Posted Sunday, January 3, 2010 Review 259060 This is a second miss in-a-row for Barclay James Harvest for the same exact reasons as their previous release. Well, talk about double sell-out. The most noticeable difference here is the lack of orchestration which is supplanted by a bit of Mellotron and organ and an excellent John Lees guitar riff. My concern lay in another plane. Although containing two verses of vocals, complete with somewhat elusive lyrics sung by Woolly in a rather high register, Moonwater is really all about the orchestration. And once again, nothing else on the record is really offensive. Baby James Harvest contains only six songs, with a couple of minor epics Moonwater; Summer Soldier to close each half of the original vinyl album.
A very very good band, too. Most remarkable on Live are 3 elements. I'll try to salvage a couple bits and pieces, just in case an international terrorist sponsored by John Lees holds me at gunpoint and demands me to select several songs from the album to put on a best-of compilation. Posted Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Review 1180267. 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.
Anyway, 'Believe In Me' has Yes-ish harmonies all around the place and you know your harmonies are Yes-ish when they're all really around the place , although the main vocal melody is more like early Eighties McCartney, which is a combination that's hardly vital yet it exists, so it's up to you to sort it out what you would want to do with it. The tracks are generally longer than those on previous albums allowing the band to develop them slightly more. Their music is highly emotive and the guitar-playing of John Lees expresses depression of spirits while elevating the spirits of the listener. . In all, the record sure didn't disappoint me: truly consistent mediocre shite from beginning to end.
For reading convenience, please open the in a parallel browser window. 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! She Said 8:33 : A bombastic and compelling climate featuring a dynamic rhythm-section and floods of Mellotron. And then there's a big apocalyptic machine! A pretty good single showing two completely different sides of the band, both fully convincingly. Barclay James Harvest were formed in 1966, in Oldham, Lancashire. One Hundred Thousand Smiles Out 6:04 6.
Apparently the group recorded most tracks as a trio, Wolstenholme missing most sessions, but managing to intervene in just two songs, but scoring a credit in Moonwater where only him appears , the only track with their famous symphonic orchestra. I like the experiment with brass instrumentation on Delphi Town Mum, and, of course, as scions of Northern towns, the boys will have been familiar with the magnificent colliery bands that flourished thereabouts. Overall, then, it is good but no more. Around the six-minute mark the church bells herald the second half of the song. If a new location cannot be found, the link s should be removed. There's no life whatsoever in any of the songs on here, just feeble coldness, the kind that results in a band fiddling around with inferior material not knowing how to present it, not the kind that invokes any Gothic or otherwise mysterious connotations.
I still love every minute of it! Even if, of course, there's nothing great about the other songs. I am, of course, not ready to call the thing a masterpiece - at twelve minutes, it's got way too few interesting musical ideas in it, but the ones that are present are quite enticing. It´s not quite as interesting as the first couple of releases by band, but still a 3. I love this track, and, in truth, the lyrics were rather brave at the time, commenting as they did on just how damned awful the times were from all perspectives, and how a little bit of peace and love might just be the answer. These guys wanted to create an anthem to the heroes of the Berlin Wall, and do that in an accessible and popular way, not like that weirdass David Bowie, and they succeeded. Nonetheless, it would be the live version of several years later that would become the only essential rendition of this suite.
Ever wondered why the Scorpions have such a devoted cult following in Russia? Year of Release: 1971 Appears in: Rank in 1971: Rank Score: 20 Rank in 1970s Overall Rank: Average Rating: Comments: 9. This album is more of an acquired taste than their previous, more accessible releases. If anybody in this world, for instance, can call 'Hymn To The Children' an interesting song, the guy has a pretty cool load of patience. Almost all the songs are great compositions, filled with the characteristic melodic and melancholic sound of Barclay James Harvest. Now if you're still here, then listen carefully and attentively, because if you ever get even a passable interest in Barclay James Harvest and you should; where else do you get such cool band names? Great guitar work once again by Lees along with Holroyd's acoustic? And it looks as tho I choose the wrong one. Year of Release: 1977 Appears in: Rank in 1977: Rank Score: 111 Rank in 1970s Overall Rank: Average Rating: Comments: 4.
And third the rhythm-section, more fluent and dynamic, especially the drums. I never really liked this combination. Of course, maybe they had just temporarily run out of their minor hooks and tiny ideas. The sticky chorus becomes too central in the otherwise charming little song. Probably inspired by the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland, it was written as a general call to cease futile violence and wars, a message as relevant now as it was then. And as such, the song just stood out as some sort of grotesque kitsch: yes, it is poor man's Moody Blues, a weak, sludgy, liquid version of Justin Hayward's classic that lacks the great vocals, the amazing flute solo, and the shrill Mellotron tones, substituting everything with some blabbery mush in the background. 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.
The extended sax solo that takes up the rest of the song is among the more engaging and lively I've heard from that era. The rythm is rather slow. Anyway, the best songs on here, I think, are still the opening and closing ballads. One of the bonus tracks on the 2002 re-mastered edition of this album is a newly remixed version of Moonwater which has a much greater depth of clarity. It reminds me some Gary Glitter riff. Two other tracks follow the partnership with orchestra, the melodically driven 'The Sun Will Never Shine' and 'When the World was Woken', but these are weaker lyrically.