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The Homecoming

Hagood Hardy

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Album Review

Hagood Hardy brings together a variety of jazz and mellow rock influences here in Homecoming, accompanied by a superb group of musicians from many backgrounds. Charming and reflective, the music, mostly composed and arranged by Hardy, paints a picture of dreams, romance, adventure, and the core of the human spirit. Transcending the time period of the '70s, Hardy finds success creating music that conveys powers that are soothing, as well as sassy, not to mention sexy at times. Engaging the listener winding down after a busy work day is a feat accomplished, through tunes that are dreamy and ethereal, and compositions enriching, yet subtle and simple. "Jennifer's Song" plays the winner of the record's romance ballad. "Balloons" helps one in their desire to reach and float high into the sky. "Clouds" combines textures and soundscapes eclectic enough to push the audience to dreams come true. Hardy's original, "Wintertime," takes sole place as a song featuring delightful vocal harmonies. With the touch of Hardy's style, Gordon Lightfoot's tune, "Cold on the Shoulder," brings much needed mystery and haunting jazz flavor to the record's personality. A lushly polished recording for Capitol records, engineered by David Greene and self-produced by Hagood Hardy with the assistance of Don Thompson, Homecoming finds its true value as a sincere way for delivering a seventies flavor with a cool jazz approach. ~ Shawn M. Haney, Rovi

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The Homecoming

This album has been in my mother's collection for decades. I grew up listening to these calming, wonderful tunes. When I converted the record to MP3s I was shocked to see iTunes find the album information and cover for me. And now I see that I can download the entire thing and bypass all the pops and scratches from the age of the record. It's awesome to hear the songs in their original quality, the way they were meant to be heard. This is what my mom and I like to listen to to relax. This music is really beautiful and timeless.

Lovely music from a gentler time......

My parents had this album and I grew up playing the Homecoming on the piano. I also used Jennifer's Song as the processional at my wedding 25 years ago! Having the original recordings available in iTunes is great! It brings back so many wonderful memories! The evokes some wonderful memories. Call me old fashioned if you want. I love this album!


Love the sounds of the CTL!


Born: 1937 in Indiana

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

A professional musician at the age of 18, vibraphonist Hagood Hardy moved from his native Indiana to study at the University of Toronto, playing various jazz clubs and with a band called the Montage. Hardy has composed music for countless commercials and TV programs, but his most famous work is "The Homecoming," a number one Canadian hit in 1975 written for a Salada Tea advert in 1972. His score for CBC-TV's Anne of Green Gables won an award. Among his 15 albums are Stop 33 (1967), Hagood Hardy and...
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