Homestead and Wolfe - Critics Responses
This page shows some of the many responses to the re-release of the Homestead and Wolfe CD by critical ears in the industry.
San Diego Village Voice
Homestead & Wolfe makes the year list - Music article in Village Voice on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 4 a.m.
KFJC 89.7 FM www.kfjc.org (Los Altos) - by Mitch
Hi Karl - here's that review and a huge thanks for releasing this masterpiece....
From: Cesar Montesano
Date: May 27, 2005 5:40:27 AM PDT - psychedelica
Karl !!! & !!
Ooops, but the psych mafia should be praising him heavily for H&W ! Whweee, thanks for the info, the CD hath me MESMERIZADO-MIKADO.
Being a member of the Gnosis Project, I am always ranking music.
Karl: I would like to get in touch with the band to offer a review.
From: Phil X Milstein
Date: May 3, 2005 2:21:18 PM PDT
Someone here recently posted a link to a Rip Chords history, at http://www.ripchords.info
I reiterate it now just to make sure that no one who might be interested inadvertently overlooks it. It's written by Rev. Ernie Bringas, co-founder of the group, and aims primarily at clarifying who exactly sang what on the group's recording sessions, in order to correct the historical record on those matters. The richness of Bringas' detail, his pride in the group's accomplishments, and his lack of bitterness at what seems to have been a somewhat inimical aftermath, are commendable, and the autographed photo of Doris Day is real fine, as well.
"Our Times." Just got this CD in from Karl, and listened to it for the first time. Only a first impression, but I'm really knocked out by this CD, and amazed that there isn't a buzz about it. Not what I expect from American Folk/FolkRock, especially xian. I wouldn't call it wyrdfolk (though I'm starting to wonder if I really have the term pinned down after looking at Mark's 'History of' pages) but for the most part is brilliant 70s Folk/FolkRock that I would expect would appeal to almost everybody here.
Who to compare it to? Well, I vastly favor the UK scene, and am less enamored of the Dylan/Guthrie US wing of American Folk, and the tendency to interject country elements by many US artists. Having said that, there are a couple songs that do tend to the countryish side, and one rock track, (which is good, btw.)
They are not part of the Dylan/Guthrie wing, however. Other than those 3 tracks it's a mix of dreamy Folk and outstanding FolkRock, drawing comparisons at times with Tudor Lodge, the 1st Bread, Love & Dreams, and faint hints at some of what Spriguns did later on (think "Time Will Pass.") Also, much of the female vocals bear some resemblance to Sandy Denny, in the phrasing, and especially when notes are sustained. I also hear a bit of what the Byrds might have sounded like if they hadn't relied on 12 string, in some of the uptempo numbers. Again, a first listen, but it's among my favorite American Folk/FolkRock/FolkPsych albums. Like it better than These Trails at first listen (not that that's my fave American Folk album.) My favorite tracks at first listen are "Mary Jane" & "See The Children Die."
I would think this CD would be of interest to most folks here. If it wasn't for the country-ish tracks (2 out of 13 on the original album,) I would call this an unqualified masterpiece. Very much recommended. (And no, Karl didn't put me up to this.) - Mark
Yeah, there is a certain similarity with all those items, but H & W has a strong urban westcoast finish to it IMO, not rooted in rural soil like most Brit-folkers tend to be... Mellow Candle is perhaps the closest of those, but I would really be inclined to compare it to California-style bands from a slightly earlier era... they did have trad folk moves too, often. The most rocking tracks on H & W remind me of Ill Wind, both in terms of the powerful female vocals and the flowing band. Also Yankee Dollar, Carolyn Hester Coalition, even Neighbrhood Childrn. 8.5 / 10 at this point, really hard to find any weaknesses in it. Great stories in the liner notes about the talented young lady handing out sheet notes to Hal Blaine & Al Casey on how the music should be played :-)
About the Homestead and Wolfe album:
Homestead & Wolfe: Our Times - The Gold Star Tapes (1973-75) CD
A list of countries that I now know have a H&W CD in their borders:
Listen to 30 second selections of some songs:
See pictures of Homestead & Wolfe playing LIVE on-air at KFJC, 89.7 PM in Los Altos, CA, the Foothill College radio studio, in a two hour interview with Mitch. Jo Neish, Ted Larson and Brian Gundy were able to go to the studio to promote the re-release of the CD by Anopheles. Hear them playing their songs live after the Anopheles 008 CD release on May25, 2005.
Ernie, Brian, Jo, Janice, Dave and Ted
Brian, Dave, Janice & Ernie recording harmony background vocals in Gold Star
Ernie, JoAnne, Brian, Janice, Dave, Ted at Gold Star Studios
Stan Ross (L) engineer at Gold Star Studios, and Ernie Bringas (R)
Brian Gundy listening to a lead vocal he just recorded
The hand of Stan Ross controlling the faders
Janice recording lead vocal on Slow Down
Janice, Dave, Ted and Brian - on tour!