They recorded in Houston although they originated from San Antonio. Musically they ranged from psychedelia to more progressive rock. Their first 45 was a strange rework of Willie Nelson's I Never Cared For You on the 'A' side. The third, particularly Sunrise, marked the pinnacle of their achievements in the arena of psychedelic rock.
Their album is more progressive than psychedelic but it features some fine guitar work and is recommended. Christopher Cross, who achieved considerable success as a solo artist in the early eighties, had some involvement with their LP and rumour has it that Van Wilkes played on their 45s. ""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." Golovanov Alexey 5) And Homer is an alias of hardcore/gabber DJ Authopsy Homer (Ancient Greek: Ὅμηρος, Hómēros) is a legendary ancient Greek epic poet, traditionally said to be the author of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey.
The ancient Greeks generally believed that Homer was an historical individual, but modern scholars are skeptical: no reliable biographical information has been handed down from classical antiquity, and the poems themselves manifestly represent the culmination of many centuries of oral story-telling and a well-developed "formulaic" system of poetic composition. According to Martin West, "Homer" is "not the name of a historical poet, but a fictitious or constructed name." The date of Homer's existence was controversial in antiquity and is no less so today. Herodotus said that Homer lived 400 years before his own time, which would place him at around 850 BC; but other ancient sources gave dates much closer to the supposed time of the Trojan War. The date of the Trojan War was given as 1194–1184 BC by Eratosthenes, who strove to establish a scientific chronology of events and this date is gaining support because of recent archaeological research. For modern scholarship, "the date of Homer" refers to the date of the poems' conception as much as to the lifetime of an individual. The scholarly consensus is that "the Iliad and the Odyssey date from the extreme end of the 9th century BC or from the 8th, the Iliad being anterior to the Odyssey, perhaps by some decades", i.e., somewhat earlier than Hesiod, and that the Iliad is the oldest work of western literature.
Over the past few decades, some scholars have argued for a 7th-century date. Those who believe that the Homeric poems developed gradually over a long period of time, however, generally give a later date for the poems: according to Gregory Nagy, they became fixed texts in only the 6th century. Alfred Heubeck states that the formative influence of the works of Homer in shaping and influencing the whole development of Greek culture was recognized by many Greeks themselves, who considered him to be their instructor. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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