HOME & PLAINSONG Live in London 1973





Home was formed by Cliff Williams and Laurie Wisefield
in 1970 after their first group together, Sugar, split.
They teamed up with guitarist and vocalist Mick Stubbs
and drummer Mick Cook. They signed to CBS Records
in 1971 and released their first album,
"Pause for a Hoarse Horse", in August.
They started touring in November when they supported
Led Zeppelin at the second "Electric Magic Show"
at the Wembley Empire Pool.
From then on, they opened for groups such as Argent,
The Jeff Beck Group, and The Faces.
In September of the same year, they went into the studio
again to record the Home album. The LP reached number
41 in the UK Albums Chart.
Home went on to support Mott the Hoople's UK tour at
London's Rainbow on 14th & 15th October 1972.
The NME wrote in their review of the show on 15th October
that "Those who went to see Mott the Hoople that night came
back talking about Home instead."
In January 1973, they named them the fifth 'most promising
new name' in their readers poll.
In March, the group did two shows opening for glam rock
band Slade at London's Rainbow.
Then in July they released the concept album The Alchemist.
The band said it was inspired by the novel "Dawn of Magic"
by Louis Pauwels.
It was hailed by The Disc as 'a work of genius' but did not
make an impact commercially.
After member Stubbs left the band, they toured the
United States as a backing band for Al Stewart from
May to June in 1974.
A fourth Home album was recorded, but never released.
After that the group split.


Plainsong was originally a British country rock/folk rock band,
formed in early 1972 by Ian (later Iain) Matthews, formerly
of Fairport Convention; Andy Roberts, previously of
The Liverpool Scene; Dave Richards; and Bob Ronga.
The original group split up before the end of 1972 but,
since the early 1990s, Matthews and Roberts intermittently
performed and recorded together, with other musicians,
as Plainsong.
Matthews had been a member of Fairport Convention
between 1967 and 1969, and then left to work solo,
soon afterwards forming his own band,
Matthews Southern Comfort.
After that band split up, he recorded two solo albums,
"If You Saw Thro' My Eyes" and "Tigers Will Survive" in 1971,
before forming Plainsong, with Roberts, Richards and Ronga,
in early 1972.
The band were signed by Elektra Records, and recorded
an album, "In Search of Amelia Earhart".
The album mixed songs by both Matthews and Roberts
with covers, including versions of "Red River Dave"
McEnery's song "Amelia Earhart's Last Flight", Paul Siebel's
"Louise", and Jerry Yester and Judy Henske's "Raider".
The album also included "True Story of Amelia Earhart's
Last Night", a Matthews song based on research that suggests
that Amelia Earhart on her round-the-world flight may have been spying on Japanese bases in the Pacific islands; and "Even the Guiding Light", a response to Richard Thompson's "Meet on the Ledge".
The album was critically well-received but was not a commercial success.
The group toured extensively with drummer Roger Swallow and began recording a second album, but Matthews and Richards disagreed on the direction the album should take, Ronga left
before the sessions were completed, and the band broke up.
Matthews and Roberts each then began recording again as
solo artists.


released June 4, 1973

HOME are:

Laurie Wisefield
guitar, vocals

Mick Cook
drums, vocals

Mick Stubbs
vocals, guitar, piano

Cliff Williams
bass, vocals


Ian Mathews
guitar, vocals

Andy Roberts
guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, vocals

Dave Richards
bass, keyboards, vocals



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