Roy Eugene Baker, better-known as actor Rex Holman, is perhaps more widely recognised to many an an actor. He appeared in many TV and film roles, including one episode of the original Star Trek, as well as one of the following films. He also appeared in one episode of The Monkees.
In 1970 he embarked on a short-lived music career which resulted in the release of his one and only sole album, Here in the Lovely Land of Victory (the artwork, including a back cover photo of Homan sitting blissed out next to a passed out drunk, certainly didn’t help sales apparently!!) Revered by acid-folk fans, this record was recorded by Holman when he was 42 years old and boasts a hypnotic blend of melodic psych-drenched acid folk and dark psychedelic country. I’ve yet to hear the whole album as today’s song was what introduced me to him earlier today, but in a review I’ve just read, the line “Imagine Richard Harris reincarnated as Donovan and you’ll have a feel for tracks” paints a good picture of what this record has to offer..?!
Compared to the likes of Tim Buckley for his vocal mastery, you can really hear this in Come On Down. This subtle serenade kind of creeps up on you with its understated and mysterious presence, but when that voice gets going and out-pours these elongated vocal quivers, the song transforms into something deeper and more expansive! Check it out above.