Holman, Rex


Band members               Related acts

- Rex Homan (aka Rexford Holman) -- vocals

 

 

 

- none known

 

 

 


 

Genre: psych

Rating: 3 stars ***

Title:  Here In the Land of Victory

Company: Pentagram

Catalog: PE-1001

Year: 1970

Country/State: Denver, Colorado

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: gatefold sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4992

Price: $80.00

 

 

Rex Holman's better known as an actor, having worked in television and film (mostly as a bad guy in westerns) since the later 1950s.  That career includes an oddball solo album ...

 

Released in 1970 (when Holman was already 42), "Here In the Land of Victory" featured all original material, though the mix of  Indian-flavored instrumentation and Holman's hyper serious lyrics sounded like something that was recorded circa 1967.  Holman's vibrato-drenched vocals (which were an acquired taste) and his over-the-top lyrics certainly weren't for everyone.  Imagine Richard Harris reincarnated as Donovan and you'll have a feel for tracks like 'Listen To the Footsteps', the sitar and flute propelled 'Sit and Flatter Me' and 'Come On Down'.  Ironically if you could get over those characteristics, then the album rewarded you with quite a bit of memorable material.  Holman's uber earnestness was somehow charming and most of the lyrics were no worse than your standard college English paper (okay, 'The Chosen One' was far worse).  Certainly a reflection of my personal tastes, but Holman was at his best when backed by a full rock ensemble.  As such personal highlights included 'Pink Lemonade', 'Today Is Almost Here', and the bluesy 'Red Is the Apple'.   The disturbing artwork including a back cover photo of Homan sitting blissed out next to a passed out drunk certainly didn't help sales.  (The inner sleeve picture showing Holman in his best psycho-killer stare is even more disturbing.)

 

"Here In the Land of Victory" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Here In the Land of Victory   (Rex Holman) - 3:19

2.) Pink Lemonade   (Rex Holman) - 2:12

3.) Rowin'   (Rex Holman - Terry FUlman) - 2:20

4.) Today Is Almost Here   (Rex Holman) - 3:49

5.) Listen To the Footsteps   (Rex Holman) - 2:32

6.) Red Is the Apple   (Rex Holman) - 4:16

(side 2)
1.) Sit and Flatter Me   (Rex Holman) - 3:30

2.) Copper Kettle   (Rex Holman) - 2:22

3.) Come On Down   (Rex Holman) - 2:28

4.) Debbie   (Rex Holman) - 2:27

5.) The Chosen One   (Rex Holman) - 2:53

6.) I Can't Read My Name   (Rex Holman) - 2:26

 

 

 

 

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