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3.13 | 33 ratings | 4 reviews | 9% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Tramp (3:30)
2. Family (4:30)
3. Pause for a hoarse horse (3:00)
4. Red E. Lewis and the red caps (4:30)
5. In my time (4:15)
6. How would it feel (3:25)
7. Bad days (4:10)
8. Mother (4:05)
9. Moses (5:10)
10. Welwyn Garden City Blues (1:30)
11. You're no good (3:00)

Total time - 41:05

Line-up / Musicians

- Mick Stubbs / lead vocals, electric & 12-string guitars
- Laurie Wisefield / lead guitar, vocals
- Cliff Williams / bass guitar, vocals
- Mick Cook / drums, percussion

- Clive John / keyboards, Mellotron
- John Weider / violin

Releases information

Artwork: Mike O'Mahoney

LP CBS ‎- S 64356 (1971, UK)

CD Esoteric Recordings ‎- ECLEC2269 (2011, UK) Remastered

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HOME Pause For A Hoarse Horse ratings distribution

(33 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(21%)
Good, but non-essential (48%)
Collectors/fans only (15%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars A big hand for a great feat

Home's first album is based around the excellent guitar work of Laurie Wisefield (who would go on to join Wishbone Ash) and the distinctive vocals of principal songwriter Mick Stubbs. Indeed, with Stubbs also contributing guitar, there are passing similarities with the music of Wishbone Ash.

The tracks, while relatively short, are finely crafted, mixing softer vocal sections with louder guitar driven passages. The opening "Tramp" for example, begins as an almost unaccompanied vocal, building to a fine guitar driven conclusion.

The title track is a rather strange eulogy to a horse which is about to be put down, the emotion of the tale being at odds with the puns in the title. The tale is illustrated in the cactus lands of the desert portrayed on the excellent gatefold sleeve. Clive John (of Man) adds some nice mellotron sounds to tracks such as "Red E Lewis and the red caps", a very intricate track which is a sort of cross between GENTLE GIANT and 10CC (!). The track concludes with some further fine guitar playing, which could perhaps have been developed further. The mellotron returns on "Bad days", a fine laid back ballad with some excellent smooth guitar.

"In my time" features the stereo twin guitars which Wishbone Ash made their own, the song having an underlying depth to the sound which hints towards their finest hour with "The Alchemist" album.

Despite the band's prosaic London roots, there is at times an alternative country feel to the music, the song structures initially appearing deceptively simple. It is only on the brief guitar picking instrumental "Welwyn Garden City Blues" and the final track though that band really veer off in the country direction. Johnny Weider of Family adds some violin to the closing track "You're no good", a more pop orientated upbeat number.

In all, an excellent debut which showed the band to be proficient both in songwriting and performance. While the progressive aspects are generally muted (they would come to the fore on the third album, they are nonetheless present.

Review by ClemofNazareth
3 stars While the ‘progressive’ label is dubious in the case of Home, the band managed to put out two decent and one very good album (‘The Alchemist‘) during their short existence of the early seventies. This is their first and one of the decent ones.

For a British band Home sounded surprisingly similar to any number of American blues-rocking groups of the same period: Cactus, Ramatam, Blues Image, Canned Heat, etc. The group’s lineup was distinguished by guitarists Laurie Wisefield and Mick Stubbs and their twin-guitar attack very comparable to contemporary Brits Wishbone Ash, a band Wisefield would join after Home’s demise. Bassist Cliff Williams would leave for a stint with Bandit before joining Aussie rockers AC/DC in the late seventies.

Like I said, Home’s sound is most comparable to that of Wishbone Ash, with an appealing twin-guitar rhythm, understated bass, and Mick Stubb’s fairly plain percussion. This debut album also features Man keyboardist Clive John and Family member Johnny Weider on violin on the closing track. This is an unexceptional album, full of blues-inspired riffs, early-seventies sentiment earthy lyrics, and occasional solo indulgences. As far as I know the album didn’t garner any hits, but was apparently good enough for CBS to bankroll two more releases before the group disbanded in 1974. Brit balladeer Al Stewart reportedly offered the group a job as his backing band after their final release, but only Mick Cook to him up on the offer as far as I know.

None of the tracks really stand out. “Family” is sort of a prodigal son tune, the title track tells the sad tale of a dying horse, and “Moses” is the closest thing to a Lynyrd Skynyrd ballad as I’ve ever heard out of a bunch of British musicians. “Welvyn Garden City Blues” sounds like a combination of honky-tonk blues and a little bluegrass, with the only thing missing being a nice bass fiddle and maybe a banjo.

This is an interesting history piece, but nothing to get excited about. Rewind reissued it on CD, but it is a bit difficult to find and probably not worth the effort unless you stumble on a copy in a dusty used record bin somewhere. Three stars for the well- formed guitar work of Wisefield and Stubbs, but not particularly recommended.


Review by historian9
3 stars As the early debut of the band, I didn't expect much, and just seeing the cover one shouldn't expect much of prog rock going on. That said, this blues or british country rock like music is very charming and catchy. It does have some mellotron here and there as well as violins but don't expect anything too adventurous aside from guitar playing which does have some kind of original style to it, making it recognizable on all HOME recordings; this stuff might be interesting for WHISHBONE ASH fans. Not much of prog, but seeing as it is not that bad at all, this "feel good" record deserves a raise from collectors and fans only to three stars.

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4 stars To these ears, this is a very underrated album, though I must confess to a certain bias on my part since I really do love this album... Anyway, this, the debut album by UK outfit Home is a quiet gem, one that reflects and refracts subtle shades and colors in the setting sun, rather than da ... (read more)

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