bonus tracks:

10. Sunrise
11. Dandelion Wine

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