Eddie Hardin

Home Is Where You Find It

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Eddie Hardin had been a member of the Spencer Davis Group and made records with fellow Davis bandmate Pete York that were slightly more progressive than that group's recordings. On his first solo album, 1971's Home Is Where You Find It, Hardin sticks to very traditional singer/songwriter territory laying down a strong mix of ballads, rockers and string-laden pop tunes and coming up with something not a million miles away from Elton John territory. There is also a McCartneyesque feel on some of the quieter songs like "Let Me Comfort You" too. In fact the record is truly a hidden gem that stacks up well next to the best of either of those legends work. It may lack any hits, but it is a fully realized and satisfying work. With the help of Pete York and another Davis refugee Ray Fenwick, who lends some fine guitar work and co-wrote many of the songs, Hardin creates a very intimate and organic sound based around his piano and warm, unprepossessing vocals. The rockers are fine, "Driving" certainly lives up to its title, and the straight-ahead ballads like "Sunshine" and "We Can Give It a Try" are truly lovely, sounding like the Band with no literary pretensions. Where the record really flies is on the songs like "Strange People" and "My Soul's Awoken" when the group is augmented by strings. It adds some timely grandeur and drama and lifts the record to a different level. Perhaps best of all is "California Sun," with a unique harpsichord-led arrangement and a sweet-as-sunshine melody. Eddie Hardin is not a well-known name but on the strength of Home Is Where You Find It he should be. Certainly anyone is a fan of Elton, McCartney, Traffic or non-soft rock singer/songwriters of the '70s should consider seeking this album out.

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