Their first contract was with 'Parlophone' for just one single in 1968, and right after that they moved to Harvest. After 'Once Again', the band released another very good album in the same year 1971 , named 'Barclay James Harvest and Other Short Stories', which was the band's greatest achievement so far. Paper Wings 4:19 : From a slow rhythm to a catchy beat, topped with a fiery, wah-way drenched guitar solo. A luxuriant breath of styles is afforded, including epics, basic blues, jazz rock, romantic ballad, and even an ambient brass song. There are also two ballads, Harbour and Giving it Up, mostly in the same vein late 70s ballads. The impact this album made on me as an impressionable lad was so huge that it is still in my collection today - much loved, and whenever one of these old songs comes up on the playlist on my iphone it still makes me smile with delight.
These facts make Live to a far more interesting experience than listening to their studio-albums is my conclusion. Their charm is to carry you away with warm and compelling prog often compared with The Moody Blues , embellished with melodic guitar work and a lush keyboard sound. As for my rating, I would give 4. As such, it's difficult to compare this disk to any other era of the group, as it represents a bold renaissance of their identity, that, while not always captivating, is commendable in anyone past middle age. In 1973 they signed a contract with 'Polydor', and one year later they released the brilliant 'Everyone is Everybody Else' 1974.
I bought this album almost 27 years ago on vinyl, later on I also bought the extended cd version , and during these years I have listened to it hundreds of times. Fortunately, it's not the uneasy alliance you might expect. After The Day 7:27 : This wonderful track is a Mellotron Heaven, topped by senstitive electric guitar. With Woolly and Mel both gone, and John and Les still not talking to each other as far as I know, we will certainly never see the like of this again because the interband chemistry of these four was - for a few years at least - an entity close to song writing perfection for the time and their song writing partnership was their strength as a band lay. Although the album does dip for a bit, it does reach this height once again with the wonderful Mockingbird.
Rarely has the band sounded so comfortable in the studio, and the result is as lovely a record as they've made. Halfway a break with spectacular pitchbend driven Minimoog synthesizer flights and a distorted bass solo. Their live sound is clearly more powerful, dynamic, adventurous and exciting, without all those limitations during the recordings of a studio-album. Almost all the songs are great compositions, filled with the characteristic melodic and melancholic sound of Barclay James Harvest. Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Review 1437128 Review 16 Barclay James Harvest were formed in Manchester, in September 1966 as a quartet. Barclay James Harvest were formed in 1966, in Oldham, Lancashire. The final part returns into dreamy, what a wonderful end of a very beautiful and compelling live album, one of my all time favourite Mellotron records! A pretty good single showing two completely different sides of the band, both fully convincingly.
However, sometimes some details in their songs sound very much like the Moodies, and 'Brother Thrush' is one of those cases. Surely 'Child of the Universe' capture the listener's attention from the first listen, but all the songs are almost equally good in my opinion. For me though it now lacks depth in 2017's harsh light and many of the songs while pretty with first rate vocals and harmonies Les Holroyd's Hard Hearted Woman being a good example are in truth not the fare of prog fans. Nevertheless this is definitely one of their stronger efforts here with a couple of real winners. Posted Thursday, August 9, 2018 Review 1976266 2½ stars really. Vintage, verging on antique excellence. In the end howling electric guitar runs.
The vocals by John Lees and Les Holroyd are warm often a bit melancholical undertone and the guitar sounds moving, in beautiful interplay with the vintage keyboards from the late Wooly Wolstenhome. First the omnipresence of the unsurpassed Mellotron M300 and M400 models , all live tracks sound way more Mellotron drenched. It's a fast- paced rock song centering on John Lees' intensive electric guitar. Of special note is a frantic call and response midsection that acquiesces to their departed friend's confusions, standing with him without judgement, as true friends. It is the best of all the songs already mentioned. Even at their most ornate, songwriters and were simple balladeers at heart, and the decision to unclutter their arrangements allows the material's intrinsic beauty to shine through with clarity. Their pretensions to progressive rock all but abandoned, here invites comparison to contemporaries like , , and some of whom were similarly tagged with the prog rock label early on.
This is helped in no small part to the mammoth opener to the album, She Said. It starts with 'Taking Some Time On' which was also released on single. The Great 1974 Mining Disaster 6:30 : First tender electric piano, melancholical vocals and moving electric guitar, then a The Beatles-like atmosphere and again lush Mellotron violins. The next year would see Once Again, which I consider as their best album. But the chorus, it has high vocal harmonies like they were stolen from a Moody Blues song such as 'Love and Beauty' or 'Dr Livingstone, I Presume'. And there's nothing bad or unusual in it; they still had a sound of their own instead of being copycats. Most of the psychedelic-era influences are softened here and broadened, and transmuted into something heavier and more serious, even as the harmonies remain intact.
In this category, we can put Classics: A Tale Of Two Sixties, Turning in Circles, Sip of Wine. It's quite the opposite actually! In the meantime, Robert John Godfrey had been replaced by Martyn Ford. The acoustically oriented verse parts of the song are very nice, with a sitar-like guitar sound and later on some organ backing. It starts dreamy with twanging electric guitar and Mellotron violins, then gradually the atmosphere turns into bombastic, culminating in a climax with moving electric guitar, propulsive drum work, of course layered with Mellotrons. The atmosphere of this relatively simple, brief song is magical in its melancholy. In the 1990s, a traumatic court case and widening musical differences between band members took its toll.
Fantasy: Loving Is Easy is a straightforward rock song typical from late 70s, retaining a bit of organ and synthesizer sounds. She Said 8:33 : A bombastic and compelling climate featuring a dynamic rhythm-section and floods of Mellotron. The sticky chorus becomes too central in the otherwise charming little song. Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Review 1412674 The version of the album that I am basing this review off of is the 2002 remastered version, how this differs from the original in terms of production quality I do not know, but being unable to get my hands on the original the remastered version will have to suffice. At the same time, he was also the producer of Judas Priest and Budgie. Posted Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Review 1180267.