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Homesick (1997)

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The first proper CD by the band, the eighth overall release.

From the 2004 interview with Philip in Bucketful of Brains (UK magazine):

"Adrian O'Carolan joined the band and we figured it was time to make an actual proper CD. Jon Lupfer of Q Division in Boston, MA (along with Mike Deneen engineer and producer of such acts as Aimee Mann, Jen Trynin, Tracy Bonham..) produced and mixed "Homesick", the first 'real' album. He had a friend in the Northampton area and was visiting and ended up at a show of ours. He expressed interest in working with us in some way, and this friendly connection has remained in place to this day. We took him up when it came time to do "Homesick". Basic tracks were recorded at Q and then carted home onto ADATS to do extra tracking in our basement rehearsal space. Then back to Boston for tweaks and mixing. The album came out to huge local acclaim – it seemed certain we had made an impact on the local music scene. But this didn’t translate to the world at large.

"The Maggies barely ever toured. We had no publicists, managers, booking agents or record labels helping us out in any way, until the very end of the band's life. Although we were productive and ambitious, it was ultimately a deeply frustrating venture in that it seemed there was an endless series of near misses for the band. It was not for lack of trying, I assure you. Again, it seemed we laboured in a vacuum almost for its entire existence. Would it have helped had we moved to NYC, or Los Angeles, or Nashville, or London? Possibly. Maybe. Maybe not. It was not really an option, as i needed to be near my family, my kids. This was a huge factor, if not the core factor, of our inability to get on the road for any extended period of time. Balancing family and a creative life was a serious endeavor, and I would never compromise my kids health and happiness for the satisfaction of a succcessful music career, but I somehow felt I could find a way to do both, even if it meant waiting a long time or some other middle ground..."

credits

released September 1, 1998

Philip Price: vocals, guitars, keyboards, production
Adrian O'Carolan: vocals, keyboards
Max Germer: bass
Stuart Wright: drums

Engineered and produced by Jon Lupfer at Q Division, Cambridge, MA.

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