HOME GROWN ... so good, they released it twice
' One of the UK's Top Twenty Neglected Brit-Folk Gems'
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'Infinitely listenable and beautifully arranged, with excellent guitar work from Andy. A lovely, peaceful album.'
That was Disc's thumbs-up judgement on the by turns quicky and mesmerising, and strangely atmospheric, rough-hewn debut album from a fellow known at that time as a musical member of poerty/performance ensemble The Liverpool Scene. In fact, it was so good he made it twice…
The album, on which Andy was backed on some tracks by Mighty Baby, had been recorded under a production deal with folk-rock svengali Sandy Roberton. Initially, Sandy's productions appeared under license to RCA, but somewhere between 1970-71 his allegiance switched to B&C/Pegasus. Consequently, in June 1971, Andy found himself in a slightly embarrassing position of talking it up all over again:
In between the two UK Home Grown releases, Andy - who had fingers in all sorts of overlapping artistic pies at that time (recording and performing with The Scaffold, Grimms, and Ian Matthews - with whom he would form Plainsong in 1972) - has endured a brief, ill-fated experience as a member of a band called Everyone. The band's van had crashed with one fatality and financial ruin, although an eponymous album - half of it written and fronted by Roberts - subsequently trickled out, to little fanfare, on Charisma. Having briefly considered quitting music altogether, his interest was revived by working on what would be released later in 1971, on Pegasus, as Nina and the Dreamtree - like Home Grown, a work with an atmosphere all its own though much more luxuriantly produced and yet still, today, an under-appreciated classic.