One of my favorite 70's albums of all time, Home Of The Brave was a masterful collection of progressive pop songs from Chris Rainbow, a rather eclectic singer/songwriter who would later go on to relative prominence in his career as one of the several most-heard vocalists for The Alan Parsons Project.
Solo-led records with material this catchy yet varied are a near extinct species as of 2010, but Rainbow cut some fine tunes back as a young man. It certainly helps that he sounds of a helluva lot like Brian Wilson when he opens his mouth to the mic, except with a greater perchance for atmosphere at times than his more famous counterpart. Still, The Beach Boys have most definitely been a rather strong influence on this record, with particular kudos to the piano-drenched 'On My Way' and the soft-funk surf vaudevillian swagger of 'Mr. Man'. My favorite song however, is the record's emotionally stark yet lamenting 6-minute 'Glasgow Boy', which open with a rainstorm and subsequently plays out like a long-lost Beatles gem..or perhaps a reallllly good Scott Walker B-side. Quiet, yet magnificent all the same.
Enthusiasts of obscure classics, atmospheric psychedelic pop and Walls of Sound, I dedicate this post to all of you.
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